Spurred by access to top minds at KU in fields such as cybersecurity and augmented reality, Lawrence was the city with the highest growth in tech workers per capita in the U.S. in 2019-2020
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Cybersecurity Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Applied Computing
A $2 million gift from the Silicon Valley financial technology company Ripple supports a comprehensive program at KU to research technologies related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments.
KU’s information security club, the Jayhackers, hosts a weekend-long hackathon for students looking to test their cybersecurity skills and network with professionals. The Jayhackers also frequently compete in cyberdefense competitions. Another key cybersecurity initiative is KU’s $4.7 million NSF grant-funded CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program, which offers collaborations with the NSA and U.S. Army.
Google Earth Co-Creator and former VP at Google and Uber Brian McClendon serves as an assistant research professor in the EECS Department. He is available each week to meet one-on-one with undergraduate students to discuss career advice, projects, industry trends, or other topics.
The KU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity, radar, wireless communications, big data, computer networking, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, and is one of only 43 schools in the prestigious Association of American Universities to offer a degree in computer science. Graduates make their mark as engineers and computer scientists, or in fields ranging from finance to law and from medicine to business. All graduates have a strong foundation in their field along with problem-solving skills that prepare them to face new technological challenges.
Who Hires KU EECS Majors?
Bank of America
Black & Veatch
The Boeing Company
Burns & McDonnell
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Where do they Work?
Banking and finance
What are they paid?
Bachelor's degree candidates national average* starting salary range:
Computer Engineering: $72,500 - $85,000
Computer Science: $70,500 - $97,650
Electrical Engineering: $70,000 - $80,000
*Salaries from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)