ECE Communicators Program

ECEDHA is pleased to present a special program specifically designed for ECE Department Communicators and PR Professionals at the ECEDHA Annual Conference. 

This two-day program will provide the opportunity for ECE Communicators to come together to gain a greater understanding of how difficult it has become to educate the public and prospective students about ECE amid the noise of more popular programs. 

Through ECEDHA's ECE Communicators Network, this program allows the opportunity to share best practices in educating the public and prospective students about the exciting field of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


The beginning of the ECE Communicators Program

In 2017, Catharine June from the University of Michigan and Ashlee Gardner from Georgia Tech took the lead in forming an ECE Communicators Group for their peers. The group first hosted special programming for communicators at the 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference in Miramar Beach, Florida. We were pleased to have quite a few communicators from all over the country attend the inaugural program. In 2018, we found that our attendee number doubled - and our impact grew. Now in its fourth year, we hope to host an even larger group of Communicators at ECEDHA 2020 in Orlando, as it is an important time to get your institution involved.

Where we are today

In addition to all of the valuable programming on education, diversity, and research at the Annual Conference, there will be a dedicated ECE Communicators Meeting, led by newly appointed leaders Trudi Brown, North Carolina State University, and Jess MacInnis, University of Toronto. Your institution's communications and public relations professional can expect to spend valuable time networking and idea-sharing with peers. We'll also focus on best practices in communicating research stories to the public and media and incorporating feedback from students into future communications planning.

  Jess MacInnis
External Relations Manager
University of Toronto

Trudi Brown
Director of External Relations
North Carolina State University


ECE Communicators Program Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ECEDHA Welcome Reception
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Informal ECE Communicators Dinner

Thursday, March 19

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am Conference Opening
9:00 am - 9:30am Association Updates & Open Forum
9:30am - 10:30 am Keynote: Henrik Christensen
10:30 am - 10:45 am ECEDHA Photo Shoot
10:45 am - 11:00am Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Next Generation Computing
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm ECE Communicators Lunch and Ice Breaker
1:30 pm - 2:30pm ECE Communicators Session 1 - Peer Review: learn what your counterparts are doing with video, social media, newsletters, and online alumni engagement
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm ECE Networking Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm ECE Communicators Session 2 - Student Panel: hear from ECE undergraduate and graduate students about their communications preferences and experiences
4:00pm - 4:45pm Keynote: Babak Parviz
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote: Rico Malvar
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm ECEDHA Evening Reception and iREDEFINE Poster Sessions
 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm ECE Communicators Dinner (Off-Site)

Friday, March 20

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:30 am - 11:30 am Off Site: tour the University of Central Florida's ECE Department 
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ECE Communicators Keynote Luncheon
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm ECEDHA Main Conference Programming 
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ECExpo Opening Reception

"I have attended the past two ECEDHA meetings because of their sessions addressing the current image of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which is important to me as a communicator for ECE. Being part of ECEDHA is helping me to collaborate with other communicators and professionals in the field to help strengthen the brand. Attracting the best students to ECE is important to society. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist in this important goal."

Catharine June, ECE Communications & Marketing Manager, University of Michigan

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