Message from the Chair

I welcome you to Northeastern University's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, which I was honored to join as Chair in September 2013.  ECE's historic strengths in both research and education, along with Northeastern's recent unprecedented expansion of its full-time faculty and scholarly presence offered a unique opportunity to shape the future of engineering research and education.

ECE's faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research funded by a wide variety of US government agencies and over 20 industrial partners. Basic research funded by the NSF accounts for nearly 30% of our research spending, followed by DARPA, DHS, ONR, DOE, and the U.S. Air Force.  ECE has traditionally been a home for multiple engineering research centers, and currently hosts the DHS-funded Awareness & Localization of Explosive-related Threats (ALERT) and the NSF-funded Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks.  ECE is also a partner in the NSF-funded George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center and the NSF-funded Institute for Information Assurance here at Northeastern.

Our research strengths include sensing and imaging, communications and digital signal processing, power and control systems, power electronics, RF/microwave magnetic materials, device technologies, and computer engineering.  Research is not limited to our graduate students; undergraduates are welcomed and integrated into research labs and are regular co-authors on scholarly publications.

ECE has 43 full-time faculty and 7 affiliated faculty from speech & language pathology & audiology, psychology, biology, mechanical engineering, and computer science.  These faculty include 13 IEEE Fellows, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 6 NSF CAREER awardees, 4 ONR/ARO/DARPA Young Investigators, and 1 PECASE winner. Our faculty are dedicated educators; we offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees in both electrical and computer engineering.  Currently the department is home to 640 undergraduates, 300 masters students, and 230 PhD students.

A foundation of Northeastern's undergraduate education is its experiential learning, and fully 92% of our undergraduates participate in our co-op program.  In addition to solving cutting-edge problems in a multi-disciplinary environment, our graduate students can also take advantage of our co-op resources and industrial connections to gain valuable experience as part of their graduate education.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our research, educational offerings, and opportunities for shaping the future in Northeastern's ECE Department.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or visit me in my open office hours for more information.

Sincerely yours,
Sheila S. Hemami
Professor and Department Chair