Graduate Studies

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Graduate Research in Computer Engineering

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), you can’t go wrong with graduate studies in computer engineering since it is one of the top graduate degrees by demand level.

Computer Engineering research at UCSB is multi-disciplinary and involves faculty from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and other departments. Although students choose a home department from which to receive their degree, CE research often crosses departmental boundaries.

We are often asked about research that is being done in the field of computer engineering at UCSB. Areas of research include but are not limited to the following areas: bioinspired computing; circuits and system design; computer architecture; electronic design automation and testing; emerging technologies for computing; energy-efficient computing; nanotechnology; networking; operating systems and distributed systems; and software and languages.

Additionally, many faculty are also involved in research at many on and off-campus centers and institutions such as the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI) and the Institute of Energy Efficiency (IEE).

See Research Overview and Areas of Research for additional helpful information about our center, news, faculty spotlights, and faculty member's research interests and groups/labs.

CS and ECE Graduate School Rankings

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National Research Council Assessments
rate Ph.D. programs in CS & ECE among top in U.S. (College of Engineering Press Release)

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The PhDs.org website allows users to interactively browse the NRC assessment data for CS and ECE

Graduate Profile: Celeste Bean, B.S./M.S.

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Research Interests: renewable energy, power grid development
Awards & Honors Received: Outstanding TA

Tell us about your research: My research involves designing, analyzing, and modeling self-sustaining inverter-based microgrids in the presence of variable renewable generation and battery storage and implementing controller schemes on experimental inverters.  Incorporating renewable energy onto the power grid is critical in ensuring energy security for the world’s population, but it’s not as simple as just plugging in a solar panel.

My experience leading UCSB’s Hyperloop team also gave me an unparalleled experience in collaboration.  I have been able for two years to be a leader on a high-budget, multi-disciplinary (ME, EE, CE, CS, Physics), project with more than ten industry sponsors and more than six advisors.

(More about Celeste's & other graduate student experiences...)