Chair's Message

Welcome From the Chair: Stephen Zahorian

Chair: Stephen Zahorian
Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and its web site. I am now in my ninth year as chair of the ECE department—how time flies. We are a "full service" department, with undergraduate and master's programs in both electrical and computer engineering, and a doctoral program in electrical engineering. Our mission is to teach and mentor students in the discipline of electrical and computer engineering; conduct research to advance our discipline; aid in the economic development of the state and country; and to generally serve the university, region, state, and country.

Of all the things about the department, the most important are its people. The department has grown considerably over the past 8 years. As of fall 2014, we have 354 undergraduate students (vs 247 in 2006), 147 master's students (vs 109 in fall of 2006), and 61 PhD students (vs 31 in fall 2006). In the 2013-2014 academic year, 97 students completed BS degrees, 54 students completed master's degrees, and 6 students completed doctoral studies. The students are now served by 22 faculty and 3 staff members. The 22 faculty include four new hires in 2014. Faculty areas of research include the broad areas of information security, digital signal processing and communications, power and energy, micro and opto-electronics, computer design, and controls and laser communication. Over the past few years, our department faculty have secured approximately 2 million dollars annually in external research funding, much of which supports graduate students. We are especially proud of faculty member Dr. Jessica Fridrich and her pioneering work in the field of steganography (message hiding). You can find additional information about Prof Fridrich's research and that of other ECE faculty under the Research Projects heading on our main page and through individual faculty web pages.

If you are a perspective undergraduate student, please look particularly at the undergraduate section of this web site and the admissions section of the BU web site. If you are a perspective graduate student, please email our director of graduate programs, Professor Yu Chen, and check out the graduate prospective student's web page under on our web site. If you are an alumnus, please take a look at our alumni section of our web site, where your professional success story could be posted. I would be glad for you to visit the department, or call me at (607)777-4846, or email me at Our goal is to serve our students and alumni in the best possible way, in the Binghamton tradition, as one of the best values in higher education.

Last Updated: 2/26/15