Undergraduate Studies

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Program Overview

About the Program, Degree Program, Commitment to Students, Course Spotlights, Curriculum Highlights (timeline, sr. sequence courses, sr. projects), Why UCSB?, Why Computer Engineering?, and Our Mission

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Degree Requirements (major and general education), 4 Year Course Plan, Senior Sequence Courses, Curriculum Related Info (publications, guides, advising contacts, course listings), Forms, and Helpful Links

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Student Advising

Types of Advisors (College of Engineering, CE undergraduate advisor, faculty); Email a Question to a: CE Student, Undergraduate Advisor, Faculty, Program Director; and Advisor Contact Information

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Academic Timeline

The CE Program's year-by-year timeline for the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years that includes coursework, what students will learn and experience, and curriculum reminders and "to-dos"

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Senior Projects

Capstone Overview, Courses (CMPSC and ECE 189A/B); Past Projects (awards and posters); 2016 through 2010 Capstone Projects (videos, projects, sponsors, albums) and Past Capstone Event pages

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Prospective and Current Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective and Current students, Quick Fact Boxes (statistics, CoE and UCSB resources, careers, contacts, Why CE? and Why UCSB?)

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Student Spotlight - Sayali Kakade, Senior Year

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  • Hometown: Cupertino, CA
  • Favorite Class: Computer Architecture (ECE 154B)
  • Senior Project: Eternal Flight – an autonomous mid-air drone battery replacement to extend time of flight without having to ground drones.
  • Organizations: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

Why CE?: My original plan was to major in Biology and apply to medical school, but I didn’t enjoy AP Biology (during junior year in high school) at all. When admissions season rolled around in fall of senior year of high school, I had been enrolled in APCS for a few weeks, so on a whim, I applied as a computer engineering major to half the schools and chemical engineering major at the other half. As the year went on, I ended up really enjoying learning how to program (and ended up really not liking chemistry) so I finalized my decision to major in CE.

(More about Sayali's and other undergraduate experiences...)

Course Spotlight - Puzzling Problems in... (ECE 1B)

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ECE Prof. Behrooz Parhami’s “Puzzling Problems in Science and Technology (ECE 1B)” seminar course featured in The UCSB Current article "Cool Classes"

The course grew out of a computer engineering required course that illuminates the work of engineers. The course uses familiar mathematical and logical puzzles to describe engineering problems and solution methods to freshmen, who may not yet have the background to understand them.

The seminar focuses on the puzzle-like aspects of engineering challenges and their corresponding real-life applications. “An engineer is presented with pieces of a problem and has to put them together while taking into account user requirements in terms of performance and functionality, as well as technological capabilities and limitations,” Parhami said.

The UCSB Current – "Cool Classes" (full article)