Academic A-Fair

Academic A-Fair College of Engineering
September 18, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Come and visit us via zoom on September 18th from 1:00 pm - 2:00pm during the Academic A-Fair if you have any questions regarding any of our programs in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, or Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Or if you are a current student and have any questions.

Please check out the Academic A-Fair video!

We hope to hear from you on September 18th!


ECE Dept. COVID-19 Office hours

We are fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic, and here to help.

Visit our Virtual Help Desk
Monday - Friday

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

Important Dates for Fall 2020

August 24     First Day of Classes Fall 2020

September 4   Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
Last day to pay fees for registration (3:30 pm deadline)
Last day to officially withdraw from the university. Withdrawal after Sept. 4 requires a petition for serious and compelling reason.
Last day to apply for December 2020 graduation with a bachelor's or advanced degree.

December 10   Last Day of Classes before Final Examinations.

December 11-17   Final Examinations.

December 31   Last Day of Fall Semester.




Peggy & Eric Johnson Gift

Johnsons Make Gift to Endow fred harris Chair in DSP

We are pleased to announce that Peggy (BSEE 1985) and Eric Johnson (MSEE 1986) have made a $3,100,000 gift to name and endow the fred harris Chair in Digital Signal Processing (DSP).

Professor Emeritus fred harris started his more than 50 year career at SDSU in 1967 teaching DSP and Communication Systems courses. He is internationally renowned in Electrical Engineering and holds over 35 patents on digital receiver and DSP technology. He is the co-inventor of the Blackman-Harris Window.

Peggy is CEO of Magic Leap, a spatial computing company. Eric is an angel investor. They met at SDSU. Grateful for their SDSU education, fred’s inspiration and life-long friendship, they made the naming gift in his honor.

If you happen to see Peggy, Eric or fred at a community event, an industry meeting or online, please feel free to express appreciation on behalf of the College.

The College of Engineering is grateful for all those who provide much needed philanthropic support. If you or someone you know is interested in making a gift to the College, please reach out to Kate Carinder, SDSU Senior Director of Development at: [email protected].

Thank you Peggy and Eric Johnson and Dr. fred harris!!


M Sarkar

Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar Awarded the Fulbright Fellowship

Dr. Sarkar has been awarded a fellowship under the Fulbright Specialist program, established by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Fulbright Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects in foreign host institutions in over 150 countries. Once abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals. Dr. Sarkar’s Fulbright fellowship will commence in Fall 2021 and will span three academic years.

Congratulations Dr. Sarkar on your fellowship!!


Junfei Xie Award

Dr. Junfei Xie and Team Receives the Special Track on Networked Computer on the Edge Award

Congratulations to Dr. Junfei Xie (assistant professor, SDSU), Baoqian Wang (co-advisor, PhD student, SDSU), Ramiz Hanan, David Pierce Walker-Howell, and Leo Peralta (undergraduate students, SDSU) for winning the award in the student design competition at the 2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2020).  The competition is targeted for undergraduate students.

The title of their project is "Vision-based Autonomous Driving Robot Capable of Navigating in Unknown and Dynamic Rural Environments". In this project, the students developed a modular, intelligent, and autonomous driving robot that is not only capable of navigating in a known urban environment, but also in an unknown and dynamic rural environment with unpaved roads.

Congratulations Dr. J. Xie and team on your award!!

Amir Alimohammad NSF AwardDr. Amir Alimohammad Receives the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Award

One of the primary motivations of brain-computer interfaces is to restore a full range of movements  for paralyzed patients who are unable to move or communicate through normal neural pathways caused by strokes or chronic diseases. The NSF awards Professor Alimohammad to create a transformative brain-implantable processor for drastically relaxing power-hungry wireless neural data transmission through the skull while directly  controlling prosthetics in real-time, enabling the rehabilitation of millions of patients. The processor will be tested at the Washington National Primate Research Center at the University of Washington in macaque monkeys.

      Dr. Amir Alimohammad Receives the Northrop Grumman 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching Award

   Dr. Alimohammad was the recipient of the Northrup Grumman 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching Award for his innovative teaching methodologies and his
   commitment to present students with state-of-the-art education.

   Congratulations Dr. A. Alimohammad on your awards!!

Duy Nguyen AwardDr. Duy H. N. Nguyen Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2020

Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen along with co-authors Dr. Lee Swindlehurst (UC Irvine) and Ly Van Nguyen (a UC Irvine/SDSU joint doctoral student) received the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2020 for their paper on "SVM-based Channel Estimation and Data Detection for Massive MIMO Systems with One-Bit ADCs". 

The UC Irvine article states, "The paper describes using a classical method of machine learning, called support vector machines, to target new 5G-and-beyond systems, which employ large arrays of antennas. These arrangements, called massive MIMO – multi-input, multi-output wireless systems – can be costly and use a lot of power, so researchers seek ways to reduce price and power usage without sacrificing performance."

  Congratulations Dr. D. Nguyen on your award!!


