University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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The Department of Chemical Engineering is ranked no. 10 among top US chemical Engineering programs by the reputed ranking site The department offers a four-year Bachelor of Science B.S in Chemical engineering. It also has a unique “Honors” program. To qualify for it, one needs to have high scores in school and a high SAT score. Approximately 10% of the top applicants qualify for this program.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on preparing students for future careers in research. The department’s training of graduate students is focused on doctoral studies. As a result, it does not have nor does it admit students directly to a master’s program. However, under exceptional circumstances, a master’s degree is awarded to students who are not able to continue through to their doctoral program. 

Graduates passing out after a B.S are employed in industries such as: chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and semiconductor processing. Many go on to research after completing their masters and doctorate programs.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Polymers and complex fluids; Biomaterials and Bioengineering; Electronic and Optical Materials; Fluid mechanics & transport phenomena; Molecular thermodynamics and simulation; Process Systems Engineering; Surfaces and interfacial phenomena; Catalysis, Reaction Engineering, & Energy
  • list items List of Labs: Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials; Center for Polymers and Organic Solids
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    Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree that is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. This program introduces students to core concepts and cutting-edge topics in computer science. Students get hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of computer theory, systems, and applications which prepare them for successful careers in computer science and allow them to participate in the next generation of technological advances.

    The graduate courses of the department are M.S and Ph.D. programs in Computer science. To qualify for admission in the M.S program, a student needs a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or math
    There are three plans for the Master of Science program: thesis, comprehensive examination, or project

    Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree typically are completed in four to five years, depending on whether or not a student enters the program with an M.S. in computer science.
    Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Computer Science may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

    Emphases: Bioengineering, Cognitive Science, Computational Science and Engineering (CSE is available to both Master's and Doctoral Students), Information Technology and Society, Neuroengineering.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Computational Science and Engineering
  • list items Computer Architecture
  • list items Security and Cryptography
  • list items Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • list items Networking; Algorithms and Theory
  • list items Operating Systems and Distributed Systems
  • list items Social Computing
  • list items Visual Computing and Interaction
  • list items Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • list items Database and Information Systems
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. The undergraduate curriculum is designed in a way that equips students with a concrete background in physical sciences, mathematics, and traditional Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering topics.

    Additionally, a combined B.S./M.S. program in Computer Engineering is offered which provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. The M.S. degree can be earned in either the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, while the B.S. degree is earned in Computer Engineering.

    The M.S. degree program in ECE can be achieved in as little as one year to an average of two years. Students take courses in their area or areas of interest and flexibility is provided to allow for breadth and depth, as well as interdisciplinary options.
    The graduate school in the department offer programs in three fields:

  • list items Computer Engineering (CE)
  • list items Communications, Control & Signal Processing (CCSP)
  • list items Electronics & Photonics (EP).
  • Students may opt for a thesis or a comprehensive exam option.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Nanoscale issues in electronic circuits; Optoelectronics and photonics; High-speed electronic devices; Wireless & sensor networks; Signal and image processing; VLSI & computer system design
  • list items List of Labs: UCSB Nanofabrication Facility; Optoelectronics Technology Center; Center for Energy Efficient Materials; National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network; Center for Bio-Image Informatics; Center for Control Dynamical Systems and Computation
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    Technology Management

    The College of Engineering also offers a one-year Master of Technology Management Program.The Master of Technology Management is an intensive 9-month program designed to help engineers and scientists become leaders of technology ventures. The hands-on practical based curriculum teaches the leadership skills needed to run projects, take on management roles and become entrepreneurs.

    The UCSB Master of Technology Management is a full-time residential program that teaches students the business skills required to lead in technology-driven firms. This course is open to students who have completed their bachelor’s in Engineering. In addition, graduates in engineering or science may apply for the four- or five-year doctoral program leading to a PhD in Technology management.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Entrepreneurship
  • list items Organizational Behavior
  • list items Organizational Theory
  • list items Innovation
  • list items Strategy
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    Materials Science

    The University of California at Santa Barbara has one of the top-ranked Materials Science and Engineering departments in the country. It is considered the flagship department among all the engineering schools in the University. The Materials Science graduate program of the university has been ranked 1st among public universities by the US News and 1st by the National Research Council. The ranks this department as no. 3 in the country.

    The Materials Department of the university does not offer a four-year B.S program. On the other hand, one can opt for a five-year accelerated B.S/M.S degree. The program allows outstanding students to concurrently pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical/Electrical/ Mechanical Engineering (College of Engineering majors)/Chemistry (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and a Master of Science degree in Materials and to complete the graduation requirements for both of the degrees within 5  years.

    The university’s Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program is designed primarily for doctoral students. However, there are two plans for a terminal master’s degree available to graduate students, including those originally admitted to the doctoral program. Graduate students in materials pursue four areas of research specialization: electronic and photonic materials; inorganic materials; macromolecular and biomolecular materials; and structural materials.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Electronic materials; Inorganic materials; Macromolecular/Biomolecular materials; Structural materials
  • list items List of Labs: Solid State Lighting and Energy Center; Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures; Institute for Multiscale Materials Studies-LANL; Materials Research Laboratory; International Center for Materials Research; Center for the Chemical Design of Materials; Center for Wide Band Gap Semiconductors
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    The undergraduate degree program offered by UCSB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering.

    Research areas in this program are: Dynamic systems, control, and robotics; Thermal sciences and fluid mechanics; Computational Science and Engineering; Micro and nanoscale engineering; Solid mechanics, materials, and structures.

    One of the unique offerings of the Engineering departments at UCSB is the one-year-long capstone program for the undergraduate class. Students work in teams under the direction of a faculty advisor to tackle an engineering design project. The program objectives are to foster design problem solving, creative thinking, project planning and teamwork through a challenging design and build project. The program also aims to provide experience in fundamental engineering reporting and communication including project plans, design reviews, and project reports.

    In addition, exceptional students can also apply for a B.S/M.S accelerated program. This is an opportunity for students to finish two degrees in five years. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. with a specialization in any of the following six areas of research: Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures; Bioengineering and Systems; Dynamic Systems, Control and Robotics; Biology; Computational Science and Engineering; Micro and Nanoscale Engineering; and Thermal Sciences and Fluid Mechanics.

    The M.S degree has two options – with a thesis or with a project.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Dynamical systems and controls
  • list items Solid mechanics
  • list items Computational science and engineering
  • list items Micro- and Nanoscale engineering
  • list items Fluid mechanics and Thermal sciences
  • list items Materials and structures
  • list items Bioengineering and Systems Biology