The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                January  2016
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
A Brand New Year Beckons

Welcome to 2016.  With a strengthening economy in which ECE technologies continue to remain center stage, robust enrollments in ECE departments, a stronger federal R&D budget, and robust demand for ECE graduates, 2016 promises to be a good year.

In this issue of the ECE Source, we discuss two topics of great interest to our members: 

1.  Organized Research and the Development of Research Centers
2.  Upcoming ECEDHA workshop on the Future of ECE

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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 t o cover in our next issue.  Thank you.
Featured Articles
Increasing Growth, Visibility and Graduate Quality through ERCs
By Daniel D. Stancil, NC State University

As electrical and computer engineers, we are charged with innovating, testing and producing the technology-centered products and systems that provide adequate security, sustainable energy and improved healthcare, among other benefits, to society.  In short, we're responsible for meeting many of the 21st century's most pressing challenges.  For this reason, the programs that educate our future professionals require an emphasis on hands-on opportunities.
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Special Announcements
Register Today for the
2016 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo!

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

Register Today and Take Advantage of the Early Bird Rate!

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

It's time to renew your 2016 ECEDHA Membership!

2016 ECEDHA membership renewal for ECEDHA department heads is now underway.  Membership runs on a calendar year beginning January 1st through December 31st.

Renew your membership today to keep receiving ECEDHA membership benefits, including:
  • Access to the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
  • Complimentary registration for ECEDHA's ECE Webinars
  • 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
  • And much more!

For questions, please contact Megan Bekolay at or 312.559.3724
Corporate Features
ECE Insights

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

Featured ECE Insight:

Larry Williams
Director, Product Management


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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
ECEDHA Annual Survey

The ECEDHA Annual Survey is currently open for data collection. The survey will remain open through January 15, 2016.

To access the survey, please visit:

For questions, please contact Megan Bekolay at

Please note: your 2015 ECEDHA membership must be renewed in order to be eligible for participation.
ECEDHA Member and
Partner News
ABB Research Award

ABB has launched the "ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von  Gr├╝nberg". The award will honor the best Ph.D. dissertation within the fields of power and automation, as applied in utilities, industries, and transport and infrastructure.  It consists of a $300,000 personal research grant for post-doctoral research within the scope of power and automation in the areas in question.

Applications and supporting documents should be sent to:

Office of the Chief Technology Officer
ABB Technology Ltd.
Affolternstrasse 44
CH-8050 Zurich

Deadline: January 29, 2016