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October 15, 2017
The Southwest Regional chapter of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (SWECEDHA) held its annual meeting Oct 5-6 at UNM.
The SWECEDHA is composed of heads or chairs of ECE departments from Arizona, New Mexico and Texas who offer accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering. Thirteen departments were represented at the meeting as well as seven companies and national labs.
The event began with a casual dinner at the ten-story Andaluz Hotel on the evening of Thursday, Oct 5. Opened in 1939, it was Conrad Hilton's fourth hotel and the first modern high-rise hotel in New Mexico.
The two-day gathering culminated in a meeting that took place the next day in the historic Bobo room of Hodgin Hall (1894), the oldest building on the UNM campus.
Graced by WPA hand-tooled tin chandeliers overhanging a polished walnut floor and surrounded by southwestern pottery and rugs, the group worked from 8 am to 3 pm and promoted actions along three primary themes:
1) A lunch meeting with addresses by UNM interim-President Chaouki Abdallah
2) A presentation by Quanser’s Tom Lee
3) An hour-long forum which included AFRL, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, Northrup Grumman, Sacred Wind Communications, National Instruments and Quanser. The forum was also attended by a representative from the office of the CIO of the City of Albuquerque, and the district director from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.
The three working-group primary themes included course sharing across institutions, addressing highly specialized graduate courses and also senior design; building a research consortium, by engaging regional capabilities toward addressing regional and national needs; and shared and collective efforts to strengthen outreach into K-12 as well as to enhance branding.
Afterward, the group enjoyed a trip up to Sandia Crest on the world's longest tram.
|List of Attendees|
|Arizona State University||Steve Phillips/Director|
|Lamar University||Harley Mylar/Chair|
|New Mexico State University||Satish Ranade/Head|
|New Mexico Tech University||Aly El-Osery/Chair|
|Texas Tech University||Mike Giesselmann/Chair|
|Texas Tech University||Brian Nutter/Associate Chair|
|University of Arizona||Hal Tharp/Associate Department Head|
|University of Houston||Badri Roysam/Chair|
|University of New Mexico||Michael Devesikiotis/Chair|
|University of New Mexico||Reiner Martens/Department Admin|
|University of New Mexico||Chaouki Abdallah/Interim President|
|University of North Texas||Barrett Bryant/Chair|
|University of Texas at Arlington||Jonathan Bredow/Chair|
|University of Texas at Austin||Ahmed Tewfik/Chair|
|University of Texas at Dallas||Mehrdad Nourani/Associate Department Head|
|University of Texas at El Paso||Miguel Velez-Reyes/Chair|
|Andrew M. Kwas||Northrop Grumman|
|Neo Nicolaou||Sacred Wind Communications|
|Igor Alvarado||National Instruments|
|Bruce Carlsten||Los Alamos National Labs|
|John McVay||Sandia National Labs|
|Todd Bauer||Sandia National Labs|
|Peter Ambs||CIO, City of Albuquerque|
|Derrick Clyburn Ballard||Emtech Global|
|Steven Lucero||Perpétua Partners|
|Christos Christodoulou||Dean, School of Engineering, UNM|
|Chaouki Abdallah||Chaouki Abdallah|