The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association                                                 October  2016
Letter from the Editor
Badri Roysam,
University of Houston
Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

It is beautiful in most parts of the country this time of year.  This is also the perfect time of year to examine fresh ways to grow the student pipeline (the input), and ways to enhance student success.  This issue of the Source covers both these topics.

Perhaps the most salient lesson that we learned at the ECEDHA workshop on the Strategic Shaping of ECE, with a focus on Vision, Branding, and Advocacy, was the widespread realization that our discipline is hiding in plain sight of what is appropriately our most important constituency - future ECE students.

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Featured Articles
Ned Mohan,
University of Minnesota
Combating Climate Change: Can it also help the ECE Renaissance?

We have an excellent opportunity to capitalize on the above realities (see page), not only to combat cimate change but also to increase the pipeline of talented high school students opting for power/energy as well as other related fields within ECE.  At the University of Minnesota, we have developed the material for a freshman-level course "Energy, Environment and Society" that we will pilot in high schools in Fall 2017 through our College in the Schools (CIS) program, a dual-credit/concurrent enrollment program.

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Truong Nguyen,
University of California, San Diego
EXPERIENCE ENGINEERING: How Hands-on Courses Prepare ECE Students for Better Jobs and Internships

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at the University of California, San Diego has a strong reputation for theory and a rich diversity of research areas to explore. Even before I became chair of the department two years ago, it was abundantly clear that our 1,800 students were at a disadvantage applying for internships with industry, even after junior year.  They found it hard to get picked, not because they were not smart and well-educated, but because they did not offer employers the right skill mix.

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Sponsored Article

Why Rate of Discovery Matters
By Dave Wilson, Vice President of Academic Marketing, National Instruments

In our innovation-driven world, researchers are discovering what no one knows, and students are discovering what they don't know.  Our complex world requires complex solutions in less time than ever.  See why your rate of discovery matters and how virtual instrumentation gives you the advantage of data visibility.

Special Announcements
Last Call for 2016 Membership!

If you have not yet renewed your 2016 ECEDHA membership, now is your final opportunity.   The Annual Survey is now open and only current ECEDHA members are eligible to participate.

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

For questions, please contact Megan Bekolay at or 312.559.3724
Now Accepting Nominations for the
2016 ECEDHA Awards!
ECEDHA is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Awards. Nominations are due by November 11, 2016 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

Corporate Feature
ECE Insights

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In This Issue

Calendar of Events
October 13, 2016 
Sponsored by Quanser
November 8, 2016
Sponsored by National Instruments
March 17, 2017
ABET Workshop
Presented at the ECEDHA Annual Conference
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
March 17-21, 2017
ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECE xpo
Hilton Sandestin - Miramar Beach, FL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by COMSOL
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by ConRes/Tektronix
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by National Instruments
On Demand Webinar
Sponsored by Quanser

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Partner News
Engineering for Change (E4C) Offers New Classroom Resource: Introduction to Engineering for Global Development

Intro to EGD is a self-paced course that prepares technically trained people to design and deploy impact-driven solutions for underserved communities around the world.  The course is comprised of four modules that integrate best practice, case studies, and knowledge checks to help learners synthesize concepts.

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Frontiers in Education 2016

Conference to be held October 12-15, 2016 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Consistent with its mission, the FIE Conference series continues to offer professional development opportunities for computing and engineering educators, researchers, and administrators.  This year's conference in Erie, PA offers a wide variety of opportunities: please plan to attend!

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NSF Position Available: Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)

This individual will serve as Division Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) and as a member of the Directorate for Engineering Senior Management team.  The EEC division manages a broad portfolio of programs that aim to integrate engineering research and education, to accelerate technological and educational innovation, and to improve the quality and diversity of engineering graduates entering the technical workforce.

Application Deadline: November 3, 2016

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NSF Workshop: Mechatronics Education Innovation

Workshop to be held November 14-15, 2016 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Mechatronics, as a discipline, is influencing some of the most progressive and important conversations on the global engineering campus. In this expanded workshop, Dr. Vikram Kapila (NYU) will facilitate a discussion that includes input from industry and international academic best practices. This workshop solicits participation from faculty representing institutions that are interested in building a progressive new program or those that have already deployed a progressive program and want to share their experience.  As a funded workshop, travel subsidies are available for qualified faculty.

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2016 IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors

To submit a presentation and paper, or register for the conference, please visit:

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016


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.