The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                 November 2015
A Message from the Guest Editor
Nicolas Younan,
Mississippi State University
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Welcome to the November issue of the ECE Source . This issue focuses on cybersecurity education and training, and it includes two articles.

The first article is by Debra Chapman and Alec Yasinsac of the University of South Alabama, related to cybersecurity training vs. education.  This article addresses the tradeoff between developing practitioners that use their skills to exercise the technology and developing scholarly professionals that evolve the technology theory.

The second article is by David A. Dampier and Kendall Blaylock of Mississippi State University related to cybersecurity education through the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute (DASI).  It describes the activities in cybersecurity education and training currently available at Mississippi State University along with a set of recommended cybersecurity courses offered to train future engineers in this area.

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Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Envisioning ECE's Future, and Securing It

The National Academy of Engineering's list of the 20 Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th century is a powerful description of the modern world. Interestingly, ECE can justifiably take credit for nearly half of these achievements.  Importantly, our discipline plays a crucial role in all of them.  This narrative has driven our dominance, the commanding respect we enjoy, our prosperity, and continued growth over a multi-decade period.  Furthermore, given our enormous breadth, our future role in addressing the 14 grand challenges of the 21st century is as compelling as ever.  Indeed, engineering deans have collectively signed a commitment to President Obama's call to lead the way in addressing the 21st century challenges.

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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 to cover in our next issue.  Thank you.
Featured Articles
Cyber Security Education and Training Through the Distributed Analytics and Security Institute
By David A. Dampier and Kendall Blaylock, Mississippi State University

Over the past fourteen years, Mississippi State University (MSU) has been involved in cyber security education and training.  In 2001, MSU obtained the first of three credentials from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) for Information Assurance Education.  This credential provided evidence that a particular institution had the capability to provide an education for aspiring information assurance professionals that was equivalent to a minimum set of government training standards.

Cybersecurity Training vs. Education
By Debra Chapman and Alec Yasinsac, University of South Alabama

Stuxnet, Sony, Target, and most recently, Ashley Madison; if there was not wide consensus before these cybersecurity breaches that there is a dramatic shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals that are practicing in the field, the case is now closed.  Cybersecurity is, and will remain, a growth field for the foreseeable future. Moreover, growth is needed at all levels: laborer, technician, scientist, engineer, policy maker, and manager.  With the foundational question answered, the debate now shifts to how best to develop the needed cybersecurity workforce.

Special Announcements
Call for Participation

Workshop on the Strategic Shaping of ECE:
Vision, Branding and Advocacy

January 20-21, 2016
Georgia Tech Conference Center
Atlanta, GA

ECEDHA announces a 1.5-day strategic workshop focused on the future of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a discipline.  Our goal is to synthesize and articulate a collective vision of an exciting and attractive future for ECE for the next 50 years that is highly relevant and important to scientific, technological and societal progress.  It is hoped that such a vision will attract highly talented diverse students into the field and will also attract resources from government and industry so that the ECE field will continue to flourish.  Using an iterative process, we will develop a compelling vision for ECE, branding strategies and a plan for advocacy at the national and international levels.

  • November 20 - Application due date, including 1-page vision statement on the Future of ECE
  • December 8 - Notification of acceptance / additional pre-workshop materials distributed
  • January 5 - Pre-workshop materials due
  • January 20-21 - Workshop takes place (full day on the 20th, morning of the 21st)

Last Call for 2015 Membership!

If you have not yet renewed your 2015 ECEDHA membership, now is your final opportunity.   The Annual Survey will be opening soon and only current ECEDHA members will be eligible to participate.

Renew your membership today to keep receiving ECEDHA membership benefits, including:
  • 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

Now Accepting Nominations for the
2015 ECEDHA Awards!
ECEDHA is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Awards. Nominations are due December 1, 2015 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

ECEDHA Regional News
Northeast ECEDHA Meeting Update
By: Keren Bergman

The Northeast ECEDHA meeting was jointly hosted this October by NYU-Poly and Columbia.  Despite the rain, the weekend was filled with illuminating discussions across a range of hot-topic issues.  To welcome Department Heads from the region, Columbia's EE held a reception in its department suite and provided tours of the newly renovated teaching labs.  The following meeting day was hosted by NYU-Poly ECE Chair, Prof. Shiv Panwar.

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:
The "How" Behind Going Beyond Theory

Presenter: Clint Cole, Founder & CTO, Digilent

ECE Insight

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

Featured ECE Insight:

Leah Friberg
Education and Public Affairs Manager
Why Fluke supports STEM and engineering programs


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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
ECEDHA Member and
Partner News
IEEE International Conference on Complex Systems Engineering 2015

November 9-11, 2015 in  Storrs, CT, USA
Hosted by the University of Connecticut

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