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Electrical Engineering

The field of Electrical Engineering (EE) has revolutionized human lives and continues to do so at a faster pace, e.g., electrification, electric vehicles/trains, autonomous vehicles, electric devices and gadgets, cell phones, Internet, integrated chips, computers, TVs, and the list goes on. After waking up, the first thing we do is to turn on lights, the last thing is to turn them off and in between, use all kinds of electric gadgets.

EE is an important, essential discipline in engineering. It provides knowledge for designing, constructing, and analyzing electrical and electronic systems which have broad and deep impact on a wide range of domains. EE is one of most popular disciplines in engineering and more than 10% of all bachelor’s degrees awarded by engineering in the USA are EE. 

Our Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree program at UC Merced provides foundational skills in electrical engineering with a focus on those most sought by employers in California both today and also those anticipated in the future. The program also covers important emerging topics like clean energy, renewable energy, electric vehicles, high-capacity rechargeable batteries, etc. 

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Electrical Engineering, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, Electric Vehicle Emphasis, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, Ground and Aerial Robotics Emphasis, B.S.
  • Electrical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Emphasis, B.S.

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Research Areas

  • Drones (unmanned aircraft systems)
  • Robotic vehicles
  • Control systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Embedded systems
  • Internet of Things
  • applications to transportation, energy, agriculture
  • Networks and security
  • Machine learning
  • Wireless technologies
  • Communication hardware
  • Optics/Photonics
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Electric vehicles
  • Microgrids
  • Power conversion
  • Electric machines
  • Analog and digital circuits
  • Data converters
  • Sensing systems
  • Electronics
  • Reconfigurable circuits
  • Multi-core architectures
  • Hardware-Software systems
  • Distributed systems
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for engineers

Potential Careers

Design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment

Design and develop electronic equipment, including broadcast and communications systems, such as portable music players, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, smart phones and computers

Computer hardware design and programming, computer architecture, parallel computing, hardware fault-tolerance

Design, deploy and optimize wireless communication systems

Design and optimize photovoltaic systems

Create electrical schematics, layouts, and other plans

Electric vehicle components, design, assembly, and testing; high-performance electric motors; power converters; rechargeable batteries; recharging circuit design, EV reliability assessment

Research, design, develop, and test analog and digital systems, components, and circuit boards

Develop electronic circuitry found in analog devices such as a computer, smartphone, or television

Designs systems for generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity as well as building and repairing the various electrical devices

Designs, develops, and supervises all aspects of electrical control systems, equipment, and machinery

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