The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
February 2023
ECE Conversations
Michael Devetsikiotis
University of New Mexico
A Conversation with ECEDHA Conference Chair Michael Devetsikiotis, University of New Mexico

John Janowiak, ECEDHA Executive Director, shares a conversation with Michael Devetsikiotis regarding the upcoming ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo.

The program will take place March 17-20, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya in Santa Ana Pueblo (Albuquerque), New Mexico.

Featured Articles
Deepa Kundur
Chair of ECE
University of Toronto
First-year class in ECE at the University of Toronto now over 40% women
By: Jessica MacInnis & Matthew Tierney, University of Toronto

More than 40% of first-year students in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) are women - the highest proportion in the department's history.

"It's not something I notice much while in class or on campus," says first-year ECE undergrad Alexis Terefenko, "but when you take a step back it really is special to be a part of it. Being able to sit in class and see the number of women students, in a program that has been historically male dominated, is truly empowering to myself and others."

Though ECE Chair Professor Deepa Kundur understands how much work is to be done, she also sees value in pointing out the progress being made, particularly in light of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11. The United Nations created the day to highlight the inequity among genders in the discipline.

"Crossing 40% is a significant milestone in our department's history," says Kundur, "as well as a personally meaningful one. I have a long-term perspective of my own undergraduate and graduate education in ECE at U of T."

Featured Program
ERVA Listening Session at ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
March 20, 2023 at the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo

ECEDHA attendees will have the unique opportunity to participate in the ERVA Listening Session: ProActively Identifying Research Priorities through the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance at this year's Annual Conference.

This interactive session will harness the voices and perspectives of ECE department chairs and the community. ERVA is an NSF-funded, five-year effort to identify and develop bold and transformative new engineering research directions. This is an exceptional opportunity for you to share your perspective and influence the future funding landscape of topics relevant to you.

Interested in Learning More?
Attend the ERVA Informational Webinar
February 28, 2023 at 12:30 pm CST

Please join the ECEDHA-C committee and the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) for an informational webinar to learn more about the ERVA Listening Session scheduled during the upcoming Annual Conference. ERVA is a platform for the engineering community to nationalize research gaps, and the listening session is an opportunity for the ECE community to lead the conversations and influence the future funding landscape and programs in the United States.

ECE Spotlight
Anthony Maciejewski
NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems
Anthony Maciejewski to lead the NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

January 27, 2023 - The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected Dr. Anthony A. Maciejewski of Colorado State University to serve as division director for the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems. Maciejewski, who begins his NSF term today, has served as the head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at CSU since 2003.

"I am excited to welcome Dr. Maciejewski, whose engineering expertise, servant-leadership and commitment to educational innovation will help NSF expand engineering knowledge and capabilities, and advance clean energy, semiconductors and microelectronics, manufacturing, and other national priorities," said Susan Margulies, NSF assistant director for Engineering. "With Dr. Maciejewski's leadership, NSF will continue to support the growth of the engineering research community and broaden our future engineering workforce."

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Association Announcements
Register Today!

2023 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo
Conference: March 17-20, 2023
ECExpo: March 18-19, 2023
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

The ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo is the only meeting of its kind bringing together the largest concentration of ECE academia and industry throughout the United States and Canada.

This year's Annual Conference is one of the strongest programs to date with innovative programming in a truly unique destination.

This premier annual gathering features:

  • An intensive conference program of Keynotes, Plenary Panels, and Breakout Sessions

  • CHIPS and Science Act Roundtable Session

  • Plenary Panel: Future Challenges/Direction of the Internet

  • National Laboratories Plenary Panel

  • Deans' Perspective: Keys to Success in Transitioning from ECE Chair to Dean

  • ECExpo technology exhibition

  • Full-day Workshops

  • Ample opportunity for networking

ECEDHA Annual Survey
Now open for data collection!

We are pleased to announce that the ECEDHA Annual Survey is now open for participation!

Information to participate has been sent to each department chair.

Please note that your institution's ECEDHA membership must be in good standing in order to participate.

For more information, or for assistance in accessing the survey, contact Michelle Klein at

The survey will remain open until February 24, 2023. You must submit your responses by this date in order to gain access to the survey results.
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