December 2014

Current Views

By Barry Sullivan, Program Director, ECEDHA


Serving the World

Enhancing the image of electrical and computer engineering careers bears directly on improving diversity within the profession, a topic that frequently appears as I scan the news for relevant articles.  I chose several news stories on ECE image and diversity for this month’s “ECE in the News” section, as I believe answers to the challenges they raise can be found in the articles on international ECE activities featured in this issue of the
ECE Source.

Attracting and retaining students, especially from underrepresented groups, has been addressed at past ECEDHA conferences in sessions on diversity and public perceptions of ECE careers.  A recurring observation heard in these discussions is the need to appeal to students’ desire for a career that will benefit society.

The current generation of students grew up surrounded by computers and electronic gadgets, supported by a ubiquitous electric power grid.  These fruits of the diligent efforts by electrical and computer engineers over many decades are so commonplace that the societal benefits they represent can easily be taken for granted.

An article like the one by Stephen Hellen of Catholic Relief Services serves as a powerful reminder of the impact ECE technologies can have on delivering humanitarian aid.  The information and communications technology applications described may seem fairly simple to a typical student at one of our universities, but the ability to deliver them effectively using affordable and reliable platforms is the result of years of electronics and computing innovation.

The other two featured articles in this issue describe efforts to strengthen electrical and computer engineering education for students in developing countries.  These efforts underscore the value of creating a workforce of trained professionals in ECE disciplines to develop the local economy and benefit the general population in these countries.

As a group, these three articles illustrate the importance of bringing ECE technologies to developing countries.  For current and prospective ECE students, they demonstrate the potential for making significant contributions to society by pursuing a career in this field.



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