University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Having graduated our first class in June 1993, ECE@UCR will be graduating our 25th undergraduate class. In the intervening years ECE has grown to house about 300 EE and 250 CEN undergraduates, about 200 graduate students. The 2016 US News ranking for the UCR ECE program was in the top 29% (#55 of 190) among all universities and top 26% (#31 of 121) among all public institution.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 30 faculty members: 10 IEEE Fellows, 7 AAAS Fellows, 9 NSF Career Awardees, 3 ARO or ONR Young Investigator Awardees, 1 OSA and 1 APS Fellow. In 2014, three professors were president of their IEEE society. The latest NRC S-Ranking placed the UCR EE department in the top quartile. The faculty research expertise covers:

  • Communications and Signal Processing;
  • Controls, Robotics, and Autonomy;
  • Computer Engineering;
  • Integrated Circuits and VLSI System Design;
  • Intelligent Systems and Machine Intelligence;
  • Nanoscale Materials and Devices; and,
  • Energy and Power Systems.

The related research funding, exceeding $500k per faculty in contract & grant research expenditures, provides many funded research positions for graduate and undergraduate students.

Ilya Dumer


UCR's ECE Undergraduate Program


The EE Dept. offers undergraduate programs in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CEN). Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for the EE undergraduate program are listed here: EE and CEN. In 12/13 EE program currently enrolls 282 students. The CmpE program enrolled 218 students. A distinction of the UCR EE undergraduate courses is that most are accompanied by a hands-on laboratory component, so that the classroom theory is immediately applied in the lab. A senior design project caps the undergraduate experience. Projects such as sumo-robots, self-guided vehicles, and carbon nanotube solar cells span all areas of EE.

UCR's EE Graduate Program

The graduate program focuses on research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In 12/13, there were 104 graduate students. On average, the graduate program produces one Ph.D. per faculty per year. The research involves strong interaction with campus and system wide research centers: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the Center for Research in Intelligent Systems, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology, the UC Light Center, and Center for Phonon Optimized Engineering Materials. Four of the Center Directors are EE professors. A shared class 100 clean room is available for fabrication of nanodevices such as graphene transistors. UCR EE students travel nationally and internationally to present their research at conferences. Several faculty and graduate students have earned best paper awards. On average, the graduate program produces one Ph.D. per faculty per year. Our students obtain summer internships and permanent jobs with top universities and industries.


Ilya Dumer

Professor and Chair

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Tel: (951) 827-2484
Fax: (951) 827-2425
E-mail: E-mail/Questions