The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Portland State University

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Message from the Chair

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is a full-service department offering BS, MS, and PhD degrees and world class research in several areas. We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Engineering. Both of these undergraduate degrees are accredited by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET). We also offer Masters and Doctoral degrees.

The ECE Department is the second largest department in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Our teaching and research laboratories are equipped with modern industry-grade equipment for measurement, test, and prototyping.

We are located in the heart of the City of Portland and have a healthy mix of traditional and non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds. Many of our students work part- or full-time while completing their degree programs. Our courses are scheduled and located to help meet the needs of both working students, working professionals, technicians, and traditional students.

We have strong collaborations with technology companies in the Silicon Forest. These collaborations include research, job opportunities for our students, internships, and advising.

Most of our faculty are distinguished members of their societies based on their scholarship and research. We have strengths in the areas of THz, Electromagnetics, Acoustics, IC Design and Test, Power Engineering, Embedded Systems, and other areas.

The department is dedicated to continuous improvement of our programs, the success of our graduates, and we value our contribution to the economy. We are dedicated to our community, while striving towards new discoveries with our research that have the potential for global impact. We invite you to join us as we strengthen our programs and the increase the impact of our work.

James McNames
Professor and Chair

Mission, Vision, and Values


We prepare students for successful engineering careers and lifelong learning, and we conduct research that creates new technologies and engineering knowledge.


Our vision is to be a source of premier electrical and computer engineering talent and high-impact research. This means our graduates are successful, our research is recognized worldwide, and we are the intellectual center for our discipline in the Portland region.


We value:

  • The success of our graduates
  • Contributions to research and knowledge creation   
  • High intellectual and ethical standards
  • High quality education for traditional and nontraditional students
  • A diverse student population
  • Our contribution to the Oregon economy
  • Lifelong learning
  • Technical and professional relationships with the engineering community

Updated May 19, 2017


Portland State University's Bachelor of Science programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission / Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).

Accreditation certifies that a program meets or exceeds the minimum criteria for quality education, ensuring a quality educational experience for students.

You can find information about our undergraduate program educational outcomes here

Enrollment data for Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Engineering found here


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Environmental Sensing and Monitoring Focus

At Portland State, we focus on the Electrical Engineering challenges associated with the future of environmental sensing and monitoring.

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Power Engineering Focus

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Portland State University currently has two areas focused on electric power: The Power Engineering Group and the Laboratory for Magnetomechanical Energy Conversion & Control.


The ECE Department takes the issue of professional ethics very seriously. All students are expected to review and follow the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Code of Ethics.

Industrial Advisory Board

As part of our process for continuously improving our programs and the quality of our graduates, we regularly meet with our alumni and members of local industry for advising. We use an unusual structure for our advisory meetings and limit meeting attendance at each meeting to no more than eight advisors. This ensures each member of the advisory board has time to contribute to the discussion and share their insights and ideas. Our pool of advisors work at all levels from individual contributor to CEO of companies such as Mentor Graphics, HP, Intel, and Tektronix.

Current Industrial Advisory Board 

The objectives of ECE’s Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) are to provide feedback on strengths and weaknesses of recent graduates from our B.S. and M.S. programs, advise the faculty on how to best prepare our students for engineering careers, provide opportunities for students to apply for engineering positions and internships, promote our students and advocate our programs to the engineering companies within the region, and to provide program feedback as part of our continuous improvement and ABET accreditation processes.

Our IAB membership includes representation from many companies in the Portland region that hire graduates from our programs and develop technologies that include electrical and computer engineering.

Current Board Members
Mark Adams
Senior Vice President

Kevin Foster
Talent Advisor

Thomas Freni

Ed Godshalk
Director of Electro-Magnetics Group, TR&D
Maxim Integrated Products

Erik Hale
Project Director
Power Engineers

Ryan Hoppes

Kyle Kohne
Communication and Grid Modeling

Lauren Krueger
Interface Engineering

Jay Landstrom
Manager, T&D Asset management

Ataur Patwary

Rick Pier

Industry Partnerships

We rely on our partnerships with Industry to help in our goal of producing the best graduates for professions in Electrical and Computer Engineering. We address this in a multitude of ways:

  • Assist industry in finding graduates for positions
  • Internship Program
  • We meet with our Industry and Alumni Board Quarterly to help give constructive input into our programs and students.
  • Industry partners can request to host an event in our Department by contacting our department chair, James McNames, mcnames@pdx.edu.
  • Industry partners can request to host a tour of the Department and its facilities by contacting our department chair, James McNames, mcnames@pdx.edu.
  • We hold many events that provide opportunities to meet others in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Community. Check out our Events page.

Job Postings

We are happy to help distribute information you have on job postings to our students and recent graduates.  For more information, please see the College's information for employers.

Host an Event

As part of our service to the community and city of Portland, we are proud to host events and meetings of professional societies, user groups, nonprofit organizations, and engineering honor societies. If you are interested in hosting a meeting or event at Portland State that is related to Electrical and Computer Engineering, please contact us: eceinfo@pdx.edu