ECE Holds 20th Anniversary Program

Posted: April 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) is holding a half-day program today in Mason Hall, followed by lunch in the Center for the Arts.

“The purpose of the meeting and celebration is to reconnect with our alumni and friends in government and industry, and to thank the founding chair, Dr. Murray Black, and the founding faculty members for their pioneering efforts,” says Andre Manitius, chair. “We also wish to highlight our accomplishments in education and research. We hope this will help us prepare a new vision for the next period

of exciting developments in electrical and computer engineering and telecommunications.”

The program, which will begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from alumnus Lisa Jensen (’85), President Alan Merten, Provost Peter Stearns, and IT&E Dean Lloyd Griffiths, will look at the past, present, and future of the department. Current research efforts of the faculty will be highlighted as follows:

  • Harry Van Trees, statistical signal and array processing

  • Kathleen Wage, ocean acoustics and signal processing

  • Alexander Levis, technology challenges in command and control

  • Brian Mark, high performance communication networks

  • Kris Gaj, cryptography and network security– implementations in hardware

During lunch, alumni and current students will share personal reflections about their years at George Mason. According to departmental statistics, 1,518 students have earned BS degrees in the department, 838 have earned master’s degrees, and 65 have earned doctorates.

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