#1 among public universities in percentage of eligible junior faculty who received prestigious NSF Early CAREER Awards in the past five years (FY 2017-FY 2021).
12 straight years ranked in the top two among public universities in the world for research impact, Leiden University rankings for research citation impact in engineering and physical sciences, 2011-'22.
#2 Materials graduate program among public universities, US News 2023
#6 Chemical Engineering graduate program among public universities, US News 2023
All graduate programs ranked in the Top 8, NRC 2010
3 Nobel Laureates among our accomplished faculty
In the top 2 percent of the engineering programs in the world in overall excellence, research influence, and innovation, Times Higher Education's 2021 World University Rankings
- Total faculty: 163
- Nobel Prizes: 3
- Members, National Academy of Engineering: 15 *
- Members, National Academy of Inventors: 13 *
- Members, National Academy of Science: 5 *
- Winners, National Medal of Technology: 2
- Winners, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: 6 *
- Highly Cited Researchers: 6 in 2018, 5 in 2019, 4 in 2020, 4 in 2021
- Members, Royal Society of London: 2
- Members, Royal Academy of Engineering: 3
- Members, Royal Society of Sweden: 2
- Winner, Queen Elizabeth Prize: 1 *
- Winners, Millennium Award: 1 *
View awards and recognitions received by our faculty during 2021-'22 academic year
- NOTE: * = Faculty currently with CoE
- We are home to the nation's first NSF-funded Quantum Foundry, a center for development of materials for quantum information-based technologies.
- We operate as the West Coast hub of the American Photonics Manufacturing Institute launched by the White House in 2015.
- We are one of several research institutions within the federal initiative Next Generation Power Electronics Institute.
- Professor Shuji Nakamura received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing blue-LED technology.
- Professors Herb Kroemer and Alan Heeger, both Nobel Prize recipients of 2000, are pioneers in semiconductor heterostructures, the basis for modern photonics.
- Professors Arthur Gossard and Herb Kroemer were early pioneers in molecular beam epitaxy.
- The world's largest student "capture the flag" hacking competition is held by the UCSB Computer Security group.
- UCSB was one of the first nodes of ARPANET, the first transmission of the Internet.
- One of the most successful public-private research partnerships in the country, with a nearly 1:1 patent-to-publication ratio, Mitsubishi Center
- #1 in patents issued, utility licenses, and start-up companies per $100M in funding
- Among Top 50 schools for venture-capital-backed entrepreneurship, Forbes 2014