Computer Engineering

Department Location

Academic Building HC 109
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Program Director

Tolga Kaya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Tel: 203-396-6589
kayat@sacredheart.edu

Contact Us

Karen Scinto
Office Assistant
Tel: 203-396-8077
scintok32@sacredheart.edu

Computer Science Student with TeacherStudents desiring to study the application of computers and digital systems will find computer engineering to be a rewarding experience. Study is intensive and students desiring to develop proficiency in the subfields of computer engineering such as hardware, software, and systems that arise in the design, analysis, development, and application of computers and digital systems, will find this program to be a challenge. Applied skills will enable students to analyze, design, and test digital computer systems, architectures, networks, and processes.

What will I study?

The Computer Engineering curriculum provides a balanced treatment of hardware and software principles; each provides a broad foundation in some combination of computer science and electronic engineering of computers and digital systems with emphasis on theory, analysis, and design. Requirements spread widely across a range of courses and allow revisiting the subject matter with spiral learning taking place. The curriculum contains sufficient flexibility to support various areas of specialization and the program structure allows a broadly based course of study and provides selection from among many professional electives. In all cases, the culminating design experience takes place after students in the program have developed sufficient depth of coverage in the core subject areas.

Why choose Computer Engineering at SHU?

The goal of the Computer Engineering program is to prepare students for a professional career in computer engineering by establishing a foundation for lifelong learning and development.  Sacred Heart University faculty are known for their hands-on approach to learning, small classrooms, and personal attention to their students. The curriculum and mentorship from faculty provide a platform for further work leading to graduate studies in computer engineering, as well as careers in fields such as business, law, medicine, management and others. Students develop design skills progressively. The process culminates with the senior design course(s), which complements the analytical part of the curriculum. The thorough preparation afforded by the computer engineering curriculum includes the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. 

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Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, the faculty and our staff in Career Development & Placement Center work with a number of nearby companies in developing internship opportunities for the growing fields in computing. We also offer on-campus internships in The Factory (our computer support center) and the Network Operations Center.

Companies our students have interned with include:

  • GE
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • People's Bank
  • IRC
  • Motor Vehicle Network
  • Engineering.com

What facilities and resources are available to me?

We have a dedicated student lab, a networking and gaming lab, three dedicated computer classrooms and a Motion Capture lab for digital editing. We also have a Physics/Digital Design lab and two additional engineering/design labs are being renovated for use by Fall 2018.

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Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the Computer Engineering major when they apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.

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What are my career options with a Computer Engineering degree?

Graduates of the program should be well prepared for professional employment or advanced studies. They should understand the various areas of computer engineering such as applied electronics, digital devices and systems, software design, and computer architectures, systems, and networks. Graduates should be able to apply their acquired knowledge and skills to these and other areas of computer engineering. The thorough preparation afforded by this computer engineering curriculum includes the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.

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