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Chair, Department of ECE

Zhihua Qu, Ph.D.

4328 Scorpius Street, Orlando Florida 32816-2362
Phone: (407) 823-3327
Fax: (407) 823-1488

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I would like to welcome you to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UCF.

The ECE’s vision is to offer the best undergraduate education in electrical and computer engineering, to achieve national and international prominence in selected areas of graduate study and research, and to foster partnerships and contribute to technological and economical advances in the State of Florida, the nation, and the world.

Our undergraduate curricula lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, and they are designed to provide students with a solid background in mathematics, physical sciences, electrical and computer engineering. A wide range of program options are available including communications, control systems, signal processing, computer architecture, hardware security and cyber physical systems, electromagnetics and optics, and semiconductor devices and applications.

ECE research is categorized into the following four focus groups, each of which consists of several areas: Computer Systems and VLSI, Cyber-Physical Systems (Communication, Controls, Signal Processing, and Energy Systems), Micro- and Nano-Systems, and Electromagnetics. Our faculty members have developed collaborative partnerships with governmental agencies and industry, including local companies such as Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, Leidos, SAIC, L3Harris, Duke Energy, Intel, Ford, etc. ECE annual report details our research expenditure and new research funding (from federal agencies NSF, NASA, DoE, DoT, DARPA, etc.).

You can find quick facts and figures about our ECE programs after this message. The most vital resource we have to offer is that our faculty members are dedicated educators as well as technical leaders in their fields of expertise and that our students are remarkably talented and driven. I invite you to explore our web site. I believe you will find that our ECE programs have talented students, dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and quality educational and research programs. Please come and see for yourself when you are in Orlando, and we would also enjoy hearing from you if you have any questions or need additional information.

ECE Facts & Figures


  • Established in 1967 to offer B.Sc. degrees
  • Approved in 1968 to offer M.Sc. EE degree and in 1971 to offer M.Sc. CpE degree
  • Approved in 1981 to offer Ph.D. EE degree and in 1983 to offer Ph.D. CpE degree


  • 35 Tenured / Tenure-Track Faculty (15 Professors, 10 Associate Professors, 10 Assistant Professors)
  • 6 Lecturers/Instructors (including 1 Senior Lecturer and 1 Associate Lecturer)
  • 4 Research faculty members
  • 27 Joint faculty members
  • 4 Emeritus Professors
  • 3 staff engineers
  • 8 office staff members (2 shared with CS)


  • 1 Member of National Academy of Engineering
  • 15 Fellows of IEEE
  • 5 Fellows of AAAS
  • 1 Fellow of ASEE
  • 1 Fellow of AIMBE
  • 1 Fellow of ECS
  • 7 NSF Career Awardees
  • 1 DoE Young Investigator Awardee
  • 5 Fellows of National Academy of Inventors


  • 116 Electrical Engineering PhD students
  • 47 Computer Engineering PhD students
  • 41 Electrical Engineering MSc students
  • 29 Computer Engineering MSc students
  • 598 Electrical Engineering undergraduate students
  • 227 Electrical Engineering pending students
  • 629 Computer Engineering undergraduate students
  • 302 Computer Engineering pending students


  • 26 PhD EE and 12 PhD CpE
  • 17 MSc EE and 19 MSc CpE
  • 116 BSc EE and 108 BSc CpE
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