Spring 2013

Letter from the Editor

Pritpal Singh  Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring 2013 issue of The ECEDHA Source. I hope that you are enjoying the warming spring weather and the beautiful flowers in the Philadelphia area are now in full bloom.

The Annual Conference in March was a tremendous success with excellent sessions and record attendance. In addition to the various panel sessions on topics ranging from increasing faculty diversity to "moving up the ladder", the ECExpo was a big hit with many industry sponsors presenting their latest technologies for teaching and research. A particular focus of this year's conference was online education. A pre-conference workshop on this topic included descriptions of online courses implemented by various universities and services provided by some online program vendors. The keynote presentation at this pre-conference workshop was given by Tom Cavanagh of the host institution, the University of Central Florida. The conference itself included a panel session of many of the pioneers of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC's) including Anant Agarwal of EdX, Salman Khan of the Khan Academy, Andrew Ng of Coursera and Bernd Girod of Stanford University.

In this issue of the ECEDHA Source we have a very interesting article by Tom Cavanagh that reflects the growth of online education across the country and more specifically at the University of Central Florida. We also have some articles from industry that you will find of interest.

A second feature article presented in this issue is from Prof. A.C. Sanderson at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prof. Sanderson spent the 2011-2012 academic year as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the Department of State in Washington, DC. His article is focused on his experience working on assessing new technologies for arms control and non-proliferation verification. It is a fascinating article that I am sure you will find very interesting.

Finally, Barry Sullivan of IEC has been selecting interesting articles from online feeds and we are introducing a new section to the Newsletter featuring his "best picks". I hope you find this new section a useful addition to the newsletter.

Have a relaxing and productive summer and I look forward to communicating with you again in the fall.

Warmest regards,

Pritpal Singh
Professor and Chair, Electrical Engingeering and Computer Engineering Department, Villanova University
2012-2013 Editor, The ECEDHA Source


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