ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering
ECE News

Winter 2007 Newsletter

EE students building biological system
EE students Matt Lux and Nalin Pilapitiya are joining other engineering and science undergraduates to design and build a biological system using standard DNA parts.

Open Electronics Laboratory encourages hands-on projects
Engineering students who need to solder, test an electronic device, or just tinker on an individual project now have a venue in the College of Engineering. The new Open Electronics Lab offers equipment use, tools, parts, and assistance for student projects.

Governor dedicates Semiconductor Processing Laboratory
ECE opened its new Micron Technology Semiconductor Processing Laboratory this fall, at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with Virginia’s Governor Timothy Kaine.

Cuber Trust grant awarded to study software radio security issues
An ECE research team has been awarded a $400,000 Cyber Trust grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve the security of software-defined radio (SDR) technology.

Birthplace of radio goes wireless with Virginia Tech technology
Bologna, Italy—home of Europe’s first university and where Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio—has launched a free municipal Wi-Fi network exclusively using the stub loaded helix (SLH) antenna invented in ECE laboratories.

Faculty team developing course to show creativity, social benefits of ECE
ECE and Engineering Education faculty are teaming up to develop materials and strategies to teach first-year engineering students how electrical and computer engineering is a creative discipline that directly benefits society.

Ph.D. Firsts
Gustina Collins was the first female African-American graduate student to earn a Ph.D. in ECE at Virginia Tech in December, while Stanley Atcitty was the first Native American male to earn a Ph.D. in ECE at Tech.

Intersil offers $1,000 for top 4206 project
This spring, students in Jason Lai's Electronic Circuit Design Class (ECE 4206) have an added incentive to perfect their capstone design projects: a $1,000 cash prize offered by Intersil Corporation of Milipitas, California.

New Faculty
A list of the recent additions to the ECE faculty

Faculty Honors and Awards
The awards and recognitions recently given to ECE faculty members

ECE Advisory Board forms space science partnership
VPT, Inc. of Blacksburg, Virginia is the first firm to contribute funds to the new Virginia Tech Industry/University Partnership for Space Science (IUPSS). The partnership, spearheaded by the ECE Advisory Board, was formed to fund faculty members in space science.

Scholarship fund established for alum/magnetometer expert
Friends and colleagues of Donnie Marvin King are establishing a scholarship in his name to honor his drive, technical expertise, and problem-solving insights, along with his ability to inspire others.

EE alumnus pens history book
Christiansburg is rich in history, beginning with the early pioneers who struggled against great hardships to make the town a better place. In his new book, “Christiansburg, Virginia --Small Town America at Its Finest”, Roy Kanode tells how these men and women worked together in harmony and developed close relationships with friends and family as Christiansburg’s history unfolded.

Backyard internships profit firms, students
Dan Sable, CEO of VPT, remembers that teaming his undergraduate MIT coursework with weekly work at a high-tech firm enhanced his education immeasurably. So when Sable was tapped to be the next chairman of the ECE Alumni Advisory Board, he vowed to set up a program of informal internships for ECE students with local firms.

Martin made VP at UNC
Harold L. Martin, Sr. (Ph.D. '80) has been appointed senior vice president for academic affairs of the 16-campus University of North Carolina

Gil Faison named to Engineering Academy
Gil Faison (EE '49) was named to Virginia Tech's Engineering Academy in 2006 in recognition of his sustained and meritorious engineering and leadership contributions during his career.