The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                                       January  2017
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Editorial Board of the Source, I take this opportunity to wish you a productive new year.  In this issue, Guest Editor Hossein Mousavinezhad (Idaho State U.) has assembled insightful articles that add to the lively discussion on the ongoing revolution in online programs. This year's conference brings a new session devoted to ECE in Latin America, and editorial board member Pali Singh has written a very personal perspective based on his travels.

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A Message from the Guest Editor
S. Hossein Mousavinezhad,
Idaho State University

Happy New Year to all ECEDHA Members!  I am glad to provide some information for ECEDHA members on the focus topic of this month: ABET Accredited Online Programs.

As most Electrical/Computer Engineering administrators and faculty know, the engineering accreditation process has been in place since 1932, starting with an organization known as ECPD. The accreditation criteria has evolved throughout the years - engineering design, engineering topics, and most recently, Engineering Criteria 2000.

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Featured Articles
Charles Alexander,
Cleveland State University
Importance of Creating a Culture That Leads to Online Program Excellence

In the late sixties we became aware of the importance of active professional student organizations in leading students to earn higher grades, to develop important skills for career success, to graduate from better engineering programs, schools, and universities, and finally to experience higher levels of success in their working profession.
Karen Wilson
Scott, PhD,
Idaho State University
Organizational Learning and Performance Online Asynchronously at Idaho State University

At Idaho State University, both baccalaureate and master degrees in the human resource development discipline are delivered as asynchronous online programs in the College of Education Department of Organizational Learning and Performance (OLP).  The OLP program embraces a multidiscipline approach to management domains such as organizational behavior, organizational development, training and development, and critical management studies.
Conference Corner
R. Mark Nelms,
Auburn University
Host University Spotlight: Auburn University

On behalf of Auburn University, I would like to wish you a warm welcome to the 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo.  Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is thrilled to serve as one of the hosts of this year's conference.  We look forward to this showcase of the latest trends and advances in the field as well as the exchange of new ideas.  Over the past three decades, the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo has helped make significant advances to the field of electrical and computer engineering, and we at Auburn University are pleased to be a part of that.

Auburn University has a long and proud history in the field of electrical and computer engineering.  Today, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, one of eight departments in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, boasts an enrollment of 530 undergraduates and 135 graduate students.  In 2014-15, Auburn ranked 25th in the nation for bachelor's degrees awarded with 101.

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Pritpal Singh,
Villanova University
Latin America at ECEDHA 2017

I have had the pleasure to work with faculty and students from a number of universities in Latin America over the last few years.  At this year's ECEDHA Annual Conference, we will be hosting a panel session of representatives from organizations supporting engineering education in Latin America.  In this article, I would like to set the stage for this panel session by sharing some information about my experiences working with a few Latin American universities and some conferences that I have participated in in the region.

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Register Today for the 
2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo!
March 17-21, 2017 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa

Register Today and Take Advantage of the Early Bird Rate!

The ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo is the largest gathering of ECE department heads from throughout the United States and Canada.

This year's program is hosted by Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and University of Florida. Join us  March 17-21, 2017 at the Hilton Sandestin in Miramar Beach, FL.

The 2017  program committee has assembled a world-class educational program focusing on the most pressing issues facing academia and ECE today.  This year's program features:
  • A fantastic lineup of speakers from both academia and industry
  • Specialized pre-conference workshops, including a new Leadership Workshop
  • Sessions focusing on the future of ECE - including Community, Branding, Diversity, Curriculum, Maker Spaces, and ECE in Latin America
  • Ample networking time to connect with old friends and new acquaintances 
  • The ECExpo, with more than 40 industry leaders on hand to show the latest technologies in the field

Special Announcements
It's time to renew your 2017 ECEDHA Membership!

2017 ECEDHA membership renewal for ECEDHA department heads is now underway.  Renew your membership today to keep receiving ECEDHA membership benefits, including: 
  • Access to the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
  • Complimentary registration for ECEDHA's ECE Webinars
  • The opportunity to participate in the ECEDHA Annual Survey, a valuable tool in benchmarking your organization in lab and office space, faculty and department head salaries, research budgets, student retention, graduation rates, and much more.
  • Complimentary job posting service via the ECEDHA website
  • And much more!

For questions, please contact Megan Bekolay at or 312.559.3724
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In This Issue
Calendar of Events
March 17, 2017
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
March 17, 2017
New Chairs Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
March 17, 2017
Leadership Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
March 17, 2017
ADI/MathWorks Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
March 17-21, 2017
ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
ECEDHA Annual Survey - Deadline Approaching!

The Annual Survey is currently open for data collection. The survey will remain open through this Friday, January 13th.

For questions, please contact Kay Lane at

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