Electrical and Computer Engineering Overview
Programs Bridge Gender Gap in Male-dominated STEM Careers
Kathryn Duda, a third-year computer engineering student at Virginia Commonwealth University, walked into the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) lab her first year and sat down next to a male student working on a project. She was curious and wanted to know what he was doing. “I walked in there, and it was like he was intimidated by my female presence,” Duda said. This kind of interaction is not uncommon; women are chronically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, especially in computer science and engineering. Read more...
VCU Alumna Promotes Campaign Inspired by 'Hidden Figures'
For Racheida Lewis (ECE ’13), getting the chance to see the film “Hidden Figures” before it hit theaters nationwide didn’t just make her feel lucky. She was deeply moved to find herself among crowds of other people also eager to see the untold story about African American women mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race. “There was so much that resonated with me,” she said. “I was never more proud to be a black woman in engineering.” Read more...
Armond Conte (ECE 2015) and Brian A. Smith (BME 2015) Receive Master's Thesis Awards
Two recent graduates of master’s programs in the VCU College of Engineering have received university awards for excellence in thesis research. Armond Conte, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in Math, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Brian A. Smith, a 2015 graduate of the Master of Science program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive VCU’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses Master’s Thesis Award. Read more...