The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta is a leader in research and innovation. In our nearly 100 years of history, ECE researchers have contributed many important technologies to the world. From the development of sonar during the First World War to industry-leading breakthroughs in lab-on-a-chip technologies, the developments that have come from the minds of ECE researchers are countless.

In recent years, ECE has become a world-leader in nanotechnology research and has a strong partnership one of the most advanced nanotechnology research centres in North America, the National Institute for Nanotechnology. These developments in miniaturization influence much of our research as it continues to grow and help shape the future.

ECE consists of twelve main research areas. However, due to the interdisciplinary nature of engineering, many of our faculty, post doctorate fellows, and grad students work in more than one area or collaborate with colleagues from different departments or faculties. The result is a broad, interdisciplinary approach to original, ground-breaking research.