The ECE Department seeks to educate engineers who will possess the basic concepts, tools, skills, and vision necessary to maintain the technological and economic competitiveness of United States. Our faculty is totally committed to this vision by providing an engaging and challenging curriculum that is enriched with various undergraduate research projects and innovative initiatives. Indeed, we are very proud of our recent undergraduate initiatives such as Project EXCE2L (Excellence in Computer Education with Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills), Project CoS3 (Consortium for Spectroscopic Sensor Systems): An Integrated Systematic and Entrepreneurial Approach to Engineering Education.
We are also very proud of our student body. Our students’ achievements have been recognized on and off campus. Based on their capstone design projects, our graduating seniors in 2009 and 2010 are leading authors of 9 papers in the IEEE Long Island Systems, Application and Technology (LISAT) conference. Recently, in April 2010, our IEEE student chapter received the best student chapter award from the Long Island section of the IEEE. One of our senior team of students won the university-wide business-plan competition in 2010 which exemplified our efforts in enriching our engineering curriculum with entrepreneurial skills.
In the last decade, there has been a spectacular growth of research effort in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering while maintaining an approximately constant total number of full-time faculty members. This growth is evident by the nearly tenfold increase in research expenditures; the publication of at least 14 textbooks and monographs; a total of 64 U.S. patents issued to ten of our faculty members; five IEEE fellows on the faculty, etc.
An important part of our research enterprise is the New York State Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (Sensor CAT) designated by the Governor of New York in 1998 for ten years and has since been awarded renewal for another ten years, beginning in 2009 with an annual budget of about $1M. The Sensor CAT mission is to provide an organizational framework and intellectual and material resources for the development of sensor-related technologies in New York State by facilitating partnership between NYS industry and university research, the most important outcome being new jobs and improved profitability of NY State businesses. The Sensor CAT has its own laboratories, personnel, and facilities, and its faculty members span the entire College of Engineering and beyond.
Our students derive significant benefit from the faculty research accomplishments. For example, the New York State funded Sensor CAT, rooted in the ECE department, has a large effect on our academic programs. The Sensor CAT often provides technically meaningful employment to our students and its facilities are widely used in the senior design projects. The Sensor CAT helps leverage the externally funded research by channeling research efforts for the benefit of undergraduate education. Rewarding mechanisms such as public presentations further enhance the students’ experience.
In summary, our department is blessed with a group of dedicated faculty that is highly creative in research activities, well recognized in the research community and innovative in our education endeavor as evident by our leadership roles in the introduction of entrepreneurial skills to our engineering curriculum and the creation of the first online degree in electrical engineering. We believe that our faculty’s dedication to the profession has also indirectly inspired our students to embrace life-long learning, to become better engineers and better citizens as evident in their achievements in undergraduate research projects and various recognitions on and off campus.
Department Chairman, Distinguished Professor