- Driving cars into the future (2016 Annual Report)
- Two-semester course provides ECE majors with real-life industry projects (2015 Annual Report)
- Outfitting astronauts: Students tackle NASA design challenges (2014 Annual Report)
Design projects are often the most remembered, most fun experiences for engineering students.
Major Design Experience
ECE’s two-semester major design experience (ECE 4805-4806) provides teams of students with an industry-like experience on projects specified and directed by industry partners. The teams take a substantial hardware project through the proposal process, design concept, implementation, and testing.
Integrated Design Courses
Under the new integrated design model, ECE seniors can enroll in two-semester, project-based courses. Options include: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team, IEEE Robotics Team, satellite design, and radio frequency spectrum sensing.
Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab
The Autonomous Mastery Prototyping (AMP) Lab provides space for ECE students to work on personal projects. The lab offers mentorship, soldering certification, and free materials. Students' recent projects include an autonomous ground vehicle, a laser harp, and a smartphone facial recognition system.
Extra-Curricular Design Projects
The ECE faculty encourages all students to complete extracurricular design projects. There are many opportunities for ECE students to participate in electrical and computer engineering design competitions or join multidisciplinary engineering teams.
Design Project Examples
The VT IEEE Hardware Team designs and programs robots to participate in obstacle course missions at the annual IEEE SoutheastCon hardware competition.
The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) is participating in the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition.Design Build Fly
The Design Build Fly team constructs radio-controlled aircrafts to complete missions at an annual competition sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The VT Motorsports team designs high-performance formula-style racecars to compete in the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series. Read more about the team in the 2016 ECE Annual Report.
The Battery Operated Land Transport (BOLT) team designs electric motorcycles to compete in the TTXGP international electric motorsport race series.
The Human-Powered Submarine (HPS) team designs, builds, and races submarines that are propelled solely by human power for competition at the International Submarine Races.