A Message from the Chair

Alan Sahakian, Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

As the chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science I’m pleased to welcome you to our website. 

Ours is the largest department in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, with 54 faculty members and approximately 500 undergraduate students, 100 master’s students, and 150 PhD students.

We represent and offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in three traditional academic disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. These disciplines are highly synergetic, and the fact that they are together in a single department gives us a unique advantage in making new discoveries and creating innovative curriculum. We also offer a minor in computer science.

The department is very proud of its faculty members, most of whom are recognized as worldwide leaders in their research fields. Many are fellows of their professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; the Association for Computing Machinery; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence; the Materials Research Society; the Cognitive Science Society; and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, among others.

The majority of our junior faculty members have received prestigious young investigator awards, such as the NSF CAREER award. Two of our emeritus faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Our research facilities are among the best at any university, including state-of-the-art labs for solid-state device fabrication, high-performance computing, and engineered quantum systems. 

Research in our department spans a wide variety of disciplines essential to the growing field of information technology. Faculty members are organized into six research interest groups:

In addition, the department is involved with four interdisciplinary research centers:

Faculty research groups are thriving, due in no small part to their extensive interdisciplinary collaborations and the undergraduate research opportunities they offer.

On behalf of the faculty members and students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, I welcome you to browse our website, discover more about us, and contact us to learn more. If you are joining us as a student, we wish you very successful and pleasant years at Northwestern University.


Alan Sahakian
Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science