Welcome to Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte!

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed to provide high quality educational programs in a research intensive environment to foster technological, economic, and social growth of the Charlotte region, the State of North Carolina, and beyond. The department offers undergraduate programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and graduate programs leading to Master’s and PhD degrees. Our prestigious faculty have expertise in a wide range of disciplines that include communications and networking, control systems, signal and image processing, electronic devices and circuits, electromagnetics, high performance computing, embedded systems, power systems, renewable energy and grid interface, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and more. Our educational programs closely integrate theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice through laboratories and design experience.

 

ECE Spotlight


ECE doctoral student receives Dissertation Fellowship

ECE PhD student Samuel Shue received the Lucille P. and Edward C. Giles Dissertation-Year Fellowship, which recognizes and supports students who are in the final stages of a Doctoral degree in the STEM disciplines.

 


Dr. Cox in Charlotte's 40 Under 40

The Charlotte Business Journal recognized Dr. Robert Cox, Associate Professor, as one of 40 of the Charlotte region's brightest and most talented up-and-comers 2016 Annual 40 under 40 Award.  Dr. Cox joined the department in 2006 as an Assistant Professor.  He also serves as a VP of Engineering for SineWatts.


Dr. Tsu receives 2016 ASC Lifetime achievement award

Dr. Raphael Tsu, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the ECE Department and an acknowledged authority and word leader in the areas of quantum properties of materials and device physics, was honored with the 2016 Arts and Science Council's Honors award for lifetime achievement in science.


Media lab and Digital Audio courses

Students and faculty may have noticed strange noises lately drifting from EPIC 2368.  This is the new "ECE Media Lab", which is being developed by Professors Stokes and Willis for courses on audio engineering and image processing.

 


NSF Center for Metamaterials (CfM)

Through the NSF Center for Metamaterial, ECE researchers Drs. Michael Fiddy and Ryan Adams and their students are studying novel patterns of meta-atoms to develop components and devices useful for manipulating microwaves.  Read more

 


The Center for Advanced Power Engineering Research (CAPER)

A new industry-university collaborative called the Center for Advanced Power Engineering Research (CAPER) was formed comprising UNC Charlotte, Clemson, NC State, and several industry partners.  CAPER's goa is to develop a comprehensive and integrated methodology for grid modernization.  Read more


NSF Center for Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS)

Dr. Cox leads the NSF I/UCRC on SIBS that manages research projects on conserving energy, water, and waste in urban buildings.  Dr. Cox also plays an active role in Envision Charlotte, a non-profit organization in the Charlotte region devoted to these issues.  Read more

 


GEARED Education

ECE Faculty members in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) formed a University-industry consortium known as Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) within the Departmetn of Energy's SunShot program.  The objective of the initiative is to develop, train, and empower students to become competent and well-informed engineers and influence major technological, sosial and policy decisions that address critical global challenges of the future electrid grid.  Read more


Transmission Network Models for Optimized Use of Existing Transmission and Distribution Assetts

Dr. Valentina Cecchi has received funds from the NSF to investigate the coupling of dynamic line ratings systems and temperature-dependent electric power transmission line models. This project aims at developing models that take into account available information on ambient conditions, to result in more accurate determination of the network operating conditions.


High Voltage Flex Lab

The newly developed Flexible Energy Laboratory at EPIC offers a secure environment to conduct standard compliance as well as functional performance testing of power and energy systems. With equipment supplied by Parker Hannifin, the lab is equipped to support 750kW ac power at voltages up to 690Vac, 1000Vdc and more.


Dr. Chowdhury recognized with Distinguished Professorship

 Dr. Badrul Chowdhury was recently conferred the Duke Energy Distinguished Professorship in the College of Engineering. His research background is in power system modeling, analysis, control and economics; integration of renewable and distributed energy resources including wind electric conversion systems, solar photovoltaics, and energy storage in a smart grid environment; microgrid control and optimization; and energy markets.


Dr. Ravindran awarded Teaching award

Dr. Arun Ravindran received the College of Engineering Graduate Teaching Excellence award.This award recognizes excellence in teaching as measured by student learning outcomes, testimonials, evaluations, and other impact.

 


Provost’s Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

Three ECE doctoral students were awarded the Provost's Doctoral Teaching Fellowships. They are Mr. Balasubramanian Chandrasekharan, working under the supervision of Dr. Conrad, Mr. Abhilash Devalapura Rajagopala, working under the supervision of Dr. Sass, and Mr. Ahrar Chowdhury, working under the supervision of Dr. Ebong.