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Introduction to COE and ECE

Ph.D. students in the College of Engineering (COE) are among an elite group of people who have chosen to advance their education at one of the premier engineering colleges in the country. The academic programs in UW–Madison’s College of Engineering are highly ranked and our faculty are widely recognized as leaders in their fields. Here you will find a community in which you will excel. You will find faculty, staff, and peer students who are supportive and committed to your success. You will find rigorous coursework that will prepare you to achieve your goals. You will experience an environment highly conducive to collaboration—and you will meet faculty with a broad range of research interests and connections both on campus and around the world.

The vision of the ECE Department is to improve the world through global leadership in electrical and computer engineering research, education, technology transfer, and service to society.

In partnership with our students, it is the mission of the ECE Department to:

  • Educate and inspire future leaders who contribute to society through the creation, application, and transfer of electrical and computer engineering knowledge.
  • Expand knowledge through research into new technologies, design methods, and analysis techniques.
  • Serve the state of Wisconsin, our nation, and the world with electrical and computer engineering expertise.

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

The ECE Ph.D. degree program emphasizes creative and original approaches to solving problems through research activity.  Research in the department spans several cross-cutting themes: data science, healthcare, mobile computing, security and infrastructure resilience, sensors and sensing, and sustainability. Specific areas of research expertise are: applied electromagnetics and acoustics; communications, networks, privacy and security; solid state electronics and quantum technologies; machine learning, signal processing and information theory; computer systems and architecture; plasma science and fusion energy; energy systems; optics and photonics, optimization and control. Students have the opportunity to pursue and perform Ph.D. research within interdisciplinary cooperative projects.

The ECE doctoral program provides in-depth training in research and allows students multiple opportunities to publish, including the student's final dissertation. The doctoral program involves:

  1. A study phase with course requirements in the student’s major area of study, as well as supplementary areas and a minor area.
  2. A qualifying exam that establishes the student's suitability to continue with their Ph.D.
  3. A preliminary examination in which the student describes their proposed dissertation research.
  4. The presentation and oral defense of an original research dissertation.

All ECE Ph.D. students are required to earn a doctoral minor, either a distributed minor involving courses from multiple departments, or an external minor entirely in a different department. Typical minor programs draw upon the expertise of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Math, or Physics, but students may choose other areas as well. The ECE Ph.D. program typically requires five years of study beyond the bachelor's degree, although the exact time to degree completion varies depending on research progress.

Students with a bachelor's degree may apply directly to the ECE Ph.D. program. Ph.D. students also have the opportunity to earn a M.S.-Research along the way to their Ph.D. 

For more information on this specific degree plan, please visit the ECE website.

Fall Deadline December 15
Spring Deadline This program does not admit in the spring.
Summer Deadline This program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Required.*
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g., GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

A submitted online application is required, consisting of:

  • Resume/CV;
  • Statement of purpose; see the suggested guidelines provided by the Graduate School: https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/prepare
  • Must complete the supplemental application section that identifies their research interest area
  • Most up to date unofficial transcript(s) from all previous higher education institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned (official transcripts are requested of only recommended applicants); international academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation.
  • Payment of the one-time application fee of $75.00, plus the $6.00 international processing fee; this fee is non-refundable. It can be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or debit/ATM card.
  • Test scores and three letters of recommendation as detailed above.

Applications must be entirely complete by the deadline, including test scores and letters of recommendation. Please note that it is highly advised to take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests well in advance of the application deadline in order to ensure time for receiving and processing of the scores. Please do not mail any paper copies of application materials, except IELTS scores. They will not be reviewed.

Information for international students, including proof of funding and visa information, can be found on the Graduate School's website (https://grad.wisc.edu/international-students).

By Wisconsin state law, the application fee can only be waived or deferred under the conditions outlined by the Graduate School (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/fee-grant).

The department welcomes applications from scientific, engineering, and mathematical disciplines other than ECE. Applicants with a bachelor's degree may apply directly to the Ph.D. program.

REENTRY ADMISSIONS

If you were previously enrolled as a graduate student at UW–Madison, but have had a break in enrollment for at least one fall or spring semester, you will need to apply to resume your studies.

For applicants previously enrolled in a graduate program other than ECE, you must complete a new online application, including all materials, for admission.

For applicants previously enrolled in ECE as a graduate student, you must complete a reentry application. Reentry applicants may apply for the fall term with a deadline of June 1.

