ELECTRICAL & cOMPUTER eNGINEERING
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.
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.
The ECE 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.
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.
- Well-recognized graduate program
- Distinguished faculty
- Exemplary diversity and inclusion
- Excellent support by local industry
The 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
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm (PDT)
Important dates for Fall 2022
First day of classes.
Last day for Faculty to drop students from classes (11:59 p.m. deadline)
Last day to ADD/DROP, or change grading basis (7:59 p.m. deadline)
Holiday - Labor Day. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.
Last day to submit a Petition for Late Schedule Adjustment requesting a fall 2022 course withdrawal
|Nov 11||Holiday - Veteran's Day. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.
|Nov 23||No classes will be held, but campus will remain open.
|Nov 24-25||Holiday - Thanksgiving recess. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.
|Dec 12||Last day to submit a fall 2022 Petition for Late Schedule Adjustment.
Last day of classes before final examinations.
|Dec 13-19||Final examinations.
|Dec 22-27||Holiday - Winter recess. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.
|Dec 30||Grades due from instructors. (11 p.m. deadline)
Last day for submission of incomplete and RP grade removals (excluding thesis) for December 2022 graduation
with an advanced degree
Last day of fall semester
|Jan 2, 2023||Holiday - New Year's Day Observed. Faculty/staff holiday. Campus closed.|
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Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen Receives the NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, received the NSF Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) Award, which
is the NSF’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty. The title of the project
supported by this award is "Development of Learning Frameworks for Nonlinear Massive
The need for enabling massive connectivity using energy- and cost-efficient massive MIMO wireless transceivers, mobile devices, sensors, and actuators motivates the use of low-cost hardware. However, these hardware components are highly susceptible to generating nonlinear distortions. Dr. Nguyen receives the 2022 NSF CAREER award to develop new learning frameworks and signal processing algorithms to resolve the nonlinearities in wireless transceivers and optimize massive MIMO performance.
SDSU Hosts the San Diego Foundation-Funded Outreach and Workforce Development Workshop
Article by Melinda Sevilla, July 28, 2022
From June to July 2022, San Diego State University’s College of Engineering hosted the LevelUp summer engineering workshop for local high school students.
This program was made possible thanks to grant support from The San Diego Foundation. The generous funding allowed for the workshop to bring Engineering to the next generation - with a special focus on exposing girls and underrepresented students to STEM careers.
During the summer, students experienced academically stimulating, hands-on interactive engineering activities, lectures, and career panels with SDSU professors, graduate students, and industry partners (Society of Women in Engineering - San Diego Chapter, Solar Turbines, General Atomics, Cubic Transportation Systems, to name a few) with an emphasis on allowing students to envision themselves in STEM careers in the future.
Led by civil engineering professor Marta Miletić and electrical and computer engineering professor Sweta Sarkar, the 4-week long summer program engaged with underprivileged high school students in order to build a pathway to engage them in STEM careers.
The event proved to be successful, with one student participant even proclaiming, “I am adding SDSU to the list of colleges I am going to apply to!”
“Thank you to The San Diego Foundation for the generous funding which allowed us to bring Engineering to our next generation of potential engineers, scientists and researchers,” said Miletić and Sarkar in a joint statement.
View the full photo album here
SDSU Hosts Robotics Camp 2022
Article by Melinda Sevilla, July 25, 2022
When the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering assistant professor Junfei Xie earned her NSF CAREER Grant for her project on Networked Airborne Computing in 2021, she set goals to use some of the $550,000 award to host student educational outreach events. Since then, Xie began by hosting the 2nd CPS-IoT Week Student Design Competition on Networked Computing on the Edge.
