Sep 19, 2021  
2021/2022 University Catalog 
    
2021/2022 University Catalog

Computer Engineering


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OFFICE: Engineering 426
TELEPHONE: 619-594-7013
WEBSITE: http://electrical.sdsu.edu

The undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Faculty

Chair: Chunting Chris Mi, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S., Northwestern Polytechnical University, China; Ph.D., University of Toronto, Canada)

Graduate Adviser: Mahasweta Sarkar, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., San Diego State University; Ph.D., University of California San Diego)

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:

Arif E. Engin, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Ph.D., University of Hannover, Germany) 

Sunil Kumar, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Thomas G. Pine Faculty Fellow (B.S., S.V. National Institute of Technology, India; Ph.D., Birla Institute of Tech & Science, India)

Yusuf Ozturk, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering, (B.S., Middle East Technical University (METU); Ph.D., Ege University)

Satish Kumar Sharma, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., KNIT Sultanpur, Avadh University, India; Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Banaras Hindu University, India)

Amirhossein Alimohammad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., University of Isfahan; Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada)

Ashkan Ashrafi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran; Ph.D., University of Alabama in Huntsville) 

Ke Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., University; Ph.D., Université Grenoble Alpes, France)

Santosh V. Nagaraj, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; Ph.D., Purdue University)

Reza Sabzehgar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (M.Sc., Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic); Ph.D., Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Sridhar Seshagiri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM); Ph.D., Michigan State University)

Baris Aksanli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., Bogazici University; Ph.D., University of California San Diego)

Saeed Manshadi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., University of Tehran; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University)

Huu Ngoc Duy Nguyen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., Swinburne University of Technology; Ph.D., McGill University)

Chris Paolini, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., San Diego State University; Ph.D., San Diego State University)

Ying-Khai Teh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.Eng., MMU, Malaysia, M.Eng.Sc., MMU, Malaysia; Ph.D., HKUST, Hong Kong)

Hakan Töreyin, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., Middle East Technical University, Turkey; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology)

Junfei Xie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (B.S., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China; Ph.D., University of North Texas)
 
Lecturers:

Ken Arnold, B.S.E.E. 

Barry Dorr, M.S.E.E., B.S.E.E. 

Dave Phillips, Ph.D.

Sanguoon Chung, Ph.D.

Parisa Kaveh, Ph.D.

Hidenori Yamada, B.S. 

Mohamed Abouzied, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty:

Greg W. Bailey, Ed.D., 1982-2002, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Engineering; Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

Ramon Betancourt, Ph.D, 1984-2016, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ching-Ten Chang, Ph.D., 1979-2004, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Madhu S. Gupta, Ph.D., 2000-2020, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Radio Frequency Communication Systems Industry Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Fredric J. Harris, Ph.D., 1968-2017, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jay H. Harris, Ph.D., 1980-2009, Dean, College of Engineering; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alexander Iosupovici, Ph.D., 1978-2001, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Paul T. Kolen, Ph.D., 1987-2016, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Long C. Lee, Ph.D., 1982-2012, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gordon K.F. Lee, Ph.D., 2000-2015, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mao-Shiu Lin, Ph.D., 1966-2002, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Leonard R. Marino, Ph.D., 1973-2010, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gail A. Massey, Ph.D., 1981-1997, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nicholas Panos, M.S.E.E., 1968-2001, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Donald L. Skaar, M.S., 1960-1981, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Robert J. Stuart, Ph.D., 1969-1987, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Andrew Y.J. Szeto, Ph.D., 1983-2017, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kadayam S. Thyagarajan, Doctorate of Engineering, 1980-1999, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

R. Lal Tummala, Ph.D., 2002-2016, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Information

Transfer Credit

No credit will be given for upper division engineering coursework taken at an institution having an engineering program which has not been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, unless the student successfully completes the first 12 units of engineering work attempted at this university. At that time, and upon recommendation of the department, credit will be given for the unaccredited work.

