As our 2022 academic year has come to a close, I’m pleased to share that the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science continues to grow and thrive. We are building and expanding our programs to meet growing demand for trained computer scientists and engineers in Washington and beyond. Support from our alumni and friends, including Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer and Schweitzer Engineering Lab, are making a tremendous difference in assuring student success.
Demand for our graduates is higher than ever. A large number of tech employers are headquartered in Washington, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and almost one in 10 workers in Washington are in the tech industry, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association. To meet that demand, our program has doubled in size since 2015. In recent years, we also started computer science, data analytics, and electrical engineering programs in Bremerton and Everett in addition to the offerings on our Pullman, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver campuses.
With support from the Washington state legislature, we’re excited to begin offering a new degree in cybersecurity, starting in fall of 2023. An increasing number of people and companies are experiencing the challenges of trying to keep their data secure, and the number of jobs for graduates in cybersecurity is expected to grow by more than 30 percent in the next decade. Providing a new cohort of graduates in this field is critically important. Our new degree program will be available in Pullman, Tri-Cities and Everett.
Meanwhile, our faculty and students continue with their impactful and real-world research in areas such as design automation and high-performance computing. Some of the work done by our power engineering researchers over decades made a difference this winter for the people of Ukraine, helping to ensure the stable operation of the power grid there as the country transferred its operations to Europe. Our researchers have also used network science to better understand coronavirus infections. Meanwhile, as part of a new National Science Foundation grant, Haipeng Cai is helping to improve software security by improving communications between programming languages.
Assistant professor Ganapati Bhat received an outstanding dissertation award from ACM/SIGDA for his work during his PhD to improve wearable devices. Graduate student Aryan Deshwal has been invited to the prestigious Heidelberg Laureate Forum, which will be held in Germany in September, and our faculty once again have presented at several prestigious conferences around the world.
Finally, I’m excited to invite you all to the upcoming Advanced Grid Institute Industry Day on August 31. The day will provide a wonderful opportunity to hear discussion on national clean energy efforts from leaders in state and federal agencies, utilities, industry, national labs, and academia. I hope you’ll plan to join this free event (available live and virtually).
Thank you, as always, for your support of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Go Cougs!
Boeing Centennial Chair