Dear alumni and friends of the Department,
First, we take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful 2020 filled with many accomplishments and blessings for you and your families.
Also, we’re looking forward to an announcement this spring of a major gift that will make an impact in four areas: (a) K-12 outreach activities to increase undergraduate enrolment in our department, (b) planned renovation of the senior design lab to have a more collaborative environment among team members, (c) research experience for undergraduate students, and (d) upgrade the infrastructure of our National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission (NCREPT) so this facility can increase its teaching capabilities.
The renovation of the department lab infrastructure forms part of a plan to implement our vision of an Integrated Electrical Engineering Educational Experience (I4E) aimed at providing our undergraduate students with the required skill set to succeed in their professional careers. In particular, I4E aims at providing our ELEG undergraduate students with foundational electrical engineering (EE) knowledge and hands-on experience to design, simulate and prototype EE systems. This effort involves the integration of EE foundational concepts with multiple laboratory experiences. Therefore, the renovation of the Bell undergraduate laboratories and the upcoming renovation of the senior design lab are very important. This should be followed by integrating the various lab experiences in the sophomore and junior years.
Our eight-semester EE degree plan has 125 credit hours. The body of knowledge needed by our BSEE students increases every year since our EE field is experiencing technological growth in areas like communications, electronic materials, and energy to name a few. Unfortunately, we cannot increase the program credit hours; thus, our undergraduate curriculum committee has started a revision of the eight-semester EE degree plan.
On personnel news, the department is seeking to hire a new faculty member for fall 2020. This position is part of the university strategic investment initiative on recently identified signature areas and also targeted to support the newly established Materials Science and Engineering graduate program. This is a joint appointment between the Department of Electrical Engineering (75%) and the Physics Department (25%), with Electrical Engineering being the home department.
Juan Carlos Balda
University Professor and Head of Department