The Major

Computers are machines that store and process information. Desktop computers, portables, workstations, and mainframe computers are the most readily recognized examples of such devices. Equally important, however, are the millions of tiny computers (microprocessors) that are embedded in machines, instruments, and products of all sorts. For example, there are embedded computers in VCRs, cameras, telephones, CD/DVD players, televisions, washing machines, ovens, robots, automobiles, airplanes, medical instruments, toys, and many other devices, both familiar and exotic.

Computer Engineers are involved in the design, development, manufacture, installation, and operation of general purpose and embedded computers of all sorts. They are both concerned with hardware (i.e., the electronic circuits and devices that actually store and process information) and software (i.e., the programs that control the operation of the hardware). The B.S. degree program in Computer Engineering provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, computer hardware, computer software, and engineering design that are needed to practice the profession or to pursue a graduate degree in the field.

In addition to fundamentals, the curriculum also includes training in the areas of rapid growth that are important to modern practice of computer engineering. These include: Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits design (i.e., the design of electronic circuits implemented on silicon chips); Multimedia Systems (i.e., systems that process audio and visual information as well as text and numbers); Embedded Systems; Digital Signal Processing (DSP), which plays a vital role both in processing the continuous signals that are common in embedded system applications and in compressing and processing the large volumes of information that are common in multimedia systems; Computer Networks, which have become vital for connecting multiple computers in distributed control applications, and connecting users of general purpose computers who wish to share information and computing resources (e.g., Local Area Networks, the Internet); Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs), which are rapidly replacing text-based interfaces in nearly all applications; and Object Oriented Programming (OOP), a technique for designing more reliable and maintainable software.

The computer engineering curriculum provides a balance between theory and practice that prepares the graduate both for immediate employment and for continued study. The process of engineering design is emphasized throughout the curriculum by including open-ended problems with realistic design constraints. The design experience culminates in a capstone design course required of all students. Creativity, consideration of economic and social factors, and the application of systematic design procedures are required in major design projects during the senior year.

Retention Policy

The engineering program expects all majors will make reasonable academic progress toward the degree. Engineering premajors who have either (1) completed major preparatory courses, earned 60 units, but have less than a 2.7 cumulative GPA or (2) earned 60 units but have not completed major preparatory courses and/or have less than a 2.7 cumulative GPA may be removed from the premajor and placed in undeclared.

Program Educational Objectives

The overall objective of the undergraduate program in computer engineering is to produce the best skilled, hands on practicing computer engineer. More specifically the objectives are:

  1. Computer Engineering​ graduates will be successful in modern engineering practice and contribute to the economies of the State of California and the nation. 
  2. Computer Engineering graduates will be productive citizens with high ethical and professional standards who can make engineering and management decisions. 
  3. Computer Engineering graduates will have the intellectual skills necessary to assume leadership roles both in their profession and to future graduates.

Impacted Program

The computer engineering major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the computer engineering major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete with a grade of C (2.0) or better: COMPE 160 ; E E 210 ; MATH 150 MATH 151 ; PHYS 195 PHYS 196 . These courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC);
  2. Have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.7.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.


Graduate Information

The Radio Frequency Communication Systems Industry Chair

The Radio Frequency (RF) Communication Systems Industry Chair was established in recognition of the pervasiveness and vital role of radio frequency and wireless communications in modern society, and the emergence of San Diego as the world’s leading center of research and development in the field of telecommunications and wireless engineering. The chair is sustained through generous contributions of Cubic Corporation and other corporations engaged in wireless communication technology, in appreciation of contributions of students trained in the field at SDSU. The RF Communication Systems Industry Chair is intended to promote excellence in education of RF and microwave engineers, and encourage significant professional activities in the field. Dr. Madhu S. Gupta, the first occupant of the chair, maintains a major involvement in professional work in the discipline and has received international recognition from his professional peers as a distinguished educator and scholar in the field of RF and microwave engineering.

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