UCSC Electrical Engineering Graduate Program Among the Best in the Country

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

By Electrical Engineering Department

The Electrical Engineering department at the University of California, Santa Cruz has earned high marks in a report issued recently by the National Research Council (NRC). UCSC's Ph.D. program in electrical engineering was judged to be among the best in the country, based on the NRC's assessment of research activity; this being a widely accepted measure of program excellence. The department also ranked particularly high in the category of student support and outcomes. This reflects excellent student funding opportunities, timely completion of degrees, and success in placement in prestigious positions.

As a relatively young department founded barely ten years ago, and with a steadily growing portfolio of cutting edge research programs, the EE faculty have received numerous national and international honors and awards for their innovative work. They have been elected as Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of Computing Machinery, to name a few. They have been awarded prestigious fellowships such as those from the Sloan Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In addition, they have been recipients of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Mac Van Valkenberg Award of the IEEE, and the James C. McGroddy Prize of the American Physical Society. Several Electrical Engineering faculty have won NSF CAREER Awards.

The recent NRC assessment places UCSC's EE department in a category competitive with significantly more established and larger departments such as those at Cornell, UC San Diego, UT Austin, Duke, Purdue, Minnesota, Columbia, Wisconsin, and Rice. Measured specifically as a function of number of publications per faculty, citation impact of publications, and the percentage of faculty with research grants, UCSC ranks among the top fifteen departments in the nation.

Additional information about the UCSC Electrical Engineering department is available on the EE web site.