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October 2019
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Diana Marculescu Named ECE Chair at University of Texas at Austin

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named renowned Carnegie Mellon University researcher and professor Diana Marculescu as the next chair of UT’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She will assume her position on Dec. 1, 2019, succeeding the department’s current chair, Ahmed Tewfik.

Marculescu will join UT after serving on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon for nearly two decades. During her tenure at the Pittsburgh-based university, she held positions as the David Edward Schramm Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the founding director of the Center for Faculty Success in the College of Engineering and the associate department head for Academic Affairs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Diana to the university and to our Texas Engineering community,” said Sharon L. Wood, dean of the Cockrell School. “The vision and expertise that she brings — both in her research and as a proven academic leader — will help drive innovation among our faculty and students and advance our electrical and computer engineering curriculum. I know she will be a strong leader and a transformative addition to the Cockrell School.”

Ashutosh Sabharwal Named ECE Chair at Rice University

Rice University welcomed new chair, Ashutosh Sabharwal, this past summer. Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University in 1999, and joined the Rice faculty that same year. When asked about his vision for Rice ECE, Sabharwal shared "Rice ECE has a long-standing culture of rigor and collaboration, values which have been the force behind our strong success in education, basic and translational research. As we continue to grow, an important initiative for us to engage broadly with the community, and empower the members of the department to help solve societal challenges of this century."

Dr. Sabharwal works in two areas. His first area of research is wireless. He is the founder of WARP project (, an open-source project which is now in use at more than 125 research groups worldwide, and have been used by more than 500 research articles. He is currently leading the NSF-funded RENEW (open-source massive MIMO) project, which is being deployed on the University of Utah POWDER city-scale testbed. He is an IEEE Fellow, and was awarded the 2017 IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award, 2018 IEEE Advances in Communications Award, and 2019 ACM Sigmobile Test-of-time Award. His second area of research is developing next-generation healthcare technologies. He is currently leading several NSF-funded center-scale projects, notably “ See below the skin ” for non-invasive bio-imaging and co-lead of PATHS-UP, an NSF Engineering Research Center. He founded the Rice Scalable Health Labs , which is developing a new engineering area called “bio-behavioral sensing.” His research has led to four commercial spinoffs (one in wireless and three in healthcare/wellness). 
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