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School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Director's Message

Partha PandeDear alumni and friends,

As we start 2020, I’m pleased to report that our programs are growing and thriving. It’s been another busy year with record enrollment in our computer science programs, the addition of several new and dynamic faculty members, development of our Everett and Bremerton programs, and continued growth of our research enterprises.

Our undergraduate program has now grown to more than 700 students across the state, and this year we saw our first graduates in the unique data analytics program, including Haylie Murray. More than ever, we’re working to meet high demand for our graduates to grow the economy of Washington and the region.

Meanwhile, our research enterprises continue to grow. I’m pleased to announce the addition of several new faculty members, including Nadra Guizani. Aravind Sukumaran-Rajam, Jeremy Thompson, and Shuzheng Xie. They add to our strong cohort of junior faculty members, who have been exceptionally successful in recent years. These junior faculty, including Jana Doppa, Assefaw Gebremedhin, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, and Dae Hyun-Kim, have all been recipients of prestigious early career awards and are providing critically important building blocks for our vibrant research program.

Our EECS programs are perpetually buzzing with activity from our young students in our fast-moving and dynamic fields of study. How extraordinary, then, to be able to recognize our longest serving faculty member. KC Wang was honored in December for 50 years of teaching at WSU. When he began here, the Internet was a distant dream, and a computer took up an entire room. He has taught generations of WSU students important fundamentals in computer science and has truly made a difference in many lives.

Thanks, also, to the continued support of our alumni and friends. In particular, we appreciate the support for recent professorships from Edmund O. Schweitzer, the Boeing Company, and the Berry Family. These generous gifts allow us to attract and retain outstanding faculty, which directly translates into the education of our next generation of students.

I always enjoy hearing from colleagues, alumni and friends. Please feel free to contact me when you are planning a visit to campus, or drop me a note.

Sincerely,

Partha Pande
Director
Boeing Centennial Chair