What a Year!
Well, the 2010-2011 academic year has come and gone. With Rutgers Day we have tried to lure the best, brightest and most motivated into the ECE family. And in the usual flurry of activity -- finishing up coursework and presenting an impressive array of technical projects, not sleeping for days -- our babies of just a few years ago have graduated to embark on the first leg of their adult journeys. Seems like business as usual, right?
Well, not quite, at least from the perspective of this old prof.
There's a new excitement in air. ECE has a brand new energetic leader and in something of an alignment of the stars, so does the School of Engineering. ECE has hired excellent new faculty (Five! Count'em, Five!) in the past year and the collective excellence of our students, our faculty and our alumni is increasingly on display (for instance, this lovely new web site did not exist a year ago). Throughout the department there is a feeling, almost tangible in its power, of forward motion, be it from national level awards (we added two spanking new IEEE Fellows to our ranks this year) to research awards to citation awards, to honoring some incredibly successful alumni, to having our work appear in national news and even public display in the Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington.
So though 2010-2011 has seen the usual business of academic life, it certainly does not feel like business as usual for ECE. We don't know what the future holds, but right now, that future seems bright for our current students, for the department and also for our alumni as word gets out about a previously well-kept secret. The best of our Rutgers students are the world's best and in ECE we drive them to not just passively receive an education, but to engage the world and change it.
Chris Rose, ECE