PRESIDENT ’ S LETTER
As President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association ( ECEDHA ), I am proud of the role our association has played in not only advocating for the advancement of ECE but also providing invaluable opportunities for our members to come together to share , learn , grow , support one another in navigating the unprecedented challenges of the past 18 months , and celebrate our successes .
Over the last several years , ECEDHA has launched a variety of initiatives designed to make a significant impact on the future of ECE . For example , our iREDEFINE program is striving to diversify our ECE faculty across the U . S . by offering targeted workshops – in-person , and most recently , virtually – for women and underrepresented minority graduate students who are considering future careers in academia , and connecting them with current ECE department chairs and heads . As another vibrant example , ECEDHA partnered with the Inclusive Engineering Consortium ( IEC ) to launch Project RECET , an effort through which ECE learning materials that facilitate remote or blended delivery are collected and disseminated across multiple academic institutions to help address the disruptions caused by the pandemic .
This past year , our ECEDHA community of department chairs and heads , other academic leaders , faculty members , lab professionals , communciations specialists , students , and industry partners engaged in meaningful learning and networking opportunities through a series of virtual national summits and regional meetings , corporate partner webinars , and other enhanced online programming . Looking to the coming year , we are excited to have the opportunity to come together once again in person at our flagship annual conference , which will be held in New Orleans in March 2022 . Our Program Committee is hard at work preparing a stellar line-up and safe experience for all , and I encourage you to mark your calendars for this much anticipated event !
This membership brochure includes an overview of the latest association initiatives and benefits . I invite you to learn more about how ECEDHA has emerged as a driving force in bringing together ECE community leaders such as yourself to share best practices and advance our discipline . We strive to be an inclusive and diverse community . If you have not yet become involved in any of our initiatives or committees , I welcome and encourage you to do so .
We look forward to serving you and your department in the 2021-2022 academic year with your renewed support and engagement in ECEDHA . Yours truly ,
Susan C . Hagness , Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison President , ECEDHA
ECEDHA DIVERSITY PLEDGE
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association ( ECEDHA ) stands united in its pursuit and support of diversity , equity , inclusion , and social justice . We pledge solidarity with communities of color and other marginalized groups who have experienced discrimination . We will demonstrate our commitment through actions .
Specifically , we will ensure that our board , committees , panels , and rosters of invited speakers include diverse representation . In our programming and operations , we will include perspectives of people from all disciplinary , personal , and cultural backgrounds . We will foster a welcoming environment that encourages the participation and pathways to ECEDHA leadership for those from groups that were traditionally marginalized . We will include , invite , and involve those with non-privileged identities based on but not limited to gender , race , ethnicity , country of origin , sexual orientation , ability , religion , age , family status , veteran status , economic status , and political views . Our programming will be inclusive and will not shy away from uncomfortable conversations .