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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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Applied Optics and Optofluidics

Bioelectronic and Bioprotonic

Cyber-Physical Systems

Robotics and Control

Uncertainty Aware
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Vice Chancellor Scott Brandt

Federal funds invested in research infrastructure

UC Santa Cruz will invest nearly $6 million in its research tools this academic year, thanks to awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes for Health. Each year, we can submit three proposals to the NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation program, which typically funds... Read More

Cerebral organoids grown from human pluripotent stem cells, like these in a lab at UC Santa Cruz, are used to study brain development and evolution. (Photo by Sofie Salama)

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute launches brain research project

The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, in collaboration with neuroscience faculty at UC San Francisco, is launching an ambitious new project to learn how the human brain evolved and how its neural circuitry develops. The project, funded by Schmidt Futures, involves applying modern artificial... Read More

The PCBB Team. Top row, left to right: Arina Romanova, Michael Choi. Bottom row, left to right: Ricardo Rodriguez, Richard Alves, Selina Guan, Dan Li, Adam Grose, Rafael Ramirez.

UC Santa Cruz engineering students’ autonomous boat could keep microplastics out of oceans

For their final project as undergraduates, a team of students at the Baskin School of Engineering is building an autonomous boat and net system that would passively drift along coastlines and collect garbage deposited into the ocean by rivers. The Passive Cleaner Boat Bot (PCBB) could prevent... Read More