The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association

August 2023

Letter from the Executive Director

John Janowiak

Executive Director


Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I extend a warm welcome back to each of you as we embark on another exciting academic year. As the Executive Director of ECEDHA, I want to personally thank you for your dedication to our ECEDHA community.

This academic year promises to be one filled with opportunities for collaboration, growth, and shared learning. ECEDHA remains steadfast in its commitment to support your professional development, share best practices, and provide a platform for engaging in discussions. Our Annual Conference, workshops, virtual Summits, webinars, and resources are tailored to empower you to confidently lead your departments and adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of education.

I encourage you to actively participate in ECEDHA's programs, conferences, and networking opportunities. The synergy of our collective expertise enhances our ability to address common challenges and contribute to the advancement of ECE on a broader scale. Your insights and experiences are invaluable, and your engagement strengthens our organization.

As we look ahead, please save the date for our 2024 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo, where we will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Annual Conference. The program will take place March 15-18, 2024 in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition, please be on the lookout for your ECEDHA membership renewal kits, which will arrive shortly.

Please don't hesitate to contact our team with any questions, suggestions, or needs throughout the year. Your input is important to us.

Once again, welcome back to another academic year!

Best regards,

John R. Janowiak

Executive Director


Featured Articles


Dr. Kenneth A. Connor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Stephen M. Goodnick, Arizona State University

Dr. Barry J. Sullivan, ECEDHA

Dr. John C. Kelly, North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Pamela Leigh-Mack, Virginia State University

Dr. Shiny Abraham, Seattle University

Prof. Petru Andrei, Florida A&M University - Florida State University

Prof. Wayne A. Scales, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

ADEP: Asset-Driven Equitable Partnerships

The mission of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) is to enable MSI ECE programs to produce more and better prepared graduates from groups that have been historically underrepresented in ECE careers. We hypothesize that the key to achieving this goal is more fully engaging the students, staff and faculty at HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs in the broad ECE education and research enterprise by building partnerships with PWIs, industry, government labs, etc. These partnerships must be equitable with all voices being heard and all relevant assets identified and utilized.

The equitable partnership concept came out of a series of IEC workshops in 2021 that addressed Anti-Racism Practices in Engineering. Since that time, we have been applying the ideas developed and collecting feedback, particularly on barriers of their effective use. Anit-Racism Practices in Engineering should apply to students, staff and faculty in all activities in an ECE program. However, we have focused on research because it is THE activity that is the most underdeveloped at most MSIs and the primary reason why groups from PWIs usually contact MSIs.

MSIs need investment. People at PWIs must engage with their counterparts at MSIs so they will learn how to more effectively mentor, teach, and guide students from MSIs. Both types of institutions must invest in each other. Equitable partners must be able to identify and articulate their assets and understand the assets of other participants. Finally, partnerships only work if there is sufficient trust, which comes from knowledge of and engagement with one another.

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Dr. Kenneth A. Connor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Bruk Berhane, Florida International University

Dr. Mohamed F. Chouikha, Prairie View A&M University

Prof. Miguel Velez-Reyes P.E., The University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Barry J. Sullivan, ECEDHA

Milford Muskett

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

The 2to4 Project - Facilitated Transition from 2-Year to 4-Year Engineering Studies

The Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a nonprofit organization that enables collective efforts through equitable partnership between its 20 MSI members, 12 PWI members and 7 corporate members. The IEC 2to4 Project builds on its Pathways to Success program to support students who begin their studies at a community college or other 2-year institution by providing financial support (scholarships, internships, academic year stipends), mentoring and other transition support, professional guidance, and community engagement.

The IEC 2to4 network of community colleges (CCs) consists of 20 sub-networks built around the 20 HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs that form the core membership of the IEC. Generally, a small number (1-3) of CCs located near a core member educate a few students who transfer to the local 4-year MSI ECE program. Some IEC core members have well-developed relationships with their local CCs and see much larger numbers of transfer students. The vision of 2to4 is to at least double the total number of students following this pathway to their BS degree in ECE by sharing best practices and providing a robust transition support infrastructure and increased financial support for those students who should have MSIs on their radar as they complete their associates degrees. Participating CCs become members of IEC and engage in equitable partnerships with 4-year MSIs and PWIs, industry and DoD labs to implement the various building blocks of 2to4.

During the first year of this multi-year effort, a base version of 2to4 is being created. Program leadership is connecting with DoDSTEM and other CC programs it funds, defining the parameters of 2to4 1.0 (formalizing the relationship between MSI core members and their key local CCs), and working through institutional challenges with the 60+ program partners.

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Mouser's Artificial Intelligence Content Hub Allows Students, Educators and Engineers to Gain Deeper Understanding of AI Applications

Mouser Electronics, the New Product Introduction (NPI) leaderempowering innovation, is helping both aspiring and professional engineers refine and further their knowledge and skills through an insightful resource center focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The extensive hub contains valuable resources to help provide a deeper understanding of AI and its various applications and features informative articles on topics, such as Deploying Edge-Based AI Using Kria SoMs, An Edge Impulse Use-Case for Healthcare and Cancer Detection, and how AI is Improving Harvests and the Human Experience.


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ECE Conversations
Hayne Shumate

A Conversation with Hayne Shumate, Mouser

Barry Sullivan, ECEDHA Program Director, shares a conversation with ECE Corporate Member, Hayne Shumate regarding Mouser.

Tell us a bit about yourself and Mouser's mission, people, and history.

How do you interact with ECE lab managers, and how do you connect with them?

Do you deal directly with students?

Can students turn to Mouser for information on part selection?

What career opportunities do you offer for graduating students?

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Association Announcements

ECEDHA Annual Survey

Now Open for Query!

The ECEDHA Annual Survey is now open for query, providing access to ECEDHA survey responses.

Members who participated by entering their data may now access the results.

You may login to your account at and then click the tab "Query" at the top to reach the "View Peer Data" page.

For questions, contact

Save the Date! 2024 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo

March 15-18, 2024

El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort

Tucson, Arizona

Mark your calendars for this premier annual gathering of ECE department chairs. The ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo brings together the largest concentration of ECE academia and industry throughout the United States and Canada.

Great Lakes Regional Meeting Recap

On August 10-11, 2023, the Great Lakes ECEDHA Regional Meeting took place in northern Indiana. Sami Khorbotly guided the group through Valparaiso University, and the following day, Greg Snider hosted the group at the University of Notre Dame.

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Partner News

Share your Power Program Highlights through IEEE PES Survey

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Power and Energy Education Committee (PEEC) periodically conducts survey among US and Canadian universities to assemble relent information that could help universities, students, parents, relevant agencies, and anyone interested to learn about current trends and education opportunities.

Since its beginning, the survey has provided the engineering community with valuable metrics and data on topics such as: universities providing power engineering education, faculty members, curricular trends, and research topics and expenditures. Results from the 2015-2016 survey can be found here.

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Articles of interest to ECEDHA members for the ECEDHA Source are always welcome. Email your article for consideration to

On-Demand Webinars
Previously recorded webinars are now available for your on-demand viewing!

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A Little Engineering Humor

Why did the electrical engineering become a clown?

He couldn't get enough of the circuits!

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