By the Numbers 2020–2021; 3,933 undergraduate students (Fall 2020); 251 master’s students (Fall 2020); 202 doctoral students (Fall 2020); 60 tenured/tenure-track faculty; 29 instructors; 2 members of the national academy of engineering; 22 professional society fellows; 27 young investigator/CAREER awards; $12.9M research expenditures (2019–2020)

Mission Statement

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University provides a comprehensive education to all of our students that enables them to become successful and ethical professionals by delivering high quality programs that foster lifelong learning and a sense of community, and that meet the needs of our stakeholders.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Accredited programs leading to B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering or B.S. in Computer Science (the computer systems option).
  • Unique program in computer science that is the only one in the nation that offers a bachelor’s degree online for post-baccalaureate students and can be completed in one year.
  • Revolutionary, award-winning educational programs that use personal learning platforms.
  • Year-long senior design/capstone course with industry sponsorship and participation.
  • MECOP internship program (places selected students in industry for two different six-month internships).
  • More than 3,900 enrolled students.

Graduate Programs

  • Strong graduate programs leading to M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.
  • Approximately 450 enrolled students.

Department Highlights

Research Collaboration

  • More than $12M in research expenditures (last fiscal year)
  • Our faculty are bringing their collective talents together to conduct translational research — concepts that go from ideas to impact. This research include:
Data Science and Engineering

Develops technology, processes, and software to enable effective access to and utilization of overwhelming amounts of information.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Studies theory, algorithms, and systems for making intelligent decisions in complex and uncertain environments.

Electronic Materials and Devices

Solves challenges including nano-scale device fabrication, integration, and measurement, thin-film deposition, magnetics, spintronics, nanophotonics, sensing, flexible electronics, and vertical transport electronics.

Integrated Electronics

Focuses on various aspects of integrated circuits and systems, microelectronic components and sensors, and advanced communication systems.

Energy Systems

Conducts research related to renewable energy, motors, generators, adjustable speed drives, power electronics, power supplies, power quality, electrical systems resiliency, and industrial process equipment and controllers.


Develops tools and techniques to protect sensitive data and infrastructure against malicious attacks. 

Communications and Signal Processing

Addresses challenges related to the modeling, design, and analysis of next-generation networking and computer systems.

Networking and Computer Systems

Develops novel theories, tools, algorithms, and systems for solving real-world problems including parallel computing, cognitive networks, coding theory, and eco‑informatics.

Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction

Focuses on helping people develop software that is effective and accurate through a multiperspective approach.

Programming Languages

Studies the design, implementation, and formalization of programming languages.

Theoretical Computer Science

Explores the limits of computation in developing algorithms and protocols that provide provable performance guarantees such as correctness and privacy.

Health Engineering

Conducts research on systems, devices, and data analysis for a variety of health related applications.

Computer Graphics and Visualization

Analyzes, synthesizes, understands, and manipulates visual data such as images, video sequences, and 3D geometric content.

Computer Science Education

Studies theories, frameworks, pedagogical methods, and data related to educating students at all levels in areas related to computer science and, more generally, computational thinking.

Faculty Recognition

National Academy of Engineering

  • 2 NAE members


  • 11 IEEE Fellows
  • 1 AAAS Fellow
  • 4 ACM Fellows
  • 1 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Fellow
  • 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 1 Society for Information Display Fellow
  • 2 National Academy of Inventors Fellows
  • 1 American Vacuum Society Fellow
  • 1 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Fellow

Fellow Awards

  • IEEE Centennial Medal
  • IEEE CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • IEEE CAS Education Award
  • IEEE Educational Activities Board Major Educational Innovation Award
  • IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchoff Award
  • IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award
  • IEEE CAS Society Technical Achievement Award
  • IEEE I&M Society Andrew Chi Prize
  • IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award

Young Investigator Awards

  • 27 Young Investigator/CAREER Awards

National Recognition

  • David Allstot: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society John Choma Education Award (2018)
  • Mike Bailey: ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award (2015)
  • Bella Bose: Southern Methodist University Computer Science and Engineering 40th Anniversary Award for Academic Accomplishment (2008)
  • Ted Brekken: IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2011)
  • Margaret Burnett: Computing Research Association Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award (2017); ACM CHI Academy (2016); NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2015); IBM International Faculty Award (2007 & 2008)
  • Paul Cull: Life Membership, Association for Computing Machinery (2013); 50 Year Award, Mathematical Association of America (2013); E. R. Caianiello Award for Biocybernetics, European Mtg on Cybernetics & Systems Research (2004 & 2010); Forty Year Award, Mathematical Assn of America (2003)
  • Tom Dietterich: AMiner Most Influential Scholar Award (2016); Distinguished Educator Award, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2016)
  • Martin Erwig: American Book Fest Best Book Award for Education/Academic Category (2017); Association of American Publishers PROSE Award Honorable Mention for Computer and Information Sciences
  • Bechir Hamdaoui: IEEE Communications Society Distinguished lecturer (2015-2017)
  • Liang Huang: Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program Award (2015); Google Faulty Research Award (2010 & 2013)
  • Yeongjin Jang: Winner of DEF CON 26 CTF (2018) and DEF CON 23 CTF (2015)
  • Carlos Jensen: Red Hat open source champion (2017)
  • V John Mathews: IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (2014); Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India (2008-09)
  • Cherri Pancake: ACM President (2018-2020); Woman of Achievement, Oregon Commission for Women (2006); HPCwire’s “People to Watch” list (2005); founder of Parallel Tools Consortium (1993), High Performance Debugging Forum (1996), Network for Earthquake Engineering & Simulation Consortium (2001), ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (2011)
  • Gabor Temes: National Academy of Engineering (2015); Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award(2017); IEEE CAS Mac Van Valkenburg Award (2009); IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (2006); IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000); IEEE CAS Education Award; IEEE CAS Golden Jubilee Medal (1999); IEEE Graduate Teaching Award (1998); IEEE Centennial Medal (1994); IEEE CAS Society Technical Achievement Award (1989); IEEE I&M Society Andrew Chi Prize (1985); IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer (1991-1992, 2001-2002); Darlington Award of IEEE CAS Society (1969, 1981); honorary doctorate, Technical Univ of Budapest
  • John Wager: National Academy of Inventors fellow (2017); Society for Information Display (SID) Special Recognition Award “for his pioneering contributions to the development of oxide TFTs” (2012)
  • Andreas Weisshaar: NSF Program Director (2008-2011)
  • Tom Weller: IEEE MTT Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2005); IBM Faculty Partnership Award (2000, 2001); IEEE MTT Society Microwave Prize (1996)