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Southwest ECE chairs meet at UNM

May 11, 2011 - ECE

Department heads and chairs in the southwest region of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association met in Albuquerque on October 5 and 6, hosted by The University of New Mexico.  Thirteen departments were represented at the meeting, as well as seven companies and national labs. 

The event began with a casual dinner at the Hotel Andaluz on the evening of October 5. The main meeting on October 6 consisted of three primary components: morning-long working group discussions promoting actions along 3 primary themes; a lunch meeting with addresses by UNM interim-President Chaouki Abdallah, and a presentation by Quanser’s Tom Lee; and 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.