Committed to research and development with a special focus on humanitarian needs, Rajesh Kannan Megalingam motivates his undergraduate students at Amrita University to take on research activities and projects that help improve the world. Student research at the undergraduate level in India is rare, but Megalingam established an engineering program that provides opportunities to publish papers and attend conferences around the world. As leader of the Humanitarian Technologies (HuT) Lab at Amrita, he also provides his students with invaluable experience in developing technologies that are making a difference. Humanitarian-geared projects created under his guidance include a hand-gesture-based wheelchair to aid the physically challenged, a search-and-rescue robot for natural disaster areas, and an unmanned robotic coconut tree climber and harvester. All of these projects were completed with the help of only undergraduate students.
An IEEE Senior Member, Megalingam is director of the Humanitarian Technology Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Kollam, India.
Lisa G. Huettel has helped revitalize the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) curriculum at Duke University with innovative ideas that engage students. She coordinated the transformation of Duke’s foundational ECE course, which now integrates topics from throughout ECE with a comprehensive team-based design project. Students can explore the breadth of ECE early in their studies, which has positively affected interest, engagement, and retention. She has incorporated new technologies into her courses, such as using iPods to facilitate the collection and analysis of biological signals, introducing tablets to bridge lectures and laboratories, and adapting musical instruments for signal processing demonstrations. She also integrated the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges into a range of Duke courses, which has sparked increased student interest.
An IEEE Senior member, Huettel is Professor of the Practice with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
Considered by students and colleagues as an extraordinary educator and role model, Susan M. Lord is making engineering education more accessible and appealing to diverse students. At the University of San Diego (USD), Lord has coordinated redevelopment of the first-year engineering course multiple times to enhance student learning and improve retention. She also implemented laboratory programs for engineering design to foster continuous improvement. In her drive to make engineering education more welcoming to students of diverse backgrounds, she has conducted research to help faculty better understand who their students are, their pathways into engineering fields, and their classroom experiences. Lord was the first USD engineering faculty member to incorporate service learning where the students present hands-on science to middle- and high-school classes.
An IEEE Fellow, Lord is a professor and chair of engineering at the University of San Diego, CA, USA.
A leader in classroom innovation, the programs developed by Bonnie H. Ferri are transforming undergraduate engineering education for students at the Georgia Institute of Technology and around the world. Ferri is pioneering the use of mobile, hands-on laboratory equipment that allows electrical and computer engineering (ECE) students to perform exercises at home or in class instead of in traditional laboratories. This has also allowed lecture-based courses to now have a laboratory component. Ferri also has improved learning environments by incorporating the latest flipped/blended techniques into the ECE curriculum. In this format, prerecorded lectures are viewed outside of class to allow students to interactively work on problems in the classroom during what would normally be lecture time.
An IEEE Senior member, Ferri is a professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Terri Fiez has helped ensure that engineering students are well prepared for their careers not only technically, but in terms of leadership, teamwork, and communication. While at Oregon State University, Fiez implemented a learner-centered program, called TekBots, where freshman students develop an autonomous robot and build upon this platform during their four-year curriculum. By engaging students with a real system that does something interesting, students experience the frustration of getting real systems to work and the satisfaction of accomplishing the task. By graduation, students not only have a robot that they’ve customized, they also fully understand how it works and how it got there. Fiez also launched the first online post-baccalaureate program to provide computer science degrees for students with degrees from non-engineering disciplines.
An IEEE Fellow, Fiez is currently vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA.
Teaching what are traditionally considered some of the most difficult courses in the electrical engineering curriculum, Branislav M. Notaros has made dramatic improvements to student learning, mastery, success, and satisfaction in his electromagnetics classes. Prof. Notaros’ students appreciate his enthusiasm for the subject matter, his effectiveness in explaining complex material, and his genuine concern for their success. His teaching is based on active and problem-based learning, using his examples, problems, and conceptual questions. At the global level, he implemented this approach and material in his Electromagnetics textbook, his greatest endeavor of many years. His hands-on MATLAB exercises, tutorials, and projects constitute one of the most complete and ambitious uses of MATLAB in electromagnetics education.
An IEEE Senior member, Dr. Notaros is currently a professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.
Hsi-Tseng Chou’s innovative course development and teaching methods have quickly grown Yuan Ze University’s College of Electrical and Communication Engineering (CECE) into an award-winning program in Taiwan. Dr. Chou implemented a new teaching system in 2006 that transformed the CECE and earned recognition by receiving important funding from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. He integrated the CECE’s course structures among its departments to allow students to pursue multiple degrees. He introduced courses on antennas and propagation, microwave engineering, and fundamental communication theory and created project-based laboratories for these courses. He incorporates industrial knowledge within his courses and exposes students to industry experts through off-campus opportunities. His methods have prepared students to play an important role in the global wireless technology industry.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Chou is a professor and dean of Research and Development with the Department of Communications Engineering, Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li, Taiwan.
