Si-based devices and circuitry manufactured by these and other semiconductor device companies can meet current and near-future demands of the electronics industry. However, it is expected that a new device platform will be necessary in the coming decade to address the future demands.
Engineers and scientists graduating educated in the emerging technologies will enable the semiconductor industry to push beyond the current limitations of Si-based devices. A Graduate Certificate in Emerging Devices will provide students with the background and skills to pursue a career in this field.
The admission requirements will be the same requirements used for admission into the ECE Master’s of Science (M.S.) and Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.) programs. Individuals who are not currently enrolled in a Virginia Tech master's or doctoral program must apply to Virginia Tech, but may elect to enroll under the Non-Degree status.
Applicants who have earned or will earn a B.S. degree in the fields of electrical engineering, computer engineering, materials science, materials engineering, physics, or a related field and are encouraged to have a 3.4/4.0 or higher GPA on their most recent 60 course credit hours during their undergraduate education.
To receive a Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies, the student must have:
- registered no later than the last day to add courses of the semester in which they complete the last course for the certificate.
- submitted his/her program of study for the certificate to the Graduate School, which has been signed by one of the faculty members on the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies Oversight Committee.
- attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the designated courses.
Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours of approved graduate coursework. Only graded courses in which at least a B- is achieved will be applied toward the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies. At least one of the courses taken must be outside the student's home department.
Credit hours from courses used to complete the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies may not be applied towards a second graduate certificate, but may be applied towards a M.S., M.E., or Ph.D. degree with the approval of the student’s advising committee.
|ECE/MSE 5200||Solid State Materials and Devices/Semiconductor Heterostructures|
|ECE 5206||Basic Semiconductor Devices|
|ECE 5210||MEMS Fabrication and Applications|
|ECE 5144||Introduction to Electro-Optics|
|ECE 6204||Advanced Topics in Electronics|
|MSE 5214||Optoelectronic and Magnetic Applications|
|MSE 5224||Photonic Materials|
|MSE 6200||Semiconductor Nanostructures|
|PHYS 5455||Quantum Mechanics|
|PHYS 5554G||Introduction to Solid State Physics|
|PHYS 5614||Introduction to Quantum Electronics|
Restrictions on Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program courses
Additional graduate courses that may be applied towards the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies are available via distance learning from College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and University of Virginia. These courses will be identified on the website of the Virginia Tech Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP).
A Virginia Tech Course Registration Number (CRN) will be issued for each of the distance learning courses that are received on-campus. No more than one CGEP course originating from a school other than Virginia Tech may be applied towards the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies requirements.
No courses that have been transferred from another institution may be applied towards the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies.
Associated faculty members
The following faculty members are associated with the Graduate Certificate in Emerging Device Technologies program: