2019 IEC Program

Over the last several years, a collaboration of 13 HBCU Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) programs has broadly implemented Experiment Centric Pedagogy (ECP), enabled by personal instrumentation. The lessons learned and best practices of this effort have encouraged the original 13 partners to expand the scope of their collaboration to address technical research and to expand their group to include other ‚Äčhistorically minority‚Äč serving institutions (MSIs) with ECE and similar programs.

This workshop will consist of one complete day of these sessions plus additional smaller meetings to connect with potential industry and academic collaborators attending the ECEDHA meeting. Planned sessions include Broad Appeal Programs built on new collaborations; Investment in Leaders/Future Leaders to build the leadership cadre for the new organization and its participating institutions; Strategic Connections to identify and build relationships with the broader ECE community; and Investing in Infrastructure to identify and build the necessary infrastructure to support collaboration.



Dedicated IEC Programming // Schedule of Events

While IEC participants are invited and encouraged to take advantage of the full conference programming, the below schedule highlights the dedicated IEC sessions at the Annual Conference.

Friday, March 22

Registration Open (7:30am - 5pm)

Breakfast & Introductions (7:30am - 8:30am)

Broad Appeal Programs  (8:30am - 10:00am)
It is currently a challenge for consortium institutions to individually conduct large-scale research. More and more institutions are competing for rapidly diminishing funding opportunities. A single consortium institution is not as competitive as a collaborative effort among multiple institutions, where each institutions strength can be combined towards a meaningful outcome. Over the past 5 years, this consortium has developed a culture of collaboration, with associated methods, which can be leveraged to provide capacity building across each institution, especially since each institution serves a similar population. In this session will cover topics associated with building a strong foundation for collaborative research within the consortium. Presenters will discuss lessons learned from successful prior research collaborations as well as highlight best practices. Given that any single institution may lack the necessary resources to conduct large scale research projects, topics will be addressed that discuss how best to attract the resources needed by leveraging the collective. The session will also include panel discussions with Q/A and audience participation.

  Mohamed Chouikha
Howard University

  Corey Graves
Associate Professor
North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Corey Albert Graves is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and computer Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, where he has been a faculty member for 16 years where he teaches course in the areas of embedded and pervasive computing. He is currently the Director of the Auto Mobile Pervasive and Embedded Design Laboratory (AMPED) which has the mission of utilizing the knowledge of pervasive and embedded systems developed in the familiar and highly standardized automobile environment as leverage to: (1) Teach the essential design and implementation concepts of pervasive and embedded computing systems and (2) research and develop novel pervasive and embedded systems in the other environments which may not be as highly standardized.

  Kofi Nyarko
Associate Professor
Morgan State University

Investment in leaders/Future Leaders (10:30am - 12:00pm)
The future of any organization depends on the insightfulness of its leadership. It has been shown that embracing various leadership styles may be the best path to creating new leaders. The “one leader on top” may be an appropriate model under certain circumstances, but when approaching the leadership of many people and leaders working together, this leadership method may prove to be ineffective. This workshop session will prepare the participant to lead in a dynamic and collaborative environment by introducing:
1. Leadership Fundamentals:
a. Academic Leadership Competencies
b. Leadership Types/ Styles
2. Coaching and Mentorship
3. Team Building
4. Managing Change and Transition
5. Collaborative problem-solving and decision-making strategies


  Craig Scott
Professor and Chair
Morgan State University

  Demetris Geddis
Assistant Dean and Dept. Chair
Hampton University

Demetris L. Geddis is the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hampton University. Dr. Geddis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hampton University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has extensive research experience in the areas of Integrated optoelectronics, Optics, Microelectronics, and Electromagnetics. He has worked as a Research and Design Engineer at Motorola and Bell laboratories. Also, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a NASA faculty fellow for the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch where he performed research in the area of optical fiber sensing for real time health monitoring of aerospace vehicles. Current research interests and publications are in the areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, Heterogeneous thin film integration, single-fiber bi-directional communications, optical sensing, and ring lasers. In addition, Dr. Geddis was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he fabricated scalable multiplexed ion traps for quantum computing applications. Prior to joining HU, Dr. Geddis was an associate professor at Norfolk State University where he served as a Graduate Program Coordinator, Department Advising Coordinator, and Director of the Micro- and Nano- Technology Center Cleanroom. Dr. Geddis serves as the Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Section of IEEE and as the Chair of the Photonics Society of Hampton Roads.

