The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
February 2021
Special Announcement
ECE Educators - You're Invited!
March 23 & 25, 2021 | 10am - 2pm CT

Mark your calendars for the next installment of the ECEDHA Summit Series, a two-day virtual program set for Tuesday, March 23rd and Thursday, March 25th.

Led by Susan Hagness, University of Wisconsin - Madison, the March Summit will focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Visit the ECEDHA website for additional details.
Featured Articles
Stefanie Mueller Changes Everything: A Hands-On Class Responds to COVID
By: Jane Halpern, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Stefanie Mueller stands in front of a range of hand tools used to create working prototypes for class 6.810, “Engineering Interactive Technologies.” Photograph by Juliana Sohn.
When Prof. Stefanie Mueller (MIT) faced the necessity of adapting her laboratory class to the COVID pandemic, she was initially overwhelmed by the amount of work that would need to be done. That’s because Mueller’s hands-on building and fabrication class, 6.810 “Engineering Interactive Technologies”, is entirely about the ways that humans interact with technology in the physical world. As it turns out, however, technology held some surprises—even for Mueller.

Student Insights Panel at the ECEDHA Summit
By: Elizabeth Zidar, Student, Northwestern University

As we approach the start to yet another virtual/hybrid semester, I wanted to follow-up on some of the unfinished conversations from the Student Insights on Fall 2020 panel at the December session of the ECEDHA Summit Series.

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

A. Every ECEDHA activity has been rewarding for me. The conferences have been fantastic, the fellowship of my counterparts in universities throughout the world, our Latin American outreach activities, my interactions with the ECEDHA staff, and of course, and the editorial work that we did together on the ECE Source. I am still amazed at the prescient accuracy of our editorials in February and March of 2020. We communicated the pandemic’s expected impacts and timing, and importantly, the steps that ECE Departments must take in a manner that is still accurate today, nearly a year later!

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

A. A neuroscientist. The human brain is a source of endless wonder to me. I am so fortunate to be working on the brain even as an ECE professor. In my lab, we analyze images of brain tissues afflicted by concussion, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias.

Patrick Kane
Director, Infineon University Alliance, Infineon
Corporate Advisory Council Member, ECEDHA
Q. What do you want the academic community to know or understand about your company?

A. Infineon is the world’s eighth largest semiconductor company with over 45,000 employees. One of Infineon’s core values is to “foster cultural inclusiveness where individuals are respected and diversity is cherished.” Cypress officially became a part of Infineon on April 16, 2020. As the Cypress University Alliance has stood with academia since 2006, the Infineon University Alliance will continue that legacy.

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

A. Perhaps when I built my first Heath Kit radio in eighth-grade. I have always been a tinkerer.

Association Announcements
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 2021 ECEDHA Summit Series, a quarterly 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
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Deep Learning Driven Cybersecurity Research in a Multidisciplinary Environment
Presented by the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research (CCSER) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University
Students from all relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply and work on a cybersecurity project, including computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, criminal justice, system engineering, psychology and more. The 10-week summer program includes various evens, such as seminars, career/graduate study panels, and field trips to Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command.

Application Deadline: February 26, 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!

A Little Engineering Humor
What do electrical engineers have for breakfast?