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Tracks of Study for the M.S.Program

Tracks in Circuits and Embedded Systems

  1. Embedded Computing Track. Courses in this track deal with the engineering of computer systems, as may be applied to embedded devices used for communications, multimedia, or other such restricted purposes. Courses related to the embedded computing systems track are: EE201A, EE201C, EEM202A, EEM202B, EEM204A, EE213A, EEM216A, CS251A.
  2. Integrated Circuits Track. Courses in this track deal with the analysis and design of analog and digital integrated circuits; architecture and IC implementations of large-scale digital processors for communications and signal processing; hardware-software co-design; and computer-aided design methodologies. Courses related to the integrated circuits track are: EE213A, EE215A, EE215B, EE215C, EE215D, EE215E, EEM216A, EE221A, EE221B, CS251A, CS252A.

Tracks in Physical and Wave Electronics

  1. Electromagnetics Track. Courses in this track cover electromagnetic theory; propagation and scattering; antenna theory and design; microwave and millimeter wave circuits; printed circuit antennas; integrated and fiber optics; microwave-optical interaction, antenna measurement and diagnostics; numerical and asymptotic techniques; satellite and personal communication antennas; periodic structures; genetic algorithms; and optimization techniques. Courses related to the electromagnetics track are: EE221C, EE260A, EE260B, EE261, EE262, EE263, EE266, EE270.
  2. Photonics and Plasma Electronics Track. Courses in this track deal with laser physics, optical amplification, electrooptics, acousto-optics, magneto-optics, nonlinear optics, photonic switching and modulation, ultrafast phenomena, optical fibers, integrated waveguides, photodetection, optoelectronic integrated circuits, optical MEMS, analog and digital signal transmission, photonics sensors, lasers in biomedicine, fundamental plasma waves and instability; interaction of microwaves and laser radiation with plasmas; plasma diagnostics; controlled nuclear fusion. Courses related to the photonics and optoelectronics track are: EE270, EE271, EE272, EE273, EE274, EE285A, EE285B, EEM287.
  3. Solid-State and MEMS Devices Track. Courses in this track deal with solid-state physical electronics, semiconductor device physics and design, and microelectromechanical systems design and fabrication. Courses related to the solid-state and MEMS devices track are: EE221A, EE221B, EE221C, EE222, EE223, EE224, EE225, EEM250A, EEM250B, MAE281, MAE284, MAEC287L.

Tracks in Signals and Systems

  1. Communications Systems Track. Courses in this track deal with communication and telecommunication principles and engineering applications; channel and source coding; spread spectrum communication; cryptography; estimation and detection; algorithms and processing in communication and radar; satellite communication systems; stochastic modeling in telecommunication engineering; mobile radio engineering; telecommunication switching, queuing system, communication networks, local-area, metropolitan-area, and wide-area computer communication networks. Courses related to the communications track are EE205A, EE210A, EE230A, EE230B, EE230C, EE230D, EE231A, EE231E, EE232A, EE232B, EE232C, EE232D, EE232E, EE233A, EE233B, EE238, EE241A.
  2. Control Systems and Optimization Track Courses in this track deal with state-space theory of linear systems; optimal control of deterministic linear and nonlinear systems; stochastic control; Kalman filtering; stability theory of linear and nonlinear feedback control systems; computer-aided design of control systems; optimization theory, including linear and nonlinear programming; convex optimization and engineering applications; numerical methods; nonconvex programming; and associated network flow and graph problems; renewal theory; Markov chains; stochastic dynamic programming; and queuing theory. Courses related to the control systems and optimization track are EE205A, EE208A, EE208B, EE208C, EE210B, EE236A, EE236B, EE236C, EEM237, EEM240A, EE240B, EEM240C, EE241A, EE241B, EE241C, EEM242A, EE243.
  3. Signal Processing Track Courses in this track deal with digital signal processing theory; statistical signal processing; analysis and design of digital filters; digital speech processing; digital image processing; multirate digital signal processing; adaptive filtering; estimation theory; neural networks; communications signal processing. Course related to the signal processing track are: EE205A, EE210A, EE210B, EE211A, EE211B, EE212A, EE212B, EE213A, EEM214A, EE214B, EEM217, EE238.

Ad-Hoc Track

In consultation with their faculty advisers, students can petition for an ad-hoc track tailored to their professional objectives. This may comprise graduate courses from across established tracks, from across areas, and even from outside electrical engineering. The petition must justify how the selection of the courses in the ad-hoc track forms a coherent set of courses, and how the proposed track serves the student's professional objectives. The petition must be approved by the student's faculty adviser and the Vice-Chair of Graduate Affairs.

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