As you know, 2020 has been a difficult and challenging time for all of us, including in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I want to assure you that as we prepare for the upcoming semester, we will continue to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff to learn, teach, work, and conduct research.
In spite of the challenging circumstances, we are continuing to grow our successful program with record enrollment, the addition of several new faculty members, and growth of our research enterprise. I am incredibly proud of the hard work of our faculty, students, and staff, particularly during these past months.
Interest in computer science and engineering continues to grow dramatically, with a doubling of our enrollment in the past five years. We now have more than 1100 undergraduates and 220 graduate students studying in our programs. Supported by the state of Washington and its burgeoning high-tech industry, our graduates have excellent job prospects, taking positions at well-known, high-tech companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Cisco, Facebook, and Google.
Our research enterprise also continues to grow with a record $8 million in research expenditures in 2019. On the computer science side, our faculty are studying computer systems and artificial intelligence, including high-impact areas such as design automation, high performance computing, and scalable machine learning and data science. Our electrical engineering faculty continue to lead in electric power engineering, including in power system operation and control, synchrophasor applications, resiliency of cyber-power systems, and power system stability and control. Moreover, we have a thriving research program in the broad area of digital and analog circuits and systems. We continue to maintain a strong partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as part of the Advanced Grid Institute that strengthens and supports the work of both institutions.
This year three of our junior faculty members received prestigious National Science Foundation Career awards. These awards demonstrate the caliber of work of our young faculty in areas such as software engineering; electric power systems; machine learning; and integrated circuits and systems. They add to our strong and vibrant group of junior faculty, 70 percent of whom have received this distinctive award.
Our hard work is paying off, and our reputation has grown in areas such as design automation and high-performance computing. CSRankings lists our program in these areas as ranked among the top 20 in the U.S. Our faculty and students have participated in prestigious conferences, such as DATE, DAC, ICCAD, NeurIPS, ICML, AAAI, IPDPS, ICS, ESWEEK etc., and our students also received important awards and fellowships, including a Microsoft Research Fellowship and a Computing Innovation Fellowship.
As our program thrives, I’m very excited to announce that we have hired four new tenure-track faculty who will be starting this fall. Ganapati Bhat, Dingwen Tao, Yan Yan, and Jia Yu will further strengthen our teaching, research programs, and reputation in areas such as design automation, embedded systems, high-performance computing, machine learning, and data science. They provide critically important building blocks for our vibrant research program.
Thank you for your continued support, especially during a year that promises to be especially challenging for all of us. The support you provide allows our continued success and builds an even stronger future for our school.
Please feel free to contact me anytime to share your thoughts or just to visit.
Boeing Centennial Chair