Message from Kris Hollot
Dear UMass Amherst ECE alumni and friends:
We've just started school for the Spring 2013 semester, and with this newsletter I am pleased to report on some ECE department happenings since last June, when it was much, much warmer.
In September of 2012, we brought in 140 first-year students into our introductory ECE class. This continues a rebound in our undergraduate numbers, which dipped in 2002-2010, as did all ECE programs nationwide. At this same time, we admitted 61 new M.S. and 11 Ph.D. students. Overall, we have around 400 undergraduates, as well as 180 M.S. and 77 Ph.D. students. We've got our hands full.
The fall gave us a number of good opportunities to recognize our alums.
In October, Dr. Ellen J. Ferraro ('89 B.S., '94 Ph.D., ECE), the director of the Systems Architecture Design and Integration Directorate for Integrated Defense Systems at Raytheon in Waltham, delivered the 13th annual Tang Lecture. The title of her lecture was "The Art of Systems Thinking Within the Science of Systems Engineering."
A few weeks later we had the pleasure of presenting Eric A. Swanson ('82 B.S. EE) with ECE's Outstanding Senior Alumni Award at the college's Alumni Award Dinner held annually during Homecoming Week. Earlier in the fall, Eric was one of the recipients of the 2012 António Champalimaud Vision Award, which recognizes contributions to overall vision research and to the alleviation of visual impairments.
And we are very thankful for our alums' generosity.
In September, we celebrated the new Hluchyj Fellows, the growing family of 10 scholars spawned by the Hluchyj Fellowship and the collaboration between the College of Engineering and School of Nursing. The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship was started by Dr. Michael Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the ECE department, and his wife, Theresa "Terry" Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the School of Nursing.
Every year we thank alumnus Paul Engel ('74 B.S. CSE) and his wife Debi Engel, who have been long-time supporters of the College of Engineering. Their legacy here includes a scholarship they established in 2000 and named after the local company they co-own. The scholarship is officially called the Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. Scholarship Endowment, which supports students from Western Massachusetts who are matriculating in the College of Engineering.
Finally, I'd like to invite you all to two events: Senior Design Project Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013; and ECE Research Day, to be held during Homecoming Week in the fall of 2013. Actually, we held our first annual Research Day this past October, when 60 of our Ph.D. students gave poster presentations on their research work. We plan to introduce seminars and lab tours in its second incarnation. And, of course, you don't want to miss this year's Senior Design Project Day. Check out http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/sdp/sdp13/ for a preview of this year's projects.
I hope you enjoy catching up with our ECE Department. Please send me a note at email@example.com and keep warm during winter's last cold blasts!