Study Electrical and Computer Engineering at a Top Research University
High-Profile, Interdisciplinary Research
UA electrical and computer engineering grad programs unite faculty and students from diverse disciplines and provide a number of high-profile research opportunities in the following focus areas:
- Autonomous systems and robotics communications
- Coding and information theory
- Signal, image and video processing
- Biomedical technologies
- Computer architecture and cloud/distributed computing
- Software engineering and embedded systems
- Circuits, microelectronics and very-large scale integration
- Optics, photonics and terahertz devices and systems
- Wireless networking, security and systems
Students in the Spotlight
Putting Consumers in Control of Heating, Cooling Costs
Xiao Qin, an application engineer at Microchip Technology who got his PhD at the UA in 2014, was on an NSF team – with mentors Jonathan Sprinkle and Susan Lysecky – that created a cost-limiting temperature controller to put consumers in charge of balancing comfort and budget. Their research and product spawned startup company Acomni.You never know when opportunity is going to come knocking, but when it does, you better be ready.
Balancing Power, Performance in the Cloud
Farah Fargo, a senior HPC system engineer at Intel who earned a PhD at the UA in 2014, received the Best Research Poster award at the 2014 IEEE International Cloud and Autonomic Computing Conference in London for her research in cloud computing and load-balancing systems.We were managing multiple resources at the same time: the number of cores, core frequency and memory amount.
Sending Optical Fibers into Space, and Back
Brian Fox, PhD 2013, launched optical fibers aboard space shuttle Atlantis so he could study how the radiation-hardened fibers fared in the harsh space environment on the Materials International Space Station Experiment-7.How many people get to send their research into space? MISSE is one of those rare opportunities that only come around once or twice in a lifetime.
Detecting Disease, Saving Lives
Jerrie Fairbanks, PhD 2015, says it is easy to get excited about fluorescence spectroscopy with professor Linda Powers for a mentor, and grad students who biked across Tanzania testing well water with her thought the same.Once you’ve got a working system then there’s a large sense of accomplishment, especially if it’s a system that’s going to be valuable in saving lives and disease detection.
Developing Diplomacy Skills
Stephanie Zawada, MS 2017, attended a leadership workshop on science diplomacy in Washington D.C., hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The workshop allowed me to engage with a constellation of science policy superstars and exposed me to new pathways to develop trust and facilitate better communication with government officials.
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