  Michel Reece
Associate Professor
Morgan State University

Strategic Connections (1:00pm - 2:30pm)
It is challenging for small to mid-sized programs, especially those at minority serving institutions, to establish mutually beneficial relationships with programs at larger research-intensive universities. In a similar way, interactions with government and industry are often focused only on hiring students in those programs. The goal for this session is to develop an understanding of the elements of an ideal, mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. Moreover, we will identify best practices that lead to win-win relationships.


John Kelly
Associate Dean
North Carolina A&T State University

A native of Montgomery County Maryland, John C. Kelly, Jr. received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, in 1988. Afterwards, he was employed as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Allentown, Pennsylvania developing communications integrated circuits between 1988 and 1992. In the fall of 1992, he joined North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1992 as the College of Engineering’s first Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs. As associate dean, he led the College’s effort to create the University’s first doctoral programs in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical engineering. For the past 19 years he served as the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. He is now an associate professor in that department.

Dr. Kelly has more than twenty five years of experience in research and service—he has participated in more than 25 funded projects as PI or Co-PI and advised more than 25 MS and PhD students. His current research interests include cyberphysical system security, network performance and engineering education.

  Petru Andrei
  Mandoye Ndoye
Assistant Professor
Tuskegee University

Mandoye Ndoye received his B.S.E.E degree (summa cum laude) from the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette) in 2010. After his PhD studies, he joined the Center of Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as a Research Staff Member. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Research Associate at Howard University. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. His research interests include cyber security, signal, sensor data analytics, intelligent infrastructure systems, power systems optimization and engineering education. Dr. Ndoye is a Certified Ethical Hacker.

Investing in Infrastructure (3:00pm - 4:30pm)

The goal for this session is to answer a critical question - How can we solidify the state of the present organization and position ourselves for future success? Toward this end, we identified four key issues that need to be addressed; lessons learned, accomplishments, and adopted best practices from the HBCU ECP journey, and identifying barriers through a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis. The deliverable for this session will be a concise but complete report on the HBCU ECP Program, based largely on prior dissemination efforts. The workshop session will include presentations on the four issues, and group discussions to identify missed opportunities and answer open questions.



Ken Connor

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Kenneth Connor was a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) from 1974 to 2018. He taught courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research focused on three topics. First is the application of heavy particle beam based diagnostics to plasmas of interest to the thermonuclear fusion community, for which he was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1997. The purpose of this diagnostic (called the Heavy Ion Beam Probe) is to characterize the electric and magnetic field structures and the electron density of the plasma. Both equilibrium values and fluctuations in these quantities can be measured. Second is the study of electromagnetic phenomena, especially those associated with high frequency RF waves, light and bioinstrumentation. Third is engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. Dr. Connor also maintains an interest in other plasma physics and electromagnetics topics, photonics and the history of technology. He has had the great good fortune to work with wonderful colleagues at a very large number of institutions, including, but not limited to, US National Labs (e.g. Oak Ridge and Livermore), companies (e.g. Analog Devices, Kodak) and Universities (e.g. Texas, Wisconsin, Boston University, New Mexico, Howard, Morgan State, Rose-Hulman, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke, Albany, Arizona State ...), Kyoto and Nagoya Universities in Japan, the Ioffe Institute in Russia and Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology in Ukraine and, most recently, professors teaching circuits and electronics from 13 HBCU ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) ERC, where he was Education Director from 2009-2018. He learned problem solving from his father (who ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He was RPI ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008, served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) from 2003 to 2008 and directed the Mobile Studio Project.
  Shiny Abraham
Assistant Professor
Seattle University

Shiny Abraham is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. She received the B.E. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Visveswaraiah Technological University (VTU), India in 2007 and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA in 2012. Her research interests span the areas of Wireless Communication, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Optimization using Game Theory, and Engineering Education Research. She is a member of the IEEE and ASEE, a technical program committee member for IEEE Globecom, ICC, ICCCN and VTC conferences, and a reviewer for several international journals and conferences. Dr. Abraham is PI on a grant from W. M. Keck Foundation that supports undergraduate curriculum enhancement using IoT.
  Stella Quinones
Associate Professor
University of Texas at El Paso
  Miguel Veles-Reyes
Adjunct Professor
University of Texas at El Paso


Open Discussion (4:30pm - 5:00pm)

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