Revolutions in ECE Departments

Monday, March 20
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

In June 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the inaugural awards for the “Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED)” program jointly funded by the Directorates for Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Education and Human Resources to “enact groundbreaking, scalable and sustainable changes in undergraduate education.”  These five-year, $2 million awards required that department heads or deans be the principal investigators because, in the words of Donna Riley, the initial NSF program director, “An underlying premise of RED is that department heads can be critical levers for change.  RED focuses on transforming department structure and faculty reward systems to stimulate comprehensive change in policies, practices and curricula.”

This session brings together the four ECE department heads that currently lead RED efforts entitled:

After brief descriptions of the projects, participants will engage in a dialogue on how we can collectively revolutionize ECE education to address the challenges that our discipline faces.

     
Organizer:    

    Anthony Maciejewski
Professor and Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Colorado State University                                                             

Anthony A. Maciejewski is Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University.  He received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Ohio State University and spent 14 years on the faculty of Purdue University.  He is an IEEE Fellow "for contributions to the design and control of kinematically redundant robots” and is active in its Robotics and Automation Society, currently serving as an AdCom member and previously as a VP, program chair for its flagship conference, and on the editorial board of its transactions.    He is also committed to engineering education, having received a best paper award and multiple NSF grants to support educational activities, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for IEEE’s Education Society. 

Speakers:    
Ashfaq Khokhar
  Ashfaq Khokhar
Professor and Palmer Department Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Iowa State University

Ashfaq A. Khokhar is Professor and Palmer Endowed Department Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He has also founded a successful startup company, Video Analytica, Inc. that is developing smart surveillance camera technologies to recognize events of interest in realtime. His research work has attracted over $11 million of federal, state and industry funds, including NSF CAREER award. His research work has received numerous best paper awards, including the most recent Best Short Paper award in MSWiM 2013 for his work entitled "Voronoi Trees for Hierarchical In-Network Data and Space Abstractions in Wireless Sensor Networks. He has served as Program Chair of multiple conferences and editorial boards. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to multimedia computing and databases.

     

  Luke Lester
Roanoke Electric Steel Professor and Department Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

Luke F. Lester, IEEE and SPIE Fellow, is Roanoke Electric Steel Professor and Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He was a US Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Lester's other awards and honors include: a 1986 IEE Electronics Letters Premium Award for the first transistor amplifier at 94 GHz; the 1994 Martin Marietta Manager's Award; the Best Paper Award at SPIE's Photonics West 2000 for reporting a quantum dot laser with the lowest semiconductor laser threshold; and the 2012 Harold E. Edgerton Award of the SPIE for his pioneering work on ultrafast quantum dot mode-locked lasers. He has published 140 journal articles and some 250 other publications and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

     

  Susan Lord
Professor and Chair
Electrical Engineering
University of San Diego

Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. Her NSF-sponsored research focuses on the study and promotion of diversity in engineering including student pathways, Latinos, and military veterans.  A Fellow of the IEEE and ASEE, Dr. Lord has served as President of the IEEE Education Society, General Co-Chair of the Frontiers in Education Conference, and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE).  Dr. Lord spent a sabbatical at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.  She and her research team have received best paper awards from the Journal of Engineering Education and the IEEE (ToE).  

 




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