The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                Dece mber 2015


A Message from the Guest Editor
Susan Lord,
University of San Diego
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Technological, economic, and social changes will reshape undergraduate engineering education, but there is little consensus on its future.  IEEE created a Curricula and Pedagogy Committee (CPC) and charged it with forecasting the future of engineering education in general and specifically to make recommendations regarding roles that IEEE will play in preparing for and crafting that future.  The IEEE CPC used scenario planning to consider possible trends in engineering education and developed a survey to compare scenarios that it developed with patterns formed from respondents' views of the future.

To examine how engineering programs might innovate and adapt, the survey included questions about current and future instructional practices and uses of instructional technologies.  To examine values and competencies of engineering academics, the survey included questions that addressed skills that students have now and those they should have in the future.  Survey items also addressed areas including instructional strategies, assessment strategies, curricula, evaluation of teaching, and preparation of graduates.

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Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
A Time to Reflect on ECE's Future

ECE Faculty have much to be thankful for - we are reshaping the modern world in ever more creative and visible ways.  As we enter the holiday season, this is a good time to reflect on the future of our discipline.

First of all, I do hope you are planning to attend the Strategic Shaping of ECE Workshop in Atlanta in January.

ECE is a discipline with global reach and impact. Therefore, it is only appropriate that we also learn from international perspectives.  In this regard, I am pleased that Susan Lord at the University of San Diego has agreed to serve as the guest editor for this issue of the Source.  In this article, she has summarized the findings of a recent survey conducted by the IEEE Curricula and Pedagogy Committee.  These findings shed new and interesting perspectives as we prepare for the January Workshop in Atlanta.

At 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 to cover in our next issue.  Thank you.
ECE in the News
National Instruments Embraces Maker Future
By Paul Teich (November 16, 2015, Forbes.com)

I attended National Instruments' (NI) annual partner and customer ecosystem event, NIWeek, for the past two years.  Last year I mostly heard NI staff talking about cyber-physical systems.  Today, we call this kind of "system of systems" by a more popular and easier to pronounce handle - the Internet of Things, or simply "IoT".

Featured Articles
Scenario Planning to Envision Potential Futures for Engineering Education
By Jeffrey E. Froyd, Kishore Prahallad, Susan M. Lord, Euan D. Lindsay, Matthew W. Ohland, Burton Dicht

Undergraduate engineering education will be radically reshaped over the next 20 to 30 years by various technological, economic, and social developments.  Although the future of engineering education cannot be predicted, it can be influenced. Leaders in engineering education, such as IEEE, that play key roles must decide how they will innovate and support initiatives to improve engineering education. Decisions must be guided by both historical trends and potential future evolutions of engineering education. 

An International Exploration of Electrical and Computer Engineering Education Practices
By Susan M. Lord, Matthew W. Ohland, Jeffrey E. Froyd, Euan D. Lindsay

This research paper describes results from an international survey of electrical and computer (ECE) educators and stakeholders about the current state and future directions of ECE education. ...To gather more information from members of the engineering education community, the committee conducted a global survey.  Surveys were deployed in 2014 to those who (1) teach undergraduate students, (2) administer a degree program (i.e., Department Chairs), (3) serve as a top-level administrator over all engineering degree programs (i.e., Deans), and (4) work professionally in engineering.
Using an International Survey to Inform Scenarios of the Future of Engineering Education
By Matthew W. Ohland, Burton Dicht, Jeffrey E. Froyd, Euan D. Lindsay, Susan M. Lord, Kishore Prahallad

Technological, economic, and social changes will reshape undergraduate engineering education, but there is little consensus on its future.  IEEE created a Curricula and Pedagogy Committee (CPC) and charged it with forecasting the future of engineering education in general and specifically to make recommendations regarding roles that IEEE will play in preparing for and crafting that future.  The IEEE CPC used scenario planning to consider possible trends in engineering education and is opening its thoughts to public scrutiny.  The IEEE CPC developed a survey to compare scenarios that it developed with patterns formed from respondents' views of the future.

Sponsored Article: Unleashing System Designers
By National Instruments

As engineers, we describe rate of change as a derivative where a parameter of interest varies with respect to time.  Thinking of today's students, we might write an equation that looks something like d[knowledge]/dt, where the required knowledge is increasing at an alarming rate, but time is not making any allowances.  It's an impossible situation.  In just four years, students need to acquire more knowledge than ever before, but often this comes at the cost of allowing them to actually experience theory in action.  Experiential learning is sacrificed in the name of time and convenience.  By now we all know that time is not expanding, space is a luxury and money doesn't grow on trees, but still we must maintain our commitment to students to prepare them for the future.  It's time to release control.  Simulation translating to physical phenomena is no longer an activity limited to the lab.  Students must be enabled to do engineering anywhere, anytime.

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Special Announcements
Registration is Now Open for the
2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo!

March 18-22, 2016 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

The ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo is the largest gathering of ECE department heads from throughout the United States and Canada.

This year's program is hosted by San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, and University of San Diego.  Join us  March 18-22, 2016 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.

The 2016  program committee has assembled a world-class educational program focusing on the most pressing issues facing academia and ECE today.  This year's program features:
  • A fantastic lineup of speakers from both academia and industry
  • Specialized pre-conference workshops, including a new Blended Learning Workshop
  • Breakout sessions focusing on the future of ECE, recruiting, diversity, department structure and undergraduate teaching schools.
  • Ample networking time to connect with old friends and new acquaintances 
  • The ECExpo, with more than 40 industry leaders on hand to show the latest technologies in the field





Corporate Features
ECE Spotlight

Captured live at the 2015 ECEDHA Annual Conference, ECE Spotlight Sessions offer the opportunity to view short corporate presentations and to learn more about what these companies can offer you.

Featured ECE Spotlight Session:
Internet for Everyone and Everything: The Future of Wireless Communications from Education to Advanced Research



Presenter: James Kimery, Director of Product Marketing: RF, Communications, and Software Defined Radio (SDR) Initiatives, National Instruments

 

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In This Issue

Calendar of Events
January 20-21, 2016
Strategic Shaping of ECE Workshop
Georgia Tech Conference Center - Atlanta, GA
March 18, 2016
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines - La Jolla, CA
March 18-22, 2016
ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines - La Jolla, CA
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
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by ANSYS
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Piazza
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser
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