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Welcome to UC Santa Barbara

Where land meets the sea, where beauty meets brilliance.

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) offers a world class education at a picturesque seaside location set against the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. UC Santa Barbara students are part of an academic community that is ranked amongst the top research and teaching institutions in the United States. The UCSB faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners and many other award-winning scholars. Commonly referred to as the “American Riviera” thanks to its beautiful beaches, high mountains, and cultural treasures, Santa Barbara (located about 2 hours north of Los Angeles) and its surrounding areas offer a very high standard of living. UCSB has one of the most stunning and vibrant settings for research in the nation, and you can find more information about the campus here. Recently, UCSB has been gifted the breathtaking 1800 acres Las Varas Ranch.

Storke Sunrise

Our Heritage

UC Santa Barbara has been a leading research institute focused on Physics, Materials, and Devices. UCSB's programs in Electronics and Photonics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Electronic Materials rank amongst the top institutions worldwide.

UCSB’s famed College of Engineering is home to three Nobel Prize winners and ranks #1 in terms of research impact among all public universities worldwide. UCSB’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the only electrical engineering department in the world that has been honored with 2 Nobel prizes in physics.

UCSB’s highly interdisciplinary culture that promotes strong collaboration between the brilliant minds of physicists, material scientists, and electrical engineers, in parallel with the cutting-edge facilities provided at the UCSB Nanofabrication Facility (Grade 100 cleanroom) and the Materials Research Lab have made UCSB one of the most sought after destinations in these fields.

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Prospective Students

NRL is always open to highly motivated students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines including physics, applied physics, chemistry, materials science, and electronics/electrical engineering. All prospective members (including graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting students and researchers) are encouraged to visit our research , impact, and publication  pages. If you believe your interests align with our vision and research at NRL, you may contact Professor Kaustav Banerjee.

Henley's Gate

Visiting Us

   Driving to UCSB? Take U.S. Highway 101 and park at Parking Structure 10.

   Flying to UCSB?

  • From within the U.S./Canada:  Fly to the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and then take a taxi or Uber to UCSB (5 minutes).

  • From outside the U.S.: Best option - fly to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and then take the Santa Barbara Airbus to Goleta (~2.5 hours), and then taxi/Uber to UCSB (7 minutes).