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Engineering programs have been a vital part of SDSU since 1881 and graduates of the College of Engineering programs have extended the bounds of science and improved our lives in many ways. The college has a rich history and long tradition of providing outstanding graduates who are well prepared for exciting careers in engineering, science and technology. 

As a part of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department offers a broad range of major and minor programs, each with unique features that ensure the student of both depth and breadth in their field of study.

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Welcome from the Acting Department Head

Dr. George hamer

Welcome to the website of the SDSU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. I am excited to share information about our academic and research programs. We are home to 14 full time teaching faculty, six staff employees, over 400 undergraduates and 100 graduate students.

We offer two accredited undergraduate degrees—in electrical engineering (B.S.) and computer science (B.S.)—where our classes are characterized by rigor in curriculum, award-winning educators, small class size for individual attention and low attrition for help with success toward completion. Our classroom and laboratory curriculum are at the cutting edge of knowledge enabled by the high impact research performed by the faculty in their respective fields. This is evidenced by a high percentage of our graduates finding full-time gainful employment in the area of their study, either before they graduate or within a short time after graduation.

We offer four graduate degrees—an M.S. and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and an M.S. in computer science. A newly-approved Ph.D. in computer science began in Fall 2021. As part of their curricular training, our electrical engineering graduate students can conduct supervised research in the following areas: electric power and energy systems; image processing; and materials and devices for energy efficiency. Similarly, our computer science graduate students can conduct supervised research in software security, networks, machine learning and image processing for cancer detection, telemedicine, precision agriculture and software fault tolerance. We offer a dual B.S and M.S. degree program (5 years track) in Computer Science. We also offer minors in computer sciencesoftware engineering, computer engineering and informatics for students across SDSU.

EECS is home to the Center for Power Systems Studies (CPSS) and the Image Processing Lab (IPL). CPSS, which was approved by the SD Board of Regents in 1968, is a partnership of SDSU with the electric power industry in the region for providing the educational opportunities to power engineers. IPL, which was founded in 1988, is dedicated to research and development efforts in radiometric, geometric and spatial characterization, calibration and correction algorithms for satellite and airborne imaging systems. Our faculty also direct laboratories on material characterization, microgrid design and operation and image processing using LIDAR. Our faculty are also affiliated with other campus-wide initiatives such as the use of the state-of-the-art Roaring Thunder Linux Cluster for research computing and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for Commercialization of Sustainable Energies and Precision Agriculture Sensors Technologies.

Our students engage in activities through the following organizations: ACM, IEEE and the Robotics club and the honor societies for electrical engineering (IEEE-HKN) and computer science (UPE).

I am happy to talk to you and invite you to contact me via email George Hamer to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Thank you.

Dr. George Hamer
Acting department head and associate professor

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Karen and Dick McComish

McComishes create first endowed department at SDSU

A Montana couple has endowed The McComish Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at South Dakota State University. The $5 million gift results in the university’s first endowed and named department, representing an exceptional and lasting investment.

Building a seed-planting drone on a tight budget

Johnny Appleseed became an American legion in the first half of the 19th century for his apple tree-planting endeavors. In the first half of the 21st century, a group of nine SDSU engineering students are hoping to make tree planting a viable high-tech operation anywhere in the world. They form a senior design team that is creating a seed pod drone and dispenser that is sponsored by Jerry Natzel of Owatonna, Minnesota.

Robotics club builds autonomous sprayer

Connoisseurs say a good wine can’t be rushed. Perhaps the same could be said about a good autonomous vineyard sprayer. Since spring 2022, the SDSU Robotics Club has been working on a project for alum Jerry Natzel of Owatonna, Minnesota, to build an autonomous sprayer for his vineyard. The project’s history predates that. But by late April, the club hopes to have all the bugs worked out of this bug-spraying machine.