MS in Embedded Systems – Live from US by CMU Prof.

Prof. Mel Rosso-Llopart, Carnegie Mellon University recently delivered a webinar where he talked about his love for his field of study and what it takes to get an admit to the famed Carnegie Mellon University. CMU is a tier-one private university in the US with a relatively low acceptance rate for its Masters programs. As co-director of of the MSIT-ESE Program, he was very forthcoming when it came to sharing his knowledge on the subject of Embedded Systems. We’ve curated some of the more interesting excerpts of this webinar below, to share with you. We’ve also listed the Top 10 universities in the US for Embedded Systems so stick around until the end of the blog!

The first question Prof. Mel set out to address was – What is an Embedded System?

An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware and software with additional parts, either mechanical or electronic that are designed to perform a dedicated function.

In the 21st century, embedded systems are the systems of the future with cellular phones, smart-phones, tablets fast becoming the dominant platforms for computing and communication.

Some examples of embedded systems include ATMs, cell phones, printers, thermostats, calculators, and video game consoles.

After providing us with a brief understanding of what Embedded Systems really are, he tackled why more of us should be studying Embedded Systems:

As discussed already, embedded system engineering / embedded software engineering / embedded engineering is a combination of software & hardware engineering.

This makes the embedded system field multidisciplinary in nature, requiring practitioners to have knowledge and skills in control and signal processing, electronics, computer engineering, computer science, telecommunication, and specific application domains. What this means is one can find tracks and courses in embedded systems offered in many curricula, including computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, control and automation, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering.

Naturally, he discussed the applications and scope of embedded systems:

Judging based on its diversity of applications- which will only grow with time- and potential for production of highly innovative products, Embedded systems can be considered the primary technology in future. According to, Embedded processors, the largest segment in terms of revenue, will grow at 11.2% on average per year. The market will be led, in terms of growth, by embedded memory products, which will rise at an AAGR of 17.7%. These numbers tell us something we already suspect- that Embedded Systems have great potential and some of this potential is already quickly being realized in various sectors of technology.

If you’d like to hear directly from him, watch the entire webinar here. <insert link>

As promised, we’ve added a list of the Top 10 Universities in the US for MS in Embedded Systems:

  1. University of Pennsylvania
  2. University of Maryland, College Park
  3. Carnegie Mellon University(CMU)
  4. Columbia University
  5. Georgia Tech (Gtech)
  6. University of Wisconsin–Madison
  7. Penn State University
  8. Texas A&M
  9. University of California, San Diego
  10. Arizona State University(ASU)

As you can see, if an MS in Embedded Systems is what you’re looking for, Carnegie Mellon University ought to be on your list! Do you have any questions about studying in Carnegie Mellon University? Let us know by leaving a comment below and we’ll get back to you right away!  


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