In order to apply as a reentry applicant, you must:

  • complete the online application (https://apply.grad.wisc.edu), including the personal information section, program and term selection, and supplementary application;
  • upload a CV/resume in the application portal;
  • upload a statement of purpose*** in the application portal;
  • upload any new unofficial transcripts from previous higher education institutions, excluding UW-Madison; and
  • submit three letters of recommendation if the break in enrollment equals or is greater than four semesters (fall, spring).

If the reentry applicant is unable to upload any of the additional required materials, please email them to the ECE Graduate Admissions Team (ecegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu). 

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENT ADMISSIONS

Students currently enrolled as a graduate student at UW-Madison, whether in or other than ECE, wishing to apply to this degree program should contact the ECE Graduate Admissions Team (ecegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu) to inquire about the process and respective deadlines several months in advance of the anticipated enrollment term. Current students may apply to change or add programs for any term (fall, spring, or summer).

QUESTIONS?

Please review the frequently asked questions answered by the Graduate School here

If you have any admissions questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ECE Graduate Admissions Team at ecegradadmission@engr.wisc.edu.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Ph.D. students entering the program in Fall 2019 or later will receive a financial support package at the time of admission that may include some combination of research and teaching assistantships, internal and external fellowships, and/or other sources. 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS (RA)

Students should contact professors in their area of interest. Professors decide whom they will appoint on their research grants.

TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS (TA) AND GRADER POSITIONS

Current graduate students may apply for teaching assistantships or hourly grader positions via the ECE TA/Grader PortalIf you are interested in applying for TA or grader position in a department other than ECE, please contact the respective department to ask about their own application process. Students currently holding a research assistant or fellowship position that are interested in teaching assistant positions should discuss options with their research advisor(s) before applying. 

International students who are non-native English speakers are required to pass the SPEAK Test through the English as a Second Language Program on campus. Students wishing to take the SPEAK Test should contact the ECE TA Coordinator via e-mail to register for the exam.

PROJECT ASSISTANTSHIPS (PA)

There are project assistant opportunities on campus for various purposes and departments and offices. Often announcements of openings are posted on TA/PA bulletin boards in Engineering Hall and on the UW Job Center webpage. You may also contact individual faculty members to inquire about possible opportunities. 

FELLOWSHIPS

Information concerning fellowships is sent to graduate students via email from the department, faculty, and/or the Graduate School.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 51 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 32 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement Half of degree coursework (26 credits out of 51 total credits) must be completed graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements 1. A grade of B or better in any graduate course is acceptable. A grade of S in E C E 790 Master's Research or Thesis, E C E 890 Pre-Dissertator's Research and E C E 990 Research or Thesis is acceptable.
2. A grade of BC in an E C E course is acceptable, provided the total cumulative GPA for graduate E C E courses is greater than or equal to 3.00.
3. A grade of C or lower in an E C E course is not acceptable.
4. A grade of BC or lower in an independent study course (E C E 699 Advanced Independent Study or E C E 999 Advanced Independent Study) or a grade of U in Research or Thesis (E C E 790, E C E 890 or E C E 990) is not acceptable.
5. A grade of BC or C in a non-E C E course is acceptable only if approved by the Graduate Committee.
6. If students are unable to complete coursework by the end of the term, an instructor may enter a temporary grade of I for incomplete. If students have not resolved all Incompletes by the end of the next fall or spring term in which they are enrolled, they are considered in bad standing by the Graduate School; however, the instructor may impose an earlier deadline. If not resolved within this time period, the grade is considered unsatisfactory and will remain an "I" unless changed to a final grade by the instructor. An unresolved I grade lapses to a grade of PI after five years. Students may be placed on probation or suspended from the Graduate School for failing to complete the work and receive a final grade in a timely fashion. Outstanding Incompletes must be resolved before a degree is granted.
Assessments and Examinations As soon as a student has passed all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree (except completion of the dissertation), the student is classified as a Dissertator. Specifically, the student must:

1. Take the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination;
2. Be awarded Advanced Graduate Standing;
3. Have completed 32 graduate credits at UW-Madison;
4. Satisfy the Primary Area Course Requirement;
5. Satisfy the Secondary Area Course Requirement;
6. Satisfy the Minor Requirement;
7. Satisfy the English Competency Requirement;
8. Satisfy the E C E Seminar Requirements;
9. Pass the Preliminary Examination.
Language Requirements Non-native speakers of English who enroll in the Ph.D. program must take the ESLAT test on arrival at the university and then take any recommended courses based on the exam results. In addition, if a student's advisor believes that his or her technical writing ability needs improvement, the student may be required to undertake remedial work.
Doctoral Minor/Breadth Requirements All doctoral students are required to complete coursework in a primary area, a secondary area, and one or more minor areas. Students are expected to consult with their advisors concerning minor/breadth requirements.

