The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Department Mission | ECE | Virginia Tech

About ECE

The mission of the Harry Lynde Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech conforms to the global mission of the College of Engineering through

"serving the citizens of Virginia, the nation, and the world by developing and transferring electrical and computer engineering knowledge that will improve the quality of people's lives."

In order to accomplish this broad ideal, the primary goals of the department are:

  • To provide the highest quality engineering education at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • To conduct scholarly research at the frontiers of electrical and computer engineering
  • To make the unique facilities and faculty expertise of the department available to serve the profession and to provide leadership in electrical and computer engineering

In order to provide the best possible undergraduate education the department, consistent with the college of engineering, embraces the standards established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In order to accomplish the educational objectives of either program graduates must:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The department ensures that each course in the undergraduate curriculum plays a meaningful role in satisfying one or more of these criteria.