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Electrical & Computer Engineering (Engineering, M.S.)

The degree is intended for students who want to get broader knowledge in ECE. The MS degree students have three study options: 1) course only: take ten courses beyond their BS degree and pass a Master Comprehensive Exam, 2) project: take nine courses beyond the BS degree and do a master project with an ECE faculty mentor, and 3) thesis: take eight courses beyond the BS degree and do a master thesis with an ECE faculty advisor. The MS thesis option is intended for students who want the opportunity to develop research expertise in a specific ECE area. For this option, students must do research under direct advising by an ECE faculty member in their chosen area of specialization, write and defend an original thesis.

Electrical & Computer Engineering (Engineering, M.S.)


Description


What is Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU like?

The degree is intended for students who want to get broader knowledge in ECE. The MS degree students have three study options: 1) course only: take ten courses beyond their BS degree and pass a Master Comprehensive Exam, 2) project: take nine courses beyond the BS degree and do a master project with an ECE faculty mentor, and 3) thesis: take eight courses beyond the BS degree and do a master thesis with an ECE faculty advisor. The MS thesis option is intended for students who want the opportunity to develop research expertise in a specific ECE area. For this option, students must do research under direct advising by an ECE faculty member in their chosen area of specialization, write and defend an original thesis.

Program Highlights


What makes Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU unique?

  • ECE faculty support University centers such as the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center

  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with ECE faculty collaboration include National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab

  • Offers opportunities for advanced course work as well as challenging research projects to prepare students for leadership roles in engineering careers with industry, government, research organizations, or educational institutions

  • Stresses both theoretical and practical aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering by combining the teaching and research expertise of the ECE faculty with additional research resources in the Hampton Roads area through department labs and university centers/institutes

  • Faculty are very active in conducting cutting-edge research projects which provide both research experiences and financial support for qualified graduate students

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Applied Plasma Technology; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Microelectronics and Thin Film Devices; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; Power Research; Systems Analysis of Metabolic Physiology; Systems Research; Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics; and Vision Lab

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Hardware Engineers

$119,650

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

$106,760

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Electronics Engineering Technicians

$64,290

MEDIAN SALARY


Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Jefferson Lab, NASA, or the Naval Research Laboratories.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU?

ECE 505:
Power System Design and Analysis


This course covers basic power circuit analysis and introductory power system engineering and focuses on the transmission line design, power flow study, short circuit protection, and power distribution in electric power systems, followed by a survey of several applications and case studies. Prerequisite: ECE 303 or equivalent knowledge in electric machines and circuits.

ECE 516:
Cyber Defense Fundamentals


The objective of this course is to give an introduction of cyber hacking techniques and defense mechanisms to detect and thwart cybercrime. Cyber attacks aim at compromising cyber systems to disclose information, alter data or operation, cause denial of service, etc. The course first reviews the attacks to wireless networks, such as WiFi and MANET, and the defense strategies and technologies. Next, it reviews the attacks to general wired networks and information systems, and introduces the corresponding defense mechanisms. Last, it discusses cyber defense security policies and architectures. Cross-listed with MSIM 516. Prerequisites: ECE 355 or graduate standing.

ECE 601:
Linear Systems


A comprehensive introduction to the analysis of linear dynamical systems from an input-output and state space point of view. Concepts from linear algebra, numerical linear algebra and linear operator theory are used throughout. Some elements of state feedback design and state estimation are also covered. Prerequisites: MATH 307.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Electrical & Computer Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Assistantships


Graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and include a stipend along with full or partial tuition waiver.

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

Chung Hao Chen


Location:

231 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3475


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PROFESSOR & CHAIR


Name:

Oscar Gonzalez


Location:

2310 KAUFMAN HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4966


For General Inquiries:

ecegpd@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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