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We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your interests.


From the optical fibers that connect the world, to deep space exploration, many of humanity’s greatest achievements would have been unthinkable without electrical and computer engineers. Our department has played an important role in many of these advancements. You can add to our legacy in world-class photonics, high-frequency diodes, and materials science research, and extend our long-standing tradition in computer engineering, devices and circuits, signal and image processing, and communications.

Our co-location with the University of Virginia's School of Medicine enables ECE faculty and students to conduct research in medical imaging, microfluidics, electrophoresis, bio-molecular engineering, and biomedical and cyber-physical data mining. Machine learning and artificial intelligence now influence everything we do, including the design and operation of engineered systems; you can leverage our investments in machine learning research to ride the AI wave.

UVA Engineering Presents: 2021 Virtual Visit Day!

On Friday, September 24th  from 2pm – 4pm, UVA Engineering will open its (virtual) doors to share all of the exciting offerings at UVA.

2:00pm – 2:30pm:

The UVA Office of Graduate Programs will share a welcome and information about applying, details of an M.S. vs Ph.D. degree, earning potential of a graduate degree, and various options to fund your graduate degree.

2:30pm-3:30pm:

Meet faculty and students in electrical and computer engineering, hosted by the Department's graduate student council. 

3:30pm-4:00pm:

Representatives from the Center for Engineering Career Development, Center for Diversity in Engineering, Link Lab/NRT Program and the Office of Graduate Programs will share information and answer any questions you may have about their offerings.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Let's Talk!

Join a conversation with Interim Department Chair Jim Aylor, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies Zongli Lin and Computer Engineering Program Director Barry Johnson, facilitated by members of UVA ECE's Graduate Student Council.

Dive Deeper Into Our Research

  • UVA's Art Lichtenberger

    Explore Art Licthenberger's playground at UVA: Get a sneak peek into the newly renovated Innovations in Fabrication (IFAB) facility and hear about research opportunities in superconducting and millimeter and submillimeter materials, devices and circuits. Plus a potential trip to Hawaii! Watch Art's tour.

  • UVA's Mona Zebarjadi

    Join the search for clean energy solutions: Take a deeper look into Mona Zebarjadi's Energy Science Nanotechnology and Imagination Lab and learn about opportunities at the intersection of materials and devices. Watch the video

  • UVA's Cong Shen

    Help society make the most of 5G and prepare for what's next: Cong Shen introduces you to his research group and their Lab for Intelligent Communication and Networking. See how ECE excels in machine learning methods for communication and networking. Watch the video

Reach out to your future advisors, professors and mentors

ECE currently has 39 FACULTY MEMBERS.Over 80% of the faculty are tenured or tenure track, including 13 assistant professors. Collectively, our faculty have earned many awards and honors.Twelve have earned NSF CAREER Awards; five others have earned young investigator, inventor or faculty awards. Thirteen are Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Over the past three years, on average, the department has obtained $13.3 million in external funding. ECE faculty frequently serve as editors and program or conference chairs, and regularly publish at top conferences and journals.

Network with Distinguished and Energetic Alumni

As a member of ECE's extended community, you can network with energetic and distinguished alumni. Our department benefits from alumni representation on the board of trustees, a strong record of stewardship and financial support, and thought leadership within our discipline.

Eric Starkloff Welcomes Graduates to the World of Practicing Engineers

Eric Starkloff (ECE '97), president and CEO of NI, asks graduates to engineer ambitously.

Community Connections

UVA ECE's culture is outward looking and entrepreneurial. We actively engage in cross-disciplinary research and provide many opportunities to find mentors and make connections beyond our Department. We know that work-life balance is important to you, and encourage you to take advantage of all that Charlottesville has to offer.

  • Group photo of National Instruments Lab Opening 2017

    Incubating Ideas and Innovations:  Charlottesville is a vibrant community of high-tech entrepreneurs, most of them associated with UVA, with the supporting ecosystem, talent and culture conducive to further growth. Seven ECE faculty members have founded or co-founded successful startups such as Virginia Diodes and Everactive, Inc..

  • Student group photo taken from Lorna Sundberg center 2019-2020 annual report

    Crossing Borders:  ECE aspires to be an inclusive and welcoming place for all, and a hub of innovation where research and teaching go hand-in-hand. We support and promote a culture of excellence through diversity in everything we do.

  • Branded graphic of Charlottesville skyline

    The Cultural Scene:  Why ’Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

Our Research Matters

The Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides thought leadership via award-winning research, out-of-the-box solutions and turning-point ideas.

We aspire to be an inclusive and welcoming place for all, and a hub of innovation where research and teaching go hand-in-hand.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation of electrical and computer engineering leaders to solve society’s grand technological challenges and improve quality of life.