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Spotlight on Research

Timothy Sands

Sands to join ECE

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

For the love of robots

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.

Student works on computer chip

Outgrowing silicon: Step by step at the atomic level

The Advanced Devices & Sustainable Energy Laboratory (ADSEL) is heterogeneously integrating different materials on low-cost silicon substrate to boost its speed, power, and efficiency.

Model of Earth's geomagnetic field

Geomagnetic prediction model selected by NOAA

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

Boroyevich elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dushan Boroyevich, the American Electric Power Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Group of researchers

Defining disciplinary cultures

A group of Virginia Tech professors, including ECE's Tom Martin, has received an NSF grant to investigate the cultures of different academic disciplines.

Computer chip fortress abstraction

Building a nano-fortress for chip security

Patrick Schuamount is leading a team that is using nanomaterials and nanodevices to close invasive and non-invasive security holes for CMOS chips.

Night-shining clouds

AIM satellite mission extended

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

HokieBird holiding computer chip

ECE launches new industry-sponsored capstone design projects

A new two-semester capstone design sequence provides a technical design experience in an industry-like environment.

Student holds rocket

A taste of research motivates undergrads

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.

Student demonstrates project

Outfitting astronauts: Students tackle NASA design challenges

NASA invited interdisciplinary teams from Virginia Tech's intelligent textiles programs to find solutions for design problems faced by astronauts.

RGB cube

Think it. Design it. Build it. Own it.

ECE's Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab provides mentorship, workspace, and resources for students to pursue self-guided projects.

Students discuss project

Don't hit the wall: Flying 'bots in confined spaces

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.

Mill gears

ECE students find inspiration in laboratory from the past

A student team conducted a feasibility analysis to determine if a historic Wytheville, Va. mill could profitably produce power for the grid.