Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,
Welcome to the new semester! We hope that the transients have settled by now and the departmental machinery is humming away.
A September 7th article on CNBC (https://www.cnbc.com/2023/09/07/college-degrees-with-highest-median-salaries.html) was stunning in its clarity – they listed the ten college degrees that offered the highest salaries, according to a recent Bankrate analysis of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data. This survey listed Electrical Engineering at #1, and Computer Engineering at #2. For our EECS department heads, Computer Science ranked at #5. This is a message that we can share with prospective and current students to good effect.
As we know, salary is not everything, and I am yet to see a nicer exposition of our discipline's many other facets as in our Featured Article on Branding. This emerged from the ECE Communicators' discussions at the ECEDHA conference earlier this year. Kathleen Meehan, Sid Deliwala, Tony Maciejewski (now at NSF), Jane Halpern, and Priscilla Capistrano have done a marvelous job of arming chairs with a Crash Course on Branding, replete with words and images that we can all use to promote ECE.
The most salient aspect of our discipline is technical rigor, and this has been a long-standing barrier to entry for many students. This issue goes beyond the completion of pre-requisite course requirements. Indeed, we discussed the Looming Crisis of Student Under-preparedness a year ago. It is time to discuss it again.
One of the long-term strengths of ECEDHA is our robust engagement with the corporate community. In this issue of the ECEDHA Source, we are delighted to feature a conversation with Hayne Shumate at Mouser Corporation. Finally, we are delighted to spotlight Bella Keute, an IEC 2to4 Scholar at Howard University. IEC 2to4 is an initiative aimed at supporting students from underrepresented groups to complete their ECE degree programs in a timely manner.
Do you have an initiative in your department that would be worth sharing? We would love to feature your efforts in the Next ECEDHA Source newsletter. Increasingly, our articles are in the form of ECE COnversations video podcasts. It is friendly, authentic, personal, and natural.
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