Department Chair

Major turnaround: Under my leadership as chair of the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, ESE went through a major turnaround and growth from 2006 to 2016, in particular increasing the enrollment of students and hiring young and successful faculty members. This success was not at all obvious and should not be taken for granted. Before my term, there was a period of 15 years that no EE faculty were hired and remained in the department, and similarly 19 years for SSM. The department had had low enrollment of undergraduate students and insufficient research activities. Many people in the administration and our school lost their confidence in ESE. Our department encountered resistance to its existence, let alone our growth, which continued three years into my term. The donor for our expected new building became disenchanted when the construction plan was delayed. The school had major challenges to its budget. Our school had four deans in my first four five years as department chair. Despite these challenges and the turmoil at that period, I was able to hire excellent faculty and make many contributions. I created new education programs that significantly increased the enrollment and helped the school's budget. Our department became much stronger than before and I put it on a trajectory for great success.

Press: An article about my chairmanship in the WUSTL Engineering Momentum magazine of Fall 2016.

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Other activities

Pictures as ESE Department Chair, Washington University (2006-2016)

Preston M. Green Hall: The New ESE Buidling

Dedication of Preston M. Green Hall in 2011. Chancellor Mark Wrighton, Ms. Nancy Green, and Dean Ralph Quatrano are in the center. I am second from the left.

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