New Chairs Workshop

Recorded: May 19, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

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This informal workshop is intended to highlight the position of department chair (head) and its relationship to upper administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The afternoon is intended to elicit discussion and sharing of best practices that may be of particular interest to new department chairs/heads.



John Papapolymerou
Department Chair
Michigan State University

John Papapolymerou received the B.S.E.E. degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, in 1993, the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1994 and 1999, respectively. From 1999-2001 he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Arizona, Tucson and during the summers of 2000 and 2003 he was a visiting professor at The University of Limoges, France. From 2001-2005, 2005-2009 and 2009-2013 he was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, respectively, at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2013-2015 he was the Ken Byers Professor at the School of ECE at Georgia Tech; he was also the Associate Director of the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) from 2011-2015. As of August 2015 he is the MSU Foundation Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Michigan State University. He was selected as an MSU Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellow of the Big-Ten Academic Alliance during the 2018-19 academic year. He has graduated 26 PhD students and has advised more than 50 post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students throughout his career. He has authored or coauthored over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and holds 5 US patents. His research interests include the implementation of additive manufacturing technologies in microwave, millimeter-wave and THz circuits and the development of both passive and active planar circuits and antennas on semiconductor (Si/SiGe, GaAs), organic (liquid crystal polymer-LCP) and 3-D printed substrates for System-on-a-Chip (SOC)/ System-on-a-Package (SOP) RF front ends.

Art Lizotte
Director of Americas University Development
Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Art began his career as an application engineer working with HP’s microprocessor development system. Originally from New Jersey, he worked with numerous companies to develop their embedded designs. In 1988 he started a consulting practice focused on developing embedded systems. Art rejoined HP in 1996 in the newly formed Technical Contact Center in Englewood, Colorado. He became a manager in 1998, managing both digital and RF teams. For the last five years, Art was responsible for hiring college graduates and interns for our sales team. He is a member of four university industry advisory councils and in June of 2015, he became the Director of University Development where he continues his passion to support universities in training the next generation of engineers and to professors conducting their research. Art earned a BEEE and an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.



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