Computer Engineering Program

Program Overview/Mission

The mission of the Computer Engineering program is to provide students instruction in the pragmatic application of core knowledge by which they can specify, design and develop large and small computer systems for industrial and scientific purposes. There is an emphasis on microcomputer-based embedded systems. 

The Computer Engineering program prepares students to assume leading roles developing and using computers and computer systems. It emphasizes the evaluation, design and implementation of computers and networks. Students also design and customize software for various applications.

Current specializations include advanced system architecture, computer control systems, digital signal processing, and telecommunications. The program consists of formal courses, laboratory work, and faculty- guided research in one of the specialty areas.

Goals and Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives (PEO) of the Computer Engineering program

  • As practicing engineers, shall apply core knowledge (mathematics, science and engineering) to specify, design, develop and test computer systems, including the ability to work effectively on multidisciplinary teams and to communicate effectively to achieve objectives.
  • As practicing engineers, shall have demonstrated the capability to solve engineering problems, using modern tools and techniques, drawn from a range of technical specialties (telecommunications and networking, digital controls and real-time systems) that are consistent with the needs of our industrial constituents and the expertise of the faculty.
  • As practicing engineers, shall exercise professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • As practicing engineers, shall successfully demonstrate the mastery of higher order thinking skills including quantitative and qualitative analysis, synthesis and evaluation of information, argumentation, problem solving and creativity. Serve communities, make significant contributions to society and consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. Participate in lifelong learning experiences in the professional community.


Program Degrees

Accreditation Information

The Computer Engineering program at University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Admission Requirements

  • Computer Engineering M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering or related field
Undergraduate Requirements Graduate Requirements

Additional Admission Information

  Undergraduate
 

Computer Engineering admission into undergraduate degree plan following an applicant's admission to the university, the office of student advising evaluates student transcripts. Some undergraduate plans require faculty admissions committees to review the applicants' files to determine their acceptance into degree plans. The associate dean notifies students about their admission status. Once they enter a degree plan, students meet with academic advisors and faculty advisors. The advisors help students complete a Candidate Plan of Study (CPS). The CPS delineates specific requirements of a study area; students must complete the CPS during the semester of their admission into a degree plan.

In general, candidates may apply no more than twelve hours of UHCL undergraduate coursework toward any degree before they complete a CPS. The faculty advisor will evaluate those hours (along with any hours accumulated during the semester the CPS is being finalized) and submit them to the associate dean for approval. If you have any questions, please contact academic advisors; phone 281-283-3711, e-mail cseadvising@uhcl.edu.

Students entering the undergraduate Computer Engineering (CENG) plan should have a cumulative GPA of 2.500 (four-point grade scale) or better in lower level or transfer courses. Students with a GPA of less than 2.500 are encouraged to provide a written statement of additional material that will assist the admission committee in determining the individual's potential for success in upper level courses.

  Graduate
 

Following acceptance to UHCL, the Admissions office forwards the student's transcript evaluations to the Student Advisor. All graduate plans require that faculty admissions committees review the students' files and determine whether students will be accepted into degree plans. The Associate Dean notifies students of their admission status. Once admitted to a degree plan, students meet with Academic Advisors and faculty, who assist students in completing a Candidate Plan of Study (CPS). The CPS delineates specific requirements for each study area. Students must complete a CPS during the semester of their admission into a degree plan.

In general, students may not apply more than nine hours for a graduate degree taken at University of Houston-Clear Lake prior to completion of a CPS toward any degree. The faculty advisor will evaluate these hours, along with the hours accumulated during the semester the CPS is being finalized, for the acceptance and approval of the associate dean. If you have any questions or issues, please contact academic advisors; phone 281-283-3711, e-mail cseadvising@uhcl.edu.

All students applying for admission to a graduate plan must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students who apply for admission to a graduate plan must have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.000 or greater (on a four-point grade scale) for their last 60 hours of course work. The degree plan admissions committee will evaluate GRE scores and use them as one indicator of the applicant's potential for completion of the plan. Individual degree plans may specify additional qualifications.

