Engineering and industrial and economic development are forever
intertwined, and the Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering
has a tradition of strong industrial relationships. Our undergraduate
program emphasizes basic concepts and state-of-the-art issues,
and our graduates typically take jobs in high-tech businesses.
Our research programs grapple with issues that are pertinent
to industry today. Most important, the Department has strong
education and research programs in the areas that are currently
Virginia's major growth industries - putting us in an excellent
position to contribute to the economic growth of the Commonwealth.
This report explores the relationship between the Department
and industrial development. In the following pages you will meet
a firm that was started from one of our research groups and is
now the fastest growing high-tech company in the state. You will
see how teams from across the Department are helping large and
small businesses develop technology to improve their global competitiveness.
You can also read how the Department is changing its educational
and outreach programs to fit the needs of industry, and how our
student project efforts help students develop critical teamwork
skills and systems integration experience.