Jun 19, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Electrical and Computer Engineering – Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hughes Aircraft Electrical
Engineering Center 100
(213) 740-4446 or (213) 740-7874
FAX: (213) 740-4449 or FAX: (213) 740-8677
Email: studentinfo@ee.usc.edu or eepdept@usc.edu

Co-Chairs: Richard Leahy, PhD*; Anthony F. J. Levi, PhD

Associate Chairs: Keith M. Chugg, PhD; Peter Beerel, PhD

Associate Chair (Curriculum and Student Services): Edward W. Maby, PhD


Presidential Chair: Andrew J. Viterbi, PhD

A.V. “Bal” Balakrishnan Chair: Petros Ioannou, PhD

Kenneth C. Dahlberg Early Career Chair: Rahul Jain, PhD

Solomon Golomb - Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair: Andreas Molisch, PhD

Lloyd F. Hunt Chair in Electrical Power Engineering: Martin Gundersen, PhD

Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair: Han Wang, PhD

Gordon S. Marshall Chair in Engineering: Urbashi Mitra, PhD

Jack Munushian Early Career Chair: Paul Bogdan, PhD

Niki and Max Nikias Chair in Engineering: Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, PhD

Robert C. Packard President’s Chair and Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities: C. L. Max Nikias, PhD

Colleen and Roberto Padovani Early Career Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Mike Chen, PhD

Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering: Viktor Prasanna, PhD

Charles Lee Powell Chair in Engineering and Computer Science: Massoud Pedram, PhD

Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering: Alan E. Willner, PhD

Arthur G. Settle Trust Endowment for USC Leonard Silverman Chair: Richard Leahy, PhD*

Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair: Maryam M. Shanechi, PhD

Dean’s Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Urbashi Mitra, PhD

Dean’s Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Alice C. Parker, PhD*

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science: Chung-Chieh Kuo, PhD

Fred H. Cole Professorship in Engineering: Gianluca Lazzi, PhD

William M. Hogue Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Chung-Chieh Kuo, PhD

Ming Hsieh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering-Electrophysics: Mahta Moghaddam, PhD

George Pfleger Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Timothy Pinkston, PhD

Provost Professor of Opthamology and Electrical and Computer Engineering: Gianluca Lazzi, PhD

University Professor: Shri Narayanan, PhD

Viterbi Professorship in Engineering: Daniel Lidar, PhD

WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor: Feifei Qian, PhD

Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Hossein Hashemi, PhD

Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering: Bhaskar Krishnamachari, PhD

Professors: Murali Annavaram, PhD (Computer Science); Salman Avestimehr, PhD; Peter Beerel, PhD; Paul Bogdan, PhD; Todd Brun, PhD (Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy); Michael Shuo-Wei Chen, PhD; Keith M. Chugg, PhD; Stephen B. Cronin, PhD (Physics); Martin Gundersen, PhD (Materials Science, Physics); Sandeep Gupta, PhD; Hossein Hashemi, PhD; Petros Ioannou, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering); B. Keith Jenkins, PhD; Edmond Jonckheere, PhD (Mathematics); Mihailo Jovanovic, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Eun Sok Kim, PhD; Bart Kosko, PhD (Law); Bhaskar Krishnamachari, PhD (Computer Science); Chung-Chieh Kuo, PhD (Computer Science); Gianluca Lazzi, PhD (Ophthamology); Richard Leahy, PhD* (Biomedical Engineering, Radiology); Anthony F. J. Levi, PhD (Physics); Daniel Lidar, PhD (Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy); William C. Lindsey, PhD; Urbashi Mitra, PhD (Computer Science); Mahta Moghaddam, PhD; Andreas Molisch, PhD; Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan, PhD (Computer Science, Linguistics, Pediatrics, Psychology); Krishna Nayak, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, Pediatrics, Radiology); Michael Neely, PhD; C. L. Max Nikias, PhD (Classics); Antonio Ortega, PhD; Alice C. Parker, PhD*; Massoud Pedram, PhD; Timothy Pinkston, PhD; Michelle Povinelli, PhD; Viktor Prasanna, PhD (Computer Science); Konstantinos Psounis, PhD (Computer Science); C. Raghavendra, PhD (Computer Science); John B. Slaughter, PhD (Education); Armand R. Tanguay Jr., PhD (Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics); Andrew J. Viterbi, PhD; Alan E. Willner, PhD*; J. Joshua Yang, PhD; Chongwu Zhou, PhD

Associate Professors: Justin Haldar, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Rahul Jain, PhD (Computer Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering); Mercedeh Khajavikhan, PhD; Christos Kyriakakis, PhD; Ashutosh Nayyar, PhD; Aluizio Prata Jr., PhD*; Benjamin W. Reichardt, PhD (Computer Science); Maryam M. Shanechi, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Mahdi Soltanolkotabi, PhD (Computer Science); Han Wang, PhD; Wei Wu, PhD

Assistant Professors: Somil Bansal, PhD; Chia Wei Wade Hsu, PhD; Rehan Kapadia, PhD; Manuel Monge, PhD; Pierluigi Nuzzo, PhD (Computer Science); Feifei Qian, PhD (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering); Xuehai Qian, PhD (Computer Science); Constantine Sideris, PhD

Professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering Practice: Mohammed Beshir, PhD; Edward W. Maby, PhD; Gandhi Puvvada, MS*; Mark Redekopp, MS (Computer Science)*

Associate Professors of Electrical and Computer Engineering Practice: Shahin Nazarian, PhD; Allan Weber, PhD

Senior Lecturer: Brandon Franzke, PhD

Lecturer: Ali Zahid, PhD

Research Associate Professors: Wael AbdAlmageed, PhD; Stephen Crago, PhD; Anand Joshi, PhD

