Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University! We are committed to shaping a great future for each one of our students.
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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at San Diego State University is interested in attracting exceptional students to our B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs. Our graduates become leaders in many areas represented by our Department, both in private and public sectors.

Our faculty expertise includes antenna and microwave engineering, power electronics and electric drives, embedded systems, digital VLSI, signal processing, power systems, electromagnetic interference, machine learning, wireless communication, multimedia communication, rehabilitation electronics, electronics and system design for biomedical applications, robotic, artificial intelligence, and unmanned aerial systems.

We are proud to have seven awardees of the prestigious Monty Award, three NSF CAREER awardees, an Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship awardee, and IEEE Fellows.

Our Department is home to several research laboratories such as the Antenna & Microwave Lab (AML) Group which is an antenna analysis, design, fabrication and measurement facility, the Emerging & Advanced Green Energy Lab (EAGEL), the Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center for electrical drive transportation research, the SysteMs & InteLligEnce (SMILE) Lab that explores fundamental theories and innovative algorithms to improve dynamic systems and networks, and WIreless Networks & Communication (WINC) Lab whose research areas include Body Area Networks (BANs), Green Networking, Cloud Computing, and Research on Social Networking.

Program highlights:

  • Well-recognized graduate program
  • Distinguished faculty
  • Exemplary diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent support by local industry

The Department of ECE offers both graduate and undergraduate studies leading to a Master of Science or a Bachelor of Science degree. ECE offers both on-campus and online degrees in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and starting in Fall 2023, in Computer Engineering (MSCompE). For information on the online Master of Science degrees please click on online MSEE or online MSCompE. The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Computer Engineering (BSCompE) are only offered on-campus.

In addition to our Master and Bachelor of Science degrees, ECE offers a Master of Engineering (MEngr) degree and a Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) degree. The Master of Engineering degree is a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in furthering a career in engineering with a business/management emphasis. For the JDP program, faculty from both San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are actively involved in research projects with the graduate students. The Ph.D. degree is awarded jointly by the two cooperating institutions. 

Visit the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Engineering Building 426
(619) 594-7013
Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm (PDT)


Important dates for Spring 2023

Jan 18      

First day of classes.

Jan 27  

Last day for Faculty to drop students from classes (11:59 p.m. deadline).

Jan 31  

Last day to ADD/DROP, or change grading basis (7:59 p.m. deadline).
Last day to apply for May and August 2023 graduation with a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
Last day to file petition for concurrent graduate credit for Spring semester 2023.

Feb 14  

Last day to submit a Petition for Late Schedule Adjustment for course withdrawal without
a "W" on the transcript. Any approval requests received after this date will result in a "W" on the transcript.

Mar 27-31   Spring Recess

Mar 31   Holiday - Cesar Chavez Day. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.

May 4   Last day to submit a Spring 2023 Petition for Late Schedule Adjustment.
Last day of classes before final examinations.

May 5-11     Final examinations.

May 12-14   Commencement, San Diego Campus (https://commencement.sdsu.edu/)

May 18   Grades due from instructors. (11 p.m. deadline)
Last day for submission of incomplete and RP grade removals (excluding thesis) for May 2023 graduation
with an advanced degree.
Last day of Spring semester.



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Longya Xu

Dr. Longya Xu, ECE Adjunct Faculty

National Academy of Engineering Member, Dr. Longya Xu joins SDSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Xu, Fellow of IEEE, is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Nikola Tesla Award which is presented annually by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2023.

Dr. Longya Xu received his M.S. and Ph. D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. From 1971 to 1978, he participated in 150kVA synchronous machine design, manufacturing and testing for mobile power station in China. From 1982 to 1984, he worked as a researcher on linear machines at the Institute of Electrical Engineering, Sinica Academia of China. After his arrival in the U. S., Dr. Xu has served as a consultant to many industrial companies, including Honeywell, Boeing, General Electric, Raytheon Company, US Wind Power, Pacific Scientific Co., Ford Motor Company, and General Motor Company for various industrial concerns. He was a faculty member at The Ohio State University where he was a professor until 2022 when he was named Professor Emeritus. Professor Longya Xu is known for his “contributions to design and control of efficient electric machines for wind power generation and electrified vehicles.” His specific research and teaching interests include dynamics and optimized design of special electrical machines and power converters for variable speed drive and generating systems, application of advanced control theory and digital signal processor for motion control and distributed power systems in super-high speed operation. He served as Director for the Center for High Performance Power Electronics at Ohio State University.


