Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

 Department Chair Dr. Issam W. Damaj

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two undergraduate programs leading
to the degree of Bachelor of Engineering

Undergraduate Program:

The world we live in has become increasingly dependent on advances made in part by electrical and computer (ECE) engineering. The impact of ECE spans a wide spectrum of life aspects ranging from energy, electrical power, sustainable development, and communications, to computers and computer networks, to instruments for all sectors of society from entertainment to health care, and from space exploration to ocean exploration. Computer engineers are improving the ability of computers to “see” and “think.” They are making computers more mobile, and even incorporating computers into fabrics, clothes, and almost all industries. Electrical engineers are exploring renewable energy sources, leading sustainable development, promoting modern control of industrial machinery, to name a few.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs at AUK prepares future engineering leaders through an innovative engineering education that bridges science and engineering, enterprise, and the society. AUK’s electrical and computer engineering curriculums are built on four pillars: Math & Science; Electrical or Computer Engineering Design; Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; and Entrepreneurship. The Math & Science sequence teaches fundamental ideas and techniques in science and math whose application makes engineering possible. Under the Design pillar, students complete design projects that enable them to apply technical and non-technical knowledge and skills, develop understanding of design process, identify and define problems and muster the resources necessary to realize solutions. This process comes to a synthesis in a year-long capstone design course. Under the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences pillar, students develop a broad knowledge of social, cultural and humanistic contexts and foster the ability to apply contextual thinking in the study of electrical or computer engineering and other disciplines. Entrepreneurship is the process of identifying opportunities, fulfilling human needs, and creating value. Under this pillar, AUK’s electrical or computer engineering students will demonstrate a capacity to identify social, technical, and economic opportunities, to predict challenges and the cost associated with the pursuit of opportunities, and to make decisions about which opportunities are worthy of pursuit.

Typical industries hiring electrical and/or computer engineers include both private & government sectors, such as financial services, computer software & hardware companies, petroleum & chemical companies, defense & interior contractors, consulting, transportation, power, manufacturing, and consumer goods, to name a few. Electrical or computer engineers are equally successful in large multinational firms and small startups.

The American University of Kuwait offers a dual degree program in conjunction with Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, which allows AUK students to earn a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Computer Engineering at AUK and a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in General Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering after five years of study. For more information on the dual degree engineering program, please click here.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in the follow two majors:

  • Computer Engineering (CPEG)
  • Electrical Engineering (ELEG)

Mission Statement: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering strives to provide high-quality engineering education centered around the key principles of liberal arts, specifically, lifelong-learning, critical thinking, and effective communication. The department prepares students to become successful engineers, and be able to effectively contribute to their profession and community.

Program Educational Objectives:

The objectives of the ELEG and CPEG programs are to graduate students able to:

  • Communicate effectively with professionals from different areas of specialization
  • Succeed in an electrical/computer engineering career by demonstrating leadership and ability to grow professionally in competence
  • Be able to apply principles of electrical/computer engineering, exhibit critical thinking in problem-solving, and take into consideration ethical and societal impacts

Student Outcomes:

By the time of graduation, ELEG and CPEG students possess:
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Admission To The Program:

Admission to the Electrical or Computer Engineering program takes place in the 2nd year of the program after the student has completed all required first year program prerequisites with an overall university GPA of 2.70 (B-) or higher on the selected program prerequisites. The program prerequisites are MATH 201, MATH 203, CSIS 120, CSIS 130, PHYS 115, PHYS 116, and CHEM 101. These program prerequisites satisfy all general education requirements in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science fields. A program fee may apply upon certification of the declaration of the major.

Transfer equivalencies from ABET accredited programs ( ) or equivalent will be considered. We also accept transfer from non-accredited programs for the courses that do not fall under the prefixes CSIS, CPEG, ELEG or ENGR.

Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering