University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical Engineering

Message from the Chair

The EE department was founded in the early 1990’s and has grown rapidly in size and stature. The Department of Electrical Engineering has 24 faculty members: 9 IEEE Fellows, 7 AAAS Fellows, 8 NSF Career Awardees, 3 ARO or ONR Young Investigator Awardees, 1 OSA and 1 APS Fellow. In 2014, three professors are 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 and Robotics,
• Computer Engineering, Integrated Circuits, and VLSI System Design,
• Intelligent Systems, and
• Nanoscale Materials and Devices.

The related research funding, approximately $550k per faculty in contract & grant research expenditures in FY 11/12, provides many funded research positions for graduate and undergraduate students.

Jay Farrell

UCR's EE 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.


Jay Farrell

Professor and Chair

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General Campus Information

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

Department Information

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

Tel: (951) 827-2484
Fax: (951) 827-2425
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