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Spotlight on Research
Virginia Tech's next president, Timothy Sands, will join the ECE department as a tenured professor. He is an expert in microelectronics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology.
Ryan Williams (CPE '05) is earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, where he is focusing on autonomous robotic control.
The Advanced Devices & Sustainable Energy Laboratory (ADSEL) is heterogeneously integrating different materials on low-cost silicon substrate to boost its speed, power, and efficiency.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center will be using a geomagnetic field variation detection model developed by ECE's Daniel Weimer.
Dushan Boroyevich, the American Electric Power Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
A group of Virginia Tech professors, including ECE's Tom Martin, has received an NSF grant to investigate the cultures of different academic disciplines.
Patrick Schuamount is leading a team that is using nanomaterials and nanodevices to close invasive and non-invasive security holes for CMOS chips.
NASA recently extended the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission for studying night-shining clouds. Space@VT's Scott Bailey is deputy PI for the project.
Building the Future
A new two-semester capstone design sequence provides a technical design experience in an industry-like environment.
Four ECE-affiliated research sites host NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), which aim to attract and prepare students for careers in science and engineering.
NASA invited interdisciplinary teams from Virginia Tech's intelligent textiles programs to find solutions for design problems faced by astronauts.
ECE's Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab provides mentorship, workspace, and resources for students to pursue self-guided projects.
Students in the Autonomous Systems and Controls Laboratry are building autonomous drones to inspect a ship's tanks and the irregular areas around them for corrosion.
A student team conducted a feasibility analysis to determine if a historic Wytheville, Va. mill could profitably produce power for the grid.