School of Engineering and Computer Science

http://www.pacific.edu/eng
Phone: (209) 946-2151
Location: John T. Chambers Technology Center

Steven Howell, Dean

Programs Offered

Master of Science in Data Science
Master of Science in Engineering Science
Master of Science in Computer Science

MSES Concentrations

Civil Engineering (Environmental, Structural)
Computer Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Computer Science

Engineering Management
Mechanical Engineering

Mission

The mission of the School of Engineering and Computer Science is to provide a superior, student-centered learning environment that emphasizes close faculty-student interaction, experiential education, and distinctive research opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to excel as professionals, pursue advanced degrees, and possess the technical knowledge, critical thinking skills, creativity, and ethical values needed to lead the development and application of technology for bettering society and sustaining the world environment.

Admission Criteria for Master of Science in Engineering Science

All applicants for the Master of Science in Engineering Science program must submit the following materials to the Research and Graduate Studies Office at the University of the Pacific. A completed application includes:

  1. The Graduate School application form
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Transcripts from the institution where the BS in engineering, computer science, or relevant degree was granted
  4. A personal statement on professional goals and objectives
  5. A 3.0/4.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate study
  6. For students whose first language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The minimum score for admission is 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) and the minimum score for a teaching assistantship award is 575 (paper) or 231 (computer)

Academic Policies for Master of Science in Engineering Science

Engineering and Computer Science Prerequisite Requirement

All course prerequisites in the MS in Engineering Science program must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Courses Taken Pass/No Credit

All courses that count toward the MS in Engineering Science must be taken for a letter grade (except for thesis units).

Graduate Independent Studies

Students who have an interest in a subject not offered as a regular course and who, by their overall performance at Pacific, have proven their ability to do independent work, may consider enrolling in a graduate independent study. The qualified student should initiate discussions with his/her advisor and with a professor who is knowledgeable in the subject. If both parties are in agreement, the student must complete the Individualized Study Form and submit it to the instructor and Office of the Registrar prior to the last day to add (see University Academic Calendar). Students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in independent study courses in any department of the University. The following School of Engineering and Computer Science policies apply:

  1. The course(s) may not be substituted for a regularly scheduled course unless approved by the department.
  2. If the course is to be used as an elective, approval by the student’s advisor and the department chairperson is required.
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade; the pass/no credit option is not allowed for independent study courses.
  4. Each course may be taken for one (1), two (2), three (3), or four (4) units. The unit value for the course is established between the student and the professor responsible for the course. The student’s advisor should be informed of this decision.

Course Substitutions

A maximum of six units of approved advanced undergraduate courses (100 level) can count toward the MS in Engineering Science. 

Admission Criteria for Master of Science in Data Science

All applicants for the Master of Science in Data Science program must submit the following materials via the GradCAS online application system. A completed application includes:

  1. Online application via the GradCAS system (https://gradcas.liaisoncas.org/apply/)
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Official transcripts. An official, course-by-course evaluation of any non-US transcripts with an overall U.S. GPA equivalent from one of the agencies accepted by the Unversity (see full list here)
  4. A 2.65/4.0 GPA on the last 60 units of undergraduate study
  5. For students whose first language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. The minimum score for admission is 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) and the minimum score for a teaching assistantship award is 575 (paper) or 231 (computer). Alternatively, we accept IELTS
  6. A personal statement of interest. The statement of interest allows applicants to demonstrate their motivation, skills, and abilities that will contribute to their academic success in our program. While there is no specific format required for this statement, applicants are advised to give particular consideration to:
  • Academic credentials
  • Experience in the foundational concepts of:
    • Statistics
    • Linear Algebra
    • Computer programming (any language, but Python and R are preferred)
    • Commitment and personal stamina to undertake fast paced, intensive academic program
    • Enthusiasm for this particular course of study

Academic Policies for Master of Science in Data Science

Engineering and Computer Science Prerequisite Requirement

All course prerequisites in the MS in Data Science program must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Courses Taken Pass/No Credit

All courses that count toward the MS in Data Science must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of ANLT 283, which may be taken on a Pass / No Credit basis.

