A Message from the Chair

The Electrical Engineering Department has growing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs. The undergraduate program has been accredited by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET). We are part of the Baskin School of Engineering, which is entering an exciting growth phase focused on fields that will be in great demand in Silicon Valley and elsewhere over the next decade. The school and department are expected to almost double in size over the next ten years. Excellent computing facilities and state-of-the-art laboratories, a second engineering building completed in 2004, and a renovated Baskin Engineering Building with extensive wet labs and experimental facilities supports research and instruction. UCSC is close to Silicon Valley and has strong ties with many of the high-technology companies in the area. UCSC is the lead UC campus in the development of the UC Silicon Valley Center at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Electrical Engineering and the School of Engineering as a whole are major participants in the development of this center, including teaching and research, with an emphasis on collaboration with NASA and Silicon Valley industry. In addition, EE faculty members participate in two of the California Institutes for Science and Innovation, the California Institute for Quantitative Biology (QB3) and the California Institute for Information Technology in the Service of Society (CITRIS) as well as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The EE Department is also a partner in the NSF funded Engineering Research Center in Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems (with USC and CalTech), in the NSF funded Center for Adaptive Optics led by UCSC. And the EE department is the lead for a six-university consortium for the ONR funded Center for Thermionic Energy Conversion.

The department consists of distinguished faculty members who have been recipients of numerous national and international awards, such as the Mac Van Valkenburg Award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. In addition, members of our faculty have been elected as IEEE Fellows, AAAS Fellows, Sloan Foundation Fellows and Packard Fellows and four of our faculty members have won NSF CAREER awards.

The research focus of the department is in areas that have relevance not only to industry in Northern California, but to the nation and the world as a whole. Faculty in EE are pursuing interdisciplinary research in the following areas:

  • Photonics and Electronics
  • Biomedical Instrumentation and Micro-devices
  • Communications
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • VLSI, MEMS and Nanotechnology
  • Electromagnetics and Environmental Sensing

All of the faculty members in Electrical Engineering are excited at being part of the dynamic Baskin School of Engineering. We hope you will consider joining us or working with us as we build an EE department of the 21st century.

Joel Kubby