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ECE At a Glance


  • B.S., M.S., Ph.D.- Electrical Engineering
  • B.S., M.S., Ph.D.- Computer engineering (joint program with Computer Science and Engineering)
  • B.S.- Engineering Physics
  • B.A.- Engineering and Society
Faculty:                        48
Graduates:                 470
Undergraduates:     1,200

Ten Endowed Chairs

Endowed by
Peter Asbeck
High-performance Communications Devices and Circuits
Shaya Fainman
Advanced Optical Technologies
Eric Fullerton
Magnetic Recording Research
Laurence Milstein
Wireless Communications Access Techniques
Alon Orlitsky
Information Theory and its Applications
Bhaskar Rao
Wireless Access Networks
Ramesh Rao
Telecommunications and Information Technologies
Paul Siegel
Magnetic Recording
Bang-Sup Song
Charles Lee Powell
Wireless Communication
Paul Yu William S.C. Chang Electronic Devices and Materials
Gabriel Rebeiz Wireless Communication Industry Wireless Communication Technology
Andrew Kahng

Chancellor’s Associates and Jacobs School of Engineering corporate affiliates

High-Performance Computing
Alex Vardy Jack Keil Wolf  

Members of the National Academy of Engineering

  • Peter Asbeck
  • Jack Keil Wolf (deceased)
  • Paul Siegel
  • Pradeep K. Khosla
  • Andrew Viterbi (emeritus)
  • Victor Rumsey (emeritus)
  • Roberto Padovani (adjunct)
  • James Lemke (adjunct)

Research Centers

ECE faculty members play leadership roles in seven interdisciplinary resrach units on the UC San Diego campus:
  • California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
    Division Director: Ramesh Rao, Associate Director: William Hodgkiss
  • Center for Energy Research (CER)
    Director: Farrokh Najmabadi, Associate Director: Edward Yu
  • Center for Information Theory and Applications (ITA)
    Director: Alon Orlitsky
  • Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR)
    Director: Eric Fullerton
  • Center for Networked Systems (CNS)
  • Center for Wireless Communication (CWC)
    Director: Alon Orlitsky
  • Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD)
In addition, electrical and computer engineering research is a mainstay of the UCSD-based San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and ECE graduate students participate in research at the California Space Institute, the Institute for Nonlinear Science, and other centers, labs and research groups.

Corporate Affiliates

AMCC, AT&T, Cymer, General Dynamics, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Hughes Research Laboratories, IBM, Invitrogen, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rockwell International, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Westinghouse, Xerox