On behalf of the faculty and staff of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), I welcome you to our website. The ECE department strives to provide the highest quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to engage in scholarly research at the forefront of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department is one of the largest in the Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology with a strong undergraduate program providing a high-quality and broad-based education that prepares graduates for successful professional careers and lifelong learning.
The department offers ABET accredited baccalaureate degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In our graduate program, the department offers ME and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering respectively. The ME program is professionally oriented and suitable for students interested in entering the job market, whereas the MS program is more research-oriented and is suited for students interested in pursuing a PhD.
Besides our strong academic programs, the ECE department has an excellent tradition of funded research and scholarly works. The department is consistently ranked amongst the top 30 by National Science Foundation (NSF) based on research expenditure. The department is home to the Applied Research Center (ARC) wherein our faculty are engaged in cutting edge research on materials and devices. The department has strong ties to the world-renowned Center for Bioelectrics, where our faculty are working on innovative ways to use pulsed electric fields to cure cancer. The department also has a strong presence in the very successful Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center (VMASC). In addition to the centers, we have several very successful laboratories which are directed by individuals or a group of faculty members. This website has detailed information on the research and teaching activities of members of the ECE department. In addition you will find valuable information on our academic programs and course offerings. I invite you to learn more about us, and please feel free to contact any faculty member if you have questions about our research or academic programs. Best wishes as you consider us in pursuit of your educational goals.
Dr. Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Professor and Chair
- Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical engineers and computer engineers work in a wide spectrum of activities covering many fields. These include control, communication, computers, semiconductor and solid state devices, physical electronics, lasers, and optics. There are many different job functions associated with these technical areas. Electrical engineers and computer engineers are employed in systems analysis and design, engineering design and development, applications design and technical sales, production and manufacturing, field service and user training.
One of the options for meeting the University upper division general education requirement is to obtain a University approved minor (minimum of 12 hours determined by the department).
Students majoring in Electrical Engineering are encouraged to consider a minor in Computer Engineering. For this option, all the requirements listed for the minor in computer engineering must be fulfilled. Although some credits may count for both the major and the minor, the student must take at least 6 credits of coursework in the minor, which do not count for the major. Students majoring in Computer Engineering automatically meet this requirement through the built-in minor in Computer Science. Students must satisfy all pre- or co-requisite requirements for the courses selected in their chosen minor.