Welcome to Electrical Engineering

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Welcome to the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The EE Department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) Degree in Electrical Engineering.  Electrical Engineering also sponsors the Computer Engineering Program with Computer Science.  Computer Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering.  Computer Engineers can choose a Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.  A large fraction of our 4th year engineering students continue for their Masters degree utilizing our 4+1 Honors MS program (http://www.ee.calpoly.edu/academics/).  The electrical and computer engineering departments have the largest graduate student population at Cal Poly with a wide range of technical electives and laboratory space for research projects.   Both electrical and computer engineering programs are rated number one in the nation among all public primarily undergraduate universities, by US News and World Report (2015). Cal Poly EE is distinguished for its laboratory-intensive curriculum, faculty-student interaction, and innovative hands-on educational methods.   Cal Poly EE makes contributions to contemporary applied research, collaborates with industrial partners, sponsors award-winning student projects, and provides extensive outreach efforts with elementary and secondary schools.

The EE Department is one of seven departments within the College of Engineering.  Cal Poly is one of the 25 campuses of the California State University System, collectively the largest university in the world.

The electrical and computer engineering disciplines have the largest engineering employment base in the United States according the the Bureau of labor statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm).   You will find a large number of employers attending our fall and spring job fairs to interview our department's graduates.  A large fraction of our pre-graduation engineering students are employed with summer engineering internships.  The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) serves as the technical society for the electrical and  computer engineering disciplines.  The IEEE is the largest technical professional society in the world for the advancement of technology (www.ieee.org).  There are 38 different technical branches for the IEEE covering an amazingly wide range of topics.   The IEEE student branch (www.calpolyieee.org) is the lead student organization for the department's student activities.  A wide range of subject-specific student clubs support the varied interests of the IEEE and our electrical and computer engineering students.  The EE web site includes contact information for each of these student organizations  (http://www.ee.calpoly.edu/clubs/).  



The Electrical Engineering department completed its most recent strategic planning process in Spring of 2015.  Here is a summary of the Electrical Engineering Strategic Initiatives.

Vision: As the leader in practical, hands on electrical engineering education, we develop industry-ready talent that advances our connected world from fundamentals to Advanced Technology.

Enhanced Opportunities for Learning Through:

a. State of the Art Inegrative learning Environments: Nurturing students during their educational experiences

b. Sustainablility: Focusing on sustatainability throughout the curriculum.

c. Global Engineering Communities: Building International Collaborations. 

d. Entrepreneurial Experience: Providing opportunities for innovation and product development.

Strategic Investment in our Areas of Excellence and Desired Growth

a. Power and Energy Systems: Designing next generation intelligent power systems from milli-Watts to MEGA-Watts.

b. Mobile Communications and Mobile Computing: Implementing data-intensive wireless networks

c. Systems on a Chip (SoC): Training future engineers in cutting edge SoC design techniques

d. Embedded Computing: Enabling seamless interfaces betweeen humans and machines to meet the future of ubiquitous computing. 


On this web site you'll find information about all aspects of our educational programs, as well as the many other contributions of our faculty and students. Students will find current announcements that should be checked periodically. Current events of general interest, and the accomplishments of our faculty and alumni are chronicled. Prospective students will find academic and career information, and contact links to start the application process. And for those that may consider helping us financially with our mission, you'll find contact information and we offer our sincere thanks.

Please stop by for a visit soon.  I would be happy to give you a tour through our facilities.  Please do not to hesitate to write or call.


Dennis Derickson
Chair, Electrical Engineering Department
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

805-756-7584   ddericks@calpoly.edu