EECS Chair James Demmel

About Our Department

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley offers one of the strongest research and instructional programs in this field anywhere in the world. Our key strength is our array of cross-disciplinary, team-driven projects. The integration of EE and CS forms the core, with strong interactions that extend into biological sciences, mechanical and civil engineering, physical sciences, chemistry, mathematics, and operations research.

Meet the Department Leaders


Welcome to the Berkeley EECS Department.  We encourage you to explore our website and learn about the research and teaching we are doing right now. The Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences is one of the most prestigious departments of its kind, not only as an EECS department in a public university, but ranked globally among EE and CS departments. Our faculty includes both those who have been long recognized for their contributions to research and education and many newer faculty who are just starting to gain wide recognition for their work and their ability as teachers and mentors. We invite you to become part of our community, whether as a student, a visitor to our annual Cal Day, or perhaps as a financial supporter .

UC Berkeley is a place where faculty and researchers come together to develop new ideas and projects, but teaching remains our primary focus. As our EECS student population continues to grow and graduate to take up positions in companies and institutions around the world, we see the EECS Mission Statement as a vitally important part of our department structure.

James Demmel
Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Our Mission


future leaders in academia, government, industry, and entrepreneurial pursuits, through a rigorous curriculum of theory and applications that develops students' abilities to solve problems individually and in teams.


knowledge of fundamental principles and innovative technologies, through research in the core areas of EECS and in collaboration with other disciplines, that is distinguished by its impact on academia, industry and society.


the communities to which we belong, at local, national, and international levels, with a deep awareness of our ethical responsibilities to our profession and to society.   

Prof. Emeritus Charles Shank (EECS Ph.D. 1969) receiving the Enrico Fermi Award from President Obama in 2015 (Pete Souza)
Visitors Yu-Chi "Larry" Ho and Richard Bellman with EECS Profs. Lotfi Zadeh, Michael A. Harrison, Elijah Polak, and John Sakrison in the late 1960s.