Why EE or CpE at George Mason University?


Why EE or CpE?

  • Exciting and Challenging with huge and continual growth (particularly in northern Virginia).
  • A wide range of career opportunities: hardware design, software design, system design, computer and data networks, research, teaching, sales, marketing, customer technical service, project management, patent law.


Why Engineering at George Mason University?


  1. Location - We are in the midst of Technology

    • Our students integrate work and academics, (internships, coop, part-time work) 80-90% of seniors (and many juniors) are working regularly in engineering positions
    • We are within "20 miles of many 100's of high tech companies"; at many schools you need to go "100's of miles to find 20 high tech companies"
    • We arrange regular, short, informal visits to companies to help students better understand what engineering is (Field Trips!)
    • The School of Information Technology and Engineering works closely with the University Career Services Office both to help students
      1. Realize the need for experience
      2. Help students get co-op, internships, or part-time work.


  2. Value of completing the program

    • We do not "hand out" engineering degrees, we prepare you for the 40 year career that comes after you walk across that stage and shake hands with the Dean. Your undergrad degree helps get you your first job. For your second and subsequent jobs (and statistics show how engineers change jobs every 3-5 years) the degree becomes almost irrelevant - you are judged on how you have performed in the real world.
    • Students who take advantage of what we have to offer are competitive for any school or company.
    • Our graduates have received graduate school offers (with offers of financial support) at MIT, Stanford, Georgia Tech.
    • Our graduates have received offers of positions across the high tech industry: IBM, INTEL, Lockheed-Martin, Hughes, Government labs and agencies, SAIC, all the other alphabet soup companies around Northern Virginia - both large and entrepreneurial.
    • Several of our Bachelor's degree graduates have started their own companies.


  3. Academics:


    • Students are important!
    • ECE lecture classes are taught by faculty, not graduate teaching assistants.
    • Class sizes: ECE (freshman/sophomore) 28-70 students; (junior) 12-34 students; (senior) 7-17 students (typical).
    • All EE and CpE students are assigned a permanent ECE faculty member as an advisor and are required to see that advisor before each semester.


  4. Student Organizations

    Great for leadership and networking with upper level students)


    • IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

    • ACM - Association of Computing Machinery

    • AFCEA - Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association

    • ESC - Engineering Student Council

    • SWE - Society of Women Engineers

    • NSBE - National Society of Black Engineers

    • NSPE - National Society of Professional Engineers

    • George Mason Robotics Club

    • SHPE - Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

    • Honor Societies - (Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science)