Academic enrichment is a crucial aspect of ECE's curriculum, and this is especially true for a school of electrical engineering. As one of the most rapidly evolving and important fields of study in the modern world, electrical engineering demands that students are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle complex challenges and innovate new technologies. Many opportunities abound to supplement traditional academics and enhance our students’ college experience.
Interdisciplinary Design Commons
The Interdisciplinary Design Commons (IDC) is a 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art makerspace that is located in the rotunda of the Van Leer Building, right in the heart of Georgia Tech's campus. Catering specifically to electronics and computer engineering design and innovation, it represents the largest makerspace of its kind in the nation. The IDC offers students of all majors a hands-on learning environment where they can work together to solve technology design challenges. The space features a woodshop, 3D printers, laser cutters, a plasma cutter, function generators, power supplies, soldering irons, computers, and embedded systems equipment.
ECE Co-Curricular Opportunities
Georgia Tech has more than 300 student groups, including many that are ECE-specific such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Georgia Tech Chapter; Women in ECE (WECE); and Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society. Learn more about student organizations.
VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PROJECTS (VIP) PROGRAM
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. Learn more about the VIP Program.
OPPORTUNITY RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM (ORS)
ORS matches undergraduate electrical and computer engineering students with a Ph.D. mentor. Each research team meets weekly to work on a structured research project and attends monthly enrichment workshops addressing a variety of topics related to academic success. Learn more about the ORS Program.
ECE'S UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM (UROP)
ECE's traditional undergraduate research program has been in place for over 20 years and offers students a chance to work on individual research projects with ECE faculty. Students who complete both semesters of UROP research can count the 3 credit hours as ECE elective hours. Learn more about UROP.
ECE TRANSFER INITIATIVE FOR ENGINEERING SCHOLARS (TIES)
TIES is funded through a competitive review process by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM). ECE has been awarded this grant to benefit students transferring from two- and four-year schools and majoring in electrical or computer engineering. TIES consists of two components: TIES Enrichment Program and TIES Scholarships. Learn more about TIES
ENGINEERING FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (ESI) CENTER
ESI supports a collection of ongoing projects, which are selected from corporate and non-profit organizations. All projects aim to improve the lives of the underprivileged domestic population or people at the bottom of pyramid in the developing world. Undergraduates can work in the Center by designing something new, improving an existing product, conducting interdisciplinary research, or becoming a Grand Challenges Scholar. Learn more about ESI.
CREATE-X is a collective of programs designed to boost students' entrepreneurial confidence and give them the tools they need to establish startups. Learn more about the CREATE-X initiative.
Established in 2012 as a part of the Leadership Education and Development Program within the Division of Student Affairs and in partnership with the College of Engineering, Grand Challenges Living Learning Community promotes student-driven, cross-disciplinary teams that investigate societally relevant technological and sociological problems. The program is open to all entering Georgia Tech students of any major. Learn more about Grand Challenges.
Nicknamed "American Idol for Nerds," the InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech is an interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Learn more abou the InVenture Prize competition.