School of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty

Steven Howell, Dean and Professor, 2013, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1976; MS, Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 1977; PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1983.

Michael Doherty, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Computer Science, 1998, BS Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, 1983; MS Computer Science, University of Rhode Island, 1992; PhD Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998. Computer animation, simulation, video game technology, database management systems, programming languages, computer science education.

Elizabeth Basha, Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS in Computer Engineering, University of the Pacific, 2003; SM in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005; PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010. Sensor networks, autonomous robotics, international development.

Daniel Cliburn, Chair and Professor of Computer Science, 2006, BS Computer Science and Mathematics, Illinois College, 1997; MS Computer Science, University of Kansas, 1999; PhD Computer Science, University of Kansas, 2001. Computer graphics, video game design, virtual reality, computer science education.

Shelly Gulati, Chair and Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2010, BS, Chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000; PhD, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, 2006. Microfluidics, biological fluid flow.

Chi-Wook Lee, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, 1998, BSME, Hanyang University (Korea), 1981; MSME, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984; PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1991. Mechatronics, systems dynamics, and bio-mechanics.

Camilla M. Saviz, Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering, 1999, BSME, Clarkson University, 1987; MSME, 1989; MBA, New York Institute of Technology, 1991; PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2003. Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, water resources, hydrodynamic and water quality modeling, fluid mechanics.

Abel A. Fernandez, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Engineering Management, 2000, BS, Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1974; ME, Electric Power Engineering, 1976; MBA, 1976; PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1995. Registered Professional Engineer. Project Management, systems engineering, resource management, risk analysis and management, modeling and simulation, optimization.

James Hetrick, Fletcher-Jones Professor in Data Science and Assistant Director of Data Science, 1997, BS, Case Western Reserve University, 1982; PhD, University of Minnesota, 1990.

Rick Hutley, Professor of Practice and Director of Data Science, 2015

Rahim Khoie, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Engineering Physics, 2002, BSEE, 1977, Abadan Institute of Technology, Abadan, Iran; MS, 1980, University of Pittsburgh,; PhD, 1986, University of Pittsburgh. High speed electron devices, Quantum effect devices, Solid state physics, Renewable energy, Analog and digital electronics, and Embedded Systems.

Sepehr Amir-Mohammadian, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, 2017, BE Information Technology, 2009 and ME Information Technology, 2011, Amirkabir University of Technology; PhD Computer Science, University of Vermont, 2017, Cybersecurity, programming languages, software security assurance.

Jeffrey S. Burmeister, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, 2002, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1988; PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 1995. Biomaterials, Cell Adhesion.

Mary Kay Camarillo, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, 2009, BS, University of Washington, 1996; MS, University of California, Davis, 2004; PhD, 2009; Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, physical and chemical treatment of water and wastewater.

Michael Canniff, Lecturer, 2003, BS Computer Science, University of Minnesota, 1985; MS Computer Science, Syracuse University, 1990. Enterprise Resource Planning systems, database management systems, cloud computing, accounting information systems, data analytics

Hector Estrada, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2006, BS, University of Illinois, 1993; MS, 1994; PhD, 1997. Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and engineering mechanics.

Jinzhu Gao, Professor of Computer Science, 2008, BS Computer Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1995; MS Mechanical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1998; PhD Computer and Information Science, Ohio State University, 2004. Scientific visualization, computer graphics, large scale data management, data analysis and visualization, data-intensive computing, remote visualization, web-based applications.

Emma Hayes, Associate Professor of Computer Science, 2007, BS, University of Southern California, 2003; PhD, University of Southern California, 2007. Artificial Intelligence, multi-agent systems, computer science education.

Kenneth F. Hughes, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering , 1993, BS, Information and Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985; MS, Computer Science, University of South Florida, 1989; PhD, Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida, 1994. Robotics, sensors and sensor fusion, computer vision, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, microprocessors and microcontrollers, digital systems.

