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ECEE Highlights:
2020 to the Present

Message from our director

Stephen Phillips

Our faculty, students and staff have redoubled their collaborative efforts to strengthen and grow the programs in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. In the past few years, we have grown our faculty expertise and research efforts in energy and more recently, in microelectronics and semiconductors, to become an international hub for these areas.

Our primary focus is the education of students who are important contributors to our research. Our academic programs have grown significantly from about 1,200 students a decade ago to more than 3,600 in the Fall 2022 semester, including more than 280 doctoral students. Our sponsored research expenditures remain strong, exceeding $30 million for the past four years.

Our recognition includes U.S. News & World Report ranks of No. 34 for our electrical engineering graduate program and No. 20 for our undergraduate program in 2022. The online delivery method of our electrical engineering graduate program achieved a No. 2 ranking in 2023. This online mode has enabled an unprecedented tripling in undergraduate enrollment to more than 2,500 in a decade. Leveraging technology to provide innovations in our academic programs further improves the student experience.

We continue to accelerate our progress through aggressive faculty hiring. The extraordinary efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff and students drive the success of our school. Our programs and school have a bright future.

Stephen M. Phillips, PhD, PE
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

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Harnessing the sun, powering the future

Arizona State University’s AMPED Science and Technology center is focused on the three key components needed to electrify the entire energy sector: photovoltaics (solar), batteries and power electronics. Associate Professor Zachary Holman leads AMPED to advance Arizona’s New Economy Initiative goals while collaborating with industry partners.

2019 Regents' Professor Vijay Vittal

Regents Professor wins IEEE Prize Paper Award

In 2004, Vijay Vittal and colleagues in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society defined stability criteria for the power grid. The team reconvened to redefine power grid stability considering renewable power sources such as solar technology. These efforts earned them a Prize Paper Award from the IEEE’s Power & Energy Society.

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ASU researcher advances protein sequencing with NIH Innovator Award

Associate Professor Chao Wang won a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research single-molecule protein sequencing. This technology can help diagnose diseases earlier in their progression and better understand cellular health.

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Powering up computing capacity

Associate Professor Matthew Marinella is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories to improve the efficiency of radiation-hardened electronics.

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Best online master’s in electrical
engineering programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers Fellows


Research expenditures FY22

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ASU alum wins dissertation award for wearable medical device

Fulton Schools computer engineering alum Ganapati Bhat was inspired to change the lives of people with movement disorders with his wearable device research.

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The DOD names student Albert Reed to the prestigious NDSEG program

Albert Reed, an electrical engineering PhD candidate, was recently selected to join the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship program.

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Sun Devil wins national award for support of women in engineering

Elizabeth Jones was named an Outstanding Collegiate Member of the Society of Women in Engineering, an award given to only 10 society members each year.


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Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors move innovation to market

Associate Professors Jennifer Blain Christen and Mariana Bertoni used their Fulton Entrepreneurial Professorships to advance their technology startups.

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Sun Devil solar venture wins grand prize at national competition

Startup company SunFlex Solar, co-founded by Associate Professor Zachary Holman, became a finalist in a national competition to advance solar technology manufacturing.

Outstanding faculty achievements

Constantine A. Balanis IEEE Electromagnetic Award 2021

Regents Professor Emeritus Constantine Balanis earns 2021 IEEE Electromagnetic Award

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Assistant Professor Ivan Sanchez Esqueda wins one of only 10 Intel Rising Star Awards for 2021

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Nine ECEE faculty win NSF CAREER Awards from 2019 to 2022

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21 new faculty members joined ECEE in the last three years

Faculty in the news

Our faculty have appeared in numerous news sources for their contributions to scientific knowledge and beyond.