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.


Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Tyrus Miller, left, talks with John Felts during the UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam.

UCSC Grad Slam winner envisions surfing on shrimp shells

Twelve UC Santa Cruz graduate students provided brief glimpses into their ongoing research in the third annual campuswide Grad Slam, a three-minute elevator pitch competition to encourage better storytelling about complex academic topics. John Felts, a second year Ph.D. electrical engineering... Read More

Along with solar photovoltaic panels, this wind turbine charges the batteries of the whart's electric maintenance vehicle.

City, university wharf partnership earns Silicon Valley award

The GreenWharf Initiative, a partnership between the City of Santa Cruz and UC Santa Cruz, earned recognition from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The GreenWharf Initiative was awarded the Sustainable Green Development award in the small city category. The award highlights programs that... Read More

This scanning electron microscope image shows the nanomagnet array on a pre-commercial STT-MRAM prototype. (Image courtesy of Holger Schmidt)

UC Santa Cruz engineers work with Samsung on promising new memory technology

Today's computers often use as many as four different kinds of memory technology, from the hard drive to the memory chips, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. A new memory technology may be poised to disrupt this landscape, however, with a unique combination of features. It goes by the... Read More