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Industrial research alliances

Research alliances accelerate the development of new technology by leveraging technological strengths across academia, industry, and government. Our faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering participate in numerous research technology alliances that allow us to leverage the investments and talents of others, including government scientists and industry experts, in collaboration with our students and faculty while increasing the likelihood that cutting-edge research transitions to industry.

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. 

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Entrepreneurship at its best

Entrepreneurship is the driving force for innovation and growth in the global economy.  We offer programs to nurture our students’ 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 Lerner College of Business & Economics 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 of innovations, and business strategies.

Our Electrical and Computer Engineering students, faculty, and alumni have launched 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.

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Largest research enterprise at UD

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.

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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!

Through this journey, students have access to world-class facilities, including the $15 million Nanofabrication Facility, a 6,500-square-foot 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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