Professor Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The UMass Amherst Fellows program provides a 50-percent course release for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as one month of summer salary. The ECE department will receive compensation for the teaching release at the rate of $7,000 in each of the two semesters of the fellowship. Professor Tessier will still be expected to devote 50 percent of his time during the academic year to his program activities.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow program is designed to prepare future campus leaders. Faculty who have attained the rank of professor and have shown an interest in administrative leadership are awarded a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area, shadowing and working with the leader of the host unit. Each fellow will also undertake a significant project to be launched during the fellowship year. Tessier will work with Carol Barr, Vice Provost for Undergraduate and Continuing Education, during his appointment.
As Dean Tim Anderson responded to Tessier about his honor, “Congratulations on your selection as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow. I am confident you will find the experience both challenging and rewarding. And after your return to the department you will be better informed and capable of contributing more broadly.”
Tessier is head of the Reconfigurable Computing Group, which focuses on a variety of topics in reconfigurable computing, including CAD for FPGAs, adaptive systems on a chip, and adaptive implementations of communication coding in reconfigurable hardware. He earned his B.S.C.S.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1989, and his M.S. (1992) and Ph.D. (1999) from MIT. (March 2015)