Why Study ECE at VMI?

  • Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio 

The overall student-to-faculty ratio at VMI is approximately 11-to-1. This means cadets receive individual attention from the faculty. There are no large auditorium classes and no waiting in lines to get questions answered.

  • Qualified Faculty 

All faculty in the ECE Department have Ph.D.'s and are licensed professional engineers. They also have a wide variety of academic, industrial, and military experience in the many areas of electrical and computer engineering.

  • Emphasis on Teaching 

VMI is a four-year undergraduate institution where teaching is of the highest priority. All classes, including laboratories, are taught by faculty. All faculty in the ECE Department have "open-door" policies and maintain office hours.

  • Broad Coverage of ECE 

Cadets in the VMI ECE curriculum get a broad coverage of areas within the ECE field. The coverage includes circuits, digital systems and computer architecture, microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, controls, communications, signal processing, and microelectronics. 

  • Hands-On Laboratories 

All courses in the ECE curriculum have a partial or full laboratory component which provides hands-on opportunities that reinforce theory with practical examples of hardware and software systems. Laboratories are well maintained with state-of-the-art equipment and supplies. 

  • Independent Study Projects and Design Projects 

Even though the department's priority is teaching, cadets can learn to do research as part of an independent study project. A wide variety of projects in many fields of ECE are available including biomedical engineering, robotics, and semiconductor fabrication. In the junior and senior years, a senior design project is given which relies on the research and design skills developed during the cadet's time at VMI.

  • Total Character Education 

The unique environment at VMI contributes to the development of many elements of a cadet's character which are not necessarily addressed at other institutions. These include military discipline, time management, physical conditioning, leadership, and the ability to work in teams. All are useful life-skills that can be applied in the workplace, in a graduate program, or in a military career, where challenges such as stress, time constraints, and group problem solving are present.