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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 two top researchers — Yuan Xie and Alberto Giovanni Busetto — and we have several more hires in the works. 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 (Fall 2014), which contains several articles devoted to our greatest accomplishments:  our students. You will read about preeminent alumni, the achievements of recent seniors in launching new businesses, and our efforts to attract minority and underprivileged students to our campus.

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


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. 2011-2014)

  • Total: $19.4 million
  • Government: $17 million
  • Corporate: $2.1 million
  • Other: $0.3 million

Faculty and Staff

  • 39 Tenured / Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 4 Adjunct / Visiting Faculty
  • 12 Affiliated Faculty
  • 19 Emeritus Professors
  • 2 Lecturer
  • 45 Staff Members

Faculty Awards & Honors

  • 1 Nobel Prize (Kroemer)
  • 1 IEEE Medal of Honor (Kroemer)
  • 1 Nat'l Medal of Technology (Culler)
  • 3 National Academy of Science
  • 11 National Academy of Engineering
  • 26 IEEE Fellows
  • 9 NSF Career Awards
  • 3 AAAS Fellows
  • 6 Presidential Young Investigators

Academic Statistics

Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • 285 Graduate
  • 253 EE Undergraduates
  • 244 Computer Engineering Undergraduates

Degrees (2013-2014)

  • 27 Ph.D. Degrees
  • 79 Master's Degrees
  • 57 B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • 38 B.S. Computer Engineering

Research

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.