The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
December 2020
Featured Articles
Nova Technologies Honors Stalwart Citadel Engineering Professor; 1970 Alumnus, with Scholarship in his Name

Dr. Johnston “John” Peeples, ’70, illuminates the way for aspiring electrical and computer engineers
After decades of innovating, leading and teaching, John Peeples, Ph.D., Citadel Class of 1970, still comes to campus energized about answering questions concerning frame relays (high-speed, packet-switched data communications), or debouncing (a circuit providing a clean transition of power output), for example.

Peeples’s devotion to all things in the realm of computer and electrical engineering, or “techno-lust” as he calls it, continues to earn him accolades.

Working Toward Better, More Inclusive Engineering
By: Hayley Hanway, Communications Specialist, University of Michigan

In industry and in academia, engineering is known for failing to achieve sufficiently diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Women and those who identify as Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Indigenous are severely underrepresented and often report discriminatory and exclusionary climates.

For instance, women are 51% of the U.S. population, but account for only 13% of engineers in the workforce. 30% of women who have left the engineering profession cite “organizational climate” as the reason. Similarly, Black students pursuing a graduate degree in engineering continue to report facing hostile and racist environments that actively drive them from the program and field.

On Graduating During a Pandemic
By: Jan Gabriel Iglesias Morales, Senior, University of Central Florida

The sudden switch away from traditional in-person classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been one that we are still being affected by to this day. It has been a struggle for all involved to rapidly adjust to the virtual teaching and learning environment. Especially considering that the topics that we must now learn remotely are topics that were traditionally thought to only be teachable in a traditional classroom setting. Graduating during this period of uncertainty can be very stressful and worrying. I am one of those graduates. Spring of 2021 is the last semester of my undergrad and I have been in a fully remote environment since March of this year.

ECE Department at University of California San Diego Launches Virtual Alumni Mentorship Program
By: Katherine Connor, UC San Diego

In an effort to keep students and alumni engaged and connected to campus resources during months of remote school and work, the Jacobs School’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s Alumni Advisory Board launched an ECE Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) in October.

The six month program pairs a current ECE student with an alumnus who shares similar interests, not just in terms of academics and research, but broader hobbies or personal interests as well. In addition to two recommended mentor-mentee meetings a month, the whole group of participants meets for one or two additional group activities each month, including social events and discussion or guest speaker sessions.

Sponsored Feature: Oscilloscope Fundamentals, presented by Tektronix
Download the poster below, and learn about the fundamentals of an oscilloscope.

Learn about: checking the attenuation of your probes, how to check probe compensation, how to connect the probe ground and how to connect the probe tip to the signal you want to measure. Also learn how to avoid pitfalls such as not seeing a signal, aliasing and how to use the built-in help button when all else fails.

A Conversation with Our Board Members
We sat down with Michael and Wilson to tap into their mindset on career paths, the future of ECE, and life in general. Here is what they shared...
Michael Devetsikiotis
Professor & Chair,
University of New Mexico
Member-at-Large, ECEDHA Board of Directors
Q. What have you found to be most rewarding in your experience with ECEDHA and serving as a Board Member?

A. I had not anticipated the COVID crisis at the start of my term. But it turned out to be a very impactful time given the challenges for pivoting the organization to online operations, while confirming and increasing its value to our member departments.

Q. What has been your personal biggest challenge, or most significant achievement since the pandemic?

A. By far, the biggest challenge and most gratifying, was homeschooling my five and a half year old daughter in the last months of kindergarten.

Wilson Lee
Education Market Segment Lead, Tektronix
Corporate Advisory Council Member, ECEDHA
Q. What is your corporation doing to ease the pain for universities during online learning?

A. Tektronix is working a number of fronts on easing the current pain Universities are facing with Remote Learning.  We have launched a number of software centric solutions that increase ways that students and faculty can securely, seamlessly share and collaborate data. Two of our recent launches were Tek Scope and just this quarter, Tek Drive.

Q. Who/what inspires you?

A. I have a number of friends who serve in the medical care profession. Some of the pandemic stories they share with me are scary, but inspiring. Now more so than ever, the front line professionals who are helping us get through this COVID pandemic are truly inspiring.

Association Announcements
Now Available On-Demand!
Virtual Programming from the ECE Educators Summit & ECE Lab Pros Network Summit

Earlier this month, ECEDHA members gathered for the first two-day, virtual ECEDHA Summit Series. Led by Zhihua Qu, University of Central Florida, and Sid Deliwala, University of Pennsylvania, the initial Summit gathered peers to provide rich content and share lessons learned this fall and plans for the spring.

We are pleased to share that all sessions are now available on-demand!

Session highlights include:
  • Industry & University Collaboration
  • Lessons Learned in Senior Design
  • IEC RAPID Grant
  • Project RECET
  • Student Insights
  • Remote Labs

Be sure to save the date for the next ECEDHA Summit, set for March 23-24, 2021
Finalize Your 2020-2021 ECEDHA Academic Membership Today!

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

  • The opportunity to participate in the ECEDHA Annual Survey, a valuable tool in benchmarking data.
  • The opportunity to attend the 2020 ECEDHA Summit Series, a virtual program
  • Complimentary job posting service via the ECEDHA website
  • And much more!

Looking for your membership packet? Please contact Claire Seifert at
ECEDHA Member and Partner News
Explore Research in Smart & Connected Cities
Research Experience for Undergraduates & Teachers Mega Site, supported by the National Science Foundation | June 1 - July 26, 2021
This REU/RET Mega-Site will train students and teachers in a variety of cutting edge technologies related to research in Smart and Connected cities. Participants will work side—by-side with leading researchers across multiple institutions with projects relating to Internet of Things Security (MSU), Power/Energy and Cyber Security (FAMU), Nanomaterials and Sensor Networks (NSU), Smart Grid Systems (PVAMU), and Materials Research (AAMU).

Priority Consideration Deadline: January 15, 2021

THE BRIDGE Magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN)
The Future of Renewable Energy: Generation, Transmission, Consumption

The magazine of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu is THE BRIDGE, which publishes a variety of features and content relevant to ECE students, faculty, and professionals. The magazine is electronic and open access with PDF versions of the current and prior issues.

The October 2020 issue of THE BRIDGE is available now!

Recruitment Initiative: Bridge to the Faculty Program
Presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago

Bridge to the Faculty (B2F) is a recruitment program designed to attract underrepresented postdoctoral scholars with the goal of a direct transition to a tenure-track junior faculty position after two years. This recruitment initiative aims to attract and retain promising scholars to UIC as well as diversify our faculty, with particular emphasis on departments with low or no presence of faculty who are underrepresented in their field. B2F uses a cohort model, where postdoctoral scholars participate together in meetings and tailored workshops to prepare them to teach, establish a research program and support their ability to pursue grants, and create productive mentor relationships.

A Little Engineering Humor
Two atoms walking down the street.

One of them says, "Dang! I lost an electron!"

The other one says, "Are you sure?"

The first one says, "Yeah, I'm positive."