April 2014
Letter from the Editor
Pritpal Singh
Pritpal Singh, Villanova University
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Welcome to the April 2014 of the ECE Source. This is the first issue following the outstanding 30th Anniversary Annual ECEDHA Conference that was held in Napa, California from March 21-25, 2014. The conference had a record attendance of ECEDHA members and included tremendous support and participation from industry. The program featured a number of excellent speakers including some keynote speakers from the Silicon Valley area on topics ranging from Computational Photography (related to Google glass) to the interface of biology and ECE. >> Read more

Current Views
Barry Sullivan
Barry Sullivan, ECEDHA
We Are What We Play With


Ensuring a healthy pipeline of young people ready and willing to pursue studies in engineering-aka, STEM outreach-was a major topic of discussion at the recently concluded ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo in Napa, California.  It's also the theme for this issue of the ECE Source.


It's not hard to find articles on K-12 STEM initiatives in the popular press.  Three of the news stories selected for this issue, describing programs in Delaware, Oregon, and Mississippi, appeared over just one weekend.  >> Read more


Featured Articles
STEM Outreach at the University of Nebraska, Computer and Electronics Engineering Department

By Bing Chen, Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN) department, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Omaha Campus

The Computer and Electronics Engineering (CEEN) department of the University of Nebraska has been involved in STEM Outreach, particularly related to engineering education, since 2006 in response to William Wulf's (National Academies of Engineering) calling on all ECE chairs to assist in finding solutions to the national crisis facing STEM education and was defined in "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" where US students are falling dangerously behind that of students from other countries. In this past year, Vietnam passed the US in math achievement.  >> Read more


MTSI: Product Design Based Summer Program to Introduce Careers in ECE

By Sid Deliwala, Electrical and Systems Engineering Labs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania  


There is resurgence of MAKE movement - representing
MAKER CULTURE that stresses new and unique use of open-source materials, emerging technologies and encourages prototyping and invention. The movement has the potential of re-igniting the interest in STEM fields due to its very nature of  active and project-based learning. 


A unique 3 week summer residential program,

Management and Technology Summer Institute (MTSI), was established to introduce  engineering  and management concepts for high school seniors using combination of classes delivered by faculty from  the Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), seminars, company visits, and hands on experiences in labs that encourages design and innovation.  >> Read more


Featured Product Announcements
Texas Instruments myParts Kit

The TI Analog myParts kit introduces students to electronic circuits through hands-on experimentation using a breadboard. The kit comes with over 50 components that are the building blocks of all electronics, enabling your students to perform experiments that help them understand the real-life applications. www.ti.com/mypartskit 
>> Read more
Texas Instruments Analog System Lab Kit PRO (ASLK PRO)

The Analog System Lab Kit PRO (ASLK PRO) provides students exposure to the fascinating world of analog and mixed-signal processing. The kit comes with 14 step-by-step experiments and the course can be adapted for undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum. As part of the lab course, students will build analog systems using analog ICs and study their macro models, characteristics and limitations. www.ti.com/ASLK 
>> Read more


ECE in the News
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
By Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test (November 20, 2013, DesignNews)

Since before the days of Lincoln Logs, technical toys have helped kids develop spatial abilities and construction knowledge. From Lego bricks in the 1930s to Raspberry Pi single-board computers today, such toys have been laying an educational foundation for millions of lucky children.  >>  Read more

An Introduction to Engineering: Camp Aim To Boost Career Awareness Among Girls
By Haskel Burns (March 28, 2014, hattiesburgamerican.com)

To raise career awareness and point high school girls in the direction of science, technology and engineering-related fields, Mississippi Power Co. is hosting iCan Girls in Engineering Camps around the Pine Belt.  

>> Read more 


Leaders Eye Transforming Academy to STEM School
By Josephine Woolington (April 1, 2014, The Register-Guard)

Arts & Technology Academy Principal Jeffry Johnson is thinking big. Johnson and Eugene School District officials want to turn the southwest Eugene school into what educators call a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lab. The idea is to incorporate STEM into every subject, including language arts and social studies. 

