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Research Institutes and Centers

Communication Systems & Signal Processing Institute
Madhu S. Gupta, Director

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The Communications Systems and Signal Processing Institute is engaged in educational, research and service activities in the field of electronic communication systems, with an emphasis on radio frequency and digital signal processing aspects.  Faculty, students, and industrial partners collaborate to advance the state-of-the-art in the institute's core areas of expertise, such as  radio  frequency  devices and integrated circuits, modems, receivers, transmitters, synthesizers, Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog converters, digital signal processing algorithms and hardware, antenna, and communication networks.

Concrete Materials Research Institute
M. Ziad Bayasi, Director

Concrete Materials Research InstituteThe Concrete Materials Research Institute supports educational needs in civil engineering curriculum and concrete research performed for sponsors from industry and governments.  The institute encompasses a wide range of topics. The main emphasis is currently on concrete materials and structures.  Civil and environmental engineering faculty members are involved with finding optimum design solutions in bridges, seismic resistant structures, residential buildings and retaining walls.

Energy Engineering Institute
Asfaw Beyene, Director

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The Energy Engineering Institute has supported educational and research activities in energy-related areas since 1985. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from the mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering departments are involved in obtaining solutions to problems presented by industrial sponsors.  Institute research projects cover a wide range of areas from optimizing energy resources to international energy studies.


QUALCOMM Institute for Innovation & Educational Success
David T. Hayhurst, Geoffrey W. Chase,
Ric A. Hovda, Co-Directors

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The Qualcomm Institute for Innovation and Educational 

Success is a partnership between Qualcomm/SDSU.

This partnership was formed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Significantly increase the technology skills of SDSU graduates, thereby generating a more qualified workforce and a better-informed citizenry.
  • Develop an educational system that values, encourages, and rewards creative methods of delivering education, from kindergarten through college graduation.
  • Establish the institutional infrastructure at SDSU to support large-scale change and transformation of the education system through innovation, evaluation, and dissemination of effective educational methods.
  • Dramatically shift the way education is delivered, from kindergartenthrough college, with an emphasis on improving technology skills and knowledge.
  • Develop cross-curriculum synergies among SDSU academic programs that help teach technology skills to students in all courses of study.
  • Develop an effective, sleeves-rolled-up dialogue among Qualcomm, SDSU, and the greater San Diego business and corporate community, with the goal of addressing challenges, identifying opportunities, and generating responsive action.

The institute has the following four components:

  • Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics Program to increase student mathematics performance in public schools.
  • Project Lead the Way to increase the number and diversity of qualified students entering the College of Engineering.
  • People, Information, Communication, and Technology Program to increase the integration of technology with undergraduate students.
  • National Center for Urban Schools Transformation will assist urban public schools to dramatically improve the level of student achievement.


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2016 Design Day

Please join us for the SDSU College of Engineering's 2016 Design Day, taking place on Wed. May 4th 2016, from 1:30PM-3:30PM in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Center, Montezuma Hall. Our Senior Design students will be participating in over 50+ projects on interactive display! [Booklet]


Welcome New Faculty

The College of Engineering welcomes our five new outstanding faculty starting in Fall 2016.

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Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex

The EIS Complex is a key piece in the drive to become a top-50 public research university. Not only will it enhance SDSU’s teaching and research capacities, it will also help attract the best and brightest research faculty and students. 

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SDSU Mechatronics Takes 1st

The SDSU Mechatronics Club took first place in the 18th annual Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) RoboSub Competition.

K-12 STEM Education at SDSU, the Project Lead the Way Program

San Diego State will be hosting over 240 teachers for Project Lead the Way, beginning June 14-July 25, 2015 - it's the largest class yet.

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Zahn Innovation Center

Zahn Innovation Center

Apply to the $50K Zahn Challenge for SDSU students, faculty and staff with an idea for a commercial enterprise, social enterprise or project resulting in a social impact.

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