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Message from the Chair


Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Riverside (ECE@UCR), one of the youngest such departments in the country. Having graduated our first class in May 1994 and started our PhD program in 1997, ECE has grown to house more than 300 electrical engineering and 150 computer engineering undergraduates, as well as about 200 graduate students. We have 32 regular faculty and more than 10 cooperating faculty, as well as a number of research and teaching faculty; they educate one of the most diverse student bodies (about 38% of our students come from under-represented groups) and conduct world-class research ranging from nanomaterials to robotics. Many of our younger faculty have received early career awards, and many of the senior faculty are Fellows of professional societies in their areas. The department was ranked 24th in the National Research Council’s average S-rank.

The undergraduate curriculum in ECE provides students the breadth and depth necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing technological climate. The areas that students receive exposure to, and can specialize in, are: communications, signal processing and networking; controls, robotics and machine intelligence; embedded systems and VLSI; nanotechnology, advanced materials and devices; and power engineering. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in industry, and many have chosen to pursue graduate and professional degrees.

Our faculty and graduate students are known to conduct research at the cutting edge of science and technology, regularly publishing in the very top journals and conferences, and winning contracts and grants from some of the most competitive and prestigious programs in the country. This includes (but is not limited to): the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, as well as private corporations like Google, CISCO, Intel, and IBM. The research expertise of our faculty include:

  • Communications, Signal Processing, and Networking
  • Control and Robotics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Devices
  • Power Systems and Smart Grid

In 2019-20, department faculty led new research grants totaling about $10 million, providing research positions for graduate and undergraduate students. Our faculty and students have access to world-class facilities in nanofabrication, microscopy, imaging, robotics, and transportation systems.

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you will keep ECE@UCR in your future plans.