The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                                                  April  2019

Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Healthcare related funding, especially from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), enjoys a growing share of research expenditures in ECE departments. If the past is any guide, the future trajectory for ECE funding will continue to benefit from healthcare related funding. Healthcare related projects also attract female students, and often result in intellectual property (IP) and start-up activities. A critical question confronting ECE Chairs is the following: How can we assist our faculty with entry in to this growing stream of impactful ideas, exciting projects, and of course, significant external funding? What are the barriers? How can they be overcome?

In this issue of ECE Source, we take a crack at providing some practical insights for ECE Chairs into the NIH world. We are also pleased to continue our discussion on the future of computer architecture and AI in our departments with a perspective from Vivienne Sze at MIT. 

The 2019 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo was a success, and we will continue to feature conference highlights in future issues of  ECE Source.

ECE in the News
Computing Hardware: A Look at the Future 

Asu Ozdaglar, 
Department Head, 

I hope you enjoy reading about Professor's Vivienne Sze's cutting-edge research on specialized hardware. As Vivienne describes, we are clearly on a path toward a golden era for computer architecture.
Vivienne Sze,
In the era of big data, demand for computing continues to grow. We increasingly rely on compute in the cloud, and with the rise of the Internet of Things, (IoT), we increasingly seek to embed computing into all our devices as well.

Meanwhile, in machine learning, compute is critical for driving new discoveries in a wide range of applications. As Ilya Sutskever, research director of OpenAI, put it during a 2017 Associate for Computing Machinery (ACM) panel discussion on AI, "Compute has been the oxygen of deep learning."
In the past, of course, the demand for compute was met by transistors becoming smaller, faster, and more power-efficient every generation, as described by Moore's law and Dennard scaling. But these trends have slowed down significantly over the past few years.
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Embedded Computing Design: ECE Education Must Align with Industry
Fill a room with people from the arts and the conversation will eventually find its way to "Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?" Fill that same room with university professors and industry people, and the conversation more quickly finds its way to "Why can't academia better prepare their students for industry?"

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Top 5 Tactics for Creating Your ECEDHA "Elevator Speech"
Tracy Clark,
Tailfin Marketing
ECEDHA has a new messaging platform - and a new logo. So now you might be wondering "How do we take the next step: communicating our story?"
Talking about ECEDHA can be tricky, with hundreds of unique members coming together for the common goal of elevating ECE - each bringing a distinct brand personality to the table.
So how do we take all the seriously smart, impactful, power-generating, magical things we do and trim them down to a concise statement that will get audiences to pay attention - from a potential research funder to that high school senior convinced they are going to major in mechanical engineering? And for an additional layer of complexity, how do we connect that statement with our own individual schools and companies?
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ECEDHA Award Winners Honored at ECEDHA 2019
On the evening of March 25, 2019, ECEDHA honored several deserving award winners for their contributions to the ECE community.  The Awards Banquet, sponsored by Synopsys, took place during the 2019 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo in  Tucson, Arizona.  This year's conference had another record attendance, and in turn, a full ballroom to celebrate those listed below. We congratulate all winners for their fantastic accomplishments.

ECEDHA Diversity Award:
Pamela Cosman, University of California, San Diego

ECEDHA Industry Award:
Jay Alexander, Keysight Technologies

ECEDHA Innovative Program Award:
John Booske, Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), University of Wisconsin, Madison

In the coming issues, we will provide a spotlight on each individual award winner. We begin with our first feature on John Peeples, seen below.
John Peeples Honored at ECEDHA 2019 with Prestigious Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
John Peeples was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award at the 2019 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo in Tucson, Arizona 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.

Dr. Peeples has been an inspirational leader in ECEDHA and at the Citadel for more than a decade.   He is an outstanding researcher and scholar, and has served on numerous high-level ad hoc committees. Dr. Peeples has also been the deserving recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: NCR's R&D Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Lawton-Ellis Teaching Award Department of ECE, The Citadel, Distinguished Lecturer at several major universities, and member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society to name a few.  
An excerpt from the Lawton-Ellis Teaching Award states "Dr. Peeples is a life-long teacher with vast industry experience who brings a generation of engineering know how to the classroom. He takes his students on an exciting ride through the world of engineering, and makes engineering a reality for them."
Dr. Peeples served admirably as President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head Association. Under his visionary leadership, he created strong academic and industry bonds resulting in the organization's growth and overall contribution to society.

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Conference Corner
Thank you for joining us in Tucson, AZ last month for the 
2019 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo!

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Corporate Features
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
On Demand Webinar
In partnership with Tailfin Marketing
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
On Demand Webinar
A Case Study on Connected Maintenance Reliability
Sponsored by Fluke Corporation
On Demand Webinar
Rethinking Electronics Fundamentals
Sponsored by National Instruments

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ECEDHA Member and Partner News
ASEE Chair's Conclave

ASEE is offering a one-day Chair's Conclave in conjunction with the ASEE Annual Conference.
Hear from expert speakers on topics including leadership skills, department culture, lifelong learning as a chair, knowing your strengths as a leader, conducting faculty evaluations, and more!
Designed by chairs, for chairs, the Chairs Conclave is an exclusive forum for engineering and engineering technology department chairs to exchange ideas and experiences, talk through challenges, and build working relationships. 

Meeting Dates: June 16, 2019
Location: Tampa, Florida

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Multidisciplinary Cybersecurity

This is a multidisciplinary cybersecurity research site for REU, funded by NSF. Students from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may choose from research projects across multiple disciplines like computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, criminal justice, information technology, psychology, etc., listed in the REU website.

Research Dates: May 29 - August 2, 2019
Location: University of Iceland, Reykjavik
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

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>> Apply here
International Workshop on Thin-Films for Electronics, Electro-Optics, Energy and Sensors (TFE3S)

Present your research to the global thin-film research community at the 3 rd international workshop on TFE3S. You'll join fellow experts and researchers from our organizing/sponsor institutions and many other top scholars from around the world.  

The workshop is organized by the Center of Excellence for Thin-film Research and Surface Engineering (CETRASE), University of Dayton, in cooperation with the University of Iceland and The Pennsylvania State University.  

Location: University of Iceland, Reykjavik
Dates: June 24-26, 2019

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Franklin Institute Awards: Call for Nominations in Neural Networks for Machine Learning

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2020 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science.

Individuals are encouraged to submit nominations for those who have made significant contributions to the development of neural networks for machine learning-hardware or software systems designed as networks of artificial neurons that can be given raw data and trained to automatically discover abstract features that are relevant to detection, classification, or translation, resulting in desired outputs.

Deadline: May 31, 2019
Prize: $250,000 USD

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory: ESIF Visiting Scholars User Call

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently announced its Visiting Scholars User Call.  The Visiting Scholars User Call allows faculty and students to conduct research in state-of-the-art laboratories in the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The ESIF contains a collection of interconnected laboratories that can accommodate megawatt-scale R&D at full power. By immersing visiting researchers into the ESIF ecosystem, the hope is that they will carry valuable insights and new capabilities back to their home institutions.

Applications for the ESIF Visiting Scholars User Call are accepted throughout the year. Meritorious applications will be granted on a rolling basis. More information and application requirements can be found at the link below.

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At the ECE Source, we strive to cover topics that are relevant and timely to ECE  department heads.  We welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions of topics t o cover in our next issue.  Thank you.