Computer engineering is the outcome of the merger between two very distinct field of study—electrical/electronic engineering and computer science—and not all about fixing of computer or laptop issues—as some assume. The major aim of computer engineering is solving of specific problems through the knowledge and training derived from its two foundational backgrounds. Though it might not be as old as other engineering disciplines but its impact in technological advancement in this modern age has been tremendous. Over the years, quite a number of specialties has emerged from computer engineering which has had, and still having, great impact on technological advancement around the world. Professionals in some of these specialties has been the brain behind many of the technology hubs and startups we have in Nigeria that are training young people on how to develop solutions to problems using technological approach. Students offering this course in higher institutions across the nation also get trained in one or two of the specialties which help them develop technological approach to solving problems. So, this paper aims to look at how computer engineering and its specialties are helping to drive technological development in a developing country like Nigeria.
Keywords: Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Specialties, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Software Engineer, Technological Development, Tech Hubs, Tech Startups
Author: Lawal Oluwaseun Bernald