Significant turnaround: Under my leadership as chair of the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering (ESE) at Washington University in St. Louis, from 2006 to 2016, ESE went through a significant turnaround.
Below is a list of my key contributions as chair and events that took place during my term as chair:
- Hired 8 excellent tenure-track faculty members (out of the total of 14 in 2016). Also hired 8 lecturers, appointed 2 professors of practice, and hired all 5 staff members.
- All the first 3 hired faculty members won the NSF CAREER award. One of them also won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
- Led the move of the ESE department to our new building, the magnificent Preston M. Green Hall in 2011. [I was very actively involved in the design of the building, from the layout to the choice of decorations.]
- The ESE department was named in honor of our alum Preston M. Green (EE 1936) in 2006.
- The enrollment of undergraduate students more than tripled in the four years after 2008. Most of the growth has been due to students who decided to move to our department after joining our university.
- 30 percent of all ESE undergraduate students were female in fall 2015.
- The enrollment of the master's students grew seven-fold from 2011 to 2015, which helped balance the school's budget.
- The numbers of the awarded BS and MS degrees were more than in any other department in the school of engineering in spring 2015.
- Led large multi-PI multi-university government grants including MURI, DARPA, NSF, and others.
- Mentored and graduated 23 PhD students as sole advisor during the chair term 2006 to 2016.
- Created ESE 497 Undergraduate Research (UGR) course in 2006 and mentored more than 100 students in this course. See also our paper E. Richter and A. Nehorai, "Enriching the undergraduate program with research projects," IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 33, pp. 123-127, Nov. 2016.
- Created 4 study abroad programs for undergraduate students in Germany (2008) and Israel (2009, 2012, 2014).
- Oversaw the creation of Master of Engineering in Robotics in spring 2010 and M.S. Program in Data Analytics and Statistics in spring 2015.
- Initiated a plan for a second major in financial engineering in collaboration with the Olin Business School, expected to start in spring 2017.
- Expanded and strengthened connections to alumni, nominated many for the school's Alumni Achievement Awards, including Prof. W. E. Moerner (BSEE, BS Physics, AB Math 1975) who later won Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014.
- Created numerous new web links in the ESE web site, including alumni news, hall of fame, and links to multiple samples with flowcharts of double degrees programs. To see the new link of ESE alumni, click here, and the new link for the double degrees programs, click here.
- Revitalized the local IEEE student chapter.
An article about my chairmanship in the WUSTL Engineering Momentum magazine of Fall 2016: