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How to Succeed as a Computer Engineering Student

At the crossroad of electronic engineering and computer science: computer engineering is there, for you to excel. Do you have what it takes?

If you’re looking for a career in industry, research or education, perhaps computer engineering (CE) is for you. You can become an engineer (of course), scientist, educator, or any other professional in the field. How to succeed, though, depends on your commitment, interest and, especially, qualities, in-born or otherwise.

CE is not an easy discipline. It is concerned with the science and technology of design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of software and hardware components. It is the integration of electronic engineering and computer sciences, as in the case of the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit design, Field-Programmable Gate Array development, firmware (permanent software) development, hardware-firmware combination, and circuit design.

“Computer engineering (CE) students study the design of digital hardware and software systems including communications systems, computers and devices that contain computers. For them, programming is focused on digital devices and their interfaces with users and other devices…This major requires significant study of mathematics.” (Association for Computing Machinery)

Some of the most successful computer hardware pioneers and innovators are Blaise Pascal (mechanical calculator), William Shockley and the Bell Labs Team (transistor), “Father of Supercomputing” Seymour Cray (Supercomputing), Steve Wozniak with Steve Jobs (Apple Computer), Bill Gates (Microsoft), and “Fathers of the Internet” Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn (Transfer Control Protocol and Internet Protocol). In all likelihood, each exhibited great qualities that made them great innovators.

To become a successful Computer Engineering student, you must possess the following qualities:

  • Analytical Thinker
  • Strategic Thinker
  • Technical Expert
  • Effective Communicator
  • Passionate Coder
  • Team Leader
  • Creative Problem-Solver

Becoming a computer engineer is hard work that pays well. It can also be a rather fulfilling career. Most CE jobs require a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree if one aims to be promoted and, possibly, a state certification as Professional Engineer, if a company asks for it. But before you acquire these, the question is, do you have what it takes to succeed?

If you do and/or are willing to work well to achieve those qualities, then doubt no more. Achieving success is only a matter of waiting.

Learn more about what qualities make a great Computer Engineer in this infographic!

Anatomy of a Computer Engineer

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