About Electrical & Computer Engineering

Department Overview

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the largest departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UC. ECE currently has 29 tenured or tenure-track faculty (including 2 IEEE fellows and 7 NSF CAREER awardees) and seven professor educators. The department is home to 980 undergraduate students, 180 master students, and 100 Ph.D. students. ECE's annual research funding exceeds $7 million.

The department offers four undergraduate degrees (B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology, B.S. in Computer Engineering, and B.S. in Cybersecurity Engineering); two Master of Science degrees (M.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Engineering), three Master of Engineering degrees (MEng in Electrical Engineering, MEng in Computer Engineering, and MEng in Software Engineering), and two Ph.D. degrees (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering). Learn more about each degree

Research Areas

The main research areas in the department include: artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, cybersecurity, embedded systems, microelectronics, robotics, sensors, signal processing, software engineering, and wireless and wired networks. Learn more about our research


TA positions (sponsored by the department) and RA positions (sponsored by ECE faculty) are available for new Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2023. Students interested in TA or RA positions are strongly encouraged to apply before December 30th, 2022. (Application Link, Application FAQs, Degree Information)

NOTE: the Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering is jointly managed by ECE department and CS department. If a student intends to work with an ECE faculty, please chooses ECE department in the application and indicates name(s) of ECE faculty he/she would like to work with in application documents.