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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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Along with solar photovoltaic panels, this wind turbine charges the batteries of the whart's electric maintenance vehicle.

City, university wharf partnership earns Silicon Valley award

The GreenWharf Initiative, a partnership between the City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz, earned recognition from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The GreenWharf Initiative was awarded the Sustainable Green Development award in the small city category. The award highlights programs that... Read More

This scanning electron microscope image shows the nanomagnet array on a pre-commercial STT-MRAM prototype. (Image courtesy of Holger Schmidt)

UC Santa Cruz engineers work with Samsung on promising new memory technology

Today's computers often use as many as four different kinds of memory technology, from the hard drive to the memory chips, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. A new memory technology may be poised to disrupt this landscape, however, with a unique combination of features. It goes by the... Read More

Holger Schmidt (photo by C. Lagatttuta)

Electrical engineer Holger Schmidt elected IEEE Fellow

Holger Schmidt, the Kapany Professor of Optoelectronics at UC Santa Cruz, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Elevation to the grade of fellow is a prestigious honor conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on members with an outstanding record... Read More