Required COURSES

Students choose from one of eight graduate research areas for their Primary Area:

Automatic Control Systems1

E C E 717 Linear Systems3
E C E 817 Nonlinear Systems3
E C E 821 Optimal Control and Variational Methods3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Optimal Systems
Advanced Robotics
Nonlinear Dynamics, Bifurcations and Chaos
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Analysis I
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Probability and Random Processes

Biomedical Engineering1

At least 12 credits of E C E courses, only 3 of which may be at the 600-level or below and at least 3 credits of coursework in the biological sciences at the 300 level or higher. The specific course plan must be approved by a committee of three E C E faculty from Biomedical Engineering area, which may include the advisor. Courses that are cross-listed with Electrical and Computer Engineering are not eligible to satisfy the biological sciences requirement. Examples of suitable biological sciences courses include ANAT&PHY 335 Physiology, B M E/​CBE  510 Introduction to Tissue Engineering , B M E/​CBE  520 Stem Cell Bioengineering, ZOOLOGY/​PSYCH  523 Neurobiology, ZOOLOGY 570 Cell Biology, and BIOCHEM 501 Introduction to Biochemistry.

Communications, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing1

MATH 521 Analysis I3
Choose 9 credits from the following:
Information Theory
Probability and Random Processes
VLSI Array Structures for Digital Signal Processing
Signal Synthesis and Recovery Techniques
Wireless Communications
Advanced Digital Image Processing
Mathematical Foundations of Machine Learning
Estimation and Decision Theory
Theoretical Foundations of Machine Learning
Credits from E C E 901 Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering can be applied toward the 9-credit requirement with advisor approval.

Computer Engineering1

At least 12 credits from the following list:
Communication Networks
Digital System Design and Synthesis
Introduction to Computer Architecture
Testing and Testable Design of Digital Systems
Digital Circuits and Components
Design Automation of Digital Systems
Must include at least 2 courses from below:
Mobile and Wireless Networking
Real-time Computing Systems
Embedded Computing Systems
Advanced Computer Architecture I
Fault-Tolerant Computing
VLSI Systems Design
Computer-Aided Design for VLSI
Advanced Computer Architecture II
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

A student may be exempted from up to six credits of this requirement by use of 1) equivalent courses taken as an undergraduate student; 2) equivalent courses taken as a graduate student elsewhere, or 3) other relevant courses not listed.  Exemptions must be approved by the student's advisor.  Courses used for exemption may not be used to satisfy other Ph.D. degree requirements such as the Secondary Area Course Requirement or the Minor Requirement.  An exemption may not be used to satisfy the requirement for two courses at the 700-902 level.

Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

Choose 12 credits from the following:
Advanced Microwave Measurements for Communications
Advanced Communications Circuit Design
Electromagnetic Theory (Strongly recommended)
Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
Theory of Microwave Circuits and Devices
Linear Waves
Coherent Generation and Particle Beams
Electromagnetic Radiation and Transmission
Nonlinear Waves
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering (no more than 2 semesters can be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Energy and Power Systems

E C E 411 Introduction to Electric Drive Systems3
E C E 412 Power Electronic Circuits3
E C E 427 Electric Power Systems3
Choose 12 credits from the following list:
Electric Machine & Drive System Laboratory
Theory and Control of Synchronous Machines
Power Electronics Laboratory
Dynamics and Control of AC Drives
Solid State Power Conversion
Electromagnetic Design of AC Machines
Utility Application of Power Electronics
On-Line Control of Power Systems
Advanced Power System Analysis

Students with strong interdisciplinary interests (e.g.,: control, reliability, materials, optimization techniques, numerical methods, electro-magnetics, energy policy, thermal issues, electric transportation, wind energy) may take up to a maximum of 6 credits in a related area upon approval by their academic adviser. Note: E C E 512 is not regularly scheduled.

