What Do Computer Engineers Do?

Computer engineers make computers faster, smaller, cheaper, and smarter. They design and implement hardware for next generation computing systems; design and analyze computer architectures; design and implement software for applications; design and analyze computer communication system architecture, protocol, network and hardware; design processors and algorithms for secure, efficient, and error-free transmission and storage of audio, image, and video information; and design man-machine interface systems for factory automation, control, and communication.

Career Opportunities and Job Outlook

Demand for computer engineering graduates is projected to increase in the next decade.  The average 2012 starting salary for computer engineers was $67,800 for those with a Bachelor of Science degree.  The mean salary in May 2010 was $98,810 for computer hardware engineers.  Recent graduates have been employed in the design of communication systems and processors, development of high speed computer communication systems, computer design, and software design. Purdue Calumet engineering alumni can be found in high-salaried positions at Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders like: Arcelor Mittal Steel, Advanced Micro Devices, BP, Cisco Systems, Caterpillar, Ford, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, John Deere, Kimberly Clark, Lockheed, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Northrop Grumman, Panduit, Proctor and Gamble, Peoples Energy, Sargent & Lundy, Siemens, Texas Instruments, United States Steel, and Westinghouse.

Specialized Areas

Faculty expertise covers a wide range of areas in computer software, hardware, and embedded systems; including software engineering, database design, computer graphics, robotics, computer architecture and organization, wireless data transfer between computers, neural computing for specialized operations, speech and speaker recognition systems, digital image processing, and immersive and interactive virtual environment for tele-rehabilitation.