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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering educates cadets in a rigorous academic environment that nurtures the development of analytic and communications skills applied to the design of electrical and computer engineering hardware and software components and systems, striking a balance between a solid foundation in fundamental principles and practical applied experience, to produce graduates that are prepared for lifelong learning, that exhibit professional engineering practices, and are able to make significant contributions to their profession and society.

  • 11-1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • All ECE faculty have Ph.D.'s
  • All classes taught by faculty
  • Broad Coverage of ECE
    The coverage includes circuits, digital systems, and computer architecture, microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, controls, communications, signal processing, and microelectronics. 
  • Hands-On Laboratories
    All courses in the ECE curriculum have a partial or full laboratory component which provides hands-on opportunities that reinforce theory with practical examples of hardware and software systems.
  • Independent Study Projects and Design Projects
    A variety of projects in many fields are available including biomedical engineering, robotics, and semiconductor fabrication.

Program Educational Objectives:

The department seeks to prepare graduates who, in a few years after graduation, have:

  1. Established themselves in, and made contributions to, a professional career in industry, government, or the military, and/or are continuing their education in graduate school.
  2. Remained current in their profession through continuing education, via the completion of graduate coursework, attainment of certifications, or maintenance of active professional licensure, or through personal self-study and/or on-the-job training as part of their career advancement.

Student Outcomes:

The department seeks to prepare students who, by the time of graduation, possess:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, , under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.


Degrees and Programs

Major(s): Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Minor(s):

To give you the most flexibility after graduation, our courses provide a broad foundation in many areas of electrical and computer engineering.

For students seeking specialization in an area, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers a variety of elective courses, as well as customized independent research courses tailored to specific interests. The program culminates with a capstone design experience that includes a competition with other colleges and universities in the southeastern U.S.

Scholarships and Internships 

Numerous scholarship and internships are available to cadets majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Scholarships and Awards

 

Eligibility: 

  • Students may apply to the ECE Honors Program no earlier than the beginning of their third class year. The application form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar鈥檚 Office through the ECE Department Head.  
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum ECE GPA of 3.30.  

Requirements: 

  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum ECE GPA of 3.30 in order to remain in the ECE Honors Program and be eligible for ECE Honors upon graduation.  
  • Students must submit an honors thesis proposal to the ECE Department Head no later than the end of the second class year. The honors thesis proposal must include the following:
    • A description of the project  
    • Approval of the project advisor(s)  
  • Students must complete (with no grades below B) a minimum of 3 hours of Undergraduate Research in ECE (EE 491-496) or ECE Internship for Credit (EE 469).  
  • Students must present the results of their work in an external professional forum, such as IEEE, NCUR, ASEE, etc.  
  • At the conclusion of their project, but no later than one week before the end of classes that semester, students must submit their final honors thesis to their project advisor(s) and the ECE Department Head for approval.  


ECE in the News

Find out more about the department's cadets and faculty in recent VMI news.

Jonathan Tumwikirize 鈥24

From VMI to Pioneering Defense Technologies at DEVCOM: Jonathan Tumwikirize '24

Jonathan Tumwikirize ’24 wanted to gain firsthand experience in a military environment, while also getting his degree. It’s what drew him to 麻豆区 Institute and allowed him to explore federal-civilian positions to pursue upon graduation.

The Peay scholars include Justin Peterson 鈥24, a civil engineering major from Bristow, Virginia; Courtney Novotny 鈥25, a biology major from Reading, Pennsylvania; Patrick Simmons 鈥25, an international studies major from Quantico, Virginia; Julia Ward 鈥26, an electrical and computer engineering major from Frankfort, Illinois; Barrett Callejo 鈥27, a biology major from Springboro, Ohio; William Cockr

Peay Scholars Celebrated

Brig. Gen. Robert W. Moreschi honored seven exceptional cadets at VMI who are recipients of the prestigious Peay Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to cadets who demonstrate exceptional leadership, academic excellence, athletic commitment, and an interest in national service.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders