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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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A graduate student with access to the labs downloaded sensor data from a robot so students could analyze it for their capstone project. (Photo by Veronica Hovanessian)

A new challenge for engineering students’ capstone projects—COVID-19

Students in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz were racing to finish their senior capstone projects when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a mandatory shelter-in-place order for Santa Cruz County starting in March. The lockdown posed yet another obstacle for student teams that were... Read More

Optical analysis of nanomagnets is achieved by directing a laser pulse at gratings designed to generate surface acoustic waves and focus the vibrational energy of the waves on individual nanomagnets. (Cover image, Applied Physics Letters, May 26, 2020)

New optical technique provides more efficient probe of nanomagnet dynamics

The performance of magnetic storage and memory devices depends on the magnetization dynamics of nanometer-scale magnetic elements called nanomagnets. Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a new optical technique that enables efficient analysis of single nanomagnets as small as 75 nanometers... Read More

Ricardo Sanfelice

Engineer Ricardo Sanfelice receives ‘test of time’ award for influential paper

Ricardo Sanfelice, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has received the 2020 Test-of-Time Award from the Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC) conference for a 2006 paper on feedback control systems. The HSCC Test-of-Time Award recognizes work published at... Read More