SDSU boasts many research opportunities within the EECS department and throughout the university. Many of our faculty perform exciting research in various areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Software Engineering. Listed below are some of department's research groups. To learn more, please contact the respective research groups, faculty, or the department. 

Renewable Energy

solar panelsThe photovoltaics (PV) research program within the EECS Department started in 1999. Its purpose is to improve the cost-competitiveness of PV technology through innovative research and to equip the electrical engineers of the future with the knowledge of how to use PV technology. The program is technically- oriented, research-driven, well-equipped, and connected to the industry. It is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sandia National Laboratories, and a number of PV equipment manufacturers.

Micro-Nano Electronics and Materials

nano labThe Micro-Nano Materials and Fabrication Laboratories include over 1500 square feet of clean room space rated from class 10,000 to class 100. These facilities are used for fabrication of nanosensors, microelectricmechanical systems (MEMS), surface acoustic wave (SAW) microsensors, piezoelectric sensors, plus equipment for electronic packaging, including thick film.


Satellite Image Processing

ip labThe SDSU Image Processing Laboratory work mainly focuses on satellite radiometry of Landsat 4, 5, and 7. Radiometric calibration of satellites involves characterization and correction of systematic degradations affecting the imagery. The lab's work allows users to extract more information from remotely sensed data. The projects have been primarily funded by EROS Data Center, SD; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD; and NASA Stennis Space Center, MS.

Contact: Dr. Dennis Helder Website

Power Electronics

power labThrough the support of CPSS members and the National Science Foundation, SDSU boasts state-of-the-art electromechanical systems lab facilities, meeting the needs of undergraduate and graduate students. The facility is comprised of four rooms totaling 3050 square feet, including an instructional lab, an undergraduate lab, a graduate lab, and a utility room.

Contact: Dr. Steven Hietpas Website

Power Systems

cpssThe Center for Power System Studies (CPSS) has been an established center at SDSU for over 43 years. It is a partnership with the regional power industry and is dedicated to the promotion of teaching students through direct involvement with industry. The Center is also dedicated to providing educational opportunities to engineers in the power community.

Contact: Dr. Steven Hietpas Website


lidarLIDAR is an acronym for LIght Detection And Ranging. The principle of LIDAR is very similar to that of RADAR. While microwaves are used as the radiation source in radar, a light source is used in LIDAR. A laser is able to provide a beam with high intensity, high collimation, high coherence, high spectral purity, and high polarization purity.

Contact: Dr. Songxin Tan

Organic Electronics

glove box systemThe organic electronic laboratory work focuses on the development of organic semiconductors and their applications in organic photovoltaic cells and other related devices. This lab is equipped with facilities for material synthesis and device fabrication. The projects have been primarily funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

Contact: Dr. Qiquan Qiao