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Fall 1999



In This Issue

Student Projects, Activities, and Courses

Undergrads Get Hands-On Experience With TOP Reconfigurable Supercomputer - A team of undergraduate students is working with faculty members and graduate researchers, building and testing the Tower of Power supercomputer and developing related applications and software tools.

Communications, Electronics Combine in RFIC Design Course - In a new graduate-level course on radio frequency integrated circuit design, students use modern, commercial RF/microwave CAD software to design and implement RF circuits at the IC level.

DISC Demos Medical Records WLAN - A team of Virtual Corporation students demonstrated the first working prototype of a Virginia Tech wireless medical information system.

HEV Team Demonstrates Fuel Cell Passenger Car - Virginia Tech's Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team demonstrated one of the first U.S. passenger cars powered by a fuel cell this summer at the 1999 FutureCar Challenge.


Research News

Tech Researchers Develop Technique for 6X Better Power Density in Chips - Department researchers have devised a new power electronics technique that will help microprocessor firms develop ultra-low-voltage, high-speed processors that break the speed and size barriers imposed by today's technology.

Tech Deploys World's 1st Rural TDD Network Using LMDS Spectrum Purchased Last Year - Virginia Tech has deployed the world's first rural broadband wireless local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) network based on time division duplexing (TDD).

EE/CS Team Wins $1 Million NSF Grant - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $1 million to a team of Virginia Tech electrical engineering and computer science faculty members to develop a new class of problems solving design tools for emerging wireless communication systems.


Department News

From the Department Head - Introducing Virginia Tech's expanded microelectronics education and research program.

Northern Virginia Additions - Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia graduate and research program in electrical and computer engineering continues to expand with the addition of two faculty members.

New Microelectronics Labs to Sport Clean Rooms, Packaging/Hybrid Facilities - A new microelectronics teaching laboratory is under constructing in Whittemore Hall that will provide students with introductory experience in fabricating simple devices.


Alumni News

As IBM Thrives on E-business, Tech Alumnus Plays Key Role - E-business is driving IBM's growth, and as the company's vice president of e-commerce for IBM Global Services, Virginia Tech alumnus Karl Salnoske is responsible for a critical component of that growth.


Faculty News

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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