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Professor John Owens Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

November 30, 2020

Dr. John Owens, Child Family Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This distinction rewards Prof. Owens for fundamental contributions to commodity parallel computing, particularly in the development of GPU algorithms, data structures, and applications.

“I am delighted to join such an illustrious group of scientists and engineers, including many of my most respected and accomplished colleagues at UC Davis,” said Owens.

Postdoctoral Researcher

November 06, 2020
Research Position Announcements 

The Next Generation Networking Systems Laboratory at UC Davis invites applications for postdoctoral research scientists specializing in the following areas. 

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Richard C. “Dick” Dorf

November 03, 2020

Originally posted by Aditi Risbud Bartl

Richard C. “Dick” Dorf, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering and of the Graduate School of Management, passed away on October 22, 2020. He was 86 and is survived by his wife Joy.

Dorf joined UC Davis as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1971. He was appointed dean of Extended Learning in 1972 and led the program until 1982. In 1981, he became a founding faculty member of the Graduate School of Management’s predecessor, the Graduate School of Administration.

William Putnam: engineering electron-photon interactions at extreme scales

October 28, 2020

By Rachel Steere

Assistant Professor William “Billy” Putnam joined the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in November 2018. His area of research is in optics and photonics. Specifically, he works on understanding and controlling electron and photon interactions at ultrafast timescales and ultrasmall spatial dimensions.

Embracing Opportunities in Engineering

October 28, 2020

By Rachel Steere

Veronica Contreras, B.S.,’20, electrical engineering, was very involved as an undergraduate student at the UC Davis College of Engineering.

In Memoriam: Earl McCune

October 28, 2020

By Rachel Steere

UC Davis College of Engineering alumnus Earl McCune, Ph.D., ’98, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), unexpectedly passed away on May 27, 2020 at the age of 63.

McCune received his B.S. degree from UC Berkeley, M.S. degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UC Davis. In his nearly 40 years of experience in wireless communications, he worked in areas including technology development, circuit design, systems architecture and integration. He was also a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded two groundbreaking technology companies.

Enabling Student Success in ECE Courses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 27, 2020

By Jocelyn Park

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to California’s social distancing guidelines, the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) had less than two weeks to make an abrupt transition from in-person instruction to remote instruction. This shift to virtual instruction came with numerous challenges, especially in laboratory-based courses.

Silvaco Donates $2.2 Million Semiconductor Simulation and Analysis CAD Tools to UC Davis

October 23, 2020


Silvaco, a leader in electronic design automation and computer-aided design, has made a substantial software donation to the ECE department; equivalent to $2.2 Million. The design software that Silvaco provides span from atoms to systems, from molecular behavior impacting semiconductor devices, to design and analysis of transistor circuits, and finally to complex intellectual property blocks for systems-on-chips designs. 

Generous Support from Texas Instruments for Undergraduate Labs during the Pandemic

October 22, 2020

Texas Instruments (TI) has continued to provide generous support of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s undergraduate teaching labs during the pandemic. This has been especially helpful during the ramp-up of high-quality, hands-on, remote lab instruction. “Texas Instruments supports the engaging learning experience created at UC Davis, especially in this time where remote learning is so critical,” said ChengNing Wang, director of university marketing at Texas Instruments.