Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

Faculty Recognized for Teaching at Annual Honors Banquet


Last week, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek celebrated faculty, staff, and students for their accomplishments throughout the past academic year. Debora Baldwin, associate professor of psychology; Bruce MacLennan, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Anthony Nownes, professor of political science; and Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics, each received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dongarra Calls for Renewed Focus on Research into High-end Math


The Department of Energy recently released a report co-chaired by UT Distinguished Professor Jack Dongarra in which he stresses the importance of prioritizing research into high-end mathematics to help keep the United States on the cutting edge of computing.

UT Hosts 101st Engineers Day for High School Students

For 101 years, UT undergraduate engineering students and faculty have dedicated a day to showing high school students the exciting opportunities available to future engineers. Called Engineers Day, the event dismisses undergraduate engineering classes for the day to allow undergraduates to interact with prospective engineering students. This year’s Engineers Day is Thursday, October 24.

Female Engineering Students Establish “Lean In Circle” for Technical Careers

The national Lean In women’s professional movement has landed on campus. New York Times best-seller Lean In, written by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, has prompted a conversation change to focus on what women can do rather than not do, to advance their careers and influence. The on-campus group, “Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UT” was asked to be the founding circle in a new partnership between LeanIn.Org and the Anita Borg Institute.

Professor Receives High Honor for Supercomputing Accomplishments

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, is being honored for his leadership in high performance computing. He will receive the Association for Computing Machinery-Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award on November 19 in Denver at SC13, the International Conference on High Performance Computing.

Personal Computer Inventor to Join College of Engineering Faculty

Alumnus Mark Dean, co-inventor of the personal computer, will join UT’s College of Engineering faculty this fall. Dean arrives at UT from IBM, where he most recently served as chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. He begins on September 1 as the John Fisher Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.