New Chairs Workshop 

Friday, March 16
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This informal session is intended to highlight the position of department head (chair) and its relationship to upper administration, faculty, staff, and students.  The afternoon is intended to elicit discussion and sharing of best practices that may be of particular interest to new department chairs/heads. The discussion will be led by two chairs that have combined over 25 years of experience leading their respective departments.


 Don Gruenbacker
 George J. and Alice D. Fielder Distinguished Chair
 Electrical and Computer Engineering
 Kansas State University                                                                     

Dr. Don Gruenbacher has served for eleven years as the head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Kansas State University.  Prior to joining K-State in 1997, Gruenbacher was a member of the senior staff in the Space Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory between 1994-1997 and 1989-1990.  He received a bachelor's in electrical engineering in 1989, a master's degree in 1991, and a doctorate in 1994, all from K-State.  During his career at K-State, Don has chaired and served on various committees at the department, college, and university level.  He has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member by both Eta Kappa Nu and Mortar Board.  His research activities are focused in the areas of computer networks, communications, and digital design.

   Jerry Hudgins
 Professor and Chair
 Electrical and Computer Engineering
 University of Nebraska   

Professor Hudgins is a native of West Texas.  He attended Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, Texas, where he received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1985.  Dr. Hudgins has served as Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska for over 14 years.  Professor Hudgins is a Fellow of the IEEE and served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors for 2013-2016, the last two years as IEEE Treasurer.  Dr. Hudgins previously served as the President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) for the years of 1997 and 1998, and as President of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) in 2003.  Dr. Hudgins has worked with numerous industries and published over 150 technical papers, books, and book chapters concerning power semiconductors, power electronics, renewable energy systems, and engineering education.




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