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Gov. Markell Highlights Efforts to Boost STEM Education
By WDDE 91.1 FM (March 30, 2014, Delaware Public Media)

In his weekly message, Gov. Jack Markell highlights the importance of recognizing teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields. Markell lauded the state's STEM Council for establishing an annual educator award last week, which will go to two, full-time First State teachers. Each will receive $7,500 awards. >> Read more  


This Awesome Ad, Set to the Beastie Boys, Is How to Get Girls to Become Engineers
By Katy Waldman (November 19, 2013, Slate)

This is a stupendously awesome commercial from a toy company called GoldieBlox, which has developed a set of interactive books and games to "disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers." The CEO, Debbie Sterling, studied engineering at Stanford, where she was dismayed by the lack of women in her program. >> Read more  


Special Announcements
A Message from the President 
2014 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
This year ECEDHA celebrated its 30th Annual Conference and ECExpo at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California. This year's program provided to be the strongest to date with an outstanding lineup of speakers from academia and industry.

I'd like to extend a special thank you to Sally Wood and Santa Clara University, Abbas El Gamal and Stanford University, and Tsu-Jae King Liu and the University of California, Berkeley for hosting the 2014 Annual Conference.

I would also like to thank John Peeples and the 2014 Program Committee for their dedicated efforts in providing us with a world-class educational program.

The Friday program featured a special pre-conference Online Education and Distributed Learning Workshop, the New Chairs Workshop, and the ABET Workshop for those preparing for the ABET review process.

The official program began on Saturday with an impressive lineup of keynote and plenary panels, and industry roundtable, and special sessions focusing on STEM education, cybersecurity, open-source hardware and the classroom, diversity, an international panel, and teaching school/research school interaction.

I would also like to thank our Corporate Sponsors, Corporate Members, and Corporate Advisory Council Members for their strong support of ECEDHA.

Tsuhan Chen
President, ECEDHA
Have you renewed your ECEDHA membership?
2014 Membership Renewal is now underway!

2014 ECEDHA membership renewal for ECEDHA department heads is now underway. ECEDHA membership runs on a calendar year beginning January 1 - December 31.


Renew your membership today to keep receiving ECEDHA membership benefits including:

  • Access to the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo  
  • Complimentary registration for ECEDHA's NEW! 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.  
  • Access to specialized workshops held throughout the calendar year  
  • Complimentary job posting service via the ECEDHA website  
  • And much more!  
For questions, please contact Michelle Klein at mklein@ecedha.org or 312-559-3724.  
Upcoming ECE Webinar
Equation-Based Modeling
April 17, 2014     11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
Customize your multiphysics simulations using equation-based modeling in the COMSOL environment. Readily couple your custom equations with any other built-in physics interface for a powerful approach to meddling that eliminates the need for user-written subroutines. Applications of equation-based modeling will be demonstrated throughout the webinar.



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In This Issue

Calendar of Events
April 17, 2014
March 13, 2015
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
March 13-17, 2015
2015 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head, South Carolina

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Regional News
Mid-Atlantic Regional Breakfast Meeting Minutes
March 22, 2014
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ECEDHA Member and Partner News

Call for IEEE Educational Activities Award Nominations

Submission Deadline is 23 May 2014


The 2014 IEEE Educational Activities Award nominations are now being accepted. Your assistance is requested to find eligible candidates for the ten (10) prestigious awards supported by the IEEE Educational Activities Board.


Descriptions for each of the awards and the applicable nomination forms are found on the web page below.


Visit the EAB Awards Nominations web page for more information..


For more information, email: eab-awards@ieee.org. 


Call for Articles

November 2014 Issue Theme: Undergraduate Student Research


The theme of one of the 2014 issues of THE BRIDGE is "Spotlight on Student Undergraduate Research." IEEE-HKN seeks to honor excellence in engineering by recognizing the leaders of today and tomorrow. This issue of THE BRIDGE will spotlight articles written by IEEE-HKN student members, and is a great way to be recognized.


For more information, click here.

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