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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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Physics professor David Lederman leads the Materials Science and Engineering Initiative. (Photo by C. Lagatutta)

Materials Science and Engineering Initiative focuses on sustainability

It sounds like something out of science fiction, but a magnetic skyrmion is a real thing, and skyrmion-based devices might someday dominate data storage and processing, combining high speed, low energy consumption, and small size. UC Santa Cruz physicist David Lederman studies the materials needed... Read More

John Felts with UC President Janet Napolitano at the UC Grad Slam competition.

Graduate student John Felts takes second place in UC Grad Slam

John Felts, a graduate student in electrical engineering at UC Santa Cruz, placed second in the 2017 UC Grad Slam competition, held Thursday, May 4, at LinkedIn’s downtown San Francisco office. Felts advanced to the finals after winning the UCSC Grad Slam with his presentation on Cruz Foam, a... Read More

Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Tyrus Miller, left, talks with John Felts during the UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam.

UCSC Grad Slam winner envisions surfing on shrimp shells

Twelve UC Santa Cruz graduate students provided brief glimpses into their ongoing research in the third annual campuswide Grad Slam, a three-minute elevator pitch competition to encourage better storytelling about complex academic topics. John Felts, a second year Ph.D. electrical engineering... Read More