DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Associate Professor Rosalind Wynne works with a student in the Lightwave Lab.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a dynamic scholarly community of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

Our highly-acclaimed professors excel in both the classroom and laboratory in specialties including:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electric Energy Systems
  • Electronics
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Frequency Systems
  • Microcontrollers        
  • Multimedia               
  • Signal Processing
  • Software Engineering

At a Glance

  • 21 Full-time faculty
  • 159 Computer Engineering undergraduates
  • 122 Electrical Engineering undergraduates
  • 19 Master’s students (Computer Engineering)
  • 42 Master’s students (Electrical Engineering)
  • 42 Master’s students (Cybersecurity)
  • 14 PhD students

The size of our department allows for a variety of hands-on research opportunities and the ability for focused faculty mentorship.

 

OUR RESEARCH

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is associated with two of the College’s six research centers:

The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC)

CAC advances the state-of-the-art in the analysis and development of wireless communications, satellite navigations, acoustic and ultrasound sensing and radar imaging.

Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control (CENDAC)

CENDAC is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary teams working on real-world applications—including security, mobility and healthcare—of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Students at all levels are encouraged to pursue research opportunities with Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in the areas of:

  • Advanced antenna design
  • Computer and mobile networks
  • Dc-dc converters
  • Advanced emission control algorithms for engines
  • Digital hardware and FPGA security
  • Electrical communications
  • Microgrids
  • Nanostructured, high efficiency low cost solar cells
  • Photonic fiber sensors
  • Pin diode modeling
  • Through the wall radar imaging

FEATURED FACULTY

DEPARTMENT NEWS

Dr. Mojtaba Vaez

Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi Co-Authors Award-Winning IEEE Communication Society Paper

A paper co-authored by Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi has been awarded the IEEE Communication Society's 2020 Fred W. Ellersick Prize.  “Non-orthogonal multiple access in multi-cell networks: Theory, performance, and practical challenges” appeared in IEEE Communications Magazine.

Drs. Moeness Amin and C. Nataraj

Villanova Receives Funding for COVID-19 Response Through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Two Villanova University College of Engineering initiatives led by Drs. Moeness Amin and C. Nataraj were among seven projects at four Pennsylvania universities to be awarded $174,603 in new funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program COVID-19 Challenge to address the commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frankie Kineavy ’14 CLAS with the original language board developed by Villanova Engineering students in 2014.

Communicating with Frankie: A Nova Solution

Through a capstone research project, Villanova Electrical and Computer Engineering students are working to address the challenges of communication for individuals with spastic cerebral palsy. With the support of the Villanova community though a new crowdfunding campaign, the goal of this project is to develop an easy-to-use system in which an iPad can be used to speak, text, email and communicate more independently.