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Our Mission

At UW ECE, we cultivate innovation and inspire through high-impact research. We educate and develop tomorrow’s leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • We are committed to merit-driven diversity for broadening participation in STEM.
  • We provide our students with a strong technical foundation, refined communication skills and group project work.
  • We hire and retain exceptional faculty to develop an innovation ecosystem.
  • We provide electrical and computer hardware fundamentals and promote an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • We foster an innovation hub by partnering with industry, government and regional sponsors.


Our Facts

We are committed to merit-driven diversity for broadening participation in STEM.

We value diversity in both our faculty and student base, supporting broader participation by all groups in STEM.

Minorities make up one-fourth of our undergraduate and graduate school classes.

 

 

 

 

 

We exceed the national average of women in electrical engineering:

Percentage of undergraduate degrees awarded to women:

National: 13%
UW ECE: 19%

Percentage of master’s degrees awarded to women:

National: 23%
UW ECE: 24%

Percentage of Ph.D. degrees awarded to women:

National: 14.7%
UW ECE: 16.7%

Percentage of women tenured and tenure-track faculty:

National: 13.4%
UW ECE: 17.5%


We provide our students with a strong technical foundation, refined communication skills and group project work.

We provide 11 major concentrations areas.

We offer an Entrepreneurial Engineering Capstone Project (ENGINE) to engage our students with industry partners.

Our students are collaborators, innovators and leaders. With more spinouts than any other department at the UW, UW ECE faculty and students have founded or been in
leadership roles at more than 50 startup companies, including:

  • A-Alpha Bio – Accelerating drug
    development with synthetic biology and
    next-generation sequencing
  • Jeeva Wireless – Reimagining
    connectivity with low-power backscatter
    technology
  • MicrobiomX – Providing rapid,
    personalized restorative gut therapy
    through microbiota transplants
  • Olis Robotics – Making robots smarter
    through progressive autonomy
  • OneRadio – Changing the way we
    access the radio-frequency spectrum.
  • Parse Biosciences – Providing scalable
    single cell RNA-sequencing solutions
  • Proprio – Using computer vision and
    machine learning to enhance human and
    computer performance
  • Tunoptix, Inc. – Tunable metasurface
    optics for machine vision and AR/VR
    applications
  • ThruWave – Providing state-of-the-art
    millimeter-wave (mmW) 3D imagers.
  • WiBotic – Providing wireless power
    solutions for robotics


We hire and retain exceptional faculty to develop an innovation ecosystem.

Core faculty: 56

Assistant Research/Teaching Faculty: 6

Affiliate faculty: 110

Adjunct faculty: 39

Each year, the faculty base continues to grow. Six new faculty joined the department for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. UW ECE faculty are frequently honored for excellence in research, innovation and teaching.

Our research areas are diverse:

Biosystems – Synthetic biology, neural engineering, medical devices, mobile health

Computing & Networking – Computer engineering and architecture, VLSI, embedded systems, wireless communication, cybersecurity

Data Sciences – Machine learning, statistical signal processing, speech and natural language processing, computer vision and image processing

Photonics & Nano Devices – Nanoscale materials and structure, MEMs

Power & Energy Systems – Smart Grid, integration of renewable energy sources, grid security, power system economics, energy harvesting

Robotics & Controls – Surgical biorobotics, smart cities, haptics, network control systems


We provide electrical and computer hardware fundamentals and promote an entrepreneurial mindset.

In 2019, we saw:

59 new innovations

83 new patent applications

22 patent applications issued

5 new startup companies

Our faculty have been recognized with several prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Microsoft Collaborator Award, Department of Defense MURI Grants and many more. They hold expertise in a range of areas, including engineering hardware and software.


We foster an innovation hub by partnering with industry, government and regional sponsors.

We have dozens of partnerships across industry, government and nonprofit organizations.

66% of our funding comes from federal government grants and awards. The rest of funding comes from local government, industry support, nonprofit foundations, private support and international grants.

In 2019, ECE faculty were awarded $21.1 million in research grants.


Centers and Labs

UW ECE faculty lead or participate in interdisciplinary research centers across campus, and direct laboratories at the cutting-edge of the field.

• AMP Lab – Amplifying Movement and Performance
• The UW Biofabrication Center (BIOFAB)
• Clean Energy Institute (CEI)
• Center for Neurotechnology (CNT)
• UW ECE Center on Satellite Multimedia and Connected
Vehicles (CMMB Vision)
• eScience Institute
• Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems (NanoES)
• Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute (MolES)
• Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN)
• QuantumX Initiative
• U.S. Dept. of Energy PNW National Lab (PNNL)

State of the Art Facilities

Makerspaces for students to work on rapid prototyping and experimentation.

Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), led by ECE professor Karl Böhringer, provides micro and nanotechnology services.

CoMotion, UW’s collaborative innovation hub, helps faculty and students take ideas from lab to market.

To see additional facts about UW ECE, please view our 2021 Fact Sheet.