Exam Committees

The Master's Thesis Reading Committee, Qualifying Exam Committee and Ph.D. Dissertation Reading Committee require the approval of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Below are the current Electrical Engineering policies on the committee membership. These policies are in addition to, and compliant with, the Graduate Council requirements described in the Graduate Handbook.

Master's Thesis Reading Committee

The members of the Master's Thesis Reading committee must include the following:

  1. A ladder rank EE faculty member
  2. A ladder rank UCSC School of Engineering (SOE) faculty (may be EE as well).
  3. A UCSC SOE faculty or a recognized expert in the student's research area as judged by the EE Graduate Committee.

One additional member may be added to the committee. Students should consult their advisors about the membership of their committee.

Master's Project Reading Committee

The members of the Master's Project Reading Committee must include the following:

  1. A ladder rank EE faculty member
  2. A ladder rank UCSC School of Engineering (SOE) faculty (may be EE as well).

Additional members may be added to the committee. Students should consult their advisors about the membership of their committee.

Qualifying Exam Committee

The members of the qualifying exam committee must include the following:

  1. The chair of the committee must be a tenured ladder rank EE faculty member who is not the student's advisor.
  2. A ladder rank EE faculty member (may be the advisor).
  3. A ladder rank SOE faculty member (may be the advisor) or a recognized expert in the student's research area from outside UCSC as judged by the EE Graduate Committee and the Graduate Dean.
  4. The outside member must be a tenured ladder rank faculty member from a department other than EE at UCSC or a recognized expert in the student's research area from outside UCSC.

The outside member may not be the student's advisor. In the event that the outside member is not from UCSC, she/he must have credentials equivalent to a tenured faculty member as judged by the Graduate Committee and the Graduate Dean. The outside member's CV must be submitted along with the exam committee nomination form.

Students should consult their advisors about the membership of their committee.

Ph.D. Dissertation Reading Committee

The members of the Dissertation Reading Committee must include the following:

  1. An EE faculty member (may be the advisor). This is the chair of the committee.
  2. A tenured ladder rank EE faculty member who is not the student's advisor.
  3. A ladder rank UCSC faculty (may be the advisor) or a recognized expert in the student's research area with credentials equivalent to a ladder rank UCSC faculty member as judged by the EE Graduate Committee.

If you have two advisors you should list both as co-chairs. Additional members may be added to the committee. Students should consult their advisors about the membership of their committee. The Dissertation Reading Committee must be appointed in order to advance to candidacy.

NOTE: A ladder rank faculty (Academic Senate member) holds the title of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. Associate Professors and Professors have tenure.