The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                                        December  2017
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

We have all been glued to the news about the profound and sudden risks faced by our graduate students, and by implication, the future of American Research. As a department chair, an educator, an active researcher, and the father of a graduate student, I find it difficult to believe that this is actually happening.
As of this writing, we are witnessing a nerve-racking game of seesaw as the House and Senate versions of the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) Legislation  are being reconciled. The House version of the Tax bill contains an ominous provision that would treat graduate tuition waivers as ordinary income, but the Senate version of the bill does not have this provision. Such a provision can cause immense harm to graduate students, our children, the economy, and our security.

Featured Article
Ashlee Gardner,
Georgia Tech
Branding Initiative at ECEDHA 2018

Over the past year, ECEDHA has been working on an ambitious rebranding project with Tailfin Marketing to raise the visibility of the field of ECE to prospective students and the general public. We have made great strides and are excited to present research findings, creative concepts, and an implementation plan and marketing toolkit that can be used by all member schools at the 2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference & ECExpo in Monterey, California.  
Last year, Catharine June from the University of Michigan and Ashlee Gardner from Georgia Tech formed an ECE Communicators Group and hosted special programming for communicators  at the Annual Conference . We were pleased to have quite a few communicators from all over the country attend. This year, we hope to host an even larger group as it is an important time to get your institution's communicator involved. In addition to all of the valuable programming on education, diversity, and research at the Annual Conference, Tailfin Marketing will be presenting the new branding strategy and concepts during a plenary panel session. There will also be a dedicated ECE Communicators Meeting, allowing your institution's communications and public relations professional to get an in-depth introduction to the branding toolkit and implementation strategies, as well as crucial networking time with peers.
Please have the person responsible for communications in your department mark their calendar for this amazing networking and learning opportunity!  We look forward to seeing you in Monterey this March.
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Conference Corner
Thuy Le,
San José State University
Host University Spotlight: San José State University

On behalf of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San José State University, I would like to warmly welcome you to the 2018 ECEDHA Conference and ECExpo and to Monterey, California.

San José State (SJSU) is located on 154 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area. From its beginnings in 1857 as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 145 areas of study with an additional 108 concentrations. SJSU is the number one supplier of education, engineering, computer science and business graduates to Silicon Valley, and is a proud national leader in graduating minority and first-generation students. 

Registration is Now Open for the
2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo!
March 16-20, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey in
Monterey, California

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

This year's program is hosted by San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Santa Cruz. Join us  March 16-20, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey in Monterey, CA.

The 2018 P rogram 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 brand new Leadership Workshop
  • Sessions focusing on the future of ECE - including Community, Branding, Diversity, Curriculum, Robotics, and Makerspaces
  • Ample networking time to connect with old friends and new acquaintances 
  • The ECExpowith more than 40 industry leaders on hand to show the latest technologies in the field

Special Announcements
Now Renewing 2017-18 Membership!
Renew your membership today to continue receiving ECEDHA membership benefits, including:
  • The opportunity to attend the 2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
  • 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
  • Complimentary registration for ECEDHA's ECE Webinars
  • And much more!
Looking for your membership packet?  P lease contact Megan Bekolay at   or 312.559.3724
Corporate Features
ECE Insights

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Calendar of Events
March 16, 2018
Leadership Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hyatt Monterey - Monterey, 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
Rethinking Electronics Fundamentals
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
On Demand Webinar
In Partnership with National Instruments, ISTEC, LACCEI, and Tecnológico de Monterrey
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
ECEDHA Member and Partner News
University of Arizona: Cognitive and Autonomous Test Vehicle (CAT Vehicle) Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona invites undergraduate students to apply for the REU Site Program, which will provide hands-on, collaborative work with graduate students doing research in the fields of autonomous systems and cognitive radio. 

Selections will be based on a combination of research interests, academic qualifications, and faculty recommendations.

Accepted participants will receive a $5000 stipend, $600 travel allowance, lodging, and six units of upper division research credit.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018
Program Timeline: June 3, 2018 through August 3, 2018

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!

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.