Electrical and Computer Engineering

Welcome to your door to the future! A degree in either Computer or Electrical Engineering will prepare you for many great jobs including ones that haven't yet been invented. Our highly qualified faculty and small class size will provide you with an excellent opportunity to get an education that will prepare you for the rest of your professional life. Programs in our department are known for the hands-on experience that students gain while developing a critical understanding of electrical and computer engineering. Undergraduate students are prepared for professional careers in high demand areas, including computer hardware and software design, embedded and microprocessor systems, electromagnetics, communications system design, control systems, digital signal processing, and analog and digital electronics.

Our "Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)" program is unique in the state of California. It was designed to provide a balance between electrical and computer engineering while letting students pick specialization classes in either area.

Our graduates have been hired by regional, national and international organizations and we are proud of our prominence as a student focused department that educates students to be future leaders in electrical and computer engineering.

Chico is a friendly community of about 88,000 people and includes Bidwell Park, the third largest municipal park in the nation. Chico is situated in a rural landscape approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento, near some of Northern California's finest recreational areas: Mt. Lassen, lakes, the Sacramento River, and streams, offering fishing, swimming, biking, skiing, and hiking.

What's Happening! 

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Receipients  

From the Associate Dean Research Seed Grants

     The college has awarded Junior Faculty-Student Scholarships Seed Grants of $5000 each based on proposals submitted. Congratulations to Dr.Alavi and Dr.Wang for receiving this Grant.

  • Dr. Alavi
    • The Faculty-Student Scholarship Seed Grant will be utilized to Develop a graduate/senior undergraduate course and laboratory of Image Processing to ultimately engage students in hyperspectral FTIR imaging towards microscopic sample characterization.
  • Dr. Wang 
    • The proposed research is about designing efficient information-theoretic secure protocols for the power grid.

Society of Women Engineers

     The Society of Women Engineers conducted a workshop – Make It Green! – for twenty 6-8th Grade Cadette Girl Scouts in Northern California on the 23rd of September.  The girls designed and built mini eco-friendly house model.  This is the first of several outreach activities that the CSU Chico SWE Student Chapter has planned for this academic year.

Make it green team

Tutoring Schedule

     A Student Learning Fee grant, led by Dr. Hadil Mustafa, is providing tutoring in the lower division courses (EECE144, 211 and 237) this semester.  We hope to continue this pilot in future years as the department continues to support our undergraduate students as they strive to complete their engineering degrees.

IEEE Student Branch

     The IEEE Student Branch is planning to participate in the IEEE Xtreme competition on the October13-14, 2017.  This is an international completion, held over a 24-hour time span, pits teams from around the world against each other as they work to solve a set of programming problems.

IEEE Xtreme students


Dr. Zahrasadat Alavi

Dr. Zahrasadat Alavi, received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Amirkabir University (Polytechnic of Tehran) in 2007/2009, and M.Sc./Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2012/2015, in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, she started as an Adjunct Faculty at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College. In 2016, Dr Alavi joined the Electrical and Instrumentation Department of Los Medanos College as an Assistant Professor. She has taught Electrical Circuits, Digital Logic, Electronics, Control Systems, C++ Programming, System Programming, and Transformers and Power Distribution. Her research interests include digital image processing and analysis, computed tomographic imaging, FTIR micro-spectroscopic imaging, and control systems.

Dr. Zhaohong Wang

Dr. Zhaohong Wang received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky in 2016. Prior to joining the faculty of EECE at CSU, Chico, he had worked as an embedded system engineer and software engineer throughout his graduate study. His teaching interests include embedded systems, computer networks, and digital signal processing. His current research is about algorithm design for digital signal processing in the encrypted domain and Internet of Things. He has been an active member of IEEE with the Signal Processing Society and Computational Intelligence Society since 2012 and 2016 respectively. KRCR Story Cyber Security expert Dr. Wang gives tips to protect yourself from hackers.