The largest gathering of electrical and computer engineering department heads from the U.S. and Canada will occur in Austin during a March 23-27 conference hosted by The University of Texas at Austin and organized by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA).
The 2012 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo represents the first time the association has partnered with a university to host the annual event, a model that the association hopes to continue.
"Our partnership with The University of Texas at Austin has allowed us to take the meeting to a new level while attracting the leading industry organizations in the region, who are heavily vested in university outreach and development," said John Janowiak, executive director of ECEDHA.
The conference brings together hundreds of electrical and computer engineering department heads and chairs to discuss everything from how to advance the field, improve communication among academia, industry and government, and how to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
"The electrical engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin is a leader in interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching," said Ahmed Tewfik, chair of the university's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in the Cockrell School of Engineering. "Hosting the ECEDHA meeting is a great honor and an opportunity for all of us to discuss trends and best practices, thereby maintaining the excellence and leading position of electrical engineering research and education in North America."
The conference will also bring together more than 30 industry leaders participating in the ECExpo technology demonstration, the program's largest exhibit floor to date.
The program will address important issues facing electrical and computer engineering programs, including recruitment, educational program delivery and laboratory infrastructure and research funding. Sessions will focus on power and energy, new media/social media, challenges of equipping teaching laboratories and classrooms, diversity in engineering education, K-12 outreach, and export control/intellectual property.
The conference will be held at the ATandT Conference Center in Austin.
ECEDHA is composed of heads or chairs of departments offering accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering. The purpose of the association is to help advance the field, facilitate member interaction and idea exchange, and improve communication with the profession, industry, government and others.