Students Build Replicas of Unmanned Smuggling Boats to Help Coast Guard Find Them
Unique Camera System Improves Probability of Detection
Article by Edward Lundquist, Naval Engineers Journal, June 2022, Vol. 134, No. 2
A unique student project is helping the Coast Guard find small and hard to detect unmanned autonomous surface vessels (UASVs) that can be used to transport drugs into the U.S. Several UASVs have been recovered attempting to transit from around the maritime border with Mexico and into California. The boats are can carry about 90 lbs. of cargo, which could be illegal narcotics, explosives or other contraband
According to Coast Guard Sector San Diego officials, four of the UASVs were seized by federal law enforcement authorities in Southern California. The first was found in March 2018, another in December 2020, and two more in February and March of 2021, suggesting a high likelihood that there are many more that have gone undetected.
To learn how these boats might be best detected by sensors, the Coast Guard engaged
the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), which collaborates with major universities
and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation.
With Coast Guard Sector San Diego as the project sponsor, NSIN capstone students at
San Diego State University and Rice University in Houston, Texas, have been prototyping
boats this semester.
To read the full article, click on Students Build Replicas of Unmanned Smuggling Boats.
The San Diego State University capstone project sponsored by NSIN, USCG, and Ocean Aero was a joint effort between the students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Team Kraken.
Dr. Junfei Xie Hosts Design Competition via NSF CAREER Award Funding
Article by Melinda Sevilla, May 24, 2022
Dr. Junfei Xie, Associate Professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University used funding from her NSF CAREER project on Networked Airborne Computing to host the 2nd CPS-IoT Week Student Design Competition on Networked Computing on the Edge.
Spread over five years, Dr. Xie’s $550,000 NSF award allows her to build on her previous work and develop a system for drones to have networked airborne computing capability. The funding also allows for community and student competitions such as this one.
CPS-IoT Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Research. It brings together five top conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, RTAS and IoTDI, multiple workshops, tutorials, competitions and various exhibitions from both industry and academia.
To read the full article click on Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Hosts Design Competition via NSF CAREER
2022 College of Engineering Outstanding Student
The admiration is mutual as Thomas wrote, "Next to me in the photo is the incredible Professor Barry Dorr, whom I have chosen as my Most Influential Faculty member. He was without a doubt the best part of my entire undergraduate electrical engineering career. I had the privilege of taking four classes with him (EE310, EE330, EE430L, and senior design). I have never met a professor who is so kind, humble, and down to earth. He consistently goes out of his way to help students gain a better understanding of not only the material but what it means to be a good engineer. He approaches students as his friends and respects them. One of his greatest and most unique talents is to take difficult concepts and make them very simple and practical. Whether it was the transistor’s small-signal model, sketching the magnitude response of a circuit, demystifying the Smith chart, or simply “why on earth is this capacitor here?”, he filtered out the noise and made concepts click for me. Lectures were so enjoyable, not only because he truly made concepts come alive, but also because of his great sense of humor and how he pulled from his extensive industry experience. His great enthusiasm for electronics design helped foster an enthusiasm in me as well and is a contributing factor to my choice to pursue design engineering for wireless/DSP/RF/embedded electronic systems. As I go forward in my career, I will always carry with me and remember these valuable experiences I had as his student."
SDSU's ECE/ME Team HADES to Participate at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Launabotics 2022, Florida
Team HADES is representing San Diego State University at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Lunabotics 2022 by designing, building, and operating a lunar mining robot. This student competition has been facilitated through NASA’s Artemis Generation of student competitions and projects, while for Team HADES it was also their San Diego State University Senior Design Capstone project. The competition is an engineering challenge in which students gain experience with the engineering lifecycle process, from concept development to system closeout. During the project lifecycle, the team was able to apply what they have learned inside the classroom in this hands-on project. The goal of NASA RMC is to find innovative solutions to extract material from beneath the lunar surface using a partially autonomous robot with a dust-free operation/design.
