School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Director's Message

Dear alumni and friends,

After more than a decade of dedicated service, Behrooz Shirazi has stepped down from his position as school director. I am honored to serve as the interim director as we conduct a search for a permanent director. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for Behrooz’s hard work and leadership during several years of tremendous growth in the school, including in our research endeavors, student enrollment, and faculty.

Our programs have expanded on the Pullman campus as well as across the state in Everett and Bremerton, and we are very excited to begin offering several new degree programs this fall. These include new majors in software engineering and data analytics in Everett, Pullman, and through the online Global Campus, and a new electrical engineering degree at Olympic College in Bremerton (p. 10). These new programs will address the dramatic industry need in Washington and around the United States for qualified engineers and computer scientists. We look forward to watching new students thrive in these high-demand fields.

As our programs have grown, we have also added several new faculty members who are making a difference both in the classroom and with their innovative research. These include Dae Hyun Kim (p. 6) and Assefaw Gebremedhin (p.5), who both have received prestigious early career awards. Dr. Kim is conducting research in three-dimensional integrated circuits while Dr. Gebremedhin is developing a software tool that will quickly identify bacterial strains. Some of our other new faculty members include Anamika Dubey and Noel Schulz (p. 13) in power engineering, Jana Doppa and Shuiwang Ji in machine learning, Yinghui Wu in data science, Venera Arnaoudova and Haipeng Cai in software engineering, and Subhanshu Gupta in microelectronics.

Meanwhile, we continue to expand our efforts to grow enrollment and provide a better experience for our students. Professor Shira Broschat is leading efforts to introduce young women to computer science and provide encouragement once they get here (p. 11). We are also part of a new National Science Foundation grant that will look at why women study engineering at higher rates in several other countries and what we might be able to learn from them (p. 12).

I look forward to leading the school during this time of transition so that our progress remains unhindered and we achieve new laurels in research and teaching. Thank you for your continuing support of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Partha Pande