The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department traces its roots back to the establishment of the Applied Electrophysics department in 1965, under its founding chair Henry Booker. Through a succession of department realignments emerged today’s ECE in 1987, when the then-combined Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department was split into two departments. Since then, ECE has earned a world-class reputation for producing top-notch engineers for industry and academia.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ECE, the department encourages the whole ECE community – students, staff, faculty, alumni and others – to participate in activities that will reflect on the past, take the measure of today’s ECE, and anticipate future opportunities to move into new areas while continuing to improve both graduate and undergraduate education. On this site you’ll find information on some of the planned activities in connection with the 50th anniversary. Be sure to bookmark this page, which we’ll be updating throughout the 2015-’16 academic year.


ECE is proud to look to its past, present and future in a schedule of signature events that will extend through June 2016.


Alumni Weekend 2016
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9am-12:30pm
Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Join us for the ECE Design Competition Showcase - Your Vote determines the winner!


  • 9-10AM: Meet the Teams | Poster Displays
  • 10-11:30AM: Team Presentations | Judging
  • 11:30-12:30PM: Lunch | Fast Prototyping Demo - Pinball Machines
  • 12:30PM: Winners Announced

Register Here!

Sponsored by: Atmel, Qualcomm, IBM, Stein Institute For Research On Aging, The Design Lab - UC San Diego, von LIEBIG, IEEE

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5G Connected Health Workshop May 11, 2016, 8am-6pm
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

For the first time, the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) is organizing the 5G Connected Health Workshop to precede the third edition of CWC’s 5G Forum (taking place May 12-13). The inaugural event will bring together health care providers and health technology innovators from industry and academia to discuss key challenges and opportunities in connected health, and how new research collaborations and innovations, including new 5G networks, devices, and analytics, can address them. Connected Health, including Mobile Health and Digital Medicine, will transform engagement, workflow and data access across patients, providers and payers. The workshop will provide a platform to discuss novel wireless research applications and to identify and establish a collaboration roadmap on how to solve some industry challenges. ECE faculty speakers include Sujit Dey, Patrick Mercier, Vikash Gilja, Drew Hall, Yuhwa Lo, Ramesh Rao, and Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Albert Pisano. Speakers from the private sector will include Qualcomm Life, Kaiser Permanente, Care Innovations, Cisco Systems, Edico Genome, Mavericks Capital, Intel, Hortonworks, Sharp Healthcare, Merge Healthcare, and CureMetrix. Other speakers include UCSF orthopedic surgery professor Aenor Sawyer. For more information on the workshop agenda, visit

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5G Forum and Research Review May 12-13
9am-7pm Thursday, 9am-1:30pm Friday

The Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) at UC San Diego is holding its third annual 5G Forum to investigate what new applications and user experiences can be enabled by 5G, including Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing and Virtual Reality. Speakers will also explore the requirements that need to be met by 5G networks and devices, and how new innovations in 5G radio architectures, circuits, applications and network analytics can satisfy these requirements. New research projects launched by CWC as an outcome of the May 2015 Forum will be described, including early findings from these projects. As in our previous 5G Forums, industry leaders and experts from different industry segments, together with experts from academia, will participate as speakers and panelists. The Forum will conclude with a planning session which will help shape 5G innovations in CWC, ECE, member companies, and beyond. ECE faculty members slated to speak during the two-day meeting include Sujit Dey, Truong Nguyen, Tara Javidi, Peter Asbeck, Ian Galton, Drew Hall, Patrick Mercier, Gabriel Rebeiz and Albert Pisano. Consultant Chetan Sharma will deliver a keynote on “Connected Intelligence Era: Golden Age of Mobile, ” and the dinner keynote will feature ECE alumnus Hossein Eslambolchi, executive chairman of Cyber Flow Analytics (on “Power of Technology to Transform the Future”). Other speakers from the private sector will include senior executives from Keysight Technologies, InterDigital, Qualcomm, NEC Labs, Nokia, KETI, OSIsoft, Itron Idea Labs, Kaiser Permanente, Mavericks Capital, Cisco Systems, Tsunami VR, HTC, Samsung, and NTT DOCOMO. Learn more about the 5G Forum, the agenda and speakers at

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