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Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering

Beyond the Classroom


You’ll have boundless opportunities to expand your learning outside of class. Our faculty are eager to assist you in developing research that complements your interests and aspirations. Students have teamed with faculty on such cutting-edge research projects as:

  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Botnets and cybersecurity
  • Geographical information systems
  • Robot vehicles and unmanned aerial systems
  • Modeling and simulation of nano-circuits and architectures
  • Development of particle detectors for experiments at Jefferson Lab
  • Space weather, auroral imaging and Martian atmosphere
  • And many more


The Department’s Center for Innovation in Science Education offers many opportunities for service and STEM outreach, projects, activities and service, including:

  • STEM Community Day featuring exhibitors from local STEM organizations, businesses, colleges, universities and community groups
  • Hosting of the Association for Computing Machinery regional programming competition
  • Math tutoring for middle-school students
  • Assistant coaching in Lego robotics
  • Judging of science fairs
  • Demonstrating virtual reality to the community


Our students also gain hands-on, practical experience through internships with leading science and engineering organizations such as:

  • Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab)
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Northrop Grumman
  • NASA
  • Swisslog, a leading global provider of integrated solutions for logistics and automation

Study Abroad

As a PCSE major, you'll have the opportunity to study internationally through one of three prestigious programs:

  • Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

These programs enable you to embark on a global academic adventure, experience intercultural education, and share scholarship through collaboration and idea sharing. For more information please contact Dr. Anton Riedl at

Professional Organizations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS)
    SPS is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for its members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

Other Opportunities

PCSE-affiliated student clubs include:

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition Team
  • Linux User Group
  • Cybersecurity Club

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