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Special Report
Bradley Fellow/Scholar Alumni

 April 2001


In This Issue

Letter from the Department Head

Letter from the Chair of the Advisory Board


Special Report on Bradley Alumni
This report explores the impact of the Bradley Fellowship and Scholarship programs, with in-depth features on alumni fellows and scholars 10 years out from graduation, five years out, and a couple who graduate this May.

Climbing the Ladder as an Engineer - In his 10-year career, Phillip Danner (BSCpE, '91), the recently appointed vice president of technology for GE Cisco, has successfully attacked every challenge -- technical or management -- with a strong engineering problem-solving perspective...

An Optical Immersion - Sometimes finding your niche takes a false start of two, as happened with Bradly Duncan (Ph.D. '91), the first Bradley Fellow Ph.D. graduate. Now an associate professor at the University of Dayton, with a thriving research program and an "Engineering Professor of the Year" award, Duncan almost did not go to college...

A Dot-Com-bination of Software, Servers, and Savvy -- It was 1999 -- the height of the Internet startupboom. Bradley Scholar alumna, Jennifer (Hastings) Steel (BSEE, '96) heard the siren song of millionaires, overnight successes, and big rewards for hard work. Stock options, a company game room, and the thrill of a fast-growing business sounded good to her. So, she jumped.

Alumnus Fellow Sets Standard: Next Generation Wireless to Use New Transmit Diversity Scheme -- When the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) met last year, one of the standards adopted for the third generation (3G) standard for cellular wireless communications was in part developed by a former Bradley Fellow, R. Michael Buehrer (Ph.D., '96)...

In Pursuit of Cross-Cultural Computer Accessibility -- Sarah Airey (BSCpE, '01) came to Virginia Tech to learn how computers work. She is leaving Tech to discover how to make computers accessible to all individuals and communities worldwide...

A New Twist on Maxwell --Since the advent of computer analysis, engineers and scientists have struggled to get accurate numerical solutions to Maxwell's equations. Robert Adams (Ph.D. '98) is the first person to develop an elegant method of simulating Maxwell's equations with consistently stable and correct results in all frequencies...

Education News

New Courses Developed Since January 2000

Restructured Microelectronics Program Based on New Intro Lab - In January, Virginia Tech began operating its new 1800 square-foot cleanroom and plans to make microchip fabrication experience a requirement for all EE and CpE undergraduates...

Digital Library Targeted at Practicing Engineers - Department members at the Alexandria Research Institute are managing a project to develop a web-based collection of engineering and technology-related content...

Online IT Master's Program Set - Distance learners can now earn a master's degree or post-baccalaureate certificate in Information Technology from Virginia Tech...

Representative Education Research Contracts

Research Report



Computer Engineering

Controls and Systems




1999/00 Ph.D. Degrees Awarded

2000 Patent Awards



The Advisory Board


The Bradley Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Last Updated, July 15, 2001
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