GameChangineer, developed by ECE's Michael Hsiao, uses video game design to keep students interested and motivated while introducing programming concepts and reinforcing English language lessons.
ECE Professor Louis Beex is researching and developing a method to diagnose ADHD based on data alone, which may not even require a physician to be present.
Supported by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant, the ECE department is preparing its culture and curriculum for the challenges and innovations of the future.
ECE's Qiang Li was awarded the NSF CAREER award to develop a voltage regulator that reduces microprocessor power consumption and increases battery life by 50 percent or more.
ECE Professor Scott Bailey and his team launched a NASA rocket experiment into the polar night to measure the altitude profile of a noxious upper-atmospheric gas.
The Virginia Tech RockSat-X team launched a payload on a NASA sounding rocket. The payload demonstrated the commercial viability of software-defined radios in space.
ECE alumna Paige Kassalen is the youngest ground crew member on the world's first solar-powered plane (Solar Impulse 2), which circumnavigated the globe in 2016.
Paul Ampadu dreams of putting more than 1,000 electronic/photonic/nanomechanical cores on a single chip by developing reliable, energy-efficient, heterogeneous networks-on-chip.
Besides updating the lessons and equipment, ECE Instructor Arthur Ball is refocusing the labs to give students a working understanding of how to design circuits as well as analyze them.
Besides developing embedded and cyberphysical systems, Tam Chantem is investigating methods to increase their efficiency while securing them against malicious attacks.
Ryan Gerdes must think like a hacker to fortify autonomous transportation systems at many different levels: outside, inside, and between cars.
Kendall Giles joined ECE to develop new courses, teach, and help coordinate the department's involvement with Virginia Tech's Master of Information Technology program.
Jia-Bin Huang is crafting algorithms that teach computers how to understand and synthesize visual data—both images and video.
Ryan Williams investigates how large-scale autonomous systems can coordinate and compute in a distributed and decentralized way.
ECEs Future Energy Electronics Center team placed third in Google's $1 Million Little Box Challenge to drastically decrease the size of a power inverter.
Virginia DEEP-X, a team of students and faculty led by ECE Professor Dan Stilwell, advanced to the semifinals in the $7 million XPRIZE competition to map the ocean.
Virginia Tech Hyperloop students competed against teams from around the world, testing their pod design along SpaceX's one-mile testing track.
Thanks in part to resources from the Autonomous Mastery Prototyping Lab, two ECE students built a BeagleBone-based speaker system that won Texas Instruments' BeagleBone Award.