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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

November 8, 2006 at 9:36 AM

New UW computer degree program in T-town

University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology will begin offering a bachelor of science in computer engineering and systems in January, teaching engineers to design hardware, software and particularly embedded systems.

The program is now taking applications from transfer students who have studied calculus, physics and chemistry, and perhaps have an associate of science degree. It opens to freshman starting next fall.

More info will be available at an open house at 6 p.m. Nov. 16. For more information, call 253-692-5860 or check the school’s Web site.

Most graduates will likely enter careers working with embedded systems, according to Professor Larry Wear, head of the new program.

“Pretty much anything you buy today that runs on electricity has a computer in it,” he said in a release. “Computer engineers now put computer chips into devices that until recently were not controlled by computers. They need to understand how the hardware works and figure out how to interface computer chips with devices like toasters and stereos.”

The 5-year-old institute also offers degrees in computing and software systems.

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