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Electrical and Computer Engineering Departmental Overview. Prof. Mark E. Law Department of Electrical and Computer Eng. Logistics. Wireless - eceufw Bathrooms are across the breezeway Introductions. Outline. Agenda State of the Department Faculty Graduate Undergraduate Conclusions.

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Electrical and Computer EngineeringDepartmental Overview

Prof. Mark E. Law

Department of Electrical and Computer Eng.


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Logistics

  • Wireless - eceufw

  • Bathrooms are across the breezeway

  • Introductions


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Outline

  • Agenda

  • State of the Department

    • Faculty

    • Graduate

    • Undergraduate

  • Conclusions


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Agenda

  • 8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

  • 9:00-10:00 State of the Department, Law

  • 10:00-10:30 Budget Cut Discussion, Law

  • 10:30-11:00 Break

  • 11:00-12:00 New Undergrad Curriculum Discussion, Law

  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch

  • 1:00-2:00 Senior Design Competition, NEB Rotunda

  • 2:00-3:00 Research Highlights - Moore, Lin

  • 3:00-3:30 Break

  • 3:30-4:30 100th Anniversary / Capital Campaign, Hendryx

  • 4:30-5:30 Wrap Up, All

  • 6:15 Dinner - Mildred’s Big City Cafe


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Leadership

  • Dean Search is in full gear

  • Application Deadline was April 10

  • On-Campus Interviews week of May 11

  • Start date of August is hoped for


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US News Rankings

  • Beauty Contest at the department level

  • 29st Best Graduate Program in US News (2008) Up 2 from 2007

  • Unranked Undergrad, same as 2005-8


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Outline

  • Agenda

  • State of the Department

    • Faculty

    • Graduate

    • Undergraduate

  • Conclusions


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ECE Faculty

  • Faculty

    • 44 Tenure Track Faculty and 4 Lecturers

    • 15 IEEE Fellows

    • 9 Assistant Professors

  • No searches run in 07/08 or 08/09


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Faculty Honors

  • Dr. Liuqing Yang has been selected as a winner of the 2009 NSF CAREER Program competition.

  • Dr. Eisenstadt and Dr. Fox were recognized with the SRC FCRP Inventor Recognition Awards for Inventions filed for patents.

  • Dr. Dapeng Wu named UFRF professor.


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Faculty Honors

  • The Universidade Federal do Maranhao, Sao Luis do Maranhao, Brazil, bestowed the degree of "Doutor Honoris Causa", to Dr. Jose C. Principe, for his contributions to academic excellence, neuroengineering research and its clinical impact.

  • Dr. Dapeng Wu received an AFOSR Young Investigator Award.

  • Dr. Mike Fang, Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Wireless Communications

  • UF Jack Wessel Excellence Award for Assistant Professors to Liquing Yang


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Hiring Plans and Recruitment

  • Target 50 faculty before budget cuts

  • No 07/08 or 08/09 Search

  • Waiting on 09/10 dependent on budget


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Outline

  • Agenda

  • State of the Department

    • Faculty

    • Graduate

    • Undergraduate

  • Conclusions


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Strategic Goals - ECE

  • Goal was to double Ph.D.’s

  • Project Steady State in the mid 30’s


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Strategic Goal - ECE

  • Place more faculty as academics

  • FIDEP

    • Developmental Program fro academics

    • Year long course sequence

    • Resume critique, interview shadowing, mock interviews, proposal writing, class instruction

  • Look to more domestic Ph.D. production

  • More teaching opportunities


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ECE Research Metrics

Expenditures ($M)

Awards are up, but expenditures are down

Publications

Sustainable ~500


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Strategic Goals - ECE

  • Funding Metric on Ph.D.’s - Achieved 05/06

    • Support approximately 200 to 240 Ph.D. students

    • $10 - $13M / year in external research expenditures

  • Publications Metric on Ph.D. - Achieved 05/06

    • 120 to 150 journal pubs / year (0.6 / year / Ph.D. student)

    • 200 to 240 conference pubs / year (1 / year / Ph.D. student)

  • Consistent with recruitment of 40-50 Ph.D. students / year


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Publication Quality

  • IEEE Xplore is a game changer

  • Top Conferences are now as available as journals

  • Changed Evaluation Metrics


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Number of Students

  • Declines in Undergrad

  • Bottomed out?

  • More Later


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Grad Applicants, Admission, Enrollment

  • Incoming class was huge!

  • Fall 2009 to date:

    • Over 1700 Applicants

    • Made 40 offers

    • 500 Achievement Awards Offers

  • Project need 140 students

  • Difficulty Recruiting US


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Grad Student Stipend

  • Living Estimate for Gainesville ~$11,500

  • 15% of student stipends are below living costs

  • Last year it was 20%

  • Average is now $13,700

  • Up about 3% from last year

  • Recommended Minimum

    • $15,000 stipend

    • $18,000 budget


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Distance Learning

  • Online M.S. - EDGE

  • Negotiated new out-of-state pricing

  • Tuition is now reasonable

  • Please spread the word to alums

  • Revenue Stream to college / department


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Outline

  • Agenda

  • State of the Department

    • Faculty

    • Graduate

    • Undergraduate

  • Conclusions


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Undergrad News and Awards

  • UF IEEE Student Chapter did very well at this year's Region 3 Southeast Conference. They competed against 39 other universities placing first in the programming and second in ethics presentation competitions/

  • Subjagator finished second after a three year winning streak at the robotic sub competition.