Andrew Szeto Gift

Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto Makes Gift to the College of Engineering (10-18-19)

The College of Engineering announced that Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto has made a $50,000 gift to the Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology Program at SDSU to support travel, senior design projects, stipends, and etc. in the program. Click here for the full article.

Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto is an Emeritus Professor for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.


 Chris Mi Technology Award2019 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award

Dr. Chunting "Chris" Mi is the recipient of the IEEE Power Electronics Society 2019 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award for contributions to wireless power transfer technologies.

Dr. Mi is a Professor and Department Chair for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

Congratulations Dr. Mi on your award!!



2019 Favorite Faculty Member Award

Professor Parisa Kaveh is the recipient of the College of Engineering Student Council (CESC) 2019 Favorite Faculty Member award.
CESC is the umbrella student organization for multiple engineering clubs that provide engineering students experiences for their careers. The CESC allows a voice for all students' needs and acts as a liaison between students and the College of Engineering Dean's Office.

Professor Kaveh is a Lecturer for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

Congratulations Professor Kaveh on your award!! 


Barry Dorr w Awards 2019 Most Influential Faculty Award
Best Faculty 2016-2017 Award

Professor Barry Dorr was awarded the 2019 Most Influential Faculty award in recognition as the most influential faculty member in the academic career of Chenxi Chu (Computer Engineering, 2019 College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate). Professor Dorr was also the recipient of the Associate Engineering Student Council (AESC) Best Faculty 2016-2017 award. AESC is a student organization whose mission is to get students involved, and prepare them for successful careers as professional engineers.

Professor Dorr is a Lecturer for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.

  Congratulations Professor Dorr!!


Favorite Faculty-Kaveh Favorite Faculty 2018-2019 Award

Professor Parisa Kaveh is the recipient of the Favorite Faculty 2018-2019 award given by the Residential Education Department. The Favorite Faculty award is a result of the residential students recognizing their Favorite Faculty member.

Congratulations Professor Kaveh on your award!!



Chenxi-Barry Chenxi "Henry" Chu
2019 College of Engineering Outstanding Student

Chenxi "Henry" Chu is the 2019 College of Engineering Outstanding Student. This honor is not only based on Henry's academic performance but it is a culmination of Henry's character, professionalism, integrity, and drive for excellence.

Henry came to the United States from China as a freshman. As a junior, he took Professor Dorr's EE330 Microelectronics class, which the Matlab/SPICE project that semester was the analysis of a multistage guitar amplifier. Henry expressed he wanted to get some practical experience by building and testing the amplifier in the lab. Henry and his team worked in the Senior Design lab, learning and applying the practical skills needed to create a working prototype from a schematic diagram. When they were done, with the help of an excellent guitar-playing student, they demonstrated their amplifier to the class. Throughout the years Henry was often seen working in the Senior Design lab on other projects.

The year before Henry graduated, he again had an opportunity to work with Professor Dorr. That same year, for his English class, Henry was asked to interview a working engineer and prepare a report so he interviewed Professor Dorr. Henry interviewed Professor Dorr at length and when the interview was over, Professor Dorr asked Henry if he could get a copy of the completed report. In the words of Professor Dorr, "I was impressed by his understanding and interpretation of what he had heard. I was also pleased that this young man, who does so well in classes and builds projects to challenge himself, also had a parallel ability to observe the world around him, listen to others, and articulate his observations. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Engineering have chosen to honor a student who not only has an excellent academic record, but is also a soulful young man who will, no doubt, use his academic gifts to move technology and his other equally-important gifts to help mankind."

Congratulations Henry! We wish you all the very best this world has to offer you and every success in whatever endeavor you choose to embark on.


BigData Hackathon 2019 2019 BigData Hackathon Winners!

On March 9 and 16, 2019, SDSU hosted the BigData Hackathon here on campus in Peterson Gym 153. The BigData Hackathon is a free event open to both students and community members from all disciplines. The idea of the hackathon is to bring these people together to work in teams to solve real problems here in San Diego.

We are proud to announce, the first-place winners in the "Aging Independently" category of this year's hackathon were our own students from both the Computer and Electrical Engineering programs, team F.A.M.E - Find And Manage Elderly. F.A.M.E received a prize award of $500 sponsored by SDSU ZIP Launchpad. Their project was to predict daily activities of an Alzheimer patient using a machine learning algorithm. This algorithm sends a text message to the patient about their next activity in order to remind them of the daily things they need to be doing. F.A.M.E's team members were Omar Aljedani (undergrad-EE), Kinjal Gala (grad-EE), Gurami Keretchashvili (undergrad-CompE), Nika Nizharadze (undergrad-CompE), and Saipriyati Singh (grad-EE).

Congratulations to the F.A.M.E team!!

For more information on the BigData Hackathon, please visit these sites:

   Chris Mi Prize Letter Award2018 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Letter Award

Dr. Chunting "Chris" Mi is the recipient of the IEEE Power Electronics Society 2018 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Letter Award for the paper entitled "A Two-Plate Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer System for Electric Vehicle Charging Applications," co-authored by Drs. Fei Lu and Hua Zhang, published in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 33, no.2, pp. 964-969.