Plasmas and Controlled Fusion

E C E/​N E/​PHYSICS  525 Introduction to Plasmas3
Choose 3 credits from the following list:
Laboratory Course in Plasmas
Plasma Confinement and Heating
Plasma Processing and Technology
Choose one course from the following:
Waves and Instabilities in Plasmas
Plasma Kinetic Theory and Radiation Processes
Plasma Magnetohydrodynamics
Linear Waves
Nonlinear Waves

Solid State Electronics and Photonics

Choose at least 12 credits from the following:
Photonics
Semiconductor Physics and Devices
Electronics of Solids
Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics
Analog MOS Integrated Circuit Design
Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
Integrated Circuit Design
Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Semiconductor Diode Lasers and other Optoelectronic Devices
High-Power Diode Lasers and Amplifiers
Solid State Electronics
Quantum Electronics
Transport in Semiconductor Devices
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Of these, at least 3 credits must be earned in courses level 400-602 and at least 6 credits must be earned in courses level 700-901


E C E 610 Seminar in Electrical and Computer Engineering and E C E 611 Introduction to Doctoral Research in Electrical & Computer EngineeringRequirement

All on-campus E CE  graduate students must register for E C E 610 during their first semester of graduate studies.  Ph.D. degree seeking students must take 1 credit of E C E 610 in the Fall semester of which they are entering the program and 2 credits of E C E 611 in the following Spring semester.  This requirement must be done in the Ph.D student’s first year. Due to the additional credits, these seminar credits will count toward the 51 credits required by the Ph.D. degree.

The purpose of E C E 610 is to expose students in their first semester of graduate school to various areas within E C E and to areas outside of E C E to which E C E has or could have connections, e.g., biotechnology, physics, mathematics, business, software. Electrical and computer engineering is very interdisciplinary in nature, and so it is important that students be aware of state-of-the-art research in areas other than their own. 

The purpose of E C E 611 is to emphasize research experiences and methodologies to prepare students to pursue Ph.D. research work.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count graduate coursework from other institutions toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits from other institutions can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate1

With program approval, up to 7 credits from UW–Madison numbered 400 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate degree credit requirement, or E C E courses numbered 700 or above can be counted toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement.

With program approval, students may count up to 7 credits of undergraduate coursework from a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, or Computer Science from an ABET-accredited program at other institutions (not UW–Madison) toward fulfillment of minimum degree requirements.

Graduate School policy is that courses numbered 300 or above may be counted towards the minimum graduate degree credit requirement and courses numbered 700 or above may be counted towards the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. No credits from other institutions can be counted toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count up to 9 credits of coursework numbered 400 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student toward the minimum graduate residence credit requirement, and the minimum graduate degree credit requirement. Courses numbered 700 or above taken as a UW–Madison Special student toward the minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement. Coursework earned ten or more years prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

Students must be in good academic standing with the Graduate School, their program, and their advisor. The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who received grades of BC, C, D, F, or I in graduate-level courses (300 or above), or grades of U in research and thesis. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment, and the student may be suspended from graduate studies.

The Graduate School may also put students on probation for incomplete grades not cleared within one term. All incomplete grades must be resolved before a degree is granted.

The status of a student can be one of three options:

  1. Good standing (progressing according to standards; any funding guarantee remains in place).
  2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; loss of funding guarantee; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status.
  3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

A semester GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation. If a semester GPA of 3.0 is not attained during the subsequent semester of full time) the student may be dismissed from the program or allowed to continue for 1 additional semester based on advisor appeal to the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

An oral examination is required in defense of the completed Ph.D. dissertation. The examination is administered by a committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation by the student's research advisor. The committee must consist of four or more members of the graduate faculty and is chaired by the student's advisor. At least one committee member must be from outside the E C E department and field, and at least two committee members must be from within the E C E Department. Students must designate at least three members of their committee to be readers of their dissertation. A student must provide copies of their Ph.D. thesis to defense committee members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled defense.

The final examination cannot be taken until all other requirements for the Ph.D. have been satisfied, including being eligible to receive dissertator status.  The student's record must be cleared of all Incomplete and Progress “P” grades (E C E 990 grades can be cleared after the student has successfully defended their dissertation). 

Students must request the Final Examination Warrant from the Graduate Student Services Office, 3182 Mechanical Engineering, at least three weeks prior to the date of the examination. The Student Services office must be notified of the student’s examination date, time, and other defense details AT LEAST one week prior to the examination. There is no limit to the number of times a student may take the final oral examination.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

The qualifying exam must be taken no later than the fourth semester of study. The preliminary examination must be taken no later than 3 semesters after the student has received advanced graduate standing.

The final defense is expected to be held within five years of entering the E C E Ph.D. program.  Students that are unable to hold their final defense within five years must submit a progress report to the E C E Graduate Committee as described in the most current E C E Graduate Student Handbook.

