ECE Header Logo

About ECE

Saif IslamWelcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California Davis.

We are excited to share our vision and goals in ECE as we continue to offer world-class education and produce cutting-edge research. Our overarching vision is to offer leadership in the creation and development of human and intellectual capital and in innovation and a vision for a better world. In support of this vision of the University of California, we strive to:

  • be recognized as one of the top programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering education, disciplinary and multidisciplinary research and technology transfer endeavor;
  • produce well-prepared graduates and trained professional to enter and assume leadership roles in the engineering profession;
  • earn the recognition as a department that accepts and encourages diversity, inspires excellence in thoughts and actions and cultivates a positive environment to further professional advancement of our staff and our faculty;

We seek new engineering solutions to some of the most critical societal challenges of the 21st century thriving within the domains of sustainable engineering and designs, high performance and power efficient computing, health care, high bit rate data and telecommunication, nanotechnology, pervasive sensor networks, machine learning and computer vision, robotics, space technology, energy harvesting and smart management.

UC Davis is well positioned to pursue exciting new solutions to meet these challenges. We benefit from our proximity to Silicon Valley, which supplies a valuable resource for connections with world leaders in the electronics industry. These interactions keep us well informed about today’s needs for innovation and provides us with opportunities for collaborations and the transformation of ideas into products. Our department also benefits from UC Davis’ world-renowned strength in the life sciences, which provides a rich environment for interfacing electronics with biology to enable new type of bio-inspired electronic devices, circuits, and systems.

Our faculty and researchers pioneered new engineering approaches and disciplines, examples of which include nanoscale devices and sensors, MEMS/NEMS, energy scavenging circuits, reconfigurable terabyte computers, integrated analog and digital electronics, implantable biosensors, embedded systems, terahertz science and technology, ultra-fast intra-chip communication, high frequency and high power RF technology, big data, cyber-physical systems, wireless sensor networks and networking protocols that control the energy demand of smart appliances.

Our graduates are in high demand, and our proximity to the large corporate R&D centers and the vibrant start-up and venture capital communities of Silicon Valley and Northern California provide a wealth of opportunities for launching careers. We are innovators. Our alumni members start companies, lead major technology companies and develop new technologies, serve in academia, and continue to expand the horizon of knowledge in technology. Our faculty, often with one or more of their graduate and undergraduate students, started more than 30 companies. Our alumni were involved in starting more than 100 companies. We offer unceasing commitment to train and educate the next generation of innovators, industry and research leaders.  We strive to improve the world we live in and make a difference in the lives of people across the globe.

We welcome talented students who share our enthusiasm and optimism for creating the technologies of the future. Whether you prospective or current student, an alumnus, faculty member, staff, friend or a curious member of the community, we welcome you to become a part of the University of California Davis ECE family.  For supporters and potential collaborators in industry, federal laboratories, and elsewhere, we enthusiastically welcome your interest in our department. Please do not hesitate to contact me, our staff, or any of our faculty members to pursue opportunities for collaborations.

Saif Islam

Department Chair