Charles K. Alexander believes that it is the undergraduate years when students can be inspired to do great things. Dr. Alexander follows a “participatory learning” style where the students drive classroom discussions through the questions they ask, and he guides the direction with the answers he provides. Dr. Alexander’s students credit him as one of the most motivational instructors they ever had, instilling a love for learning that they have incorporated into their own careers. He also focuses on nontechnical skill development to ensure that students can communicate clearly. Dr. Alexander developed the WriteTalk and ProSkills programs with Jim Watson to enhance the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of engineering students along with the development and enhancement of the many additional soft skills necessary for career success. He also helped create the Student Professional Awareness Conference program, Student Branch Officers Leadership program, and IEEE Potentials magazine to provide opportunities for continued learning.
An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Alexander is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cleveland State University, OH, USA.
Santosh K. Kurinec’s graduate-level approach to undergraduate education has inspired students to become high-level microelectronics engineers. Dr. Kurinec has directed an undergraduate program in microelectronics at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where the education and welfare of students, not just research results, are central to the mission. She has provided undergraduate students with a learning environment normally tailored to graduate students, establishing unique courses and laboratories incorporating research and design projects with real-world relevancy. Her efforts have resulted in the modernization of teaching laboratories and establishment of cutting-edge program tracks at RIT. Dr. Kurinec joined the RIT Microelectronic Engineering Department in 1988. She emphasized providing all undergraduate students with research experience through class projects. Dr. Kurinec has advised over 150 projects over the past 15 years, providing students with hands-on experience for a wide range of microfabrication processes. As department head from 2001–2009, she developed many new degree programs in micro- and nanoelectronics.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kurinec is currently a professor of electrical and microelectronic engineering with the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.
Raghunath K. Shevgaonkar’s inspirational teaching methods have made electromagnetics understandable and enjoyable for a generation of students. Many students dread electromagnetics courses that can appear to consist of extremely challenging mathematical models. Dr. Shevgaonkar’s approach is to present field phenomenon as a natural extension of circuit theory and to put physical understanding ahead of mathematical steps. Add in concept-oriented practical problems and you have a course that students rate as one of their best. A pioneer of distance education, Dr. Shevgaonkar established the Centre for Distance Engineering Education Program at IIT, Bombay. He developed Web-based video courses covering electromagnetics and fiber optics that have been viewed by colleges throughout India. His textbook, "Electromagnetic Waves" (McGraw Hill Education India, 2005), is one of the most widely used undergraduate textbooks on electromagnetics in India and other countries.
An IEEE Senior Member, Dr. Shevgaonkar is a professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT, Bombay, and vice chancellor of University of Pune, India.
Ned Mohan is setting the new standard for electric energy systems education with a curriculum that recognizes that many solutions to electric energy challenges lie outside the traditional boundaries of the field. Dr. Mohan has created renewed interest with course enrollments increasing four- to five-fold at the University of Minnesota, and his curriculum has been adapted by universities worldwide. His student-oriented approach integrates power systems, power electronics and power drives courses and laboratories and emphasizes renewable energy sources, reliable delivery and efficient end-use. Dr. Mohan supports his curriculum with textbooks and laboratories he developed himself. His teaching philosophy is based on treating students with the utmost respect and considering if new approaches will benefit not only their technical knowledge but their long-term career-development potentials.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Mohan is currently the Oscar A. Schott Professor of Power Electronics and Systems at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
John C. Bean’s goal of providing students with exciting “moments of discovery” while studying today’s complicated world of micro- and nanoelectronics was realized with the creation of the Web-based “UVA Virtual Lab,” which uses virtual reality to reveal features such as fields and forces that are invisible to the human eye and to transport users from human to atomic scales. Covering topics ranging from basic electric circuits and virtual disassembly of scientific instruments to explanations of micro/nano device operation, the site’s impact can be seen in the more than 2,000 worldwide educational institutions that have viewed more than 4 million Web pages since 2005.
Dr. Bean also redesigned the University of Virginia’s “Introduction to Engineering Design” format by replacing a series of dry lectures with hands-on freshman-level project courses based on a semester-long team robotics competition in which students take responsibility for all organizational and operational decisions.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Bean is currently the J.M. Money Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Muhammad H. Rashid is professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. Rashid has spent the last 30 years teaching undergraduate students electrical engineering and professional ethics, while also publishing engineering textbooks and other materials tailored to his courses. He has held teaching and administrative positions at educational institutions in the United States, Canada and overseas and has worked to introduce distance learning and pre-college programs in engineering. He has published 17 textbooks which have had multiple editions and been translated into many languages, as well as over 130 technical papers. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rashid has received numerous awards, including the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education and the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Region-4. He holds a bachelor's from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and both a masters and doctorate from the University of Birmingham, U.K.
