Electrical and Computer Engineering

Welcome to EECE

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.

Current News 

Professor Richard Bednar

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We are saddened to share the news that Professor Emeritus Richard "Dick" Bednar, who served the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 25 years, passed away August 7. He was 74. Born March 9, 1944, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and a PhD in mathematical systems theory, which provided the basis for the many contributions he would eventually make in his field of research. After working at the Naval Air Weapons Center (NAWS), Bednar was hired as a faculty member at Chico State in 1979 and became chair of the electrical engineering department soon thereafter. He was methodical and thorough in fulfilling his responsibilities, recalled Professor Emeritus Roy Crosbie, who also served as chair of the then-Department of Computer Engineering.

Colleagues remember him as a prolific reader of technical material, and he often brought papers, books, and reports of interest to their attention. “He could always be found from early morning in his O’Connell office, always ready for a chat about the research and other issues,” Crosbie said. “He was an ever-present, positive influence on his colleagues and he will be very sadly missed.”

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 31 at Brusie Funeral Home. The University flag will be lowered Tuesday, September 4, in Bednar’s honor.

 We extend our condolences to his family and friends.

What's Happening!


National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant

Dr. Alavi, and the co-PIs, Dr. Meehan from EECE Department, Dr. Yasar from MMEM Department, and Dr. Zhang from Chemistry and Biochemistry Department have been awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant for the purchase of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic imaging system. The FTIR spectroscopic imaging system will enable faculty and students at California State University, Chico (CSUC) to contribute to the knowledge base that will help improve the health of humans, animals, and plants, contribute to the development of clean green energy generation, increase the lifespan and efficiency of materials in harsh environments, and develop more efficient processing techniques to fabricate various chemicals and materials.  This system will be used to support several active research projects, to develop an undergraduate and graduate teaching laboratory, and to initiate interdisciplinary research collaborations within the CSUC Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, with other departments in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, and other colleges across the university including the College of Agriculture and College of Natural Sciences.  The FTIR system with its ability to perform fast FTIR hyperspectral imaging makes it a powerful tool for the identification of key compounds in highly variable heterogeneous biomaterials as well as identification of unknown materials in a homogeneous matrix. An added benefit of FTIR spectroscopic imaging systems is that it is a non-invasive characterization tool, which makes it an emerging technology used in the structural analysis of biological samples.


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