ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE Research Programs


Spring 2016 textbook list

The Spring 2016 ECE textbook list is available online for students.

Graduate Advising Contacts


Further Information: Effictive Aug. 17, 2015
The following advisor assignments for CPE and EE undergraduate and graduate students are effective until further notice. Please email your assigned advisor only.


Graduate Program Director
Paul Plassmann


Director, Extended Campus and Vice Chair, Graduate Committee
Joseph Tront


Ms. Mary Brewer,
All graduate students who were former VT undergraduate advisees
last names A-M
Email: taylorm@vt.edu


Dr. Leslie Pendleton, Senior Academic Career Advisor
Direct-PhD, PhD students, last Names N-Z
All graduate students who were former VT undergraduate advisees
Email: pendleton@vt.edu


Ms. Cynthia Crichton
All graduate students National Capital Region
Email: ccrichton@vt.edu


CPE Admission Officer
Paul Plassmann

EE Admission Officer
Greg Earle

Admissions/Recruiting Contact

Laura Villada, Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator
Email: vlaura@vt.edu

Attention: Effective Aug. 17, 2015

The following advisor assignments for CPE and EE undergraduate and graduate students are effective starting on Monday, August 17, 2015 and until further notice. Please email your assigned advisor only.

Force Add Requests

Force adds for ECE 1xxx-6xxx level courses should be submitted online via our force add survey at this site: http://www.ece.vt.edu/ugrad/policies.php#forceadd. The force add survey will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 27. No force adds will be accepted after the established deadline.

CPE and EE undergraduate and graduate students are given priority for force adding ECE technical electives and graduate-level courses. GE students and other non-majors are not permitted to enroll in ECE required 2-3xxx level courses per the College of Engineering Enrollment Management Policy.

Note that ECE faculty do not approve force add requests. When a decision has been made on your force add request, you will be sent a follow-up email message. Please do not continue to email, call, or come by ECE Student Services to check on the status of your force add. This only delays the process

Independent Study

All Independent Study (ECE 5974) proposals are due in ECE Student Services by 5:00 pm on the 2nd day of class (Tuesday, August 25). The required form can be found on our website: http://www.ece.vt.edu/graduate/forms/index.html

You are responsible for delivering the completed form with student and faculty supervisor signatures to your Program Advisor in ECE Student Services by the established deadline.

Degree Offerings

ECE offers masters and PH.D. degree programs in electrical (EE) and computer engineering (CPE). The Ph.D. and M.S. degrees are research-based and the M.Eng. is project- based.

ECE also offers IT graduate certificates in communications, networking, and computer engineering.

See Degree Programs.

See Extended campus.

ECE Worldwide

Photograph of VT MENA Building

ECE offers graduate study at the main campus in Blacksburg, plus at locations throughout Virginia and in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. See Extended campus for more information.

IEEE Professional Resources


ECE adheres to and supports the Code of Ethics developed by the IEEE Professional Society.

We encourage all graduate students to learn and follow the IEEE publication format and referencing standards found in the Style Manual. See also the IEEE Author Digital Toolbox and the the IEEE Publishing Tools and Policies.