High School Teachers Visit Newport News Campus


The Newport News campus was pleased to host a delegation of Newport News Public School Department heads today. They came to learn more about ECPI University’s curriculum and career development programs.  They heard from our Electronics Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Science department heads as well as Campus President Dr. John Olson. The presentations focused on ECPI’s “Learning by Doing” approach to education, as well campus resources and student outcomes.

Healthcare Administration Students Help Norfolk Seniors

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Life for some Norfolk senior citizens might be a little more manageable thanks to a group of healthcare administration students at the Virginia Beach Medical Careers Institute campus. The Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging asked members of the Healthcare Administration Club if they would create a resource guide for the City’s senior citizens outlining organizations they can approach for assistance.

The students went one step further and created both a hard copy document (available for print to be handed out at nursing homes and local senior centers) and a database which may be updated whenever new services are available. “I was very impressed with the attention to detail,” said Ms. Lynne Berg, a member of the Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging. “What they created is very well organized and, therefore, easy for seniors to use. There is nothing like this document in Norfolk and the club’s work will be beneficial to seniors in the Hampton Roads area when they are in need of services such as creating a will or finding transportation to a local senior center.”

ECPI University Leads Mobile Apps Workshop for Chesapeake Students

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ECPI University, in association with the City of Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium (CTBC), recently completed a Mobile Apps workshop for 34 Chesapeake Public School middle and high school students at the Chesapeake Central Public Library.

A free program, students learned all about mobile apps, where the technology is heading and how to design and develop them, from conception to publishing. Participants were also introduced to Mobile Game Design, the latest technology associated with mobile apps, along with new developments in augmented reality and wearable computing.

“A workshop like this can really open up a fascinating world of new opportunities for young people, as their futures in many cases are right around the corner,” said Gerry White, Associate Dean of Academic Technology and Department Head of Arts & Sciences at ECPI University in Virginia Beach and a licensed Apple developer. [Read more...]

Pharmaceutical Company Calls on ECPI University to Assist Workers

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Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim recently announced it was shutting down one of its manufacturing lines in Petersburg, Virginia, leaving 70 people out of work. To assist the workers with the transition, the company turned to ECPI University. Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery put together a comprehensive job fair that included skills assessments, and training, as well as a resume and interviewing workshop. Fourteen companies attended the event.

EET Students Conduct Experiments at Highly-Regarded Research Facility


Some Electronics Engineering Technology students engaged in some highly-advanced, hands-on learning at the Applied Research Center Consortium in Newport News, Virginia, one of the nation’s leading research facilities involved in a variety of fields, including free-electron lasers.

Dr. Ibrahim El-Kholy’s Material Science class visited laboratories used for Surface Engineering and Nanomaterial Research and participated in several sample experiments. They also observed the testing of different materials, including semiconductor samples and a human hair. Imagine seeing a single strand that looks like a six-inch pipe!

The class also witnessed transmission electron microscopy; a machine that exceeds the ability of optical microscopy and can image features as small as 1 Å (a unit equal to one ten-billionth of a meter) with magnification up to 2,000,000 times. One researcher was scanning Quantum dots (nanomaterial) for a new type of solar cell. Then, it was on to the tunneling microscope, and atomic force microscope.

From there, the class toured the Thin Film manufacturing labs that feature different types of coating machines like electron beam, and sputtering. One of the labs was used to develop oxide semiconductors, a method involved in microprocessor manufacturing.

They ended that day at the femtosecond laser lab where they observed three different experiments:

  • Pulsed laser deposition, a new technique used to fabricate different types of thin films
  • Time-resolved reflection high energy electron diffractions, an experiment used to probe the surface morphology for different materials
  • Electron stimulated desorption ion angular distributions, used to detect the oxide bonds on surface of semiconductor materials

“These are hot topics in manufacturing technology,” says Dr. El-Kholy. “And it’s these kind of experiences that help prepare students for the technology they will encounter upon graduation and beyond.”