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Research Institutes and Centers

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

Satalite Dish-Communications Systems and Signal Processing Institute

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

Solar Panel-Energy Engineering Institute

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.


Design Day 2014

Design Day 2014

Thanks for joining us at our annual College of Engineering Design Day! View photos of the event.

Project Lead the Way 2014

Cracking Eggs and Sorting Marbles

San Diego State hosted 120 teachers for Project Lead the Way - it's largest class yet.

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