In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, exciting opportunities exist for students and faculty at all levels to address some of the Earth's greatest challenges. We consider it our mission as engineers to serve the common good, encompassing humanity and the natural world. 

Updated 10/30/2023


Research includes the use of radar for commercial and defense sensing, biomedical signals and systems, interference mitigation in broad-band communication platforms, innovative antenna design, wireless communications (5G networks) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Moeness Amin, Dr. Robert Caverly, Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar, Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu, Dr. Stephen Konyk, Dr. Bijan Mobasseri, Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi, Dr. Rosalind Wynne

With a focus on sustainability, research areas include solar energy and other alternative energy harvesting schemes, performance measurement and characterization of batteries and other electrochemical power sources, power electronics and microgrids.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Pritpal Singh,

Faculty research includes microwave and electromagnetics, embedded systems, augmented and virtual reality, computer architecture, fiber optic sensor development and applying machine learning to Internet-of-Things devices.

Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Danai Chasaki, Dr. Xun Jiao, Dr. James Peyton-Jones, Dr. Mark Jupina,, Kyle Juretus, Dr. Sarvesh Kulkarni, Dr. Richard Perry, Dr. Maggie Wang, Dr. Jiafeng Xie





Center for Advanced Communications is advancing wireless communications, satellite navigations, acoustic and ultrasound sensing and radar imaging for human health and security

Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control is working on real-world applications—including security, mobility and healthcare—of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory




Electrical and Computer Engineering research funding comes from:

Electrical and Computer Engineering research funding comes from:

Comcast Corporation


Humboldt Foundation

National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

Office of Naval Research

U.S. Army


Army Research Lab Supports Moeness Amin’s Cognitive Radar Research

Army Research Lab Supports Moeness Amin’s Cognitive Radar Research

Dr. Moeness Amin, director of the Center for Advanced Communications, has received approximately $400,000 in funding from the Army Research Lab to conduct a three-year research project on cognitive radar. Cognitive radars sense the environment and learn from relevant information about the target, clutter, terrain and background and then adapt the radar sensor to optimally satisfy the needs of its mission. Dr. Amin’s expertise in radar has been recognized by several organizations and professional societies and has earned him three technical achievements awards, two medals, and four fellow grades.

Graduate Students Recognized in Engineers’ Week Poster Competition

Graduate Students Recognized in Engineers’ Week Poster Competition

As a part of Engineers' Week in February, more than 20 graduate students presented their work virtually for the 4th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition. Engineering faculty evaluated the posters in two categories—technical excellence and presentation excellence—and prizes were awarded. Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student Yue Qi took third place in technical excellence.

Villanova Engineering Professor Pioneering Post-Quantum Cryptography

Villanova Engineering Professor Pioneering Post-Quantum Cryptography

The incomprehensible processing speed of quantum computers under development today poses a significant threat to future cybersecurity. Therefore, researchers like Villanova’s Dr. Jiafeng "Harvest" Xie of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department are developing and implementing post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithms thought to be resistant to potential attacks.