Chairs Message

Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, a place where change is in the making.  ECE has a history of making an impact in the field of engineering with its innovative and path breaking faculty and outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.  We have the conviction that the work we do here in ECE will impact the world and it begins one student at a time.

Our faculty continue to conduct extraordinary research that pushes the boundaries of electrical and computer engineering to new limits.  Our search for outstanding, new faculty continues at a rapid pace and our recent hires are expanding the impact of our department far and wide. We are on target to welcome 5 new faculty members bringing the number of active faculty to 59 in addition to 12 adjunct faculty and 18 affiliated faculty.  We are proud to be the home of 10 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) members and to have a faculty whose impact is recognized by awards in their field.  

ECE students’ out of the box thinking has opened doors to the broader community with strategic partnerships and outreach efforts that bring experiential learning of engineering concepts to students of all ages within and beyond UC San Diego.  ECE stimulates student creativity with a growing summer research internship program and enrichment activities through our award winning and active student organizations.

Following the successful launch of two new graduate programs in Applied Electromagnetics and Machine Learning & Data Science, we are introducing another new graduate program this fall in Medical Imaging.  Recognizing the growing need for affordable healthcare for an aging population, our goal is to produce researchers with the skills needed to create high-resolution visualizations of cells, tissues and organs, and to facilitate diagnoses and treatments. Our partnership with the departments of bioengineering and radiology has created this first of its kind program within the University of California system.

As you get to know ECE at UC San Diego, you will find that the high rankings of our programs are well deserved.  Come visit us and see what it is about the UC San Diego ECE department that keeps us among the leaders and the best!


Bill Lin, Ph.D.


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Dan Sievenpiper, Ph.D.