Katia Obraczka leads the Inter-Networking Research Group, which integrates sensors and networks to understand the environment. Jose Renau directs the first-ever OpenSPARC Center of Excellence. JJ Garcia-Luna-Aceves leads a team of researchers at UCSC and six other universities in developing ad-hoc wireless networking. Sri Kurniawan designs and evaluates interactive systems that help people with special needs. Brad Smith (center) works with students and Cisco engineers on new projects in the NMO Lab.

Computer Engineering focuses on the design, analysis, and application of computers and on their applications as components of systems. The UCSC Department of Computer Engineering sustains and strengthens its teaching and research program to provide students with inspiration and quality education in the theory and practice of computer engineering. The department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees as well as two undergraduate minors. A combined B.S./M.S. program allows students to complete both degrees in five years.