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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Graduate students in a biomedical engineering lab

About the Department

Degrees offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Faculty: 12

Students: 277

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Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Electrical engineering at the University dates back to 1906, when the field of electrical engineering was just emerging. In our early years, we helped bring new technology such as light bulbs and telegraphs to the people of Nevada. Throughout the department's long history, we've worked hard to keep doing just that.

Electrical engineering has gone from a field focused on electricity to a diverse profession that deals with electronics, communications, control, instrumentation design, image and signal processing, and power systems in a wide range of applications, from homes to hospitals. In 2006, as part of a developing interest in biomedical applications, the department added biomedical engineering to our name and our areas of focus. Since then, our innovative researchers have worked on developing engineering solutions to medical challenges.

Academic offerings

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in electrical engineering train students to be creative problem solvers, applying electrical engineering to problems related to renewable energy, communications, biomedical engineering and instrumentation, among other areas. At the undergraduate level, students can emphasize in biomedical engineering or renewable energy or pursue a general emphasis in electrical engineering.

Our graduate degrees include both electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, and our research-active faculty work closely with graduate students  to provide mentorship and research training.

For more information on our programs, please visit the degree listings for electrical engineering and biomedical engineering

Research specialties

Our commitments to quality teaching and research provide a solid foundation for students seeking highly sought-after careers in electrical and biomedical engineering. The department focuses on three broad research areas:

  • Sustainable energy and smart grid
  • Electromagnetics and imaging
  • Biomedical engineering and biosensors

For more information on current research, please visit the department's faculty listings.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Sami Fadali
Biomedical Graduate Program Director: Xiaoshan Zhu
Graduate Program Director: Banmali Rawat
Phone: (775) 784-6927
Fax: (775) 784-6627


Scrugham Engineering Mines (SEM) Room 332

Mailing Address

Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, M/S 260
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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