I am writing this on the Monday morning after graduation weekend, having attended the last ceremony for the Graduate Division that ended at 6:40 pm last evening. As usual, graduation weekend was a happy time, with students, parents, and friends enjoying the accomplishments of years of hard work.
On July 1st, I will be stepping down as ECE Department Chair after five years of service. I have been fortunate to have the support of faculty and staff during this time, even in those instances when they might have wished for a different decision or outcome. I express my appreciation to all.
Serving as Department Chair has given me the opportunity to meet and communicate with many of our alumni, and I intend to stay in touch as much as possible when I return to being “just” a regular faculty member. It has been a great pleasure working with the ECE Department Advisory Board members, who have provided advice and support throughout the past few years.
The Dean has appointed Joao Hespanha to be the next Department Chair, and I am sure that he will do a wonderful job. As usual in our department, the transition will be smooth and transparent.
Jerry Gibson, ECE Department Chair
The ECE department attracts some of the top faculty researchers from academia and industry. Research in the ECE 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 within the department.
The ECE department offers both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department has three types of degree programs (M.S., M.S. / Ph.D., or Ph.D.) with research emphases in Communications, Control & Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, and Electronics & Photonics.
The ECE department offers programs leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering (see Computer Engineering). The undergraduate curriculum in electrical engineering 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.