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Graduate Program - General Information

History. The Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering for qualified students holding a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or the equivalent. The Department was formed in 1959 with a baccalaureate degree program. The first graduating class received the B.S. degree in 1961. Our M.S. degree program was started in 1961, and our doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program was initiated in 1966. The first Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering was granted by the University in 1969. Many of our outstanding graduates have been very active in both academic and industry, including a number of IEEE fellows and high-profile industry leaders. The famous wireless communication protocol, Aloha, was invented by our faculty in 1970.

Current research areas of the faculty include analog and mixed-signal circuits, alternate energy, bioengineering and biomedical engineering, coding theory, computer networks, wireless communication, communication theory, control systems, image processing, laser technology, microprocessor applications, microwave electronics, neural computing, optics, parallel processing, photonics, signal processing, solid-state devices, sensors, VLSI circuit design,† and many other areas. Recently, we have developed the following focus areas:

∑†††††† Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

∑†††††† Computer Engineering

∑†††††† Electrophysics

∑†††††† Information Systems and Technology

Programs and Facilities. The Department is located both in Holmes Hall, an engineering building that contains modern laboratories, classrooms and shops, and in the Post Building, a recently completed facility. Facilities available to graduate students include: a bioelectricity/bioengineering laboratory, a computer laboratory, a microcomputer design laboratory, a control laboratory, a microwave laboratory, a solid state device processing laboratory, and the University Computing Center. In addition, solar and radio observatories on Haleakala, Maui, and on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the extensive facilities of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, and the oceanographic facilities of the Look Laboratory are available.†

The University. The main campus of the University of Hawaii is located in the Manoa Valley of Honolulu, a cosmopolitan and modern city in Hawaii. Honolulu's racial blend, pleasant climate and natural beauty offer students many excellent cultural and recreational opportunities.


The University of Hawaii conducts a wide variety of programs in education, research and service for the state, the nation and the world community. It operates teaching and research facilities at more than 50 locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and also participates in international service and research activities among the Pacific Basin and Asian countries. The University includes, in addition to the Manoa Campus in Honolulu, two other four-year campuses on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii, four Community Colleges in Oahu, and one Community College each on Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai.

The University of Hawaii offers course work leading to the bachelor's degree in 123 fields. The Office of Graduate Education offers work leading to the master's degree in 93 fields and to the doctorate in 52 fields. There are around 20,000 students on the Manoa Campus.

The Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange between East and West, Inc., a project of the Federal government in association with the University of Hawaii, is located on the Honolulu campus, offering many opportunities for cross-cultural understanding among individuals outside of the classrooms.

The Thomas Hale Hamilton Library houses over 3,000,000 volumes arranged in open-stack fashion. The graduate library extension provides space for 955 readers and houses the main book and periodical collections of the University. In addition, the university library also has many electronic subscriptions of key journals and publications, e.g., IEEE Explore digital library, which includes most recent IEEE journals and conference proceedings.