The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                                          August  2017

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

Welcome to the new academic year! ECE departments continue to do good even as they do well. As the world worries about the future, it is reassuring to know that our discipline is playing a helpful role in shaping it. In this issue Michael Giesselmann (Texas Tech University) and Farid Najm (University of Toronto) discuss the central role that our discipline continues to play in providing solutions to pressing problems related to sustainability and the environment.

R egional ECEDHA meetings continue to provide engaging forums for ECE Chairs to come together. John Booske (University of Wisconsin) has shared an excellent summary of the Great Lakes regional meeting in Minneapolis on July 21st that we can all learn from. Sharing best practices and experiences raises all boats. On the right-hand column of this newsletter, you will find the schedule of regional meetings, and various other meetings of potential interest to you.

Our discipline is intimately tied with industry, and we are honored to have a very engaged Corporate Advisory Council led by Tom Lee, Chief Education Officer at Quanser. During the next several months, we plan to feature various industry highlights that are sure to be valuable to ECE Chairs as we plan our laboratory upgrades and expansions.
Call for Nominations
Call for Nominations: Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors

The ECEDHA newsletter invites nominations for new editorial board members to join our team. We are also interested in nominations for Guest Editors who are interested in creating special issues of our  ECE Source  newsletter. 

Editorial board members and guest editors are typically current/recent ECE department heads, or associate department chairs who are interested in sharing ideas, advances, and experiences that are potentially of broad interest to their peers and ECE faculty. The range of topics is broad, reflecting the nature of our discipline. The agendas of recent and future ECEDHA annual conferences are an excellent guide on the types of topics that we typically focus on. We welcome new topics that have not been discussed before, and diverse opinions on matters affecting ECE departments.  We are particularly interested in descriptions of cutting-edge initiatives at ECE departments worldwide. We also welcome nominations of industry colleagues who may be interested in sharing advances and perspectives from ECE relevant corporations. Self nominations are welcome.

For nominations and/or additional information please contact:

Badri Roysam
Chair, ECE Department
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-4005
Phone: 713-743-1773
Featured Articles
ECE in the Environment

Michael Giesselmann,
Texas Tech University
The construction of the electrical Power grid was characterized as the "Greatest Engineering Achievement of the 20th Century" by the National Academy of Engineering [1]. In the early days of the grid, most Power generation units burned fossil fuels including large amounts of coal to generate steam in order to power turbines that in turn drive AC-generators. Initially the fossil fuel burning generation units were complemented by hydro-power stations that represented among the earliest implementations of renewable energy.  Today Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) professionals are working hard to modernize the Electric Grid with the principal goals to increase reliability and move towards a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy generation portfolio.
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ECE at the University of Toronto: Sustainability and the Environment

Farid Najm, University of Toronto
In the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Toronto (U of T), researchers have long studied pressing issues of the time: the generation and distribution of energy, the design and control of engineering systems and the communication and manipulation of digital information. The Department has witnessed, enabled and contributed to technology advances from vacuum tubes to transistors, from microprocessors to photonics to metamaterials and from direct current to alternating current - and back again with the integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. As technological advances change the landscape at break-neck speed, these fundamental questions remain: what are the best ways of generating and distributing energy and how can we better manipulate and communicate information in a digital world. The environment and sustainability were once after-thoughts in business and policy - now, they represent some of society's most compelling issues. Today, many of the challenges related to electrical and computer engineering are viewed through the lens of environmental factors.

Sponsored Article

The WHY Lab for Developing Engineering Literacy in ECE
By: Tom Lee Ph.D, Chief Education Officer, Quanser

Young children are notorious for asking "why?" for pretty much everything. Children are naturally curious and when things do not make sense it bothers them and they have enough sense to actually ask "why?" In many ways young adults are not that different. One of the most persistent challenges we face with our students are the disconnects they experience between the complexity of their courses and a meaningful rationale within their worldview. And, unfortunately, by their age, they likely would have lost their childlike ability to simply ask "why?" Moreover, our teaching often does not make sufficient efforts to help them connect the proverbial dots.

ECEDHA Regional News
ECEDHA Great Lakes Regional Meeting Update
By: John Booske, University of Wisconsin

The 2017 ECEDHA Great Lakes Regional Meeting was held on Friday, July 21st in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was hosted by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ECE department, with Department Head Randy Victora as local meeting organizer. By all measures, the meeting was terrific. For social and local flavor events, Randy arranged for early arrivers to join him on Thursday evening for a delicious supper of first-rate cioppino at local restaurant Kafe 421. A similarly inspired opportunity was arranged for those able to stay late on Friday evening with a delightful Mississippi River dinner cruise.

Special Announcements
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 ECEDHA Awards!
ECEDHA is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Awards. Nominations are due by November 1, 2017 and will be presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo in March.   View more details.
Outstanding Leadership and Service Award
Innovative Program Award

Diversity Award

Industry Award

Conference Corner
Corporate Features
ECE Insights

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

Featured ECE Insights:
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
August 29, 2017
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
September 29-30, 2017
Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting
Hosted by Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ
October 5-6, 2017
SWECEDHA Regional Meeting
Hosted by the University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
October 14, 2017
NECEDHA Regional Meeting
Hosted by the University of New Haven
New Haven, CT
October 22-23, 2017
CSECEDHA Regional Meeting
Hosted by South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
November 2-3, 2017
SECEDHA Regional Meeting
Hosted by Georgia Tech,
Atlanta, GA
November 17-19, 2017
WECEDHA Regional Meeting
Hosted by the University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
March 16, 2018
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hyatt Monterey - Monterey, CA
March 16-20, 2018
ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo
Hyatt Monterey - Monterey, CA
On Demand Webinar
In Partnership with National Instruments, ISTEC, LACCEI, and Tecnol├│gico de Monterrey
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
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

ECEDHA Member and Partner News
THE BRIDGE Magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)

The magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu is THE BRIDGE, which publishes a variety of features and content relevant to ECE students, faculty, and professionals. The magazine is electronic and open access with PDF versions of the current and prior issues.

Issue 2 of THE BRIDGE 2017 is available now!

2018 National Radio Science Meeting

The USNC-URSI is appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and represents U.S. radio scientists in URSI. Through technical co-sponsorship of the meeting by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, authors will have their choice of submitting one-page abstracts that are not archived on IEEE Xplore, or two-page summaries that are archived on IEEE Xplore.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts/summaries:
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

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.