Electrical Engineering

The Electrical 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 Engineering curriculum. Our undergraduate program is ABET accredited.


UC Santa Cruz researchers worked with Structured Materials Industries to design and build an atomic layer deposition (ALD) system large enough to accommodate telescope mirrors. Andrew Phillips, Nobuhiko Kobayashi, and David Fryauf (l to r) examined the deposition chamber. (Photos by T. Stephens)

New mirror-coating technology promises dramatic improvements in telescopes

Materials scientist Nobuhiko Kobayashi wasn't quite sure why the astronomer he met at a wine-tasting several years ago was so interested in his research, but as he learned more about telescope mirrors it began to make sense. "It turns out that improving the performance of mirrors is all about thin... Read More

Physics professor David Lederman leads the Materials Science and Engineering Initiative. (Photo by C. Lagatutta)

Materials Science and Engineering Initiative focuses on sustainability

It sounds like something out of science fiction, but a magnetic skyrmion is a real thing, and skyrmion-based devices might someday dominate data storage and processing, combining high speed, low energy consumption, and small size. UC Santa Cruz physicist David Lederman studies the materials needed... Read More

John Felts with UC President Janet Napolitano at the UC Grad Slam competition.

Graduate student John Felts takes second place in UC Grad Slam

John Felts, a graduate student in electrical engineering at UC Santa Cruz, placed second in the 2017 UC Grad Slam competition, held Thursday, May 4, at LinkedIn’s downtown San Francisco office. Felts advanced to the finals after winning the UCSC Grad Slam with his presentation on Cruz Foam, a... Read More