Department Heads Panel - The Future of ECE Education

Saturday, March 14
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Chair:
   
Athina Petropulu
Athina Petropulu
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Vice President, ECEDHA
   

Athina P. Petropulu received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston MA,  all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2010, she is Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Before that she was faculty at Drexel University. Dr. Petropulu's research interests span the area of statistical signal processing, wireless communications, signal processing in networking, physical layer security, and radar signal processing. Dr. Petropulu is Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by NSF and the White House. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2009-2011), IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President-Conferences (2006-2008), and member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP-05), Philadelphia PA.

In 2005 she received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and in 2012 the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award for "exemplary service in technical leadership capacities".

Speakers:
   
Sheila Hemami
Sheila Hemami
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern University
   

Sheila S. Hemami received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She was with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California in 1994 and was with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University from 1995-2013.

Dr. Hemami's research interests broadly concern communication of visual information from the perspectives of both signal processing and psychophysics. She was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2009 for her for contributions to robust and perceptual image and video communications.

Dr. Hemami has held various visiting positions, most recently at the University of Nantes, France and at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. She has received numerous university and national teaching awards, including Eta Kappa Nu's C. Holmes MacDonald Award. She was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2010-11, and has held various technical leadership positions in the IEEE.


Jelena Kovacevic
Professor and Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
 

Jelena Kovačević received a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. She then joined Bell Labs, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, where she is currently the Edward David Schramm Professor and Head of the Department of ECE, Professor of BME, and the Director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics. She received the Belgrade October Prize and the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University. She is a coauthor on an SP Society award-winning paper and is a coauthor of the textbooks "Wavelets and Subband Coding” and “Foundations of Signal Processing”. Dr. Kovacevic is the Fellow of the IEEE and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. She was a keynote speaker at a number of meetings and has been involved in organizing numerous conferences. Her research interests include multiresolution techniques and biomedical applications.


David Perreault
Professor and Associate Head
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology                                                                    
   

 

   

William Sanders
Professor and Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
   

   
Ahmed Tewfik  Ahmed Tewfik
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
 

Ahmed H Tewfik is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and the Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. As chairman, he is credited with substantially increasing the funding of the department, establishing public – private partnerships and increasing the hands-on, industry and entrepreneurial experiences of its students. He was the E. F. Johnson professor of Electronic Communications with the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota until September 2010. From August 1997 to August 2001, he was the President and CEO of Cognicity, Inc., an entertainment marketing software tools publisher that he co-founded.




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