The mission of the Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech conforms to the global mission of the College of Engineering through
"serving the citizens of Virginia, the nation, and the world by developing and transferring electrical and computer engineering knowledge that will improve the quality of people's lives."
In order to accomplish this broad ideal, the primary goals of the department are:
- To provide the highest quality engineering education at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- To conduct scholarly research at the frontiers of electrical and computer engineering; and
- To make the unique facilities and faculty expertise of the department available to serve the profession and to provide leadership in electrical and computer engineering.
In order to provide the best possible undergraduate education the department, consistent with the college of engineering, embraces the standards established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In order to accomplish the educational objectives of either program graduates must:
- be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve problems in electrical engineering or computer engineering;
- be able to design and conduct experiments related to electrical engineering or computer engineering, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- be able to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in electrical engineering or computer engineering;
- be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- be able to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering or computer engineering problems;
- understand professional and ethical responsibility;
- be able to communicate effectively;
- understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
- be able to engage in life-long learning;
- understand contemporary issues;
- be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for the practice of electrical engineering or computer engineering.
The department insures that each course in the undergraduate curriculum plays a meaningful role in satisfying one or more of these criteria.