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Undergrad Retention / Recruiting

  • National Problem

    • Enrollment is down in EE, CprE

    • Shift to Mechanical

    • Retention is poor in the discipline

  • Locally

  • Half has been in CprE

    • Hardware down to 60 students

    • Software (CISE) down from 800 to 300

  • We have no control over admissions


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Impacts

  • SCH’s - summer budget, raise pool

  • Could hurt our budget outright

  • Leader in improving will help our rankings

  • Important to the state mission

  • Lose higher admission standards

  • Exceptional High School Students

  • UCF, USF get lower quality freshmen (on average) and do fine


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Problems

  • Science and Math Based Curriculum for Engineering

    • Lose a lot of students in the first two years

    • No engineering curriculum

  • Diversity is bad

    • White, male undergrad body (ok with hispanics)

    • Female undergrad percentage is decreasing

  • Perceived as difficult

    • C+ requirement in math and physics

    • Weed out in 3111 / 3135

  • 12th Century Teaching Methods


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Lots of National Research

  • Entry Level Courses

    • Project Based Approaches

    • Team Learning, Alternatives to Lecture

    • More hands-on, less theory

    • We can make use of these concepts

  • I think we need to begin to seriously adapt new strategies in entry level classes first two years - more later!


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ABET

  • Both CprE and EE got a clean bill of health

  • Continue to run processes

  • Next visit is in 2012

  • New courses in curriculum

    • Seminar

    • Junior Design

    • Freshmen Engineering

  • Request to increase to 131 hours


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ABET 2000

  • Methodology of Evaluation - rather than credit counting

  • Outcomes assessment

    • Faculty Review of Performance

    • Survey Students

    • Survey Recruiters / Alums

    • Panels for targeted feedback

  • Show coupling of assessment to curriculum renewal and overhaul

  • Verify that students meet nationally recognized criteria


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ABET Definitions

  • Objectives

    • Broad Statements

    • Goals for students 5 years after graduation

    • Measured by surveys / focus groups

  • Outcomes

    • Specific skills

    • Measured at graduation time

    • Direct measurement (not grades or surveys)


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Objective Survey Data

  • 2008 Survey - Quickly

  • Trends

    • Compare three years of surveys

    • Can start tracking classes longitudinally


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Grad School

  • Some increase

  • Economic?


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Continuing Education

  • Some increase in attendance at continuing education events


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Technical Contributions

  • Pretty positive results


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Soft Skills

  • Volunteering is increasing?


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Outline

  • Agenda

  • State of the Department

    • Faculty

    • Graduate

    • Undergraduate

  • Conclusions


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Issues

  • Math Skills

  • Senior Design Overload


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3105 - Analytic Methods in EE

  • 3 credits

  • Application of calculus to develop the analytical tools used in electrical engineering. Real and complex functions and polynomials; linear spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalue problem; linear differential operators; approximation, including least squares, interpolation, and approximation by polynomials.

  • Coreq - Differential Equations, 3135

  • Offered first in Fall 2006


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3135 Intro to Signals and Systems

  • 3 credits

  • Continuous-time and discrete-time signal analysis including Fourier series and transforms; sampling; continuous-time and discrete-time linear system analysis with emphasis on FIR and IIR systems: impulse response, frequency response, and system function.

  • Coreq - Differential Equations, 3105


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3112 Circuits, Systems, and Signals

  • 4 credits

  • Continuous-time signals and linear systems: Fourier series and transforms, frequency response, Laplace transform and system function, analog filters; emphasis on electrical circuits. Sampling. Discrete-time signals and systems; time- and frequency-domain analysis; sampled-data systems and design of digital filters.

  • Prereq - 3105, 3135


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New Scores in Outcome a

  • a - an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

  • Some evidence of improvement!


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New course for Fall 2006

Cover much of the background

Scheduling / Documentation / Patent

Sample Designs / Teamwork

Working on evaluation metrics

Initial unscientific results have been very favorable

Request in to increase hours to degree

Otherwise it will come out of technical electives

Junior Design


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Critical for ABET - monitor nearly all outcomes in senior design

Lot to cover and include

Some evidence for improved results in SD from JD

Outcome Data has suggested JD is a real plus

Senior Design


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Conclusions design

  • Hit initial research goals - maintain and grow

    • Focus on Quality / Reputation

  • Challenged with enrollment

    • Recruit harder, more effectively

    • Raise stipends to competitive levels

  • Developing Quality Metrics


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Action Items for Meeting design

  • Help with the Anniversary

  • Feedback on Undergraduate Programs (More Later)

    • Teaching Directions

    • Retention

    • Changes

  • Feedback on Research / Graduate Programs


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