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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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Professor Jim Whitehead

News Brief: Baskin School of Engineering names new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs

Professor Jim Whitehead has been appointed Baskin School of Engineering’s new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. The three-year appointment will be effective July 1, 2020.  As the ADUA, Whitehead will oversee the school’s undergraduate advising unit and curriculum planning activities... Read More

Professor Sina Farsiu, Baskin Engineering alumnus, at Duke University

Alumni stories: Sina Farsiu’s interdisciplinary background is saving patients’ vision 

Sina Farsiu is the very epitome of an interdisciplinary scientist. Although his Ph.D. from the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz is in electrical engineering, he is currently serving as the Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of... Read More

Olivia Oswald in the first Tesla Model X at the production launch event

Alumni stories: How hands-on experience at UC Santa Cruz landed Olivia Oswald her dream job

Just six months after she graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2014, Olivia Oswald landed a dream career at Tesla, a clean-energy company famous for its electric vehicles.  “I feel very lucky to be where I’m at,” Oswald says. “... Read More