A candidate for a doctoral degree who fails to take the final oral examination and deposit the dissertation within five years after passing the preliminary examination may be required to take another preliminary examination and to be admitted to candidacy a second time.

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Grievances and Appeals

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

ECE Grievance Procedures

Exceptions, Extensions, and Appeals

Petitions for exceptions to academic requirements are considered on an individual case-by-case basis and granted exceptions do not constitute a precedent. Deviations from established policies are strongly discouraged, but certain extenuating academic and personal circumstances may warrant exceptions. Petitions for course exceptions/substitutions, exceptions to the Satisfactory Progress Expectations (academic or conduct), or other policy exceptions shall be directed to the ECE Graduate Committee, and in some circumstances to the appropriate program coordinator. The following procedures apply to all petitions:

  1. Student must first consult with their advisor(s).

  2. Student is advised to also consult with the ECE Graduate Student Services Coordinator for additional advice.

  3. Student and advisor(s) must both submit written documentation requesting and explaining the petition to the ECE Graduate Student Services Coordinator:

  4. Identify the specific requirement/rule/expectation pertinent to the petition;

  5. Explain the rationale for petition and why it should be granted;

  6. Advisor(s) must support the petition.

The ECE Graduate Student Services Coordinator will forward the petition to the ECE Graduate Committee and appropriate program coordinator for adjudication. Student and advisor(s) will be notified of the ECE Graduate Committee’s decision and the note will be placed in the student’s file.

Please note that petitions for exceptions to clearly-defined program rules are rarely approved by the ECE Graduate Committee.

Progress Requirements

The ECE Graduate Committee may grant extensions to normal progress requirements in circumstances such as childbirth, adoption, significant responsibilities with respect to elder or dependent care obligations, disability or chronic illness, or circumstances beyond one’s personal control. Petitions for extensions should provide evidence of plans and ability to return to conformance with program expectations and to acceptably complete the program. Extensions beyond one semester will be granted only in the event of highly extraordinary circumstances. Extensions will be recorded with a note of explanation placed in the student’s file.

Students desiring confidentiality of their circumstances should consult with the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Appeal of Previous Decisions

Appeals of ECE Graduate Committee decisions may be pursued regarding any academic issue, including exceptions to program requirements, progress requirements, AGS and Qualifying Exam decisions.  Appeals will only be considered if the student provides new information that was not available to the ECE Graduate Committee at the time the original decision was made. Appeals must be submitted within one month of the date the student was notified of the ECE Graduate Committee action being appealed.

If the student believes their appeal was not appropriately handled or resolved by the ECE Department, the student may further appeal to the College of Engineering by contacting the Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs. Such appeals must be submitted within one month of the date the student was notified of the ECE Graduate Committee denial.

Grievances

The ECE Department, College of Engineering, and University of Wisconsin offer multiple avenues to resolve unfair or inappropriate treatment by faculty, staff, or another student. This includes hostile and intimidating research group climate, authorship disputes, unreasonable expectations, and disrespectful behavior.  The manner in which the grievance is handled depends on the nature of the issue and specific concerns of the aggrieved student. Graduate Assistants in TA, PA and/or RA appointments may utilize the Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP) grievance process to resolve employment-related issues. Examples of matters appropriate for the GAPP grievance process include allegations of excessive work hours, violations of sick days or vacation policies, or disputes regarding the assignment of duties.

In some cases the best approach is for the aggrieved student to discuss their concern directly with the person responsible for the objectionable action.

If the student is uncomfortable making direct contact with the other individual or desires a confidential consultation about their concern, they may contact the ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, the ECE Grievance Advisor, or the College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs.  These individuals work to resolve the concern while being sensitive to student confidentiality. 

Change of advisor

Students who believe they are in a research environment that fails to meet ECE and College of Engineering standards for climate and culture should contact the ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, the ECE Grievance Advisor, or the College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs for additional consultation.  They will work with the student to explore alternate advising arrangements and ensure continuity of financial support should the student need to leave the research group. Note that immigration status is NOT tied to a specific research advisor.

Formal Written Complaint Process

Issues that are not resolved to the student’s satisfaction may be pursued at the student’s discretion by submitting a written complaint to the ECE Grievance Advisor. The steps described below are based on the Definition and Procedure section of the Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Grievance Procedure.

Step One: The grievant must file a written statement with the ECE Grievance Advisor specifying the grievant’s name, a clear and concise statement of the grievance and the issue(s) involved, the date(s) the incident or violation took place and the specific departmental, college, or university policies involved, and the relief sought. The grievance shall be signed and dated by the grievant(s) and representative (if any).

