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. 



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. Ahmad Hoorfar, Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu, Dr. Stephen Konyk, Dr. Bijan Mobasseri, Dr. Mojtaba Vaezi

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. Robert Caverly, 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. Rosalind Wynne, 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


Villanova Professor and Student Contribute to Advanced Antenna Design

Villanova Professor and Student Contribute to Advanced Antenna Design

"MXene Antennas: Spray-Applied, Ultrathin and 5G Ready," a paper co-authored by Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar and Christopher Israel ’19 EE, ’20 MSEE, was named "Best of 2020" by World Industrial Reporter. Research conducted by faculty in the departments of Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University and the Antenna Research Laboratory at Villanova resulted in the fabrication of ultrathin, 5G-ready, MXene antennas that can be spray applied onto a variety of surfaces.

Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu

Villanova Engineering Researcher to Contribute to Development of Single Point-of-Care Medical Imaging Device

Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded $209,000 as part of a $1.9 million Department of Defense grant for a collaborative two-year project titled "Portable Diffuse Optical Sensors for Point-of-Care Monitoring in Prolonged Field Care." The proposed portable system will be designed to integrate several screening, diagnosis and monitoring functions into a single ruggedized system capable of simultaneously monitoring multiple brain and body vital signs to help identify and monitor medical management of injuries and exposures.

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.