U of Albany to Launch Computer Engineering Major

ualbanyALBANY, NY – The University at Albany announced that the New York State Education Department formally approved UAlbany’s Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering. The University will bring on 14 highly respected faculty members to the new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS).

These moves fully support the increased student, parent and business community demand for engineering majors.

“With this approval in hand, we are moving full steam ahead in launching the first public option for computer engineering in the Capital Region,” said UAlbany President Robert Jones. “Adding computer engineering to our expanding academic profile allows UAlbany to attract a new cohort of high-achieving students and world-class faculty—and to prepare graduates who can fill the growing regional and statewide demand for engineers.”

The degree’s approval comes as science and engineering jobs in New York are expected to grow by 7.2 percent between 2008 and 2018—more than double the projected growth for non-science and engineering jobs over the same period. With an average starting salary of more than $70,000, graduates with computer engineering degrees command among the highest starting salaries for students with a bachelor’s degree.

CEAS’ computer engineering major integrates fundamentals from engineering, mathematics, computer programming and physics. Students will be trained in computer development, analysis and design, positioning them for multiple jobs in the computing industry.

The College is planning to follow the computer engineering major with four more undergraduate degree programs and a complement of graduate programs in each discipline.

“As computers and other digital processors permeate virtually all aspects of daily life, the demand for engineers who can design and implement the next generation of computing, embedded systems, and digital communications continues to expand,” said CEAS Interim Dean Kim L. Boyer. “Industry leaders are seeking highly-skilled professionals who can address these challenges—and UAlbany will prepare the next generation of innovators in this field.”

CEAS, which is the primary aspect of UAlbany’s largest academic expansion in five decades, will eventually be housed in a fully renovated century-old school building adjacent to the University’s downtown campus.

The building, which was home to Albany High School from 1913 to 1974, will accommodate more than 1,100 students, faculty and researchers, and bring new life to a significant historic building in Albany’s urban core.

With the support of state legislators from the Albany area, UAlbany is seeking $60 million in capital funding to support the renovation of the North Lake Avenue facility, which the University purchased from City School District of Albany in 2013.

The renovation will also broaden UAlbany’s downtown footprint and make CEAS a hub for public partnerships and significant public engagement opportunities, including use of the facility’s 1,000-seat auditorium, “maker space” for entrepreneurs, and programs for local K-12 schools.