ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION

February 2015

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2015 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo Overview

By Barry Sullivan, Program Director, ECEDHA

The planning process that began last March at the 2014 ECEDHA Annual Conference has produced another outstanding program, thanks to the leadership of Athina Petropulu, ECEDHA Vice President and ECE Chair at Rutgers, and the ECEDHA Program Committee.  The full program is available for your perusal on the conference website.  This overview will guide you through the conference highlights.

The program begins on Friday, March 13, with a day of pre-conference workshops.  A full-day workshop on preparing for an ABET accreditation review will be offered again this year, as will an afternoon workshop for new ECE chairs.  The ABET Workshop requires a separate registration, while the New Chairs Workshop is open to all attendees.

Along with these two traditional offerings, we will continue the practice of presenting a daylong workshop on a timely subject at the Annual Conference.  This year, a sub-committee led by Nicolas Younan of Mississippi State has organized a program on cybersecurity to review the educational needs in this area and how they are currently being addressed at some ECEDHA member institutions.  The Cybersecurity and Cyber-Physical Systems Workshop will gather academic, government, and industry experts to share their perspectives and engage in discussions with workshop participants.  A separate registration is also required for this workshop.

We take it up a notch the next day as the conference formally opens on Saturday morning.  In addition to featured speakers from industry, government, and academia—including Roy Lurie of MathWorks, Teresa Shea of NSA, William Chappell of DARPA, Justin Rattner of Intel, and Pramod Khargonekar of NSF—the program presents a panel of experts on the Internet of Things (IoT), organized by George Pappas of the University of Pennsylvania and Dan Stancil of NC State University, and another panel of ECE department heads discussing issues of concern to all ECEDHA members.

Industry participation and support extends beyond featured speakers at the Annual Conference.  Attendees can take advantage of focus groups with selected corporate partners on Saturday evening, followed by meetings of the ECEDHA Regional Groups.  An evening reception sponsored by Keysight Technologies rounds out the day.

The program shifts gears on Sunday morning, giving the spotlight to ECEDHA corporate sponsors in a series of 20-minute technology briefings.  Captured live and posted on the ECEDHA website after the event, the ECE Spotlights have been a popular feature over the past several years, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about technology advances supporting ECE education.

Sunday afternoon will feature a special Diversity Workshop, sponsored by Texas Instruments and presented by the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE).  This interactive theater session, which will explore unconscious gender bias in the faculty search process, comes highly recommended by Program Committee members who have experienced it at their own institutions.  The session will conclude with a discussion of best practices for combating unconscious bias in faculty searches.

The ECExpo opens on Sunday evening with a reception on the exhibit floor.  The ECExpo, which continues throughout the day on Monday, offers a unique opportunity for ECEDHA members to network with leading companies who are heavily vested in university outreach and development.

The conference program on Monday offers a rich mix of keynote speakers and panel discussions.  The opening keynote session includes Ahmad Bahai of Texas Instruments and Steve Phillips of Arizona State University representing ABET.  Breakout sessions cover a range of current topics, offering ECE department heads the opportunity to share insights and perspectives with their peers. 

Capping off the afternoon program, the Industry Roundtable assembles a panel of leaders drawn from the ECEDHA Corporate Advisory Council to discuss ECE enrollment and the supply of future engineers.  This was the topic of a facilitated dialog at the Council’s Summer Meeting.  The roundtable session will share the results of the dialog and continue the discussion with the conference attendees.

Attendees have a final opportunity to visit the ECExpo exhibits during the Monday evening reception.  The remainder of the evening is devoted to award presentations, first at a special reception for IEEE-HKN award recipients, followed by the ECEDHA Awards Banquet.

The conference program concludes on Tuesday morning.  A new feature on emerging topics and technologies opens the morning program, with presentations on a neurosynaptic chip architecture from IBM and a new approach to funding research by Benefunder.  The program continues with a report on the state of ECEDHA in the business meeting.  The Annual Conference ends with the Open Forum, a real-time survey of ECEDHA members on current issues in ECE education.

This overview is just a glimpse of what the 2015 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo has to offer.  Only a trip to Hilton Head, SC, on March 13-17 will allow you to enjoy all of the benefits to be gained from networking and interacting with your peers, however.  See you there!


 
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