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B.S. in Computer Engineering / M.S. in Software Engineering



This accelerated program allows exceptional students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Software Engineering in just five years. This five-year program produces engineers with a sound foundation in computer engineering from their undergraduate work, an advanced knowledge of software engineering practice, and real-world experience in software development.

The program requires two summer internships in industry. One of the internships is typically completed between the third and fourth years, and the other between the fourth and fifth years. At the completion of the program, the student simultaneously receives both the BS degree Computer Engineering and the Master of Software Engineering degree.

The five-year program covers the following areas:

  • Undergraduate discipline fundamentals;
  • Development of software systems for real-time embedded applications;
  • Use of personal and team software processes;
  • Understanding the breadth of software engineering methods, tools, and techniques;
  • Application of requirements engineering and software architecture and design;
  • Use of modern software development methodologies (e.g., object-oriented analysis and design); and
  • Software development in the real world.

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The Five Year Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering / Master of Software Engineering allows the student to complete what would normally be a six-year course of study in just five years, gaining invaluable industry experience along the way through internships and co-operative work/study components. The program combines the advantage of both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

In some academic programs, the student designs only a semblance of a real-world device or does so only “on paper” or, perhaps, in a senior-design class, but in our Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, design and build are hands on from day one. Working both individually and in teams, students have the opportunity not only to learn about embedded computer systems, but also to develop those systems and learn from that process throughout the curriculum.

The sequence of design culminates in a near real world capstone design experience: Students, working in multidisciplinary teams of engineers with a core of computer, electrical, and software engineers, determine a customer’s requirements for a system, convert those to system specifications, perform the design of a system to meet the requirements using a formalized process from industry, implement and build the system, and then test the system to ensure that it meets the customer’s requirements, fully documenting the process along the way. Capstone design students get not only a chance to show their technical expertise in designing digital systems, but also their proficiency in managing the process and communicating with each other and the “customer.” Employers come back to ERAU year after year for program graduates both because of the technical skills and because of those graduates’ ability to enter the workplace familiar with design, development, and quality assurance processes, with industrial-strength documentation, and with working with teammates to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

The BSCE program has an expert faculty, many with industrial experience, and instruction takes place in small classes with state-of-the-art facilities, including a wide range of hardware and software development environments. Being located at Embry-Riddle allows the student to take advantage of knowledge and expertise on campus of a vast array of aviation and aerospace matters. And beyond the projects in the curriculum, student projects are available through professional organizations like the Student Branch of the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) or competition hosts like AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).

For the Master of Software Engineering, software engineering currently stands as the highest-paid engineering field. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that it will continue to be one of the fastest-growing occupations for the near future. Employers continue to seek professionals with strong skills in programming and software system analysis, design, construction, and maintenance.

Recently, ERAU Master of Software Engineering graduates have achieved nearly 100 percent job placement within one year of program completion; most receive multiple job offers. Graduates work at some of the nation’s leading aircraft, defense, electronics, and medical companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, NASA, USAF, Motorola, Bausch and Lomb, and Boston Scientific.

Employers state that program graduates know how to plan and structure software in a way that meets a company’s needs. Our most successful graduates have achieved positions of substantial responsibility within their organizations in a very short period of time.


View requirements for the Combined Computer and Software Engineering degree on the Catalog site.

Department of Electrical Computer Software and Systems Engineering

Accredited engineering programs emphasizing avionics, autonomous systems, and safety critical real-time systems.

View Faculty and Details for B.S. in Computer Engineering / M.S. in Software Engineering


Farahzad Behi Farahzad Behi MS

Associate Chair, Professor of Computer and Software

Mr. Behi has accumulated more than twenty years’ industry experience which he leverages when teaching classes in introductory programming, microprocessor systems and real time systems. He currently serves as the associate chair of the ECSSE department.

Nick Brixius Nick Brixius

Professor of Computer and Software Engineering

Mr. Brixius’ extensive experience in the computer software industry includes work with the DOD, FAA, and Treasury as both a practitioner and researcher. He teaches courses in software analysis and design, advanced programming, telecommunications, and computer architecture.

Brian Butka Dr. Brian Butka

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Butka has extensive industry experience in the design and test of mixed-signal integrated circuits. He works closely with the FAA on advanced verification tools and techniques for safety-critical airborne hardware and software. He enjoys working hands-on with students on autonomous robotics projects for international competitions and teaching classes in mechatronics and avionics. In 2013, Dr. Butka was a Fulbright Scholar lecturing and researching autonomous flight in Innsbruck, Austria.

Ilteris Demirkiran Dr. Ilteris Demirkiran

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Demirkiran is a senior IEEE member and an expert in the areas of weak signal detection and spread spectrum communication systems. He is widely acknowledged as a superlative instructor and is a recipient of the campus Outstanding Teaching Award.

David Gluch Dr. David Gluch

Professor of Software Engineering

Dr. Gluch teaches in the Master of Software Engineering program, including courses in systems architecture, model-based verification and assurance. His research includes applying AADL to NASA space missions and UAVs.

Frank Gutcher Frank Gutcher

Adjunct Instructor

Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering


Frank Gutcheria an Adjunct Instructor of Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering.

Tom Hilburn Dr. Tom Hilburn

Professor of Software Engineering, Emeritus

Dr. Thomas B. Hilburn is a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrew Kornecki Dr. Andrew J. Kornecki

Professor of Computer and Software Engineering

Dr. Kornecki has been engaged in real-time, software safety and certification and he is the coordinator of the global exchange program. He has been a contractor on multiple FAA projects, as well as a recipient of NSF grants. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee on aging avionics in military aircraft.

Jianhua Liu Dr. Jianhua Liu

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Liu performs research in sensor array processing, digital signal processing for wireless communications, sense and avoid based on radar and image processing and also has interests in applying various electrical systems in electric ground and air vehicles. He teaches courses in signals and systems, digital signal processing, electronic devices and circuits.

Kim Madler Kim Madler

Adjunct Instructor

Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering

Kim Madler is an Adjunct Instructor of Electrical, Computer, Software, & Systems Engineering.

Shuo Pang Dr. Shuo Pang

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Pang is an active researcher in theoretical-algorithm development and application-driven intelligent systems, focused on embedded control systems, hybrid electrical vehicle energy management systems, and artificial intelligence techniques for autonomous vehicles.

Richard Stansbury Dr. Richard Stansbury

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Stansbury is a course leader for the senior design experience for all ECSSE students, in addition to being an active researcher in the area of regulatory concerns for the introduction of unmanned aerial systems into the National Air Space.

Massood Towhidnejad Dr. Massood Towhidnejad

Professor of Computer and Software Engineering

Dr. Towhidnejad is the director of the Next -Generation ERAU Applied Research (NEAR) lab. His research interest includes; Software Engineering Education, Software Quality Assurance and Testing, Autonomous Systems, and Air Traffic Management (NextGen). He has served as a PI or Co-PI on number of FAA, industry and government grants and contracts.

Timothy Wilson Dr. Timothy Wilson

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department Chair

Dr. Wilson, current ECSSE chair, is involved in efforts to increasing diversity in engineering education and in the engineering workforce. He serves on the American Society for Engineering Education's Diversity Committee, DiscoverE's Diversity Council, and on the Board of Directors of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals..

Thomas Yang Dr. Thomas Yang

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Yang’s research interests include adaptive signal processing, wireless communications, and control of multi-agent systems. His recent research has been supported by the Visiting Faculty Research Program at AFRL/RI, National Research Council’s Research Associate Program (funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research), and AFRL/RI’s Machine Intelligence for Mission Focused Autonomy (MIMFA) program.