Keynote | The Opportunity for the Electrical Engineering Class of 2022

Monday, March 20
11:10 am - 12:00 pm


Over the past five years, we have seen the continued evolution in engineering education as professors challenged students to “do engineering” in new application areas. This has resulted in more engaged students preparing to tackle society’s grand challenges. As we look forward to the next five years, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) departments around the world have an enormous opportunity to drive the methodologies and technology that will transform communication, transportation, and the way we interact with the physical world. These changes are all being driven by areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless communication. Today’s educators need to determine how to integrate these subjects into innovative teaching across the curriculum, from foundational topics to unbounded projects to groundbreaking research. In this keynote, Mr. Rust examines how the research and application of IoT, 5G, mmWave, and other cutting-edge technologies are creating the ever-increasing student expectation that courses, laboratories, and projects must incorporate these topics. Through case studies and personal insight, he shares how he believes ECE departments around the globe can foster an innovative path to discovery.


Speaker:
     

  Scott Rust
Sr. Vice President of Research & Development
National Instruments
     

As senior vice president of R&D, Scott Rust leads the R&D vice presidents and their worldwide organizations in driving product development to equip scientists and engineers with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery.

Since joining NI in 1990, Rust has held positions in R&D, Strategic Marketing, and Applications Engineering, including vice president of PXI Test System Products for R&D. In this role, Rust and his teams were responsible for the global development and strategic direction of PXI measurement products such as RF, digitizers, signal generators, digital multimeters, high-speed digital I/O, switching, power supplies, and PXI platform products including PXI chassis and controllers. He also established NI Penang as a center of excellence for the design and development of future NI products.

Rust is the inventor or coinventor of seven patents, and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

 




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