The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association
October 2022
Featured Articles
IEC 2to4 Program: Facilitated Transition from 2 Year to 4 Year Engineering Studies
By: Kenneth A. Connor, RPI / Inclusive Engineering Consortium and
Barry J. Sullivan, Inclusive Engineering Consortium

The Inclusive Engineering Consortium was recently awarded a $10.9M grant over six years by the U.S. Department of Defense to support IEC's 2to4 program focused on first-generation, underrepresented community college students in their transition to completing four-year ECE degrees.

The Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) is a non-profit organization that has at its core Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs at fifteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), three Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and two Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The IEC's 2to4 Program will build and support a consortium of community colleges with the goal of at least doubling the number of community college (CC) students transferring into its 4-year partner institutions or other 4-year schools, based on what is best for each student. The 2-year to 4-year pathway through 4-year engineering programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) is under developed and under utilized at present.

The ethical implications of tech, and why it matters for engineers
By: Haley Hanway, University of Michigan

Through the Ford School's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, ECE PhD student Trevor Odelberg is studying how engineers can take better responsibility for the way their research impacts society.

As the character Dr. Ian Malcolm famously says in Jurassic Park, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

Like Malcolm, many believe that scientists and engineers bear a responsibility not only for what they choose to create, but how their work is used to impact society. Yet engineering classrooms are traditionally focused on how to achieve something, rather than the ethical implications of that achievement. For this reason, PhD student Trevor Odelberg decided to enroll in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program offered through the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at U-M.

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ECE Faculty Spotlights
A. Lee Swindlehurst
Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical and Engineering & Computer Science
University of California Irvine
Spotlight on Dr. Lee Swindlehurst, University of California Irvine

Lee Swindlehurst received the B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1986) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU), and the PhD (1991) degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU from 1990-2007, where he served as Department Chair from 2003-06. During 1996-97, he held a joint appointment as a visiting scholar at Uppsala University and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. From 2006-07, he was on leave working as Vice President of Research for ArrayComm LLC in San Jose, California. Since 2007 he has been a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California Irvine, and since 2022 he is serving as the Department Chair.

Association Announcements
Featured Keynoters
Dr. Lynne Parker
Deputy US CTO and Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dr. Dan Arvizu
Chancellor and Chief Executive
New Mexico State University
Dr. James Holloway
The University of New Mexico
Save the Date!

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 featuring: Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation; and Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

  • National Laboratories Plenary Panel featuring David Gibson, Deputy Laboratories Director, Chief Operating Officer, Sandia National Laboratories; John Sarrao, Deputy Director for Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Matthew Fetrow, Technology Outreach Lead, Air Force Research Laboratory; and Juan Torres, Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Deans' Perspective: Keys to Success in Transitioning from ECE Chair to Dean featuring Magnus Egerstedt, University of California Irvine; William Sanders, Carnegie Mellon University; Stella Batalama, Florida Atlantic University; Jelena Kovacevic, New York University; and Jenna Carpenter, Campbell University

  • Specialized programming for ECE Communicators and Students

  • ECExpo technology exhibition

  • Full-day Workshops

  • Ample opportunity for networking

Registration will open in early December!

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