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• Computers are essential tools capable of easing any kind of task.
• They are a main driving force for the progress technology.
• Computer engineers study, design and manage computers.
• The computer engineering career is offered by the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Department of the University of Puerto Rico of
• Studying this career will allow me to contribute to society by giving
me the needed knowledge to build these technological tools.
• Merriam-Webster dictionary: engineering is the application of
knowledge to the process of improving the quality of human life using
the resources provided by nature.
• College Board: computer engineering is the branch of engineering
that specializes in the design, programming and implementation of
systems using computers and digital equipment to solve practical
problems, basing on mathematical and scientific principles.
• The precursors of modern engineering were craftsmen who tried to
build devices to solve practical problems.
• Computer engineers emerged from the information revolution that
happened after the World War II.
• They established that for a computer to be effective, it has to be
electrically based, to be reprogrammable, to use transistors, to be
portable and to be user-friendly.
• The history of Computer Engineering can be divided into five steps
that involve each of these elements.
• Electrical based computers:
Before electrical devices existed, computers used tubes and large
machinery to store information.
The first computer that used electricity was invented by Konrad Zuse
in Germany in 1936.
• Reprogrammable computers and transistors:
Computer engineers invented the transistors, which made the
computer's size smaller and gave it the capacity of storing more
• Graphical User Interface (GUI):
The invention of this interface made computers more attractive and
easy to use for people without knowledge on computers.
• Portable computers:
Computer engineerings advanced in battery technology, radio
transmission and screens, and developed a large number of portable
University of Puerto Rico:
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico:
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Since computer engineering is the career that I want to study, I
attended to an appointment that I scheduled with Jaime, L. Atiles
Calderón, councilor of the University of Puerto Rico, to acquire more
information about the career and the University. He taught me that
computer and electrical engineering were under the same department.
Also, he explained me how I could start studying in the University of
Puerto Rico at Ponce and, after two years, have an articulated transfer
and continue studying at Mayagüez. Finally, he explained me that the
Computer Engineering program focuses on both hardware and
• The mission of the department of Computer Engineering of the
University of Puerto Rico of Mayagüez has the task of performing,
teaching, researching, and serving activities to prepare citizens from the
entire socioeconomic spectrum so that they may have excellent skills in
the electrotechnology fields, computational fields, and related areas;
leadership and capacity for the continuous learning necessary to
develop those skills; social and environmental responsibility; and
appreciation of economic, esthetic, and cultural values that complete
It is committed to expand the frontiers of knowledge within the electrical
and computer engineering and related areas. And, finally, it looks to
provide the benefits obtained via the teaching and research activities to
the service of the academic community and Puerto Rico.
• The department of Computer Engineering of the University of Puerto
Rico of Mayagüez's vision is to be recognized as the best electrical and
computer engineering department in Latin America, the first source of
hispanic electrical and computer engineers in the Puerto Rico and
United States labor markets, and the only five years Bachelor's degree
program in the ambit of the United States.
It is a fact that computers have become an essential tool that is capable
of doing any kind of tasks. We can notice their use everywhere.
There are many reasons for which I chose to study this career. One of
these reasons is because I like mathematics, and engineering and
computers are surrounded by mathematics. It is a subject that involves
a lot of problem solving, which is the function of computers and the job
of an engineer, because he solves problems by developing solutions.
Another reason is because this career changes at a rapid pace. In this
Century, engineers play a big role in society. They fix problems by
My goal as a Computer Engineer is to work for a top computer
engineering company and develop technology for society's welfare.
Studying Computer Engineering will be a challenge because I will have
to deal with a lot of trials and errors.