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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 wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Kathryn Smith is one of the winners of the 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship award from the National Science Foundation. Kathryn earned her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at UNC Charlotte. She has been accepted into                                                the PhD program in ECE, and works with Dr. Adams on her                                              research.

Contactless gearbox for wind and ocean energy generators

ECE faculty Dr. Jonathan Bird is researching new magnetic gears that provide high torque densities. His research is funded by the NSF, DoE, and the US Coastal Studies Institute. Read press release.

New Photovoltaic Technology Research Laboratory opens

ECE Professor Dr. Aba Ebong developed a laboratory for teaching the science and engineering of solar energy. Read more.

Novel inverter technology for solar panels

ECE faculty Drs. Parkhideh, Cox, and Enslin, together with a locally incubated startup SineWatts Inc., won DOE’s Phase-II Sunshot initiative. The team is developing a new miniaturized integrated PV “Inverter Molecule™” for efficient integration of solar power.

Nanoantennas for Solar Harvesting

Dr. Michael Fiddy received funding from the NSF, I/UCRC for Metamaterials to study plasmonic antennas for maximum solar energy absorption.  A good match for maximum solar extinction was realized with arrays of nanorods. Read more.

Quantum oscillations observed in a novel semiconductor heterostructure PbTe/CdTe

Dr. Yong Zhang, Bissell Distinguished Professor of ECE, in collaboration with scientist at Sandia Labs and Zhejiang University, reported quantum oscillations of a high mobility 2D electron gas (in Nano Lett).

Low cost maglev

Dr. Jonathan Bird developed a novel magnetic levitation system using magnetic rotors above thin aluminum sheets, which can create both lift and translational forces at the same time. Read more here.

Building Quadrotor Swarms

Professor James Conrad is working in the field of autonomous quadrotor flight and swarming.  The goal of this work is to have these small quadrotors fly in formation for search and report operation. 

Time Reversal By Reciprocal Scattering

Dr. Michael Fiddy applies inverse scattering methods for imaging complex targets.  A coding-decoding scheme has been developed using two scattering media: one with an effective refractive index close to +1 and one close to -1 exploiting (C)PT invariance.

Whole area imaging yields degraded spatial resolution when species diffuse

When nothing is in motion, whole area imaging obviously offers higher data acquisition efficiency than the point-by-point imaging. However, when species are moving, the latter method, though less efficient, actually yields    much better spatial resolution (appeared in Sci. Rep.).

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