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.

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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

Holger Schmidt (photo by C. Lagatttuta)

Electrical engineer Holger Schmidt elected IEEE Fellow

Holger Schmidt, the Kapany Professor of Optoelectronics at UC Santa Cruz, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Elevation to the grade of fellow is a prestigious honor conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on members with an outstanding record... Read More

A new optofluidic platform for biological sample processing and optical analysis is made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and features tunable optics and novel 'lightvalves.' (Photo by C. Lagattuta)

New optofluidic platform features tunable optics and novel 'lightvalves'

For well over a decade, electrical engineer Holger Schmidt has been developing devices for optical analysis of samples on integrated chip-based platforms, with applications in areas such as biological sensors, virus detection, and chemical analysis. The latest device from his lab is based on novel... Read More

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