October 2015
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

With the Fall season upon us, it is a good time for our undergraduate curriculum committees to ponder CE2016 - the new draft of curriculum guidelines for undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering.  CE2016 is the product of a joint study by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society.  The goal of this study is to update the Computer Engineering 2004 (CE2004) guidelines to reflect the dramatic advances in this field over the past decade, and keeping in mind the vital task of educating the next generation of students to cope with future advances.  To be clear, CE2016 is a set of guidelines (not mandates) that address the computer engineering discipline, the underlying body of knowledge, engineering practice, and of course, the curriculum.  The committee has developed the guidelines keeping in mind the diversity of department structures and resources.  Computer engineering is one of several computing related disciplines that have seen recent updates.

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Updated Guidelines for Computer Engineering Curricula (CE2016)
By John Impagliazzo and Victor Nelson

The field of computer engineering has seen rapid advances over the past decade, and it will continue to advance even more rapidly in the foreseeable future.  To ensure that graduates from our computer engineering programs are prepared for practice, the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society are charting a path, and in 2016, they will publish guidelines for developing forward-looking computer engineering curricula.  University faculty members can use the guidelines to design new programs or to see how their programs align with the expert consensus view of the field and then consider whether updates would better serve their constituents. Employers can use them to ascertain a deeper understanding of abilities they are likely to find with newly graduated computer engineers. Potential students might use them to see how the field aligns with their interests.

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ECEDHA Regional News
Southwest ECEDHA Meeting Update
By: Badri Roysam

The Southwest ECEDHA region had a terrific meeting in Houston. There was a Sunday evening dinner reception with a unique show combining live dance, music, lights, and brain activity processing. On Monday, attendees had a very engaging discussion of matters of common interest.

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The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) is looking for a Program Director for the prestigious Engineering Research Center (ERC) program; a program whose goal is to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform national prosperity, health, and security.

IEEE International Conference on Complex Systems Engineering 2015

November 9-11, 2015 in  Storrs, CT, USA
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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.

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