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Electrical & Computer Engineering Fall 2019 Graduates

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction and scholarly research keeps Old Dominion University at the forefront of Electrical and Computer Engineering worldwide. It is an honor to serve as chair of this department.

Accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET, (http://www.abet.org), the ECE department offers baccalaureate degree programs in both Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The programs are taught on campus, and starting in Fall 2020, the computer engineering degree will be available to distance learning students. Students in each program get to select four technical electives and they can choose them to add a concentration area listed on their transcript.

Concentration areas for computer engineering majors include:

  • Computer Hardware Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics Engineering

For Electrical Engineering majors, concentration areas include:

  • Computer Hardware Systems
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Physical Electronics
  • Power & Renewable Energy
  • Systems & Automation

The concentration areas do not require additional credits, and students work with their faculty advisor and the department's academic coordinator to select their four technical elective courses to help them pursue the job that interests them.

Many ECE students take advantage of internships and undergraduate research opportunities available to them. These experiences, together with our hands-on and problem-solving curriculum, help them develop the critical thinking skills needed to be successful practicing engineering professionals.

The department offers the following ECE and Biomedical Engineering (BME) graduate degrees:

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The BME program also offers a Master of Engineering degree. The ECE and Cybersecurity programs also offer professionally oriented Doctor of Engineering (DENG) degrees.

In addition to strong academic programs, the ECE department has a proven record of accomplishment in funded research and scholarly works. The department consistently ranks in the top 25 percent in research expenditures among all U.S. schools ranked by National Science Foundation (NSF). It is home to the Applied Research Center (ARC) wherein our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research on materials and devices. The department has strong ties to the world-renowned Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics (CBE), where ECE faculty are working on innovative ways to use pulsed electric fields and low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma to develop innovative medical therapies. BME and ECE faculty are also developing new regenerative medicine techniques and biomaterials, biosensor and bioelectronic devices. The ECE website (odu.edu/ece) has detailed information on the research and teaching activities of members of the ECE department. In addition, you will find valuable information on our academic programs and course offerings.

I invite you to learn more about us. Please feel free to contact me at ogonzale@odu.edu or any faculty member if you have questions.

Oscar Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair