The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                                        February  2018
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Our overall effectiveness as educators is inextricably meshed with the quality of hands-on laboratory experiences that we can provide to our students. Indeed, a distinctive feature of the ECEDHA Annual Conferences  is the inclusion of an industry ECExpo. I have always enjoyed wandering the hallways of the ECExpo and learning about the latest tools that the industry has to offer. Another distinctive aspect of ECEDHA itself is the vitality of our corporate advisory council  that is populated by industry experts and thought leaders who are especially engaged with ECE departments. Finally, ECEDHA conferences have a wonderful tradition of engaging with local host universities.
In this issue of the ECE Source, we are pleased to spotlight Host University UC Berkeley, led by EECS Chair Jeffrey Bokor. We are also delighted to feature perspectives from two of ECEDHA's corporate members. Tom Lee, Chief Education Officer at Quanser has penned a fascinating article about the new and increasingly complex, and digitally connected world of design education. Brad Jolly, Applications Engineer at Keysight Technologies, another industry leader in the education and research space, ponders the top ten areas of opportunity and challenge for ECE faculty and students.

Featured Articles
Tom Lee,
Authentic Design Education in a Connected, Digitally Intelligent World

Over the past five decades, the engineering education community have explored and established effective techniques to teach design. In the emerging world of transformational technologies of IoT, sustainable energy, machine intelligence, etc., the question of whether the existing successes can readily adapt to these emerging realities is triggering some vigorous discussions among faculty.

Brad Jolly,
Keysight Technologies
Ten Areas of Opportunity and Challenge for ECE

The contributions of ECE continue to accelerate technology breakthroughs at the heart of how we function and engage in society. Below we briefly describe ten exciting ECE contribution areas where Keysight Technologies plays that will provide both opportunity and challenge for the foreseeable future.

Tony Maciejewski,
Colorado State University
Reimagining ECE: 2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference & ECExpo

The ball is rolling. A growing community is coming together to reimagine electrical and computer engineering education, and we want you to be a part of it.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo to be held March 16-20, 2018, in Monterey, California.

From creating more accurate and positive perceptions about our discipline to tackling declining enrollments and diversity issues, join us in Monterey to change the future of ECE.

Conference Corner
Jeffrey Bokor,
University of California, Berkeley
Host University Spotlight: University of California, Berkeley

Greetings from Berkeley! And welcome to the 2018 ECEDHA Annual Conference & ECExpo in Monterey.

The Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley is home to over 130 faculty members, 5 Turing Award Winners, 32 ACM Fellows, 67 IEEE Fellows, 35 National Academy of Engineering Members, 33 Sloan Research Fellows, and 3 MacArthur Fellows. We currently house nearly 3,000 undergraduate majors and 700 Ph.D-seeking graduate students, and we continue to grow.

Register Today 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 housing reservations deadline is quickly approaching and all department heads wanting to participate in the program must secure their hotel reservations no later than Thursday, February 22nd.  We encourage you to make your travel plans today.

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

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

Featured ECE Insights:
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
March 16, 2018
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hyatt Monterey - Monterey, CA
March 16, 2018
Leadership Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hyatt Monterey - Monterey, CA
March 16, 2018
New Chairs 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 Tecnol├│gico 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
International Microwave Symposium

Students will be selected and awarded a travel grant to attend the International Microwave Symposium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during June 10-15, 2018.

During the symposium, students will: 1.) attend selected high-level talks including the opening and closing ceremonies of the Symposium; 2.) participate in social and career development activities aimed at students and interact with industry at events developed specifically for this project; and 3.) attend the popular IMS student design competition event.

Application Deadline: February 26, 2018

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Multidisciplinary Cybersecurity

The Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCSER) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University invites undergraduate students to apply for the cybersecurity REU program, which includes seminars, panels on industry career/graduate school, field trips to local entities, etc.

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

Accepted participants will receive $6,200 for stipends and food, free-on campus housing, as well as travel allowance.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

2018 IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards

Please consider nominating a colleague or deserving individual for one of EAB's prestigious awards.

Deadline: May 7, 2018

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