For 40 years, Clayton Paul has devoted his career to teaching undergraduates about electrical engineering, motivating high school students to consider careers in engineering, and publishing instructional materials.
Currently the Sam Nunn Professor of Aerospace Systems Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Mercer University School of Engineering in Macon, Ga., he formerly held teaching positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and the University of Kentucky, and has been involved in IEEE student chapters as a faculty advisor. He also held positions at the U.S. Air Force Rome Air Development Center in Rome, N.Y., where he conducted extensive research in modeling crosstalk in multiconductor transmission lines and printed circuit boards.
At the IBM Information Products Division in Lexington, Ky., his research focused on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) design of electronic systems. He has written or co-authored 16 textbooks and other instructional materials and has published numerous technical papers in his primary research area of electromagnetic compatibility.
Dr. Paul is an IEEE Fellow and member of Eta Kappa Nu.
A professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, John B. Peatman is acknowledged by his students and colleagues as a role model for undergraduate educators. His more than 40 years of stellar classroom teaching and six definitive textbooks on digital systems design are matched only by his concern for his students and their ongoing professional and personal welfare.
In 1969 Professor Peatman received the Georgia Tech Student Government Association's Dean George C. Griffin Award, which honors faculty members "who have unselfishly promoted student activities." That academic year, he created the electrical engineering senior seminar program, which brings in noted speakers to address seniors about such diverse topics as graduate school choices in engineering, law or business, the business roles of research and manufacturing engineers, job expectations and personal issues. Each year, for the next three decades, he opened his home to seniors to choose the speakers for the one-hour course.
He received the Georgia Tech Outstanding Teacher Award in 1971 and was selected three times by the Electrical Engineering senior class for the Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Teacher Award. As a result of his dedicated mentoring of students, he was on a first-name basis with the thousands of students who were in his classes. His extraordinary memory and a collection of note cards have enabled him to maintain contact with many graduates now working in business and academe.
Professor Peatman brought digital hardware design to Georgia Tech. He has authored six textbooks on digital systems and on design with microcontrollers. More than 150,000 copies of his books have been used at 160 universities. In 1989, he participated in a Motorola-sponsored program in which students developed a low-cost microcomputer emulator board, which was then commercialized.
An IEEE Life Fellow, he is the recipient of the 1999 McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award presented by the IEEE Education Society to an author in the field of electrical engineering.
He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and master's and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Dr. Yannis Tsividis, Charles Batchelor Memorial Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in New York, has been an acknowledged educator and leader of curriculum development at Columbia for more than two decades. Dr. Tsividis developed a popular first-year circuits and electronics class with a laboratory component where students are encouraged to apply what they learn to practical applications. His most recent text, "A First Lab in Circuits and Electronics," is the result of this endeavor. At a more advanced level, his book "Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor" is a standard reference worldwide. Dr.Tsividis has received many honors for his teaching, including the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
A Fellow of the IEEE, he has also received several research awards including the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award and the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference Lewis Winner Outstanding Paper Award.
Distinguished University Professor and Electronics Stem Chair at Auburn University in Alabama, Dr. Richard C. Jaeger has been a leader in curriculum development since 1979. As interim director of wireless engineering at Auburn, he led the development of the new Bachelor of Wireless Engineering degree program at the school. Dr. Jaeger championed the development of Auburn's Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center, a site that allows undergraduates hands-on fabrication experience. His microelectronic fabrication and circuit design textbooks are widely used throughout the world.
An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Jaeger is vice president of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and has served as the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Council president and editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He has published more than 200 technical papers and articles. Dr. Jaeger's awards include the IEEE Computer Society's Outstanding Contribution Award and Golden Core Recognition, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the IEEE Education Society McGraw-Hill/ Jacob Millman Award.
Mehrdad Ehsani has a gift for helping students see electrical engineering as a living art, rather than as a collection of calculations, rules and equations. He established the first motor drive and power electronics program in Texas at Texas A&M University in 1981. The program now enrolls more than 100 undergraduate students annually. The co-author of four books, including the IEEE Guide for Self-Commutated Converters, Dr. Ehsani is a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at Texas A&M.
An IEEE and Dow Chemical Faculty Fellow, his honors include the Halliburton Professorship and Dresser Industries Professorship. Dr. Ehsani has served the IEEE in many capacities, including as chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Educational Affairs Committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.