School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) continues to strengthen its reputation by growing its research and education delivery enterprise. Our faculty, staff and students have enabled us to grow our externally funded sponsored project expenditures to an all-time record high of $31.8M in the fiscal year ending June 2015. The fiscal year awards total an even more impressive $33M, while proposals exceeded $150M. Evidence of our reputation in research includes a proposal yield exceeding 20 percent — awards exceeded 20 percent of proposals.
The National Science Foundation has continued funding for the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Engineering Research Center, an NSF/Department of Energy Engineering Research Center where ASU scientists are focused on the generation and distribution of photovoltaic solar energy. The NSF also awarded CAREER awards to assistant professors Pavan Turaga and Oliver Kosut. Turaga received the award in support of his research underlying the qualities of human movement. Kosut’s award will be used to investigate and provide new techniques to bolster the resilience of communication networks in the presence of potentially damaging attacks. Associate Professor Daniel Bliss and Professor Yong-Hang Zhang were selected as fellows of IEEE and Professor Michael Kozicki was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
We continue to expand our faculty, hiring 11 new faculty members in the past two years to support our growing enrollment and to strengthen key research areas such as photovoltaics, power systems, power electronics, communications, networks, nanotechnology, photonics, integrated circuits, renewable energy and wide bandgap semiconductor materials and devices.
Our primary focus is the education of students, and they play prominent roles in our research — from graduate and undergraduate students to high school students. Brett Larsen is our outstanding undergraduate this year. His interest in engineering was inspired by science fiction. He wanted to develop futuristic technology that would improve people’s lives. A Barrett honors student, he immersed himself in research, culminating in an internship at Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, better known as CERN or the European Council for Nuclear Research. Larsen was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates studying science, math and engineering.
Ibrahima Diop, from Senegal, was the first undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholar to graduate from ASU. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. The MasterCard Scholars program educates and prepares young people from Africa to lead change in their communities. Diop hopes to improve the power system in his country so that people have affordable and reliable electricity.
Enrollment in our academic programs continues to grow with more than 2,700 enrolled in fall 2015. This includes an all-time high enrollment of more than 336 doctoral students, an average of nearly five doctoral students per tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Our graduate programs remain highly recognized with our electrical engineering graduate program ranked 27 by U.S. News and World Report.
Our bachelor’s program was the first ABET accredited, undergraduate engineering program in the country available 100 percent online. The demand among students who cannot come to campus is strong with enrollment growing from 100 in fall 2013, the first semester the degree was offered, to 800 in fall 2015. Students benefitting from online delivery include more than 200 military veterans and many working professionals. Andrew Ninh, a junior pursuing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering online, developed an emerging health informatics startup company known as DocBot, which enables physicians to make fast, well-informed decisions about patient care. He was accepted into Singularity University’s Startup Lab Accelerator Program which includes $100,000 in seed funding and a 10-week experience at their campus in Silicon Valley.
As always, these achievements are thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers and to the excellent students that our programs attract.Stephen M. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E.
ECEE at a glance
Faculty: 64 tenured/tenure-track
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