AzTechs Hackathon

Go AzTechs: SDSU Team Wins First Place in National Hackathon
Article by Melinda Sevilla, March 14, 2023

A team of electrical and computer engineering students won first place with their solution to managing crowds in an emergency. Target: Petco Park.

San Diego State University students are working to solve pressing public safety issues for crowd control at concerts, sporting events, and other large-scale events. Team AzTechs, a group of SDSU electrical and computer engineering students, won the grand prize of $10,000 in a competition at the DASSH (Designing Actionable Solutions for a Secure Homeland) Student Design Challenge held February 24-26. To read the full article, click on Go AzTechs: SDSU Team Wins First Place in National Hackathon.


Nathan Russert

Nathan Russert ('22) Pens Children's Book on Engineering - The Great Harvest: An Engineering Story
Article by Melinda Sevilla, March 8, 2023

An electrical and computer engineering alumnus has written and published a children’s book on a group of animal engineers to introduce young readers to the world of engineering.

The Great Harvest: An Engineering Story” is a read-aloud story for kids with the aim of transporting kids to a fictional world where animals with different skills work together to solve a big problem. “They'll watch the animal friends use mechanical, electrical, civil, and aerospace engineering to come up with brilliant solutions,” said author, Nathan Russert (‘22). To read the full article, click on Nathan Russert.


Chris Mi

Dr. Chunting “Chris” Mi Receives a $959,932 Grant in Collaboration with Solid Energies, Inc.

Dr. Chris Mi, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received a $959,932 grant for his work in collaboration with Solid Energies, Inc. The grant is sponsored by the California Energy Commission and is titled “High Safety, Wide-Operation-Temperature, Low-Cost All-Solid-Sates Li-Ion Battery and ASSLiB-Based Energy Storage Systems”.



Octavio Martinez

Octavio Martínez (BSEE '92, MBA '00) - From Internship to International Agreement
Article by Melinda Sevilla, January 17, 2023

Octavio Martínez’s (BSEE ‘92, MBA ‘00) immersion into semiconductors as a San Diego State University student led to a successful career in the field, and a recent high-profile involvement in the binational semiconductor chip agreement between the United States and Mexico.

Electrical engineering alumnus Martínez had what he called the “greatest privilege” of being selected as an honorary witness and signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on semiconductor cooperation between the two nations. To read the full article, click on From Internship to International Agreement.


Eric Johnson What the Hell is an Economy?

Eric Johnson ('86) - What the Hell is an Economy? 
Article by Melinda Sevilla, January 4, 2023

It’s a question that Eric Johnson ‘86 wouldn’t have asked while an electrical engineering graduate student at San Diego State University. “I gave it no thought,” he said.

But throughout his career and life experiences, Johnson has learned that the economy includes goals of productivity, improving quality of life across the board, and “just the right amount of compassion.”  To read the full article, click on What the Hell is an Economy?


Jesus Samaniego Sanchez

Jesus "Sammy" Samaniego Sanchez, Troops to Engineers (T2E)
Article by Melinda Sevilla and Audrey Chuakay, November 8, 2022

Jesus "Sammy" Samaniego Sanchez is currently working towards his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering here at San Diego State University. SDSU's T2E program’s goal is to ease the transition to civilian learning for student veterans like Sammy Sanchez. T2E is offered exclusively at SDSU to student veterans in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs. To read the full article, click on Troops to Engineers.

Barry Dorr - Jazz Musician

Barry Dorr, Engineering Lecturer by Day, Jazz Musician by Night
Article by Audrey Chuakay, November 8, 2022

Professor Barry Dorr, Lecturer for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University works his childhood passion for music into his instruction for senior design projects.
To read the full article, click on Engineering Lecturer By Day, Jazz Musician By Night.


