Department Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile


Founded in 1842, the University of Chile is the main and oldest institution of higher education of the State, with a national and public character.

 It is the oldest and the most prestigious in the country, and is located in the capital city Santiago de Chile. The most important cities apart from Santiago (the capital with 5,250,000 inhabitants) are: Antofagasta, Concepción, Temuco, Valparaíso/Viña del Mar (main port of the country), and Puerto Montt.

The university seeks to solve national and regional issues and to contribute to the development of Chile. It is recognized as one of the best universities in Latin America for its leadership and innovation in science, technology, social sciences, and arts through the functions of creation, extension, teaching, and research. 

The university is organised into 14 faculties and 4 interdisciplinary institutes, offering a total of undergraduate 66 programmes, 36 doctoral programmes, 119 master’s programmes and other specialised courses.


The Department of Electrical Engineering (DIE - its Spanish initials) mission is to offer top-notch undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering, carrying out high-level research in these areas. The department´s activities are tied to the technological development of control processes, renewable energies, intelligent systems, image processing, voice signals, robotics, sensors, etc.

The DIE maintains a strong relationship with national areas of production (energy, telecommunications, mining, among others) and with the international academic environment. The department promotes learning environments that motivate and stimulate the development student abilities. To accomplish this, the DIE boasts an infrastructure of the highest level, teaching laboratories and computer rooms. These aspects allow students to familiarize themselves with real instruments and systems in addition to learning from a variety of disciplines of electrical engineering.

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Key staff:

Preseident/Rector: Prof. Ennio Vivaldi Véjar

Director: Dr. Luis Vargas

Subdirector: Dr. Rodrigo Palma

Teaching coordinator: Dr. Marcos Orchard

Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr. Patricio Silva

Key facts:

  • 21 Chilean Presidents have been students of the University of Chile. Also, the two Chileans who received the Nobel Prize, Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971), both in Literature, were members of the University.
  • It is the oldest institution of higher education in Chile, and was founded in 1842.
  • The first woman to attend university in the country and in South America did it at the University of Chile: Eloísa Díaz Insunza, who graduated as a doctor in 1887.
  • In 2007 a group of students of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences built the first Chilean solar car: the Eolian.
  • A study of supernovae of the Department of Astronomy was the basis for the research who in 2011 allowed Brian P. Schmidt be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • It is responsible for the 37% of Chilean scientific journals according to ISI standard.
  • It is placed among the 401- 500 best higher educational establishments in the World Ranking of Universities (ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, 2021).
  • 448 in the world, 8 place among its Latin-American peers in the Ranking of Research Institutes (SCImago Research Group, Spain 2021).


  • The University of Chile has 43.779 students (2019):
  • The Department of Electrical Engineering has:
    • 5091 undergraduate students
    • 461 Full-time & part-time professors
    • 100+ Research & teaching labs