The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                April  2016

Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston

Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

It was great to see you all at the 2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo in La Jolla, California. This event was our most successful conference to-date, driving the largest numbers of attendance and corporate participation.  There was no doubt that the program was full of exuberance and collegiality.  The Torrey Pines location was spectacular - complete with an adjacent golf course, scenic hiking trails leading to a protected beach, all accompanied by great weather, company, and food.  This year also marked the use of a new conference Mobile App, ideal for staying up-to-date on program details and connecting with fellow conference attendees.

Featured Article
Eric Miller,
Tufts University
Recap: ABET Workshop at ECEDHA 2016

ABET.  If there is any single word (well, acronym) more dreaded by engineering department chairs and deans, please let me know.  Thanks to the good folks at ECEDHA however, those of us in electrical and computer engineering no longer need to breakout into a cold sweat at the thought of the dreaded Self Study Report.  The ABET Workshop held on March 18 just prior to the 2016 Annual ECEDHA Conference ECExpo provided an excellent source of information and discussion for those of us with impending ABET visits.

Featured Video
ECEDHA 2016 Keynote Address:
Irwin Jacobs,  Founder and Former CEO, Qualcomm
From Academic to Industry: Reflections on Engineering Education

Sponsored Article
Mouser Electronics Gives University Faculty and Staff a No-Cost, Web-Based Solution to Solve Inventory Management Challenges

Mouser Electronics recently announced a new online inventory management platform and smartphone app developed specifically as a time- and money-saving solution for higher education institutions.  The Inventory Management by Mouser platform offers university faculty and staff a simple way to efficiently monitor and manage inventory without purchasing warehousing software.

ECE in the News
ECEDHA Award Winners Honored at ECEDHA 2016

On the evening of March 21, 2016, ECEDHA honored several deserving award winners for their contributions to the ECE community.  The Awards Banquet, sponsored by Synopsys, took place during the 2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo in La Jolla, California. This year's conference had a record attendance, and in turn, a full ballroom to celebrate those listed below.  We congratulate all winners for their fantastic accomplishments.

IEEE-HKN Outstanding Student Award:
Sara Kouroupis, Auburn University

ECEDHA Diversity Award:
C.L. Max Nikias, University of Southern California
Susan M. Lord, University of San Diego

ECEDHA Industry Award:
Harris Corporation (accepted by Craig Miller)

ECEDHA Innovative Program Award:
Department of ECE, Purdue University (accepted by Ragu Balakrishnan)

ECEDHA Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award:
Subrahmanyam (Mani) Venkata

In the coming issues, we will provide a spotlight on each individual award winner. We begin with our first feature on Mani Venkata, seen below.
S.S. (Mani) Venkata Honored at ECEDHA 2016 with Prestigious  Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership 
and Service Award

S.S. (Mani) Venkata was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award at the 2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo in La Jolla, California this past March.

The Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award is given to an individual with a sustained record of leadership and service to ECEDHA, and to electrical and computer engineering in general.

Mani Venkata has an immense and distinguished past with various institutions within the Electrical and Computer Engineering community.  Mani is currently the Principal Scientist and Director of DER R&D at Alstom Grid, Inc.  In the past 45 years, Mani has conducted research, design, and development work for more than 35 utilities and power related industries.  He has published and/or presented more than 375 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings and co-authored the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems.

Above (from left to right): Zhihua Qu, ECEDHA Awards Committee Chair, Mani Venkata, Alstom Grid, Inc., and John Janowiak, ECEDHA Executive Director
Corporate Feature
ECE Insights

ECE Insights offer in-depth interviews with leading industry executives.

Featured ECE Insight:

Hayne Shumate
Vice President, Internet Business
Mouser Electronics

Special Announcements
Thank you for joining us in La Jolla, CA last month for the
2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Miramar Beach, FL
March 17-21, 2017



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In This Issue

Calendar of Events
April 14, 2016
Sponsored by COMSOL
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 ConRes/Tektronix
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser
It's time to renew your
2016 ECEDHA Membership!

2016 ECEDHA membership renewal for ECEDHA department heads is now underway.  Membership runs on a calendar year beginning January 1st through December 31st.

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
ECEDHA Member and
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Deadline: May 2, 2016

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Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016


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