Congratulations Dr. Mi on your award!!


Donald G. Wilson Scholarship 2019 Donald G. Wilson Scholarship Awards $60,000

The College of Engineering announced that the Donald G. Wilson scholarship has awarded a total of $60,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.



M Sarkar Creating Alternative Communication Highways

Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar is a Researcher, Professor, and MSEE Graduate Advisor for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.




M Sarkar2nd Place Award - IEEE Power Electronics Society

Drs. Fei Lu and Hua Zhang - Project Demonstration on Emerging Technology Award: "Long Distance Capacitive Power Transfer with one Pair of Metal Plates"

Congratulations Drs. Lu and Zhang on your award!!


Computer Engineering rated No. 86 in 2017 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools

Our Computer Engineering program was recognized in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools and ranked No. 86.


Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Awards

  • Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar - Fall 2021 Fulbright Fellowship
  • Dr. Junfei Xie and Team (Baoqian Wang, Ramiz Hanan, David Pierce Walker-Howell, Leo Peralta) - 2020 Special Track on Networked Computing on the Edge Award
  • Dr. Amir Alimohammad - 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Award; Northrup Grumman 2019-2020 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen - IEEE ICC 2020 Best Paper Award
  • Dr. Chris Mi - 2019 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award
  • Dr. Parisa Kaveh - CESC 2019 Favorite Faculty Member Award
  • Mr. Barry Dorr - 2019 Most Influential Faculty Award
  • Dr. Parisa Kaveh - Favorite Faculty 2018-2019 Award
  • Dr. Chris Mi - 2018 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Prize Letter Award
  • Mr. Barry Dorr - AESC Best Faculty 2016-2017 Award
  • Dr. fred j. harris received the Industrial Service Award for Contribution To Software Defined Radio
  • Dr. A. E. Engin and S. R. Narasimha - Winner of the 2017 IEEE EMC-S M. Kanda Award for the most cited paper in the last five years (2013-2017), IEEE Transcations on Electromagnetic Compatibility: "Modeling of Crosstalk in Through Silicon Vias"
  • Dr. Sunil Kumar received the Best Paper Award at the National ACS meeting
  • Dr. Satish K. Sharma - Monty Award
  • Drs. Fei Lu and Hua Zhang (Dr. C. Mi's Doctoral Students) - Best Paper Award IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics
  • Drs. Fei Lu and Hua Zhang (Dr. C. Mi's Doctoral Students) - 2nd Place Award - Project Demonstration on Emerging Technology Award: "Long Distance Capacitive Power Transfer with One Pair of Metal Plates"
  • Dr. Ashkan Ashrafi received the Best Associate Editor Award from IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part-I: Regular Papers in 2013
  • Dr. Gordon Lee received the Life Time Achievement Award by World Automation Congress
  • Dr. Lal Tummala received the Outstanding Engineering Award, San Diego Engineering Council. He has also received the Outstanding Research Contributions To Manufacturing Management, GCMM

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Grants

  • Dr. Baris Aksanli - Arizona State University; CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation; National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Amir Alimohammad - National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Arif E. Engin - Sumitomo Corporation
  • Dr. Madhu Gupta - U.S. Army; Minority Serving Institutions STEM R&D Consortium
  • Dr. Ke Huang - CSU Office of the Chancellor; Innophase Inc.; Qualcomm Inc.
  • Dr. Sunil Kumar - U.S. DOD Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Saeed Manshadi - California Energy Commission; Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute, North America
  • Dr. Chris Mi - Argonne National Laboratory; Ford Motor Company; Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute, North America; Gotion Inc.; Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI); Kia Motors; Nanjing Golden Dragon Bus Mfg. Co., Ltd.; Rutgers University; Snova Intelligent Technology LTD; University of Michigan
  • Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen - LinQuest Corporation; U.S. DOD Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Yusuf Ozturk - I-Corps; National Science Foundation; University of California at San Diego; University of Central Florida
  • Dr. Christopher Paolini - 2020 SDSU Summer Undergraduate Research Program; HealthLINK Center Cycle 1 Pilot Project, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; National Science Foundation, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)
  • Dr. Reza Sabzehgar - TransPower
  • Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar - ViaSat Inc.
  • Dr. Sridhar Seshagiri - University of Central Florida
  • Dr. Satish K. Sharma - Broadcom Corpl.; Fuse Integration, Inc.; National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA); Space Micro, Inc.; U.S. DOD Office of Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC); U.S. DOD Office of Naval Research; U.S. DOD Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  • Dr. Hakan Töreyin - National Science Foundation
  • Dr. R. Lal Tummala - Department of California Highway Patrol
  • Dr. Junfei Xie - NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering; NSF Directorate for Engineering


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.



2020 Virtual Engineering Design Day

For an in depth look at the senior design projects, please visit our Design Day 2020 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 first time ever, annual Design Day virtually on May 6, 2020. To view the 2020 Design Day projects click here.
  • 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.