Message From the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Houston! At this time of year, it is a joy to welcome a new generation of bright young students into our classrooms and laboratories, even as we see our graduates stepping out into the big wide world. Our enrollments continue to grow strongly, especially in computer and systems engineering. Our faculty members are creating a whole new first-year experience and the early results are just terrific.
These are exciting times for the department. It is a period of renewal and rapid growth. This semester we have the pleasure of welcoming five new faculty members, and we now have 3 full-time instructors dedicated to world-class teaching. We invite you to join us on our Tier One journey!
We are committed to providing a world-class educational experience to our students. Our new UH Nanofabrication Facility consists of a state-of-the-art clean room built for education and research. Recently, we upgraded our undergraduate laboratories for nanotechnology, humanoid robotics, FPGA computing, wireless networking and cube satellites. Our senior design experience has been expanded to a full year, and we are building a new industry-led consortium to help define its future. I hope that you noticed our new solar panel array that incorporates micro-inverter technology. Our students can now use the real-time performance data from this array for their experiments.
ECE faculty members continue to excel in education and scholarship. Please join me in congratulating the many professors who recently received external awards, publications and promotions. Dr. Dmitri Litvinov won the Farfel Award (the university’s highest honor) and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Zhu Han was elected IEEE Fellow. Dr. Don Wilton won the ACES Computational EM Award. Dr. Yan Yao won the Ralph E. Powe Award, and a grant from ARPA-e. Drs. Fritz Claydon and Stuart Long received the White House Award for the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, as well as the UH GK-12 Excellence in Group Teaching Award. Eight out of the 23 UH inventors were from ECE this year. Diana de la Rosa-Pohl won the University Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Dave Shattuck won the UH Career Teaching Award. Dr. Robert Provence won the Outstanding Lecturer award. Drs. Wei-Chuan Shih and Saurabh Prasad won NASA Early career awards. I have a hard time keeping up.
Our research funding has grown over the past year, and we have been busily starting new projects and renovating our research laboratories. These are exciting times. I am thrilled by the exuberance and excellence of our recent hires. Their work has been featured on Nature, The Wall Street Journal, Science, The Economist, PBS, ECE Source, the Discovery Channel, and NPR, among others. Our students will be thrilled to learn from these faculty members.
Feel welcome to explore our website. Your feedback is always welcomed. Better yet, stop by and let’s meet!
- Badri Roysam
Hugh and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor, and Department Chair