About Us

Letter from the Chair

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These are exciting times for ECE… We have just concluded a very successful faculty hiring cycle that brought to our campus four top researchers — Clint Schow, Jonathan Klamkin, Jason Marden and Yon Visell. This aggressive hiring policy is enabling us to overcome the challenges arising from recent and pending retirements. It is also allowing us to create new areas of strength for the department that are aligned with current scientific and technological trends.

I encourage you to read the latest issue of The ECE Current where Professor Steve Denbaars shares his story about ECE's role in recruiting 2014 Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura. Additional articles include spotlights on a preeminent alumnus, graduate student research, faculty research & mentorship and senior best project winners.

Also, a word of thanks to our donors, whose generosity allowed us to bring new equipment to our teaching labs and to improve some of our educational spaces.

João Hespanha, ECE Department Chair

Giving to ECE

We invite you to make a gift to ECE — your generosity is instrumental in our ability to educate the next generation of leaders whose future endeavors will have a profound impact on society.

Funding opportunities include:

unrestricted support, the Roger Wood Endowment, scholarships & fellowships, lecture series, undergraduate lab renovations, and endowed chairs

Invest in ECE:

Unrestricted gifts to the Department and the Roger C. Wood Endowment can be made through our online giving form (credit card) or mail in a donation (pdf).

For more information or to designate your gift within the Department, please contact Beth Ptalis Hough at 805-893-5198 or beth.hough@ucsb.edu.

Thank you for supporting UCSB ECE.

ECE Department Facts & Figures

The ECE Department was established in 1962 and is the largest of the five academic departments in the College of Engineering.

Research Funding

(3-year Annual Avg. 2013-2016)

  • Total: $18.5 million
  • Government: $16.5 million
  • Corporate: $1.8 million
  • Other: $0.2 million

Faculty and Staff

  • 41 Tenured / Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 5 Adjunct / Visiting Faculty
  • 12 Affiliated Faculty
  • 19 Emeritus Professors
  • 2 Lecturers
  • 43 Staff Members

Faculty Awards & Honors

  • 2 Nobel Prize (Kroemer & Nakamura)
  • 1 IEEE Medal of Honor (Kroemer)
  • 2 National Medal of Technology (Gossard & Culler)
  • 5 National Academy of Science (2 active / 3 emeriti)
  • 15 National Academy of Engineering (9 active / 6 emeriti)
  • 36 IEEE Fellows (26 active / 10 emeriti)
  • 6 AAAS Fellows (1 active / 5 emeriti)
  • 15 NSF Career Awards (14 active / 1 emeriti)
  • 5 NSF Presidential Young Investigators

Academic Statistics

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

  • 274 Graduate
  • 284 EE Undergraduates
  • 252 Computer Engineering Undergraduates

Degrees (2014-2015)

  • 27 Ph.D. Degrees
  • 79 Master's Degrees
  • 49 B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • 40 B.S. Computer Engineering


The ECE Department attracts some of the top faculty researchers from academia and industry. Research in the Department is categorized into four focus areas: Communications & Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, Control Systems, and Electronics & Photonics. ECE faculty partner their research efforts with industry, government, outside academic institutions, other UCSB departments, and in the Department.

Graduate Studies

The Department offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Department has 3 types of degree programs (M.S., M.S. / Ph.D., or Ph.D.) with emphases in Communications, Control & Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, and Electronics & Photonics.

Undergraduate Studies

The ECE department offers programs with degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. The curriculum in EE is designed to provide students with a solid background in mathematics, physical sciences and electrical engineering.

A wide range of program options are available including communications, control systems, signal processing, computer engineering, microwaves, and semiconductor devices and applications.