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Industrial research alliances

Research Alliances are as important in developing new technology as they are in leveraging technological strengths across academia, industry, and government. Our faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering participate in numerous research technology alliances that represent an excellent business model for leveraging the investments and talents of others in collaboration with our students and faculty while increasing the likelihood that cutting-edge research gets transitioned to industry.

Our research alliances bring together UD students and faculty, government scientists, and industry experts to accelerate the creation of new technology. Through these partnerships, our teams of students and faculty are poised to achieve the best results by taking advantage of the practicality of industry, the frontiers of research and technology through universities, and the resources available at government laboratories. Our students are brilliant in their own right, but as part of research alliance teams, the brilliance often increases exponentially.

Entrepreneurship at its best

Success Story

The iPhone introduced the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse that is poised to change the way you think about a mobile device. Multi-Touch technology is the driver of this technological revolution – Multi-Touch technology was invented by ECE Professor John Elias (now on leave at Apple Inc) and his PhD student Wayne Westerman. Their start-up company was purchased by Apple Inc. in 2005.

Entrepreneurship is the driving force for innovation and growth in the global economy. We offer programs to nurture our student’s spirit of entrepreneurship that underlies the continued competitiveness, success, and prosperity of society. Our educational and research programs provide numerous opportunities to explore the multifaceted world of entrepreneurship.

We have teamed with the Learner College of Business to develop entrepreneurship courses aimed at a broad view of entrepreneurship --- It is not enough merely to invent a new product, concept, or technology. Success often entails sound business plans, commercialization, widespread acceptance innovations, and business strategies.

Our Electrical and Computer Engineering students, faculty, and alumni have helped launch a multitude of entrepreneurial success stories over the years. They continue to change the world with their spirit of innovation, passion for technology, and technology transfer.

Largest research enterprise at UD

Research and innovation has many facets and can be measured in many ways. It can be achieved by launching new thriving laboratories, leading the discoveries in technological frontiers, and educating the visionaries of tomorrow. At the University of Delaware, innovation in Electrical and Computer Engineering is fueled by $15 Million in annual research expenditures --- this level of productivity ranks our faculty among those in top ten engineering departments in the nation. It also places our department first at the University of Delaware in this metric of success.

Our sponsors include the National Science Foundation; the Department of Defense through the Army (ARL &ARO), ONR, Air Force (AFOSR), DARPA; the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy (NREL), the State of Delaware, and numerous industrial collaborators. Our faculty lead and participate in large, multi-disciplinary, industry-academia consortia solving important problems for the nation in diverse technological areas including, energy, computation, telecommunications, security, and nanotechnology.

Lab intensive undergraduate curriculum

Undergraduate laboratory experiences give students the chance to practice skills they learn in classes on real devices, and to see first hand the physics that they describe mathematically in classes.  From freshmen to seniors, our students participate in labs from their first year until their last.

The very first major class taken by electrical and computer engineers, CPEG 202, allows students to experiment with simple computer circuits and make simple digital gadgets.  Throughout the following years, the students learn to use oscilloscopes, experiment with antennas, program microprocessors, and design digital filters.  In the senior year, the students participate in a capstone design project, in which they design an entire device from start to finish.  Students build integrated circuits, simple robotic devices, and even components of microchips.  Because of our lab courses, upon graduation our students not only understand the technical world, they have the skills and experience to change it!

The $15 million Nanofabrication Facility is a 6,500 square feet multi-user environment with 4,500 square feet of ultra clean fabrication space and the remainder dedicated for support logistics.

The facility is used to fabricate silicon and compound semi-conductor structures, films, circuits and devices on the nanometer scale.  In particular, devices related to NEMS, MEMS, electronics, and photonics are routinely made.

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