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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.

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.

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.


The Graduate Admissions Office provides a one-stop shop and information portal to answer your questions about your degree path and the online application process, along with helpful tips and contacts for more information. Our admissions process is designed to welcome a diverse, talented, ambitious and well-rounded pool of prospective graduate students. Our admissions committee reviews every applicant's entire package, looking for academic capabilities, research experiences, leadership and passion for electrical and computer engineering.

Begin your application process.

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Art Lichtenberger (right) and colleague at IFAB microfabrication instrument

    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. Watch the video.

  • PhD student Farjana Ferdous Tonni (left) and Mona Zebarjadi in lab

    Support adoption of clean, renewable energy: Mona Zebarjadi demonstrates her group's research at the intersection of materials and devices. They manipulate materials' thermal and electrical properties to find new ways of converting waste heat into electricity. Watch the video

  • Cong Shen and student in lab for intelligence communications and networking

    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

Our Faculty

UVA ECE has 40 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. Fourteen 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. Computer engineering faculty hold primary or joint appointments within several departments within the School of Engineering.

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

Highlighting ECE Graduate Students Research Achievements