Research Assistant Professors: Jonathan Habif, PhD; Akilesh Jaiswal, PhD; Federico Spedalieri, PhD; Ajitesh Srivastava, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Moe Tabar, PhD

Adjunct Professor: George Papavassilopoulos, PhD

Adjunct Research Professors: Giuseppe Caire, PhD; Ming Hsieh, PhD (Medicine); Rajgopal Kannan, PhD; Murali Kota, PhD; Willie Ng, PhD

Adjunct Research Associate Professor: P. Thomas Vernier, PhD

Adjunct Research Assistant Professors: Bindu Madhavan, PhD; Panayiotis Georgiou, PhD

Emeritus Professors: P. Daniel Dapkus, PhD (Materials Science); Michel Dubois, PhD; Hans H. Kuehl, PhD*; Jerry Mendel, PhD; Michael J. Safonov, PhD; Alexander A. Sawchuk, PhD*; Robert Scholtz, PhD; Leonard M. Silverman, PhD; John Silvester, PhD; William H. Steier, PhD; Lloyd Welch, PhD (Mathematics)

Emeritus Instructor: Sidney A. Wielin, BS

Research Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Sanjit Mitra, PhD

Joint Faculty

Joint Professors: Andrea M. Armani, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Leana Golubchik, PhD (Computer Science); Ramesh Govindan, PhD (Computer Science); Ellis Horowitz, PhD (Computer Science); Behnam Jafarpour, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Yan Liu, PhD (Computer Science); Jia Grace Lu, PhD (Physics); Anupam Madhukar, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Ellis Meng, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Ulrich Neumann, PhD (Computer Science); Ramakant Nevatia, PhD (Computer Science); Suvrajeet Sen, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering); Cyrus Shahabi, PhD (Computer Science); John Slaughter, PhD (Education); Gaurav Sukhatme, PhD (Computer Science); Paul Thompson, PhD (Ophthalmology); Arthur Toga, PhD (Ophthamology); Francisco Valero-Cuevas, PhD (Biomedical Engineering); Curt F. Wittig, PhD (Chemistry, Physics); Stanley M. Yamashiro, PhD (Biomedical Engineering)

Joint Associate Professors: Elahe Nezami, PhD (Preventive Medicine); Ketan Savla, PhD (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Yonggang Shi, PhD (Neurology)

Joint Assistant Professors: Barath Raghavan, PhD (Computer Science); Jayakanth Ravichandran, PhD (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science); Meisam Razaviyayn, PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering);  Jongseung Yoon, PhD (Chemical Engineering, Materials Science)

Joint Emeritus Professors: Michael Arbib, PhD (Computer Science, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering); George A. Bekey, PhD (Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering); Aristides Requicha, PhD (Computer Science)

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Electrical Engineering Honor Society: Eta Kappa Nu

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

The electrical and computer engineering program objectives are designed to promote technical competence, professional development and citizenship in the global community. Graduates of the undergraduate program in electrical and computer engineering are expected to attain the following objectives within a few years of graduation:

Technical Competence

Graduates will apply their technical skills in mathematics, science and engineering to the solution of complex problems encountered in modern electrical and computer engineering practice.

Graduates will model, analyze, design and experimentally evaluate components or systems that achieve desired technical specifications subject to the reality of economic constraints.

Professional Development

Graduates will compete effectively in a world of rapid technological change and assume leadership roles within industrial, entrepreneurial, academic or governmental environments in the broad context of electrical and computer engineering.

Some graduates who choose to redirect their careers will be employed in diverse fields such as healthcare, business, law, computer science, multimedia and music through graduate-level studies and the process of lifelong learning.

Citizenship in the Global Community

Graduates will have established the foundations for critical thinking that are needed to broaden or redirect their careers in diverse disciplines such as business, health care and the arts through graduate-level studies and/or the process of life-long leaning.

Graduates will adhere to highly ethical practices, and they will make exemplary engineering decisions that balance economic, environmental and societal factors for the betterment of the global community.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering provides both breadth and depth across the range of engineering topics implied by the title. The curriculum includes probability and statistics, including appropriate applications; mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and advanced mathematics, such as differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics; sciences (defined as biological, chemical or physical science); and engineering topics (including computing science) necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software and systems containing hardware and software components.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Computer Science

See the listing under Computer Science .

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

See the listing under Computer Engineering Program .

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering

See the listing under Computer Engineering Program .

Minor in Music Recording

A minor in music recording is offered through the USC Thornton School of Music to provide undergraduate students with the background necessary to enter the field of recording engineering and to familiarize them with the design needs of modern recording equipment. The minor is recommended to electrical and computer engineering majors with extensive musical training who would like to combine their technical and musical abilities while learning the engineering applications of physical and mathematical principles to the art of music recording. See the listing under the USC Thornton School of Music .

Master of Science in Electrical and Engineering (Electric Power)

See listing in the Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Program  section.

Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering

See the listing under Systems Architecting and Engineering Program .

Financial Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Building 100
(213) 740-4447
FAX: (213) 740-4449
Email: studentinfo@ee.usc.edu

Faculty Contact: Professor Petros Ioannou, ioannou@usc.edu

Second Master’s Degree

A graduate student who already holds a master’s degree from USC may apply up to 4 units toward a second master’s degree with the permission of the chair of the major department. All credit, including the transferred units, must be earned within seven calendar years.

For students who earned their first master’s degree at another institution, no course work may be repeated from the first program of study and no unit credit from the first program of study may be counted toward the second master’s degree.

Engineer in Electrical Engineering

Requirements for the Engineer in Electrical Engineering are the same as those listed under Engineer degree, except that both areas of concentration must be in electrical and computer engineering.


Bachelor’s Degree


Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree


Electrical Engineering

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