ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
ECE News

Fall 2005 Newsletter

Fuel Cell Efficiency
New Virginia Tech electronics technology boosts fuel-cell efficiency by nearly 20 percent, moving the zero-emissions energy source closer to cost competitiveness with today's automotive engines and power generation equipment.


New Semiconductor Lab
A new semiconductor lab allows nano-precision in developing materials.


UWB Text Published
A number of ECE faculty and students have contributed to the new book, An Introduction to Ultra Wideband Communications Systems.


MANIAC Challenge
With help from a NSF grant, ECE professors have created a competition designed to solve cooperation problems in wireless ad hoc networks.

Science as Art
An image of carbon nanotube sensor structures synthesized at Virginia Tech became a finalist in an art competition.


Cancer Cyber-Information Grid
Tech researchers are developing new software for a cancer cyber-information grid. This multi-institution effort may change the face of cancer research forever.


Wireless Ad Hoc/Sensor Network
In an effort to improve communication between different wireless technologies, an ECE team has been awarded a $246,000 grant to develop a first-of-its-kind wireless testbed.


Space Science Research Group
Faculty researchers from ECE and aerospace and ocean engineering are creating an interdisciplinary Space Science Research Group with a grant from the NSF.

Curriculum Revisions
Recent curriculum changes are boosting undergraduate presentation experience, providing more elective options, and better integrating theory with experimentation and design.

NSA Center for Information Assurance
Virginia Tech has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the NSA.

In Memoriam
Sally Stephenson, a long-time friend and supporter of ECE, died in March 2005 of cancer.


Reed named Worcester Professor
Jeffrey Reed has been named the Willis G. Worcester Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Rahman named Loring Professor
Saifur Rahman has been named the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Two Get CAREER Awards
Allen MacKenzie and Tom Martin have each won five-year CAREER awards. These $400,000 grants are the NSF's most prestigious award for junior faculty.


Faculty Retirements & Departures
The faculty who have retired or left ECE.

Towson Moore
Towson Moore, (EE '58) was inducted into the college's Academy of Engineering Excellence. This is the highest honor that the college of Engineering bestows on an alumnus.

Meekins 'People Skills' Scholarship
Jeffrey Meekins (B.S EE '88, M.S. ME '90) establishes scholarship to encourage people skills.