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Computer Engineering

What is Computer Engineering?

Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, memory devices, networks, and routers. By creating new directions in computer hardware, these engineers create rapid advances in computer technology.

What do Computer Engineers do?

Computer engineers are concerned with analyzing and solving computer-oriented problems. CPEs understand both the hardware and the software of computers. This enables them to choose the solution that is best, not just the one they know. Sometimes the answer to making a program more efficient is a change in the computer itself. Sometimes it’s cheaper and faster to change the software than the hardware. The knowledge of both the “body” and the “mind” of a computer helps computer engineers work at the microscopic level and on a large, system-wide scale.

The major technical areas are:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Networking
  • Design automation
  • Machine intelligence
  • Computer software
  • Biomedical
  • Embedded Systems

Organizations:

References:

Bureau of Labor and Statistics –┬áComputer Hardware Engineers

Virginia Tech- About Computer Engineering