In nine months, five Mechanical Engineering (Alyssa Brunen, Sterling Belaire, Linda Clark, Nathan De Chambeau, and William (Billy) Bilicki) and five Electrical & Computer Engineering students (John Paul Edwin Ventura, Jaquelyn Fernandez-Iniguez, Jean Michel Vives, Josh Dolled, and Andrew Chung) worked closely together to create a lunar mining robot. The rover is able to maneuver through a lunar environment, with simulated craters and boulders, dig through a layer of BP-1 to retrieve simulated lunar regolith material beneath it, and deposit the regolith to a specified location. Inspection, gravel mining, average bandwidth consumption, robot energy spent, dust tolerance design & operation, and autonomy are some of the categories HADES will be scored on at the competition.
An important note is that Team HADES is also a first-year competition team, which means that no prior San Diego State University Team has participated in this competition, and HADES has made it to the final, which is an incredible accomplishment and showcases the ability of SDSU’s Engineering Students at such a national high level. The competition will take place May 26th–27th, 2022 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The goal is to extract a minimum of 1kg of lunar regolith in each of the two 15-minute trials. The more gravel removed, the more points the rover receives, allowing it to place higher in the competition.
Dr. Junfei Xie (ECE) and Dr. Natalie Mladenov (CCEE) - SDBJ's Top 50 Women of Influence in Engineering
The SDSU NewsCenter has featured the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor, Dr. Junfei Xie, in their article "A Q&A with Two of SDBJ's Top 50 Women of Influence in Engineering" written by Melinda Sevilla. To read the full article, click on A Q&A with Two of SDBJ's Top 50 Women of Influence in Engineering.
Dr. Chris Mi - Recipient of the 2022 Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair, Dr. Chris Mi, is the
recipient of the Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship which is SDSU's highest research
Dr. Mi presented the lecture, "Wireless Power Transfer - from Science Fiction to Reality" - Over the past 100 years, scientists have been searching for solutions to realize wireless power transfer reliably and efficiently. Their goal? A tether-free world. It is only in the past ten years that this has become reality. With the help of semiconductor devices, electromagnetic materials, and microcomputers, we can now not only charge a cell phone wirelessly, but we can also charge an electric car or a humongous electric ship without plugging it in. In this talk, Professor Chris Mi will look at how his work has made wireless power transfer cheaper, faster, safer and more efficient, enabling cable-free conference rooms, battery-less drones, and factories populated by untethered robots and autonomous vehicles.
To read the article on Dr. Mi's award, click on article of Dr. Mi's 2022 Albert W. Johnson Research Lectureship.
To watch the video on Dr. Mi's award, click on video of Dr. Chris Mi's 2022 Albert W. Johnson Research Leadership.
Dr. Chris Mi (ECE) and Dr. Kevin Wood (ME) Receive Grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC)
The SDSU NewsCenter has featured the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair, Dr. Chris Mi, in their article "Used EV Batteries Could Be Solution to Surging Electricity Demand" written by Melinda Sevilla. To read the full article, click on Used EV Batteries Could Be Solution to Surging Electricity Demand.
To read the article "California is Testing Reuse Systems to Head off Anticipated Flood of Retired Electric Car Batteries" written by Thomas Fudge (Science and Technology Reporter for KPBS' platforms) and listen to the radio segment on KPBS, click on California is Testing Reuse Systems to Head Off Anticipated Flood of Retired Electric Car Batteries.
Dr. Junfei Xie selected as the Weber Honors College Research Fellow
Dr. Junfei Xie, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
was selected to participate in the Weber Honors College Research Fellow Program for
Spring 2022. As a Weber Honors College Fellow, Dr. Xie will support and guide selected
honors students at San Diego State University in the development and application of
SDG&E - Engineers Week Employee Spotlight: Reena Roy, Senior Engineer
Reena Roy graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering degree in 2010 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Diego State University. She has been with San Diego Gas & Electric for 12 years as their senior engineer.
Click SDG&E Engineers Week Employee Spotlight: Reen Roy to read the article.
- 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.
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 hosted its annual Design Day on May 4, 2022 at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union building.
- The event featured 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.