All graduate degrees in the College of Science and Engineering require 36 hours, 30 hours of which must be graduate courses. Students may apply a maximum of six hours of independent study to any master's degree. Only grades within the range of "C+," "C," or "C-" or better may count toward any graduate degree. No more than six hours of upper-level credit may count toward any master's degree.

Students seeking graduate degree candidacy should have a bachelor's degree in a related field. To be accepted for degree candidacy, students should be within 15 hours of completing upper-level foundation courses. These courses are listed in the particular degree area in the catalog. All foundation courses must be completed within one calendar year of first graduate registration at UHCL. Students needing more than 15 hours of upper-level foundation courses are encouraged to complete a second bachelor's degree.

Program Faculty

Vernon Bryant
Vernon Bryant

Vernon Bryant

Senior Lecturer of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3733
Email: bryant@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 109

Faculty Bio

Thomas Harman
Thomas Harman

Thomas L. Harman

Director of Center for Robotics Software, Department Chair of Engineering and Professor of Computer Engineering ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3774
Email: harman@uhcl.edu
Office: D101

Faculty Bio

Hakduran Koc
Hakduran Koc

Hakduran Koc

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3877
Email: KocHakduran@uhcl.edu
Office: D110

Faculty Bio

Jiang Lu
Jiang Lu

Jiang Lu

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3856
Email: luj@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 121

Faculty Bio

Liwen Shih
Liwen Shih

Liwen Shih

Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3866
Email: shih@uhcl.edu
Office: D101

Faculty Bio

Ishaq Unwala
Ishaq Unwala

Ishaq Unwala

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3849
Email: unwala@uhcl.edu
Office: D222

Faculty Bio

Xiaokun Yang
Xiaokun Yang

Xiaokun Yang

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3812
Email: yangxia@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta Annex 10

Faculty Bio

Luong Nguyen
Luong Nguyen

Luong Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3859
Email: nguyenl@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 112

Faculty Bio

Unal Zak Sakoglu
Unal "Zak" Sakoglu

Unal "Zak" Sakoglu

Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3813
Email: sakoglu@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta A8

Faculty Bio

Ershad Sharifahmadian
Ershad Sharifahmadian, Ph.D.

Ershad Sharifahmadian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3887
Email: sharifahmadi@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta Building, Room #227

Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

The curriculum and faculty research emphasize the integration of systems design, software applications and hardware design. Current specializations within the computer engineering degree plan include computer control systems, industrial automation and robotics, fault-tolerant computing, parallel processing, telecommunications and networking. The plan consists of formal courses, laboratory work and research in one of the specialty areas conducted under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

Graduate Degree Options

Thesis Option

  • Students selecting the thesis option must select a committee and submit a formal thesis proposal to the Office of the Dean before enrolling for thesis courses. The thesis committee will consist of at least three members, two of whom must be full-time UHCL faculty members. A full time faculty member of the College of Science and Engineering will serve as the chair of the committee. The Office of the Dean will notify students, chairs and committee members of approval of the committee composition. The chair will report the final grades.
  • Students must register for the appropriate thesis research course no later than the first long semester after the Dean has accepted the proposal. Visit the Master's Degree Option: Master's Thesis section of this catalog for more information.
  • The Graduate Thesis Guidelines and Procedures Manual (available in the Office of the Dean) describes University and CSE guidelines and procedures relating to the graduate thesis committee, thesis proposal, the thesis document, and defense.

Extended Course Work Option

  • All graduate plans in the college offering this option require a capstone course.
  • Consult the particular plan area for specific extended coursework option requirements.

Internship Option

  • Some plans offer an internship option. Refer to your particular area of interest.

Research Project Course Option

  • Some plans offer a research project course option. Refer to your particular area of interest.

Student Resources

Information for Current Students

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