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 2024. Students interested in TA or RA positions are strongly encouraged to apply before December 30th, 2023. (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 choose ECE department in the application and indicate name(s) of ECE faculty he/she would like to work with in application documents.

Mission and Vision

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering exists to advance the profound societal impact of electrical engineering and computing systems, and to promote an effective learning environment that enables students to do the same.

Our mission is to achieve excellence in scholarship in our academic field through: 

Teaching: Excellence and innovation in the conveyance of knowledge in all its forms, to enhance scholarship, communication skills, and critical and creative thinking among students.

Research: Creation, discovery, and advancement of science, engineering, and technology at a nationally and internationally recognized level.

Preservation of Knowledge: Preserve, exchange, and disseminate knowledge through archival publications, technical meetings, and other media.

Professional Activities and Application of Technology: Promote the development of professional skills, a high level of ethical conduct, personal initiative, and entrepreneurship, assumption of organizational responsibility, participation in professional societies and the application of technology.