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March 1998


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In This Issue

Department News

360 Students in '00 - Largest Class Ever - A dramatic increase in the number of students pursuing computer engineering degrees is swelling the number of students in the Department. 1999 projections show more computer engineering degrees to be conferred by Virginia Tech than electrical engineering degrees.

BSEE/BSCpE Requirements Changed - The Department has revised the undergraduate curriculum, reducing the number of required credit hours, reconfiguring courses, and eliminating duplication of material among the courses.

Modular Off-Campus MS Programs Proposed - The Department is proposing leading the development of a new interdisciplinary Master of Information Technology, along with continuing education programs, to help the state meet its critical need for workers with networks, communications and software expertise.

A New Home - Several EE and CpE groups and laboratories have moved into the University's New Engineering Building.

Letter From the Department Head - The Department Head discusses the growing demand for computer engineering degrees among students and possible future changes in teaching software skills.


Student Projects and Activities

Network Applications Course Explores Internets, Intranets - A new senior-level course focuses on applications built on top of standard Internet protocols, complementing other courses in telecommunications networks and network architecture.

Virtual Corporations Designing Products, Conducting Studies - Virginia Tech's two student-run virtual corporations have begun developing the first of their systems. One groups is developing a prototype for a medical distributed information storage and retrieval system, and another is building a 20-foot model of a magnetic levitation system using switched reluctance motors.

Students' Animations Illustrate Tough Power Engineering Concepts - A multi-year student animation project may help numerous students more easily grasp abstract, three dimensional, and dynamic power engineering concepts.


Research News

Department Research Groups Joining College Engineering Institute in Alexandria - Several electrical and computer engineering research groups will move some of their research to a new Virginia Tech research institute being established in Northern Virginia.

New Virginia Tech Technique For Polymers Can Lead to Improved VLSI Performance - A new copolymerization technique developed at Tech could lead to improved integrated VLSI chip performance by replacing oxide components with polymer materials.

VPEC Researchers Seek 10x Improvement in High Power Systems Through PEBB Effort - Department power electronics experts are involved in an effort that is expected to yield a 10-fold improvement in the quality, reliability, and cost of high power electronics systems.

Eliminating the Porcupine Look - The Department's Antenna Laboratory has been working with Astron Corp. to develop antennas that can be concealed within or on the body of a car.


Alumni News

Alumnus Named Outstanding Engineer - Vlatko Vlatkovic (MSEE '91, Ph.D. '94) was recently honored with the Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer award by the IEEE Power Electronics Society.


Faculty News

New Faculty Members Join Department

Two Faculty Members Named IEEE Fellows

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

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