The undergraduate curriculum in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering provides a solid foundation for future career growth, enabling graduates’ careers to grow technically, administratively, or both. Many electrical and computer engineers will begin work in a large organizational environment as members of an engineering team, obtaining career satisfaction from solving meaningful problems that contribute to the success of the organization’s overall goal. As their careers mature, technical growth most naturally results from the acquisition of an advanced degree and further development of the basic thought processes instilled in the undergraduate years. Administrative growth can result from the development of management skills on the job and/or through advanced degree programs in management.
Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Computer Engineering program will (1) be engaged in professional practice at or beyond the entry level or enrolled in high-quality graduate programs building on a solid foundation in engineering, mathematics, the sciences, humanities and social sciences, and experimental practice as well as modern engineering methods; (2) be innovative in the design, research and implementation of systems and products with strong problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills; (3) proactively function with creativity, integrity and relevance in the ever-changing global environment by applying their fundamental knowledge and experience to solve real-world problems with an understanding of societal, economic, environmental, and ethical issues. (Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)
Wu was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to “DSP algorithms and VLSI designs for communication IC/SoC.” Starting from August 2016, he serves as the Director of Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering (GIEE), National Taiwan University.
Students are required to complete a doctoral dissertation in accordance with Academic Senate regulations. In addition, they must pass an oral dissertation defense that consists of a public presentation of the student’s research followed by an oral examination by the student’s doctoral committee. The dissertation must be approved unanimously by the committee.
Oral defense: The student must pass an oral dissertation defense that consists of a public presentation of the student’s research followed by an oral examination by the student’s doctoral committee. To ensure the public has an opportunity to participate in this examination, the student must announce the defense title, date, and time at least two weeks prior to the event to all faculty and doctoral students in the department.
All Master of Human Computer Interaction and Design students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the program, with no individual grade lower than a B-.
In addition to fulfilling the course requirements outlined above, it is a University requirement for the Master of Science degree that students fulfill a minimum of 36 units of study.
If all six courses are not offered in an academic year, students who graduate in that year can petition to replace the courses that are not offered by and/or .
The doctoral program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is tailored to the individual background and interest of the student. There are several milestones to pass: admission to the Ph.D. program by the Graduate Committee; Ph.D. preliminary examination on the background and potential for success in the doctoral program; departmental teaching requirement which can be satisfied through service as a teaching assistant or equivalent; original research work; development of a research report and dissertation proposal; advancement to Ph.D. candidacy in the third year (second year for students who entered with a master’s degree) through the Ph.D. qualifying examination conducted on behalf of the Irvine Division of the Academic Senate; completion of a significant research investigation; and completion and approval of a dissertation. A public Ph.D. dissertation defense is also required. During the Ph.D. study, four units of or must be completed.
During the final two quarters, students participate in a capstone project and prepare portfolios representing their work. The capstone project is collaborative, facilitated by the three in-person periods of study in the program. At the completion of this program, students are able to lead and collaborate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of useful and usable technologies. They are well prepared to contribute to the multi-disciplinary teams that typically construct user experiences, software, technical systems, and human-computer interfaces. They are knowledgeable about the techniques for building successful user interfaces, the design principles that make user interfaces visually clear and appealing, and the techniques for identifying needs for software, its success, and the people and organizations that use their systems.
The Ph.D. preliminary examination is conducted twice a year, in the spring and fall quarters. Detailed requirements for each concentration are specified in the departmental Ph.D. preliminary examination policies, available from the EECS Graduate Admissions Office. A student who already has an M.S. on enrollment must pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination within one complete academic year cycle after entering the Ph.D. program. A student who does not already have an M.S. on enrollment must pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination within two complete academic year cycles after entering the Ph.D. program. A student has only two chances to take and pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination. A student who fails the Ph.D. preliminary examination twice will be asked to withdraw from the program, or will be dismissed from the program, and may not be readmitted into the program.
The comprehensive examination option requires the completion of 12 courses and a comprehensive examination. Only one course can be counted if the course is four or more units. Undergraduate core courses and graduate seminar courses, such as , , , , and , may not be counted toward the 12 courses requirement. No more than two of undergraduate elective courses may be counted. In fulfillment of the comprehensive examination element of the M.S. program, students can choose one of the two alternatives: 1) or 2) . Either of the two alternatives may be taken for 1 unit and completed with a satisfactory grade to fulfill the comprehensive exam requirements. Additional concentration-specific requirements are as follows; a list of core and concentration courses is given at the end of this section.
The Ph.D. is granted upon the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Part-time study toward the Ph.D. is not permitted. The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. is five years (four years for students who entered with a master’s degree). The maximum time permitted is seven years.