Electrical & Computer Engineering


The ECE department has extensive facilities to conduct research in the major areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition to academic instructional laboratories (11,000 square feet), the department houses several research laboratories (10,000 square feet) outfitted with the latest equipment:

Microelectronic Materials and Device Laboratory

Quantum Device Laboratory

KLab Photonics

Sensory Intelligence Laboratory

Embedded Systems Lab

ECE Faculty and students also have access to the C. Kenneth and Dianne Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center (including two Class-1000 cleanrooms with a total of 6000 sq.ft. space) and the Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility located in the School of Engineering. These centers offer access to state-of-the-art equipment unique to the mid-Atlantic region for development of electronic materials and the fabrication and testing of a wide array of micro- and nano-electronic devices. Device fabrication includes high-speed solid-state electronic devices, optical devices, silicon MOS transistors, micro-electro-mechanical systems, solar cells, microfluidic components, surface acoustic wave devices, biochips, and other microsensors and systems. Devices are fabricated on materials ranging from MOCVD- and MBE-grown wide bandgap semiconductors and III-V semiconductors to conventional silicon and dielectric materials.

Advanced computing platforms for high-performance and GPU computing research are available within the ECE department: (1) a small Intel-based cluster with 18 nodes supporting both Nvidia and AMD GPUs; (2) a phase change memory (PCM) development platform with Spartan 6 LX150 Xilinx board; (3) a donated Micron high-end solid-state drive (SSD) and a few purchased low-end SSDs. All facilities are connected through Gigabit Ethernet switches and further connected to the university computing resources. In addition, for theoretical investigations, VCU offers 6 primary computer clusters (Center for the Study of Biological Complexity Servers) dedicated exclusively to research. These include a 500 Processor Opteron cluster, a 70 processor G5 cluster, and a 54 processor PIV cluster, totaling 642 processors with 1264 GB of Memory and 46.2TB of storage.