ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
About ECE

The Bradley Department of
Electrical & Computer Engineering

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ECE has several locations on the Blacksburg campus, with additional facilities in Arlington, Falls Church, and Hampton, Virginia.



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ECE’s many groups and laboratories conduct research on a full span of timely topics.

From pervasive computing, to smart power systems, Virginia Tech ECE faculty and students delve into all major areas of electrical and computer engineering. The main campus is in Blacksburg, and the department has additional research and teaching facilities in Arlington, Falls Church, and Hampton, Virginia. (See locations).


Comprehensive Opportunities

As one of the country's larger ECE departments, The Bradley Department offers strong education and research opportunities in diverse areas, including computers, control systems, communications, electronics, electromagnetics, and power.


Top-notch, Accessible Faculty

Our 70 faculty members have a reputation for being accessible to students. They teach more than 300 classes and develop about a dozen new courses each year on emerging technologies. The department grants about 45 Ph.D., 90 M.S., and 180 B.S. degrees each year. (See faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs)


Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Research

A collaborative atmosphere and interdisciplinary efforts are hallmarks of the department's research programs, and the 35+ research groups, centers, and laboratories grow in reputation each year. Virginia Tech's research programs in telecommunications, fiber optics, power systems, power electronics, and photonics are often ranked among the top in their fields. Research expenditures exceed $27 million. (See research)


Technology & Education for Practicing Engineers

In keeping with Virginia Tech's land-grant focus, the ECE faculty is very active in industrial outreach, technology transfer, and continuing education for practicing engineers. Strong ties to industry are reflected in the percentage of industrial research funding and the numerous short courses offered each year. (See industry)