The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                September  2016
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year.  Now that the first few weeks of the semeter are behind us, and things (hopefully) seem a bit more settled around our offices, it is a great time to focus on our core mission- creating effective learning environments for our students.  This is also the perfect time to seek fresh inspiration to power us through the upcoming year, and into the future. This issue of the Source covers both these topics.

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Featured Articles
ECEDHA 2016 Blended Learning Workshop: Overview and Motivations
By John Booske and Erica J. Hagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The workshop on blended learning at the 2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference was inspired by enthusiasm from the 2015 ECEDHA Conference's break-out session in which presenters described illustrations of blended learning instruction in their institutions.  A common feedback comment for that 2015 session was, "How do I get started?" Although many successful blended learning courses are the products of huge amounts of labor and resources, the road to successful blended instruction begins with several small steps.
Learning Analytics: Power Tools for Education
By Richard Baraniuk, Rice University

It is not the information students are given that determines learning, but what they do with it, how they process it, how they construct knowledge, and how they use knowledge in collaboration with others.  Nevertheless, the primary modes of instruction today, including lecture and text and even most e-learning, remain passive, receptive experiences for students.  In the language of control theory, much of our current education system runs in a substantially "open loop" mode.

An Industry Perspective on Education Needed for the Next Century Power Grid
By Wanda Reder, S&C Electric Company

Throughout my 30-year career, it has been fascinating to watch how the power industry has transformed. The relatively stable electric system that has evolved over the past 100+ years is now experiencing an unprecedented rate of change due to emerging technologies, customer preferences and behaviors, the regulatory climate, aging infrastructure, and increasing security concerns to name a few.  For the foreseeable future, decarbonizing and modernizing the grid to serve the economic needs of the 21st century will be a priority.

Sponsored Video
Mouser Electronics: I.S.S. Challenge for Engineering Students

Global distributor Mouser Electronics and engineer spokesperson Grant Imahara are teaming up for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, part of Mouser's Empowering Innovation Together program.  This new challenge is a call to create a project that helps I.S.S. astronauts, with the winning design 3D-printed aboard the I.S.S. Deadline to enter is October 7th, 2016.  To learn more, watch the video below or visit

Special Announcements
New ECEDHA Board Members and
Corporate Advisory Council Chair

Please join us in welcoming the newest additions to the ECEDHA Board of Directors and Corporate Advisory Council Chair.

ECEDHA Secretary-Treasurer

Anthony Maciejewski

Professor and Chair
Colorado State University

ECEDHA Member-at-Large

Agnieszka Miguel

Associate Professor and Chair
Seattle University


Tom Lee

Chief Education Officer

Congratulations Anthony, Agnieszka, and Tom! We look forward to a continued strong leadership for the association.
ECE in the News
IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu 2016 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. David Soldan

July 26, 2016 - Dr. David Soldan is the recipient of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu 2016 Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Soldan obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering at Kansas State University in 1980.  He has been heavily involved with HKN - at both the local and national levels - serving the Beta Kappa chapter at Kansas State University in many ways.

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Announces Winners of 2016 Educational Activities Board Awards

July 26, 2016 - The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) has named the recipients of the 2016 IEEE EAB Awards.  EAB Awards recognize and honor individuals and companies for major contributions to engineering and technical education.  Awards are given for meritorious activities in accreditation, continuing education, educational innovation, pre-university education, service to the IEEE EAB, employee professional development, informal education systems, and related achievements that advance the practice of engineering and engineering education.

Press Release: Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara Release Video on First-of-Its-Kind I.S.S. Design Challenge

August 25, 2016 - Mouser Electronics Inc., a leading global distributor of electronic components, today released a new video for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, part of Mouser's award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program.  In this new video, celebrity engineering Grant Imahara describes the first-of-its-kind global contest, in which participants create an object that can be 3D-printed aboard the I.S.S.  Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through October 7, 2016.

Corporate Feature
ECE Insights

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In This Issue

Calendar of Events
Upcoming Webinar
Teaching Mechatronics: Helping Students to Understand and Design Complex Systems
Sponsored by National Instruments
March 17, 2017
ABET 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 National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by ConRes/Tektronix
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
Reminder: Finalize Your
2016 ECEDHA Membership!

2016 ECEDHA membership renewal for ECEDHA department heads is currently underway. 

Membership runs on a calendar year beginning January 1st through December 31st.

Renew your membership today to keep receiving ECEDHA membership benefits, including:
  • 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
  • Complimentary registration for ECEDHA's ECE Webinars
  • And much more!

For questions, please contact Megan Bekolay at or 312.559.3724

We're interested in hearing from you!

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ECEDHA Member and
Partner News
National Radio Science Meeting

Meeting to be held January 4-7, 2017 in Boulder, Colorado.  

This open scientific meeting is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). To submit a paper or register for the conference, please visit:

Submission Deadline: September 19, 2016

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Frontiers in Education 2016

Conference to be held October 12-15, 2016 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Consistent with its mission, the FIE Conference series continues to offer professional development opportunities for computing and engineering educators, researchers, and administrators.  This year's conference in Erie, PA offers a wide variety of opportunities: please plan to attend!

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NSF Position Available: Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)

This individual will serve as Division Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) and as a member of the Directorate for Engineering Senior Management team.  The EEC division manages a broad portfolio of programs that aim to integrate engineering research and education, to accelerate technological and educational innovation, and to improve the quality and diversity of engineering graduates entering the technical workforce.

Application Deadline: November 3, 2016

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NSF Workshop: Mechatronics Education Innovation

Workshop to be held November 14-15, 2016 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Mechatronics, as a discipline, is influencing some of the most progressive and important conversations on the global engineering campus. In this expanded workshop, Dr. Vikram Kapila (NYU) will facilitate a discussion that includes input from industry and international academic best practices. This workshop solicits participation from faculty representing institutions that are interested in building a progressive new program or those that have already deployed a progressive program and want to share their experience.  As a funded workshop, travel subsidies are available for qualified faculty.

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2016 IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors

To submit a presentation and paper, or register for the conference, please visit:

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016


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