Research

Our research areas reflect the diversity of the electrical engineering profession and range from the very small (nano-scale electronic devices and their modeling), to the very large (the U.S. electric power grid and its control). Our faculty includes experts in many application areas such as the design of flight control for aircraft and the implementation of neural interfaces for biomedical applications.

Graduate students are involved in all of our research activities and have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the electromagnetic anechoic chamber, the wireless communications lab, and the integrated circuit fabrication clean-room. Some programs offer students theoretic approaches for the design of communication systems, while others include the implementation of wireless communications devices such as the circuits in cell phones.

These research efforts are aligned with national and international efforts to address worldwide challenges in energy production and distribution, healthcare technology and delivery, sustainable development and economic growth, communications technology and information management, and global security.

 

Focus areas

Solid-state electronics
The solid-state electronics curriculum includes five upper-division undergraduate and 14 graduate courses in the areas of semiconductor devices and materials, characterization, photonic/photovoltaic devices, semiconductor processing/intelligent control, nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, transport, and computational electronics as well as occasional specialty courses.

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Electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits
The electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits curriculum includes undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of engineering electromagnetics, antennas, microwave circuits and devices, fiber optics, and lasers. The graduate research program is supplemented by the Electromagnetic Anechoic Chamber, Millimeter-Wave Antenna Measurement Facility, Microwave Fabrication Facility, Microwave Characterization Laboratory, Electromagnetics Graphics Laboratory, and Electronic Packaging Laboratory. In addition, computers are incorporated in many of the upper division undergraduate and graduate courses to enhance the theoretical material taught in the courses.

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Electronic and mixed signal circuit design
The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University has a strong research program in electronic and mixed-signal circuit design. The curriculum includes five upper-division undergraduate courses and over 10 graduate-level courses in the area. This is an interdisciplinary group involving faculty in the Connection One Research Center, WinTech, and Center for Solid-State Electronics Research (CSSER).

With the support of semiconductor industry, and government agencies these centers have established a state-of-the-art educational program in VLSI design, modeling, mixed-signal and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits design.

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Computer engineering
Computing systems have expanded far beyond desktop machines or mainframes, and today are embedded in nearly everything including smartphones, appliances and medical devices. They now involve not only computation, but multi-modal sensing, signal processing, communications and control—enabling novel applications in domains ranging from homeland security, human-computer interaction, green computing and pervasive healthcare. Moreover, functions that were previously considered to be strictly software or strictly hardware can no longer be distinguished in that way. This is allowing the next generation of adaptive and intelligent computing systems to address emerging complex societal, health, security and sustainability problems.

Computer engineering is concerned with ways that the science of computation is applied to building devices, components and systems that perform the computation. It considers the design, analysis and optimization of systems that span nearly 10 orders of magnitude in scale—from components that are billionths of a meter in size to systems that occupy hundreds of square meters such as data centers.

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Electric power and energy systems
The electric power and energy systems curriculum in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering includes six upper division undergraduate and fourteen graduate courses in the area of power system analysis, power generation, transmission and distribution, power system dynamics and stability, energy conversion, electric machines, power electronics, high voltage engineering, and nuclear power engineering. An undergraduate power laboratory supports the teaching of energy conversion. A relay protection and power electronics laboratory provide hands on experience in the field of electrical power supplies, drives and network protection systems. The graduate research program is supported by the Power System Computational Laboratory, the High Voltage Laboratory, Insulation Laboratory, Advanced Power Electronics Laboratories and Power Plant Diagnostics Laboratory. In addition, the use of computers is integrated into all of the upper division undergraduate and graduate courses to enhance the theoretical material taught in the courses.

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Control systems
The Systems and Controls program includes nine graduate courses in the areas of linear and nonlinear control systems, real-time and digital control systems, optimal control, distributed parameter systems, adaptive control, and neural networks. In addition, the theoretical material taught in the upper division undergraduate and graduate courses is enhanced through the use of computer and experimental projects.

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Signal Processing and Communications
The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University offers instruction in the related areas of signal processing and communications systems (SP/Comm) at the graduate level. Courses are also offered for beginning graduate students in the SP/Comm area to bridge any gaps that might exist between their undergraduate course work and the 500-level offerings at ASU. Students may choose from among several 500-level courses ranging from offerings primarily intended for first-year students to special topics courses designed to acquaint advanced graduate students with research topics of current interest.

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Arts, media and engineering
The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University in collaboration with the Herberger College of Fine Arts (HFCA) has established a concentration in Arts, Media and Engineering. This concentration is available both for the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs (not available for M.S.E or M.Eng.). Students admitted in this program take two-thirds of their course, research, and thesis credits from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and one-third of the credits from the Arts, Media and Engineering program.

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