ECEE Director’s message

A record-setting year

Our faculty, students and staff collaborated to set several all-time records for the ECEE School and its programs this past year. These include records for student enrollment, research performance and
faculty recruiting.

Annual research expenditures exceeded $30 million for the first time during the fiscal year ending June 2012. This is more than triple the expenditure level of seven years ago when the expenditures had not exceeded $10 million. The $30 million total represents more than $500,000 in expenditures per tenured or tenure-track faculty member, another record for the School. This expenditure level is also the highest of any school, department or academic unit at Arizona State University. Several large research centers contributed to achieving these results.

Sponsored Research Expenditures

Our primary focus is the education of students, and they play a prominent role in our research. In addition to the traditional support of graduate students working on sponsored project research, we engage undergraduates and even prospective high-school students in our research labs. We fund our undergraduate research experiences through sponsored projects as well as gifts from generous alumni and donors. The largest of these gifts—from Ira A. Fulton, our Schools’ namesake—funds numerous undergraduate research projects.

Our academic programs have grown significantly over the past few years from about 1,200 students seven years ago to nearly 1,700 students in fall 2012. This includes an all-time high enrollment of 289 Ph.D. students. This enrollment level is an average of more than five doctoral students per tenured or tenure-track faculty member. This large Ph.D. enrollment is consistent with our growth in research expenditures as well as the faculty focus on student recruiting and the improving reputation of our programs.

We had a particularly productive faculty recruiting season with nine faculty members scheduled to join ECEE in fall 2012 and spring 2013, the largest number of new faculty members in the past decade. The expertise of these four women and five men span the breadth of research areas in the school from circuits to systems to semiconductors to energy. Supported by the strong enrollment growth and the university administration, we anticipate another aggressive faculty recruiting campaign in the coming year.

Our new M.S. and Ph.D. programs in computer engineering enrolled their first students. Our EE programs remain highly recognized—ranked 31 by U.S. News and World Report and in the top 20 by the National Research Council. The success of our School would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff and students.

Stephen M. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Electrical Engineering; Director
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering