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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC Santa Cruz aims to achieve engineering discoveries that benefit humankind through a combination of curiosity, open-mindedness, and inclusiveness. We aim to provide undergraduate and graduate students with inspiration and quality education, believing that rigor, creativity, and excitement should be part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum. Our Electrical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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The PCBB Team. Top row, left to right: Arina Romanova, Michael Choi. Bottom row, left to right: Ricardo Rodriguez, Richard Alves, Selina Guan, Dan Li, Adam Grose, Rafael Ramirez.

UC Santa Cruz engineering students’ autonomous boat could keep microplastics out of oceans

For their final project as undergraduates, a team of students at the Baskin School of Engineering is building an autonomous boat and net system that would passively drift along coastlines and collect garbage deposited into the ocean by rivers. The Passive Cleaner Boat Bot (PCBB) could prevent... Read More

Ali Yanik

Engineer Ali Yanik wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Ali Yanik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The five-year, $500,000 grant will support Yanik's project to develop "phononic... Read More

UCSC ARC members from left to right: Natalie King, Kevin Han, Tim Bensch, Chris Villalpando, Sarah Mitchell

Amateur radio thrives at UC Santa Cruz

Now that 95% of Americans own a cell phone, it's easy to believe that amateur radio has been replaced as a means of communicating over long distances. But, in fact, it continues to be an important way to communicate, and members of the UC Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club (UCSC ARC) want to spread... Read More