Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering
Electrical Computer Software and Systems Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach FL 32114
The Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE, pronounced “ecks‑ee”) offers programs, delivers instruction, and performs research in the cutting-edge technologies that enable modern technological life. At first, the department’s focus seems to concern seemingly invisible aspects of the physical world: voltages and currents, electromagnetic waves, ones and zeros, computational process evoked by a computer program, the organization of complex systems. But those almost intangible attributes are realized by very tangible devices—electronics, antennas, micro controllers, aircraft, satellites—at the core of modern technological systems, particularly modern aerospace systems.
Microprocessors and interfacing electronics—the technologies at the center of the systems design and explored by faculty and students in the ECSSE department—are the enabling technologies of the age: the web, cell phones, the web on cell phones, fly/drive/throttle/brake-by-wire aircraft and automobiles, streaming audio, high-definition video, computer animation, flight simulators, unmanned aircraft, robotics, supersonic business jets (coming soon!), seat-back television on aircraft, satellite navigation, communication satellite the list grows longer with each day.
Students in the department’s programs perform numerous hands-on projects, many employing multidisciplinary teams, as they work toward their degree. Projects range from small track-following robots in the introductory engineering course to rescue-mission coordinated unmanned helicopter and ground vehicles in senior design. The department strives to ensure that students receive the kind of experience in project labs that corresponds to what they will experience in the real world. The program’s focus on technical expertise, industry-grade system development experience, and the kinds of real-time, embedded, safety-critical, highly-reliable systems prevalent in aerospace results in a high demand for graduates of the department’s programs. The department’s focus on fundamentals and hands-on experience puts graduates in a unique position to design and build electronic and aerospace systems now and for the future. ECSSE is home to the following undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (with Areas of Concentration in Applied Mathematics Business Administration, and Human Factors)
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering(with optional tracks in Avionics and in Systems Engineering)
- Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
The department also offers the following graduate programs:
The following five-year combined bachelor's/master's programs are offered:
- Five-year Computer Engineering/Master of Software Engineering
- Five-year Software Engineering/Master of Software Engineering
An accelerated program allowing a combination of any previous bachelor's degree with a culminating Master of Electrical Engineering within Five Years is also available.
The department prides itself on its quality of instruction and a student-centric approach. We aspire to be recognized—around the world and across the campus—for leadership in education and research related to avionics (aerospace electronics) systems, real-time embedded systems, and safety-critical and high-reliability systems for aerospace and medicine, as well as in software engineering and systems engineering education.