Prospective Students

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is committed to developing the next generation of engineers by providing instruction through a design-oriented curriculum, as well as the leadership skills, multidisciplinary knowledge and real-world experiences necessary to succeed in today’s complex world. At Lyle, students will enjoy small classes with a low student-to-faculty ratio. This level of accessibility allows students to develop lasting relationships with Lyle faculty, who bring their extensive teaching and research experience into the classroom and serve as mentors to students.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department undergraduate program are to enable students to be successful in:

  • Understanding, formulating, analyzing and solving a variety of Electrical and Computer Engineering problems
  • Designing a variety of engineering systems, products or experiments
  • Careers or graduate study in engineering or other areas such as business, medicine and law
  • Assuming leadership and entrepreneurial positions
  • Successfully functioning and communicating effectively, both individually and in multidisciplinary teams
  • Understanding the importance of lifelong learning, ethics and professional accountability

Alumni Profiles


Layton Ellington B.S. ’19, M.S. ’20

Layton earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering at Lyle. He was a graduate research assistant at the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security, investigating hardware Trojan placement and mitigation strategies, which involves circuit design, testing and hardware security. He was also a teaching assistant (TA) for Intro to Engineering Design class for first-year students.

Layton chose to concentrate his studies in Computer Engineering because he was interested in understanding how information is processed and what goes into the hardware that makes computing possible. While at SMU, he held several summer internships, including those at Los Alamos National Lab, working on high-performance computing; at Intel Corp., focusing on embedded algorithms and; at Texas Instruments researching integrated circuit testing methods. He was also involved in many student clubs, including Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society.

Layton’s research for his master’s thesis, titled “Pre-Synthesis Threat Analysis of Hardware Designs,” was funded by Amida Technology Solutions, an open-source software company that focuses on cybersecurity, health information technology and open data. He now works full time at Amida, continuing his research in this area.

Regan Klein B.S. ’16, M.S. ‘17

Regan majored in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and French. As a TA for the course Circuit Analysis, she graded homework assignments and held office hours. Regan was also a TA for Introduction to Signal Processing, where she taught a lab helping students apply what they learned in the classroom to solve signal processing problems using MATLAB. For two summers, Regan worked as an Electrical Engineering intern at CH2M, an engineering company with offices across the globe. Before earning a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Lyle, she served as an intern for Qorvo, Inc., a semiconductor company. After graduating, Regan joined Waymo as a hardware test engineer.

Regan was attracted to SMU because of the beautiful campus, close proximity to Dallas and small class sizes. At SMU, she was involved in many campus activities, including the French Club, Tau Beta Phi Honor Society and Theta Tau. In her junior year, Regan directed the Lyle and Theta Tau team’s first-place win in Sing Song, a musical competition sponsored by the SMU Program Council.

Kate Smith B.S. ’14, M.S. ’15, Ph.D. ‘19

Kate holds a B.S. in Mathematics and 3 degrees from Lyle: a B.S., an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. While a graduate student at SMU, she served as a research assistant in the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and in the SMU Quantum Informatics Research Group. Kate also worked as a teaching assistant for the courses Solid State Devices and instructed Digital Logic Design. 

Kate’s Ph.D. dissertation was titled “Technology-dependent Quantum Logic Synthesis and Compilation.” Her research interests include quantum informatics, multiple-valued logic, logic synthesis, hardware security and cybersecurity. While in graduate school, Kate served as an adjunct lecturer at Lyle. She is now a Quantum Exchange Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago.

Selected Faculty Profiles

Meet some of the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty members and learn more about the cutting-edge research underway at Lyle.


Dr. Gary Evans

Evans’ research focuses on semiconductor lasers, photonic integrated circuits, epitaxial growth, solid-state and quantum device theory and more. He is well-known for his interest in student success and passion for helping them achieve their academic goals. To learn more, watch this video about his research on photonics in Lyle's Clean Room

Dr. Joseph Camp

Camp’s research interests include wireless communications and networking, crowdsourcing and drones. More specifically, he and his research team are focused on the deployment, measurement and analysis of large-scale wireless networks, as well as the development of embedded protocols for network hardware. When not teaching, Camp conducts research at the Multi-Dimensional Drone Communications Infrastructure (MuDDI) in Dallas. To learn more, watch the video about the work being done in drones and wireless communications.

Dr. Prasanna Rangarajan

Rangarajan’s research focuses on cameras that can record holograms of objects completely hidden from view and compact cameras that produce images without lenses. To learn more, watch this video on novel imaging tech­niques and designing future cameras.