Within twenty (20) days of receipt of the written grievance, the ECE Grievance Advisor will meet with the grievant and their representative (if chosen) to hear the grievance and will return a written answer to the grievant and their representative (if chosen) no later than ten (10) days after this meeting. This answer will include a copy of the grievance procedure appeal process timeline, a list of resources and relevant contact information for future steps.

Step Two:  If the decision in Step One is not accepted by the grievant, the grievant shall have 10 days from receipt of the answer in Step One to file an appeal with the College of Engineering Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs.  The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs will meet with the grievant and their representative (if chosen) within twenty (20) days from receipt of the appeal of Step One and attempt to resolve the grievance.  The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs will provide the grievant and their representative (if chosen) with a written response to the grievance no later than ten (10) days after this meeting.

Step Three:  If the decision in Step Two is not accepted by the grievant, the grievant shall have 10 days from the receipt of the answer in Step Two to file an appeal with the Graduate School as described in Grievances and Appeals.

Other

Funding is not guaranteed and applicants should be prepared to fund their degree. The department awards a limited number of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships, and fellowships each year. All applications are automatically considered for department funding.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING RESOURCES

UW–Madison, the College of Engineering, and ECE have an abundance of professional development opportunities for students to take advantage of in order to better prepare themselves for internships and job positions during and following their education. First of all, the ECE Department strongly encourages students to utilize the Graduate School's professional development resourcesEngineering Career Services (ECS) hosts multiple career fairs each semester where students can directly interact with prospective employers, schedule interviews, and find internships and full time jobs. ECS also maintains job listings and hosts a variety of professional development workshops each semester. The ECE Department provides unique opportunities throughout the year for students to attend and participate in various lectures, workshops, and trainings. The ECE Graduate Student Association (GSA) organizes professional development opportunities for fellow students. Students are made aware of events and opportunities via email and other communications.

  1. Demonstrate an extraordinary, deep understanding of mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles in the field.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, analyze, and independently solve advanced engineering problems.
  3. Apply the relevant scientific and technological advancements, techniques, and engineering tools to address these problems.
  4. Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize knowledge from a subset of the biological, physical, and/or social sciences to help frame problems critical to the future of their discipline.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to conduct original research and communicate it to their peers.

Professors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors

Anderson, David T.
Behdad, Nader
Booske, John H.
Boston, Nigel
Botez, Dan
Davoodi, Azadeh
Farrell, Robert M.
Fawaz, Kassem
Gubner, John
Hagness, Susan (department chair)
Hitchon, William N.
Hu, Yu Hen
Jahns, Thomas M.
Jiang, Hongrui
Jog, Varun
Kats, Mikhail A.
Kim, Younghyun
Knezevic, Irena
Krishnaswamy, Bhuvana
Lesieutre, Bernard
Lessard, Laurent
Li, Jing
Lipasti, Mikko
Loh, Po-Ling
Ludois, Daniel
Ma, Zhenqiang
Mawst, Luke
Milenkovic, Paul H.
Nowak, Robert
Papailiopoulos, Dimitris
Ramanathan, Parameswaran (Parmesh)
Roald, Line
San Miguel, Joshua
Sethares, William A.
Severson, Eric
Shohet, J. Leon
van der Weide, Daniel
Van Veen, Barry
Velten, Andreas
Venkataramanan, Giri
Wendt, Amy E.
Yu, Zongfu

Adjunct Professors

Malloy, Matthew

Faculty Associates

Allie, Mark C.
Fredette, Steven
Hoffman, Eric
Krachey, Joe
Milicic, Srdjan

Affiliate Faculty

Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi (Computer Sciences)
Banerjee, Suman (Computer Sciences) 
Brace, Chris (Biomedical Engineering) 
Brar, Victor (Physics) 
Gupta, Mohit (Computer Sciences)
Hernando, Diego (Radiology) 
Hill, Mark (Computer Sciences)
Miller, Barton (Computer Sciences)
Negrut, Dan (Mechanical Engineering)
Raskutti, Garvesh (Statistics)
Rohe, Karl (Statistics)
Sanders, Scott T. (Mechanical Engineering)
Sankaralingam, Karthikeyan (Computer Sciences)
Sarlioglu, Bulent (Engineering Professional Development) 
Sinclair, Matt (Computer Sciences)
Varghese, Tomy (Medical Physics)

Staff

For a listing of current staff members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, please visit the ECE website