Opening Keynote | Communicating as an Academic Leader in a Noisy Environment

Saturday, March 18
9:00 am - 10:00 am

The success of a department head and university president is dependent on effective communication with a large number of diverse constituents.  University presidents and department chairs fail when communication with an internal or external constituency fails.  With personal anecdotes and lessons learned from success and failure in communication, this keynote will describe effective communication in a university context building on the tenants of authenticity, humor and humility.


Moderator:
   
John Harris
   John Harris
   Professor and Chair,
   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
   University of Florida                                                                              

John Harris is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1983 and 1986. He then earned his PhD from Caltech in the first graduating class of the interdisciplinary Computation and Neural Systems (CNS) Program in 1991. After a two-year postdoc at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1993. For his research, Dr. Harris leads the Hybrid Signal Processing Group in studying biologically inspired circuits, architectures and algorithms for signal processing. He has published over 200 research papers and patents in this area. Since becoming Chair in August 2011, the department has grown from 41 to 48 tenured/tenure-track faculty members by targeting several strategic areas including cybercecurity, neuroengineering, machine learning and power systems. The department’s annual research expenditures of $17M are at an all-time high. 

Speaker:  
   

   Kent Fuchs
   President
   University of Florida
 

Kent Fuchs (“Fox”) began his academic career in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois where he was a member of the faculty for twelve years.   He subsequently served as Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University for six years and then Dean of Engineering at Cornell University for six years and also Cornell’s Provost for six years.  

He is currently in his third year serving as President of the University of Florida (UF) and a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UF.   He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and the AAAS and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   He serves on the National Science Board (the oversight board for the NSF) and the Internet2 Board.   From 2000-2002 he was a member of what was then the Governing Board of ECEDHA.





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