Department Profile

The University

San José State University, founded in 1857, is California's oldest institution of public higher education. It is located within walking distance of downtown San José and the new San Jose City Hall. It is the home of the newly completed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, the largest public library in the western United States. The university's enrollment stands at nearly 32,000 students.

The College of Engineering

Frequently referred to as "The Engine that Drives Silicon Valley, "SJSU's College of Engineering has provided more engineers to its high-tech community than any other university in the USA. The college has 7,300 students, 2,500 graduates and 4,800 undergraduates. The nine departments offer thirteen different degree programs at the BS and MS levels.

The EE Department

Instructor and Students

The EE Department has established a firm goal to provide high quality Electrical Engineering education to its students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department offers classroom instruction by the best qualified EE faculty, hands-on experience in industry-sponsored state-of-the-art laboratories, and opportunities for industry internships. The Department has over 600 undergraduate and 550 graduate students.

The program supports students to acquire professional experience while taking classes. A number of students work as faculty assistants and teaching associates in the department. In conjunction with their classes, many students work as EE interns in the Silicon Valley firms. Our graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities in a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical areas such as wireless communications; machine learning; analog, digital and mixed signals; integrated circuits (IC); computer architectures and embedded systems, control and robotics; power/energy systems; and network security.


EE Department's Mission

The department's mission is to provide an empowering educational opportunity to students for their technical, professional and social development in a competitive and dynamic global society.

Undergraduate Program

The Department's educational philosophy emphasizes a hands-on practical education, based on sound understanding of Electrical Engineering fundamentals. Laboratory experience and projects are an integral part of the program. The program prepares the student to work as an engineer in industry or to pursue higher education.

Graduate Program

The EE graduate program offers specialization in Digital Design, Signal Processing and Communication, Networking, VLSI, and Analog and Mixed Signal ICs. Thesis, project, or courses-only options are available to complete the degree. Industry internships are a strong component of the graduate program. Graduates of the program work in industry or continue with a doctoral program.

EE Faculty

Our highly qualified EE faculty includes 20 full time regular faculty members, 20 adjuncts from local industry and more than 20 teaching associates. Regular faculty members are active in research and publications, including authoring of textbooks adopted by many universities and colleges around the world.

Department Laboratories

State-of-the-art industry-sponsored labs for education and research is the distinguishing strength of the EE department.

These labs are:

Lab equipment* Cadence IC Design Laboratory
* Center for Analog and Mixed Signal
* Center of Power Electronics Converters
* Cheadle RF Communications Laboratory
* Circuits Laboratory
* Cisco Networking Laboratory


Lab equipment
        * Digital Signal and Data Processing
        * DSP/FPGA Laboratory
        * Electronic Design I Laboratory
        * Electronic Design II Laboratory
        * Embedded Control Systems Laboratory
        * Microprocessors Laboratory

Lab equipment
* Multicore and Embedded Systems Laboratory
* Open Laboratory
* Radio Frequency Intergrated Circuit
* Student Projects Laboratory
* Synopsys IC Design Laboratory
* Xilinx Design Laboratory