A Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers

These are very exciting times for Rutgers University in general and the ECE Department in particular. With its new medical school, Rutgers is now positioned as one of the most comprehensive public research universities in the country. Indeed, in 2014, Rutgers University leaped to 33rd place among the world’s top 1,000 universities according to the Center for World University Rankings. Rutgers also joined the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), an academic consortium that includes all members of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. There is much excitement on campus with our Scarlet Knights football team competing in the Big Ten Conference this year. Equally exciting is our departmental news. Our faculty has grown by adding outstanding people covering important emerging areas, such as security, privacy, and bioelectrical engineering. Last year we welcomed two new Assistant Professors, Janne Lindqvist and Anand Sarwate, and this Fall we welcomed two more Assistant Professors, Mehdi Javanmard and Saman Zonouz.

During the past year, our faculty were recognized with several prestigious honors. In particular, W. Trappe was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to information and communication security, D. Raychaudhuri and N. Mandayam received the 2014 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for their IEEE Proceedings publication, and D. Raychaudhuri also received the 2014 ECEDHA Innovative Program Award as a representative of WINLAB, a center affiliated with ECE and major player in the wireless arena. Further, W. Bajwa received the ARO Young Investigator Award and K. Dana was part of a team that was recognized with the 2014 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. The work of our faculty attracted substantial media attention; S. Jha’s work has been discussed in an NSF publication as one of 9 ways computing has made an impact on HIV research, while J. Lindqvist’s work on privacy has been featured repeatedly in MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, and at the NSF website, among many other venues. The year was marked by a large number of external research grants, including 18 new NSF grants, 2 NIH grants and several DARPA and corporate grants totaling ~$11 M.

Our enrollment keeps climbing, with ECE becoming the top choice among new undergraduate engineering students. Last year, our graduate program grew by 40% as compared to the year before. Our new international program with a top tier university in China brought us 23 high caliber students last year and 20 this year. Our connection with industry grew stronger, with several companies providing student internships such as AT&T Labs, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent, Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, Ericsson, Fujitsu Network Communications, Futurwei Technologies, General Motors Research, Google, IBM T.J. Watson, Intel, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Mass Electric Construction Co., NASA, National Instruments, Northrop Grumman, PSE&G, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sandia National Laboratories, Siemens, Teledyne LeCroy, Verizon Wireless. This was a great year for our alumni, whose amazing success is a source of inspiration to our students and faculty. Our department has produced outstanding scholars, industry leaders, entrepreneurs.

I am very proud of the accomplishments highlighted in the following pages. Based on the trajectory I see our department is on a path for even greater achievements in the coming years.


Athina Petropulu