The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
April 2021
Special Announcement
Research. Technology. The Future of ECE.
Stream the new podcast series now!
Join us for the new ECE TECH TALKS Podcast Series!

Throughout this series, host Barry Sullivan sits down for casual conversations with thought leaders in ECE – across both academia and industry – to hear their perspectives on the latest in research, technology, and their vision of the future of ECE.

Episode 1: A Conversation with
Ahmad Bahai
Ahmad Bahai
Senior VP & CTO,
Texas Instruments
Episode 2: A Conversation with
Steven McLaughlin
Steven McLaughlin
Provost and Executive VP of
Academic Affairs, Georgia Tech
Featured Articles
The Impact of Diversity and Inclusion
By: The University of New Mexico's Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers

I have had the honor and privilege to lead a group of amazing, diverse, and underrepresented engineers in STEM over the last year as the chapter president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). At the University of New Mexico (UNM) within the School of Engineering (SOE), SWE is one of the largest, active student organizations supported by the Engineering Student Success (ESS) Center. SWE was created to represent women in engineering but our members are not only women and we represent more than just engineers.
SWE encourages our members to volunteer in the community to motivate and excite passion for STEM in New Mexico students. Through workshops and conferences, we help our members expand their professional network and technical skills. Above all, however, SWE is a resource and platform for students to develop as engineers and succeed in their academic and personal lives through connection and engagement with others in the UNM SOE community.

Visiting Mars with a Virtual CyBot: Innovation in Hands-on Learning During COVID-19
By: Kristin Clague, Iowa State University
In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy.

The CyBot platform is an embedded systems platform – a programmable mobile system composed of various sensors for solving embedded systems problems. In this course, the platform is used to develop a prototype of a Mars Rover that can avoid obstacles, collect data about the Martian terrain, stay within a radiation safe zone and navigate to a communication relay station to send findings back to Earth.

Sponsored Article: Mouser Electronics' Online Calculators Help Speed Electronic Design Process for Aspiring Engineers
Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is also a single destination for all of the technical resources and tools to help aspiring and professional engineers throughout the design process.
Mouser’s free Technical Resource Center now offers an extensive lineup of online calculators designed to help engineers of all skill levels save time figuring out anything from power conversion computations to resistor color codes.

A Conversation with Our Board Members
We sat down with Truong and Cornelia to tap into their mindset on career paths, the future of ECE, and life in general. Here is what they shared...
Truong Nguyen
Professor & Chair,
UC San Diego
Member-at-Large, ECEDHA Board of Directors
Q. Why is ECEDHA important to you?

A. Being a department Chair is challenging with many responsibilities: faculty (evaluation/advancement, hiring, research), undergraduate and graduate (curriculum, teaching schedule, recruitment, ABET), alumni/industry relations (Industry advisory board, recruitment). This is especially true for large department.  I have learned a lot from my colleagues at ECEDHA, which helps me to improve our department. I also like the interaction with industry partners, learning about (and give feedback on) their latest equipment/devices that enhance our education mission.

Q. If you had to choose another profession, what would you choose?

A. Several thoughts... K-12 teacher. I enjoyed the interaction with students. Tennis coach. I love tennis.

Cornelia Stegmann
University Program and Event Manager, Renesas
Corporate Advisory Council Member, ECEDHA
Q. What do you want the academic community to know or understand about your company?

A. Our University Program is built to make educators’ lives easier thanks to ready-to-use lecture and lab materials and free kits to provide students with very useful hands-on skills. It is also backed by a strong technical support system and we are always here for any questions and open to support new project ideas.

Q. Was there a defining moment in your life that made you choose ECE as a profession?

A. As a student of Business Administration with a focus on international management and marketing, I was open to lots of very different industries at first. I discovered the technical world by luck when I took on a student job at Osram and quickly got excited about this kind of industry and work environment.

Association Announcements
Finalize Your 2020-2021 ECEDHA Academic Membership Today!

Renew your membership today to continue receiving ECEDHA member benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to attend the 2021 ECEDHA Summit Series, a quarterly virtual program

  • Complimentary job posting service via the ECEDHA website

Questions? Please email
Now Available On-Demand!
Virtual Programming from the March ECEDHA Summit

Last month, ECEDHA members gathered for the second installment of the ECEDHA Summit Series. Led by Susan Hagness, University of Wisconsin - Madison, the March Summit gathered peers to discuss Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

We are pleased to share that all sessions are now available on-demand!
ECEDHA Member and Partner News
2021 IEEE-HKN Awards: Call for Nominations

IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu encourages Chapters and individuals to nominate all eligible candidates for the 2021 IEEE-HKN Awards. The awards promote and encourage excellence in electrical and computer engineering and allied fields. These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments by students, professors and industry professionals who make significant contributions to society, and who exemplify a balance of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Deadline: May 3, 2021

CRA/CCC Announces CIFellows 2021 Program

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) are pleased to announce a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021. This program recognizes the continued disruption to hiring in academic institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As before, this program aims to provide a career-enhancing bridge experience for recent and soon-to-be PhD graduates in computing to support maintaining the computing research pipeline.

CRA will be holding an information webinar on Thursday, April 15th at 2:30 PM EDT for interested community members. Please register here. While details are still being finalized, applications will likely be due around early May 2021, with decisions being made by July 1, 2021 for positions beginning this fall or next winter. Please check the website regularly for application requirements and submission details.

Corporate Features
Sponsored Video: Intel NUC 8 Compute Element (U-Series)
Intel® NUC 8 Compute Element (U-Series) is a compact system-on-a-card that forms the basis of a powerful modular computer ecosystem. Each Intel® NUC 8 Compute Element comes with a processor, memory, and a suite of I/O options, in a tiny package.

A Little Engineering Humor
What do you call a seal with net electrical charge?

A sea lion.