Students in the Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE) work on — and even develop — the technologies that make air and space flight possible. From navigation and control systems to the electroluminescent dimming of the windows in a 787 airliner, these technologies involve embedded computers like those found in mobile phone and flight control systems.

There is always something new being developed in this area, and students get to work with the latest systems in electronics and the digital world.

The ECSSE Department has four undergraduate programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering. Each of these programs involves a high degree of systems thinking: understanding how the individual parts of a complex system fit together to make a working whole. Students don’t just work just within their own discipline, they interact with other disciplines, too, just like real-world engineers.

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Submissions from 2014

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Keeping the Skies Safe, Massood Towhidnejad and Andrew J. Kornecki

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Measuring Security: A Challenge for the Generation, Janusz Zalewski, Steven Drager, William McKeever, and Andrew J. Kornecki

Submissions from 2013

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Fault Tree Analysis for Safety/Security Verification in Aviation Software, Andrew J. Kornecki and Mingye Liu

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Development of a Master of Software Assurance Reference Curriculum, Andrew J. Kornecki, James McDonald, Julia H. Allen, Mark Ardis, Nancy Mead, Richard Linger, and Thomas B. Hilburn

Submissions from 2012

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The Allen Telescope Array Search for Electrostatic Discharges on Mars, Marin M. Anderson, Andrew P.V. Siemion, William C. Barott, Geoffery C. Bower, Gregory T. Delory, Imke de Pater, and Dan Werthimer

Submissions from 2011

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Real-Time Beamforming Using High-Speed FPGAs at the Allen Telescope Array, William C. Barott, Oren Milgrome, Melvyn Wright, David MacMahon, Tom Kilsdonk, Peter Backus, and Matt Dexter

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A New Pulsar Instrumentation at the Allen Telescope Array and the Nancay Radio Telescope, G. Desvignes, William C. Barott, I. Cognard, P. Lespagnol, and G. Theureau

Submissions from 2010

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Scan Loss Pattern Synthesis for Adaptive Array Ground Stations, William C. Barott, Mary Ann Ingram, and Paul G. Steffes

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Graduate Curricula in Software Engineering and Software Assurance: Need and Recommendations, T. B. Hilburn and Andrew J. Kornecki

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Hardware Certification for Real-time Safety-critical Systems: State of the Art, Andrew J. Kornecki and Janusz Zalewski

Submissions from 2009

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Grating Lobe Reduction in Aperiodic Linear Arrays of Physically Large Antennas, William C. Barott and Paul G. Steffes

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Unmanned Aircraft System Propulsion Systems Technology Survey, Christopher Griffis, Timothy Wilson, Jeffrey Schneider, and Peter Pierpont

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Analysis of the Supporting Websites for the Use of Instructional Games in K-12 Settings, Mansureh Kebritchi, Wendi M. Kappers PhD, Atsusi Hirumi, and Renee Henry

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Heavy-Fueled Intermittent Ignition Engines: Technical Issues, Jeffrey Arthur Schneider, Timothy Wilson, Christopher Griffis, and Peter Pierpont

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A Technology Survey of Emergency Recovery and Flight Termination Systems for UAS, Richard Stansbury, Wesley Tanis, and Timothy Wilson

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Are Wireless Sensors Feasible for Aircraft?, Thomas Yang, Jianhua Liu, and Ilteris Demirkiran

Submissions from 2008

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A Three-Dimensional Pattern-Space Representation for Volumetric Arrays, William C. Barott and Paul G. Steffes

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Dependable and Certifiable Real-World Systems – Issue of Software Engineering Education, Andrew J. Kornecki

Submissions from 2006

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A Gradient-Based Optimum Block Adaptation ICA Technique for Interference Suppression in Highly Dynamic Communication Channels, Wasfy B. Mikhael and Tianyu Yang

Submissions from 1986

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The Development of Speech Research Tools on MIT's Lisp Machine-based Workstations, D. Scott Cyphers, Robert H. Kassel, David H. Kaufman, Hong C. Leung, Mark A. Randolph, Stephanie Seneff, John E. Unverferth III, Timothy Wilson, and Victor W. Zue