In This Issue
Student Projects and Activities
Out of the Suitcase - For their final design project in Microprocessor System Design, two students went a step beyond developing a system using the microcontroller suitcase kit. They mounted their microcontroller on a remote-controlled car.
Microprocessor Design Helps Hone Writing Skills - Microprocessor System Design has been designated a required course for all EE and CpE students graduating in May 1999 or later. This course has been a requirement for CpEs for many years, and is currently the Department's writing-intensive course.
DISC Delves into 3-D, Wireless, Databases - Students in the Distributed Information Systems Corporation (DISC) are delving into 3-D imaging, wireless communications, and database structures as they develop products for medical information systems.
Programming Team Advances to World Finals - David Mayhew (CpE, '97), a master's student in computer engineering, is leading the Virginia Tech programming team to the international Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) competition in the Netherlands this April.
Cleaning Up With Robotics - When Richmond-based CyberClean Co. wanted to develop an automated vacuum machine, it turned to Virginia Tech robotics researchers for help and established a subsidiary called Servus Robots to be located at the Blacksburg Corporate Research Center.
New Photonics Lab Works on Sensors for Harsh Environments - The Department has established a new laboratory to develop photonic sensors for harsh environments.
New Internet Technology Center Seeks to Nurture Growing Industry - A new research center to assist companies with the development and deployment of Internet products and services has been established by Virginia's Center for Innovation Technology (CIT)
ECE Goes Global - Virginia Tech ECpE students and faculty have increasing opportunities for international study, collaboration, and co-op work thanks to recent efforts to forge ties with universities worldwide.
Alumnus Helps Streamline Personal Telecommunications - Virginia Tech alumnus Randy Persinger (BSEE, '76, MSEE, '78) is de facto chief engineer for a satellite program that could streamline personal telecommunications - giving customers the ability to use one telephone, on number, any time, anywhere.