Osvaldo Jimenez, Associate Professor of Computer Science, 2013, BS Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002; MA Learning, Design, & Technology, Stanford University, 2003; PhD Learning Sciences & Technology Design, Stanford University, 2013. Educational games, video game development, software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer science education.

Chadi El Kari, Associate Professor of Computer Science, 2014, BS Computer Engineering, Université Saint Joseph 2002; MS Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2005; PhD Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2011. Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing, Cryptography, Combinatorial Optimization.

Fatemeh Khatami, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, 2019, MS Biomedical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2011; PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2017. Brain computer interface, biological signal analysis, biomedical sensors and systems, speech and natural language processing, modelling biological systems including human auditory system, functional organization of the superior temporal gyrus for speech perception.

Mehdi Khazaeli, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Management, 2014, BS, Industrial Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2005; MS,Product Design and Management, University of Liverpool, 2009; PhD, Engineering Science, Louisiana State University, 2013. Data Analytics, Project Management, New Product Development, Building Information Modeling.

Scott Larwood, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2009, BS, Aeronautical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1988; MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1993; PhD, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 2009. Licensed Professional Engineer. Wind energy, fluid mechanics, vibrations, dynamics.

JuEun Lee, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2015, BSME, Korea University, 2002, MSME, Seoul National University, 2004, MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2016, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, 2011, Machining for Bio/Mechanical Materials, Design of Medical Devices and Surgical Mechanical Systems

Luke Lee, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2008, BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997; MS, University of California, Berkeley, 1998; PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2005; Registered Professional Engineer. Structural engineering and rehabilitation and monitoring of infrastructure systems.

Gary M. Litton, Professor of Civil Engineering, 1993, BS, University of California, Irvine, 1980; MS, 1990; PhD, 1993. Registered Professional Engineer. Environmental engineering, water quality, and modeling.

Jiancheng Liu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2006, BS, Taiyuan University of Technology (China), 1984; MS, 1987; PhD, Himeji Institute of Technology, now named University of Hyogo (Japan), 1996. Manufacturing, machine design.

Cherian Mathews, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2005, B.E. in Electrical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India, 1987; MS in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1989; PhD in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1993; Statistical signal processing, Array signal processing, Real-time digital signal processing using DSP processors, Power Systems.

Scott Merry, Professor of Civil Engineering, 2010, BS, University of Arizona, 1991; MS, Purdue University, 1993; PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1995; Registered Professional Engineer, Registered Geotechnical Engineer. Geotechnical engineering, levees and slope stability, engineering management.

David Mueller, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2006; MS Electrical Engineering, 2008; PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, University of Missouri - Columbia. Semiconductor devices, Optical electronics, Computational intelligence, Robotics, Device simulation, Photovoltaics, Renewable energy, Device fabrication and characterization.

Dana Nehoran, Lecturer, 2017, BS Computer Science, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology; MS Analytics, University of San Francisco. Higher education analytics, decision sciences, predictive analytics, natural language processing, machine learning

Vivek Pallipuram, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2015, BS National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, India 2008; MS Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2010; PhD Computer Engineering, Clemson University, 2013. Computer architecture, High performance computing, Cloud computing, Machine learning, Statistics, & Digital signal processing.

Jeffrey Shafer, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2010, BS, Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, 2002; MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2004; PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2010; Computer architecture, Network systems architecture, Data-intensive computing, Cloud computing, Virtualization.

Joshua Steimel, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2018, BS, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2012, PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2017. Materials Science, Biomimetic Systems, Active Matter, Bio-assay Platforms, Helmholtz Coils.

Kyle Watson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2003, BSME, Villanova University, 1995; MS, North Carolina State University, 1997; PhD, 2002. Thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, combustion.

Anahita Zarei, Clinical Professor of Data Science, 2015, BS, Electrical Engineering, 2001, University of Washington; MS, Electrical Engineering, 2002, University of Washington; MS Applied Mathematics, 2007, University of Washington; PhD, Electrical Engineering, 2007, University of Washington.