Welcome to the GMU ECE Department

Department Highlights

Senior Design Award Spring 2013 Winner

The purpose of this Highly-Accurate Pendulum Device was to create a highly accurate pendulum device, where deficiencies of mechanical design and negative environmental influences are corrected via electronically controlled electromagnetic energy transfer. The goal for this control is to stabilize a pendulum’s frequency and amplitude... View More...

Recovering Evidence from Damaged Optical Media

Images of CDs and DVDs generated by Digital Laser Microscopy (DLM) (see image) can be used to recover data from damaged media. Jim Jones and his team are able to image factory pressed as well as home-burned CDs and DVDs and recover the data under a variety of... View More...

Senior Design Award Fall 2012 Winner

An Optical Spectrum Analyzer (OSA) is an instrument for measuring the spectral characteristics of lasers. The most common examples are based on the Scanning Fabry-Pérot Interferometer (SFPI), which measures the intensity of an optical standing wave formed within a mirrored cavity. The analyzer’s control unit sweeps the resonant wavelength... View More...

Protecting Secrets Stored on FPGAs

Implementations of mathematically secure cryptographic algorithms leak information through side channels during run time. Professor Jens-Peter Kaps and his students from the Cryptographic Engineering Research Group (CERG) are investigating new innovative methods to protect secrets stored on FPGAs.

Locating and Tracking Underwater Objects

Professor Jill Nelson's research group focuses on solving detection and estimation problems in the fields of signal processing and communications. One of the group's recent projects focuses on using sonar measurements to locate and track underwater objects.

Listening to the Ocean

Professor Kathleen Wage's research group focuses on problems that require a synthesis of array processing, acoustics, and oceanography. Their latest work involves a year-long experiment in the Philippine Sea. The plot shows the spatial spectrum of ambient noise recorded by the PhilSea vertical line... View More...

New Ways of Imaging the Human Body

Professor Siddhartha Sikdar's Biomedical Imaging Lab focuses on the investigation of new diagnostic ultrasound imaging techniques and applications and their translation from lab experiments into practical solutions that can be used in a clinical setting.

Senior Design Projects

The senior advanced design project is the capstone project of the undergraduate degree. Students work in groups on conceiving, designing, and implementing a hardware project or hardware-related software project, considering all aspects of an engineering project, non-technical as well as technical. It culminates in a public presentation and a written report.

View information about recent award winning senior design projects on our Senior Design Project Awards' Page.