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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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Seed funding grants support plans for innovative research centers

The UCSC Office of Research has awarded seed funding to six campus research groups to support their efforts to develop innovative new research centers. The Seed Funding for Center Scale Research Initiatives program supports collaborative, multidisciplinary proposals and aims to bring together... Read More

The device used to control membrane voltage in living cells involves an array of bioelectronic proton pumps that add or remove hydrogen ions from solution next to cultured human stem cells. The system is controlled by a machine learning algorithm that tracks how the membrane voltage responds to stimuli from the proton pumps. (Photos by Jack Selberg)

Bioelectronic device achieves unprecedented control of cell membrane voltage

In an impressive proof-of-concept demonstration, an interdisciplinary team of scientists has developed a bioelectronic system driven by a machine learning algorithm that can shift the membrane voltage in living cells and maintain it at a set point for 10 hours. Every living cell maintains a voltage... Read More

Leila Parsa

UCSC engineers developing all-electric power train for future aircraft

A team led by Leila Parsa, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an innovative all-electric power train that will help enable net-zero carbon emissions for... Read More