Current Graduate Students

This web page gives information pertaining to students currently enrolled in the EECS graduate program. The content is updated often, and students should be sure to check this page at least once a week.

Program Information:

Prelimilary Exam Information

The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees with a concentration in Electrical Engineering (EE)
or a concentration in Computer Engineering (CpE).

Electrical Engineering Concentration (EE) The Electrical Engineering faculty study the following areas: optical and solid-state devices, including quantum electronics and optics, integrated electro-optics and acoustics, design of semiconductor devices and materials, analog and mixed-signal IC design, microwave and microwave devices, and scanning acoustic microscopy; systems engineering and signal processing, including communication theory, machine vision, signal processing, power electronics, neural networks, communications networks, systems engineering, and control systems. Related communication networks topics are also addressed by the Networked Systems M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (listed in the Interdisciplinary Studies section of the Catalogue).
 

Computer Engineering Concentration(CpE) The concentration in Computer Engineering provides students with a solid base in the design, development, and evaluation of computer systems. Thrust areas include computer architecture, software, and embedded systems, but the program is highly customizable to the specific interests of the student. The research activities of the faculty in this concentration include parallel and distributed computer systems, distributed software architectures and databases, ultra-reliable real-time computer systems, VLSI architectures, reconfigurable computing, computer design automation, low-power design, embedded systems, computer communication protocols, computer networks, security, programming languages for parallel/distributed processing, knowledge management, service-oriented architectures, and software engineering. 

Roadmap to a M.S. degree

Roadmap to a Ph.D. degree

Additional Program Information:

NEW POLICY REGARDING CPT PROCEDURES AS OF WINTER 2013:

When applying for a CPT (EECS299), please submit a brief statement  describing  the goals of the CPT and how they relate to your degree program. At the end of the quarter for which CPT is approved, please submit a 1 page summary describing the extent to which the stated goals were met. An email from the internship mentor rating the performance as good/fair/poor is also required. The grade for the CPT (S/U) will be assigned by the graduate advisor based on the summary report and the feedback from the industry mentor. The report and the feedback should be sent to the graduate advisor no later than the end of the finals week.  Students can choose between 1-2 variable units when using EECS 299 for CPT.

BLANKET SUBSTITUTION INFORMATION FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014:

  • This year we will allow CS 260, to be offered Spring 2014, and CS 261, to be offered Winter 2014, to count in place of EECS 215 as a core course for the Computer Engineering graduate concentration.   No further action is needed other than registration in the course, if you choose to do so, and a B or higher in the course.
  • We will also allow a student choice substitution of CS 250A in place of EECS 213.  This substitution will require the submission of the General Petition, but no faculty pre-approval.
  • M.S. Plan of Study in Circuits: For the 2013-2014 academic year, EECS 270C is allowed as substitute core course in place of the core course EECS 270B.

Beginning with the Fall 2012 Quarter, please use the following guidelines when registering for your course units:

EECS292: MS Comprehensive Exam Preparation -- Students can choose between 1-8 variable units.  This is a filler course used to assist MS students in maintaining the 12 unit per quarter minimum.  Please note that 8 units is the maximum number you can use as "filler" for the entirety of your graduate career.  Your other units are expected to be legitimate courses, seminars, research units, etc.

EECS293: PhD Prelim Exam Preparation -- Students can choose between 1-8 variable units.  This is a filler course used to assist PhD students in maintaining the 12 unit per quarter minimum.  Please note that 8 units is the maximum number you can use as "filler" for the entirety of your graduate career. Your other units are expected to be legitimate courses, seminars, research units, etc.

EECS296: MS Thesis Research -- Students can choose between 1-16 variable units.  Students should sign up for these units if they are conducting MS thesis research under a faculty advisor.

EECS297: PhD Thesis Research -- Students can choose between 1-16 variable units.   Students should sign up for these units if they are conducting PhD thesis/dissertation research under a faculty advisor.

EECS299: Individual Research -- Students can choose between 1-16 variable units. Students should sign up for these units if they are conducting individual research under a faculty instructor.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EECS299: In the past, some students have used EECS299 as filler units, if taken under the EECS Graduate Advisor, however this is not an appropriate use of these units.  Only EECS292 and EECS293 are filler units.  All students are required to be making satisfactory progress towards their degree and having more than 8 filler units per quarter is not meeting this requirement.  From Fall 2012 onwards, EECS299 will be used only as individual research courses.  As such, students should not sign up for them unless they are conducting research with the faculty member chosen.  If a student signs up for EECS299, but is not actually conducting research, the grade given will reflect that (i.e. low letter grade or Unsatisfactory).

EECS 294 Requirements: For EECS294, students are required to choose an IEEE journal in their area of interest and write a 1-2 page report summarizing the contributions of the paper and the broad significance of the topic. This report should be emailed to the graduate advisor (syed@uci.edu) by the finals week.
A S/U grade will be assigned based on the content and presentation of the report.

 

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

HOW TO ENROLL IN AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE:

  1. Contact the professor of the course, stating that you are a graduate student wishing to enroll in their undergraduate course and asking whether or not they approve of this request.
  2. If the professor approves, forward the email to the Curriculum Office at engcasa@uci.edu.  In the email, please also include your full name, your student ID number, the course number, and the 5-digit course code for your request.
  3. You will be notified over email when you are able to enroll in the course using WebReg (typically 3-5 business days after the request is submitted).

*As a reminder, only upper division undergraduate courses (100-189) have the potential to count toward your MS degree requirements so students should check with the appropriate Graduate Advisor for approval.  Lower division courses (1-89) cannot be applied to your graduate degree. 

Courses that are not acceptable towards MS degree requirements can be found at: http://www.eng.uci.edu/files/Courses%20that%20are%20not%20acceptable%20in%20EECS%20MS_2.pdf

 

Also, the Networked Systems Program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Networked Systems. This program is administered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science. Further information about the relationship between Networked Systems and the CNDC and EE concentrations can be found at: www.networkedsystems.uci.edu.

The EECS Department also participates in a number of research centers, including:

California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
Center for Embedded Computer Systems
Center for Pervasive Communications & Computing (CPCC)
Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF)  

    Can We Help You?

    You need the Graduate Advisor's signature: Please submit the form to the Graduate Coordinator's office for processing. It will be passed on to the Graduate Advisor from there.

    If you have questions about administrative matters: Contact the Graduate Coordinator by phone or email.

    If you'd like academic advising: Either drop by the Graduate Advisor's office during advising hours or submit your question via email. The response time is usually within 24 hours.

    Contact Information:
    Graduate Coordinator:

    EECS - Graduate Coordinator Office: eecsgrad@uci.edu
    2201 Engineering Hall
    (949) 824-5489


    Continuing graduate students may see:
    EECS - Graduate Coordinator Office
    2201 Engineering Hall
    (949) 824-5489

    Graduate Advisor:

    Syed Jafar
    eng.uci.edu/users/syed-jafar
    949-824-1684
    Advising hours:
    Wednesday 10am-12pm, Friday 10am-12pm