Alan Dulgeroff - SDSGE

Alan Dulgeroff, SDSU Alumni ('92, '18), SDG&E and Snapdragon Stadium
Video provided by Melinda Sevilla, November 2, 2022

Alan Dulgeroff, Director of Electric System Planning at SDG&E received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1992 and his Master of Engineering degree in 2018 at San Diego State University. Alan shares his story of SDG&E's collaboration with SDSU's Snapdragon Stadium. Click SDG&E and Snapdragon to view the video clip.

Audrey Chuakay

Audrey Chuakay - Pinoy Pride: Finding Her Chosen Family at SDSU
Article by Melinda Sevilla, October 26, 2022

Audrey Chuakay, a senior in Computer Engineering at San Diego State University, shares her story about her identity as a Filipina and woman in STEM, and how SDSU's organizations help her explore them. To read the full article click on Pinoy Pride: Finding Her Chosen Family at SDSU.

Junfei Xie

Dr. Junfei Xie Named Presidential Research Faculty Fellows
Article by Kelly Woodhouse, October 21, 2022

Dr. Junfei Xie, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was among seven faculty members to be named Presidential Research Faculty Fellows at San Diego State University in recognition of their outstanding research, scholarship and creative endeavors. To read the full article click on Presidential Research Fellows Honored for Advancing Their Fields.

Joe Kiani

Joe E. Kiani, SDSU Alumni ('84 & '88), 2022 Forbes 400 Billionaire

Joe E. Kiani, founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Masimo Corporation, a publicly held (since 2007) global medical technology company, immigrated to the U.S. from Iran as a child of poverty to become a billionaire! 

In 1984, Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and in 1988 his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at San Diego State University. He was also the 2005 Monty Awardee. SDSU's Monty Award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to San Diego State University, the San Diego community or California, nationally or internationally, and is presented to one distinguished alumnus/alumna from each college annually.

Now, Joe Kiani is the cover story on the 2022 Forbes 400 magazine. To read the entire article, click on Meet the Iranian Immigrant Who Became a Covid MedTec Billionaire, written by Kerry A. Dolan, Forbes Staff.

Duy Nguyen NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen, Beyond 5G: SDSU Professor Earns NSF CAREER Award
Article by Melinda Sevilla, October 19, 2022

We have sensors in our cars, our phones, and now even our homes — all meant to make our day-to-day lives easier through the use of wireless communications. Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Duy Nguyen wants to make these machine learning and signal processing algorithms even stronger — and our lives even easier.

Nguyen has earned an NSF CAREER Award of $500,000 over the next five years for his research on wireless communications, signal processing, and machine learning. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award is the NSF’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty. To read the full article, click on Beyond 5G: SDSU Professor Earns NSF CAREER Award.



Design Day 2023

2023 Engineering Design Day

For an in depth look at the senior design projects for 2022, please visit our Design Day 2022 site.

  • The San Diego State University senior engineering Design Day presents a collection of projects from graduating seniors.
  • The San Diego State University College of Engineering will host its annual Design Day on May 3, 2023 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union building from 1:30pm-4:00pm.
  • The event will feature project demonstrations from graduating seniors in the engineering program, as part of a capstone design class.
  • Design Day exhibits a collection of projects from graduating seniors from Electrical and Computer engineering majors. This event is well attended by representatives from local industry, parents and faculty from other departments.
  • Please continue to check our Engineering Design Day website for further information and this site also lists all of our past Design Day events.


Innovation Center

Innovation center

Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

  • Apply to the $50K Zahn Challenge for SDSU students, faculty and staff with an idea for a commercial enterprise, social enterprise or project resulting in a social impact.
  • The Zahn Innovation Center is a commercial and social incubator that supports San Diego State University innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs—students, faculty and staff from any major or department on campus—as they transform their ideas into companies.
  • Zahn Innovation center at San Diego State University College of Engineering is an incubator that support students, faculty and staff as they transform their ideas into products and companies.