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State of the Department Andreas Cangellaris, Head May 20, 2011
State Funding Headaches • 1/25/11 – Illinois appeals court rules the state’s funding plan for its 2009 capital construction program unconstitutional • Supreme court to rule on a request for a stay “in the very near future” • Uncertainty of state funding impedes private donations • Discussions underway with campus about alternative options for obtaining the state funds
Weathering the State Budget Uncertainty • Enhancing Financial Stability • Increased financial oversight at all levels • Managing Human Resources • 585 FTE decrease on General Revenue Funds (state/tuition funds) since FY09 • Reducing Central Costs • Energy conservation; central/cross-college service centers • Reducing College Costs • Shared services; Admin Consolidation; Extension reorganization • Enhanced Revenue • International students tuition/fees; self-supporting MS • Conservation of Cash • Limited hires; deferred expenses; better fiscal control • Year-end Outcome • Cash balances held by academic units up by more than $62M • Deficits reduced by 23%
Investing to Protect & Advance our Campus • Protecting access and the student experience • Investment in Financial aid (growing by > $4.6M) • Access Illinois – the final major theme of “Brilliant Futures” campaign • Expansion of James Scholars program • Expanding small UG classes; establishment of UG research office • College-based initiatives • Protecting quality of life • Investing in scholarship (Research Board, CAS, Humanities & Arts Research Fund,…) • Supporting research compliance & safety • Improving facilities • Hiring and retaining the best faculty • 133 strategic hires approved (5 in ECE) • Support retention efforts • Increased campus promotion increment
US News & World Report Rankings • ECE undergraduate programs ranked third • EE: MIT, Stanford, Illinois, Berkeley • CE: MIT, CMU, Illinois & Stanford, Berkeley • ECE graduate programs ranked fourth • EE: MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Illinois • CE: MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Illinois
A healthy freshman class • 390 Freshmen (154 CE, 236 EE); 33% International • 81 Transfer Students (44 International) • All ECE Fall 2010 Students: 1546 (505 International) • College of Engineering 2010 Freshmen: 1501 (358 International)
Faculty Retirements… Gary Swenson Norman Cheng K. C. Hsieh Stephen Bishop Dilip Sarwate Chet Gardner
…are thinning our faculty ranks ECE Faculty Lines
New faculty hires… • Assistant Prof. Paris Smaragdis (MIT) • CS-ECE joint appointment • Expertise in speech signal processing particular emphasis on machine listening • Assistant Prof. Yi Lu (Stanford) • Expertise in complex systems with applications to networking • Prof. Yuliy Baryshnikov (Head of the Industrial Mathematics and Operations Research, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent) • ECE-Math joint appointment (July ’11) Paris Smaragdis Yi Lu Yuliy Baryshnikov
…and more to come • Assistant Prof. Dan Wasserman (Princeton) July’11 • Mid-infrared photonics • Assistant Prof. Robert Pilawa (MIT) January ‘12 • Power electronic and electrical energy processing • 3-4 more hires under pursuit Dan Wasserman Robert Pilawa
Outstanding Junior Faculty • Five assistant professors received NSF Faculty early Career Development Awards (CAREER) • Nikita Borisov • Yih-Chun Hu • Shobha Vasudevan • Sayan Mitra • Lynford Goddard Nikita Borisov Yih-Chun Hu Sayan Mitra Lynford Goddard Shobha Vasudevan
Pop receives Presidential Early Career Award • Eric Pop was named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). • PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. • Pop's research focuses on nanoscale transistors and memory elements utilizing graphene, carbon nanotubes, and phase-change materials.
Three ECE Faculty Named IEEE Fellows • Stephen Boppart for contributions to optical biomedical imaging • Joseph Lyding for contributions to nanofabrication and metal-oxide semiconductor transistor reliability • Elyse Rosenbaum for contributions to electrostatic discharge reliability of integrated circuits Joseph Lyding Stephen Boppart Elyse Rosenbaum
ECE Faculty Leadership • David Nicol appointed as Director of the Information Trust Institute • Jim Coleman is the recipient of the 2011 SPIE Technology Achievement Award • Brian Cunningham is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award • Tom Overbye is the recipient of the IEEE Power and Energy Society 2011 Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award David Nicol Jim Coleman Brian Cunningham Tom Overbye
New Imaging Technique Accurately Finds Cancer Cells, Fast • Stephen Boppart leads a team of researchers that have demonstrated the novel microscopy technique nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging (NIVI). • This technique produces easy-to-read, color-coded images of tissue, outlining clear tumor boundaries in a very short amount of time.
Power and Energy Conference at Illinois • Second annual Power and Energy Conference at Illinois was held in February. • Planned and executed by ECE students. • Universities from across the Midwest, as well as industry leaders, participated.
IEEE PES/PELS Joint Student Chapter Wins Best Chapter Award • The Illinois IEEE Power Engineering Society and Power Electronics Society (IEEE PES/PELS) Joint Student Chapter was awarded the IEEE Power Electronics Society Best Chapter. • This year marks the first time that a student chapter has ever received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Best Chapter Award.
Shenoy wins International Graduate Achievement Award • ECE graduate student Pradeep Shenoy was named the recipient of the 2010 Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award. • The award is awarded annually to one Illinois graduate student for innovative international research and service abroad. • Shenoy had performed research in China in 2008 and in India in 2009.
New Program: Engineer in Residence • Allows students to interact with people who have had substantial success with an ECE degree or in an ECE-related field. • At least one invited each semester. • First was Michael McCorquodale (BSEE ’97), founder of Mobius Microsystems, now part of Integrated Device Technology.
ECE is a Vibrant Contributor to Campus Patent Portfolio & State Economic Development
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