Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department offers an in-depth education in principles built on mathematics, computation, and the physical sciences. Researchers make breakthroughs in a variety of topics, including product design, data science, robotics, and hardware design.

LGO students work with EECS faculty to develop their own curriculum that pairs with their MBA coursework and plays to the student’s strengths and academic interests.

LGO students completing the MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science complete:

  • The required courses in the LGO summer core
  • Four engineering courses (usually 3-4 within the department) that show a coherent focus in the discipline. LGO EECS students work with faculty to determine courses that match their goals.
  • LGO Internship incorporating Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and management content, resulting in a dual-degree thesis overseen by the student’s faculty advisor.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6) is organized into seven research areas that students can pursue:

A full list of Course 6 classes can be found on the MIT Course Catalogue.

Popular research areas among LGOs:

Circuits

The focus in circuits is on electronic circuits and systems, microprocessor-based control, and digital and analog signal processing, with an emphasis on design and practical implementation. Circuits research also focuses on both analysis and synthesis of devices and systems for measuring or processing signals, information, or power.

Key Areas of Research: Signal Processing, Communications, and Control; Energy and Power Systems; Circuits and Systems; Digital Design and Computer Architecture; Computer-Aided Design and Numerical Methods

Sample of Classes: 6.1311 Independent Inquiry Power Lab; 6.320 Feedback System Design; 6.321 Solid-State Circuits; 6.345 Automatic Speech Recognition; 6.374 Analysis and Design of Digital Integrated Circuits; 6.631 Optics and Photonics; 6.695; Engineering Economic & Regulation: Electric Power; 6.720 Integrated Microelectronics Devices; 6.943 How to Make Almost Anything

Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

Working at the cutting edge of engineering and medicine, the goal is to understand complex biological systems and engineer systems that solve important biological problems. Molecular engineering, micro- and nanosystems applied to biology and medicine, biophotonics and medical imaging, electromagnetic fields in biological tissue and cells, auditory physiology and psychophysics, sensory aids for hearing and vision are just a sample of the directions you can go in this innovative research area.

Key Areas of Research: Cellular and Molecular Engineering; Medical Imaging; Medical Devices and Microsystems; Clinical Inference and Learning in Medicine; Physiological Modeling

Sample of Classes: 6.524 Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics; 6.525 Medical Device Design; 6.521 Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing; 6.555 Biomedical Signal and Image Processing; 6.557 Biomolecular Feedback Systems; 6.872 Biomedical Computing

Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Computer Science (AI) studies how to make computers see, hear, understand, plan, and act in the world. Opportunities of research in this area span from reducing the carbon footprint of AI, reproducing aspects of human neurology, to helping play a role in stopping the Covid-19 pandemic.

Key Areas of Research: Knowledge representation and reasoning; Knowledge-based systems; Medical information systems; Machine learning; Natural language processing; Perceptual interfaces and human/computer interaction; Robotics; Speech Understanding; Vision

Sample Classes: 6.844 Artificial Intelligence; 6.854 Advanced Algorithms; 6.860 Statistical Learning Theory; 6.862 Applied Machine Learning; 6.867 Machine Learning; 6.877 Principles of Autonomy & Decision Making; 6.883 Adv Topics in Artificial Intel; 6.884 Adv Topics in Artificial Intel

Computer Science (Systems)

In this area of Systems, you will study the principles, design, and engineering of computer systems, both software and hardware. Students walk away with skills including ability to analyze complex computing problems and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions, and design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements.

Key Areas of Research: Computer architecture; Distributed computing; Fault-tolerant computing; High performance computing and applications; Operating systems; Parallel systems; Parallel computation; Programming languages and compilers; Software specification Design, and analysis; VLSI architecture and computer systems

Sample of Classes: 6.823 Computer System Architecture; 6.828 Operating System Engineering; 6.829 Computer Networks; 6.831 User Interface Design; 6.833 Human Intelligence Enterprise; 6.835 Intell Multi User Interfaces; 6.857 Network and Computer Security; 6.869 Advances in Computer Vision; 6.894 Adv Top Graph Human Comp Inter

Many of LGO’s partner companies are eager to work with LGOs getting their degree through EECS. Depending on what your academic focus is, you’re able to work on a number of fascinating topics.

A few recent EECS internships were at:

Target: Optimizing supply chain and inventory holding
National Grid: Implementing a smart inverter-based solution
Amgen: Improving data using AI / ML to detect forecasting errors

For LGO applicants, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department looks for:

  • A strong academic background in science or engineering with significant knowledge of electrical engineering or computer science. Previous LGO EECS students have enrolled with degrees in computer science, physics, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering. In rare cases, students have a background in another engineering discipline with research and work experience in an EECS field.
  • Defined research interests in line with EECS’s department research areas.

Applicants should have a stated interest in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Previous work experience in an industrial setting is ideal. Former students came from systems engineering and design engineering roles within firms in the aerospace, IT, electronics, and software industries.

A dual degree in MBA and EECS prepares students for a range of roles in many industries. Recent graduates from LGO EECS work in electronics, software, e-commerce, and web services. Some students go into biotech, research institutes, or consulting. Many work in strategic management, operations management, or project management roles directly after the program.

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