A picture of me

Tom Martin

Professor, Virginia Tech
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
and by courtesy, the Department of Computer Science,
the Department of Engineering Education,
and the School of Architecture+Design

Deputy Executive Director,
the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology



Honors and Awards




Spring 2021: ECE 5564, Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing

Fall 2020: ECE 1004, Introduction to ECE

Textbook: Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals, Fifth Edition, M. Morris Mano, Charles R. Kime, and Tom Martin, Pearson, March 2015


My areas of research include electronic textiles, wearable and pervasive computing,  and interdisciplinary design .  Here's my CV in PDF, reasonably up to date as of January 2019. I am the co-director, with Mark Jones, of the Virginia Tech Electronic Textiles Lab. I am also the Director of Strategic & Creative Initiatives at the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT).

Current funded projects:
Selected past funded projects:

I organized a workshop at ISWC 2007 on the Role of Design in Wearable Computing.  In September 2009, Lucy Dunne, Tricia Wilson and I organized the Symposium on Smart E-textile Solutions at the IFAI Expo.

In the spring of 2011, Lisa McNair and I organized a workshop at PerCom on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pervasive Computing Design, which was held as a special session within the PervasivE Learning, Life, and Leisure (PerEL) workshop.

If you are archeologically minded (i.e., you would like to see some really old information about me), please see my old page at Carnegie Mellon. For my Ph.D. work at Carnegie Mellon, I integrated models of battery behavior and models of system performance in order to increase the amount of computing that can be performed in a battery life. The group I worked loosely with is the Wearable Computing Group in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES).

Honors and Awards

2017: Virginia Tech Alumni Teaching Award
2016: College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence
2015-2018: Bradley Faculty Fellow of Education
2014: Virginia Tech College of Engineering Pete White Award for Innovation in Engineering Education
2014: Paola Zellner-Bassett and I were selected for the Virginia Tech XCaliber Award for our interdisciplinary undergraduate projects in wearable technology with NASA Johnson Space Center (described here and here). These projects were funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and ICAT.
2013: Best paper award for 2012 from the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering for a paper with Jason Forsyth, Deb Young-Corbett, and Ed Dorsa, on Jason's master's thesis
2012: Paola Zellner-Bassett and I tied for first place in the Charles W. Steger Design Competition.
2012: Eloise Coupey, Ed Dorsa, Ron Kemnitzer, Lisa McNair and I won the Virginia Tech XCaliber Award for outstanding contributions to technology-enriched learning activities for the interdisciplinary product design course.
2011: Lisa McNair and I were selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education for the interdisciplinary product design design course.
2011: Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching Scholar
2006: National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
2006: College of Engineering Dean's Faculty Fellow
2004: College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (for innovation in creating the course ECE 5564, Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing)
2004: College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Some ECE Humor

Folk music for computer engineers: This NAND Is Your NAND (and the original extended dance play version)

An April Fools course proposal: ECE 0401, Introduction to Humor for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students


Mailing address:
Tom Martin
Virginia Tech
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, MC 0111
1185 Perry St., Room 453
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office location:

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Send me mail at tlmartin AT vt.edu

Last updated on 10 June 2021