Electrical and computer engineering drives our digital life
ECE prepares the next generation of electrical and computer engineering leaders to solve society’s grand technological challenges and improve quality of life. We provide thought leadership via award-winning research, out-of-the-box solutions and turning-point ideas.
Electrical and computer engineering drives our digital life. Its impact can be found in our smart phones, wearable smart health devices and smart vehicles. 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. The Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has played an important role in many of these achievements.
We are well-known for our world-class photonics and high frequency diodes; we bridge quantum science, communication and engineering. We lead cutting-edge research in ultra low-power chip design. We are proud of our long-standing tradition in computer engineering, medical imaging, signals and systems, and machine learning research. Explore our current research thrusts.
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. ECE faculty have also founded successful startups, which are an important part of the vibrant startup ecosystem that has blossomed in Charlottesville in recent years.
Mission and Vision
We pursue excellence through diversity in all aspects of our mission and vision. ECE’s 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. ECE’s vision is to provide thought leadership in electrical and computer engineering, via award-winning research, out-of-the-box solutions and turning-point ideas. ECE aspires to be an inclusive and welcoming place for all, and a hub of innovation where research and teaching go hand-in-hand. ECE is deliberate in being outward-looking. Faculty and students actively engage in cross-disciplinary research with the Medical School, the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative, the School of Data Science and various other departments and laboratories within the School of Engineering.
Read Our Newsletters
Take a moment to learn about our investments, impacts, and accomplishments over the past few years.
October 2021: Pushing the Boundaries in Photonics Research
July 2021: Renewal and Growth
November 2020: Moving Forward with Optimism
2019: Engineered to Empower
2018: Investment and Impact