Outstanding engineering programs are built by faculties, Chairs, and Deans who work together on specific steps for improvement. Broad agreement on program goals and success metrics is important. Specific steps are effective for recruitment and retention of excellent graduate students, and for developing strong dynamic faculty members.
Faculty collaboration is critical in enforcing program quality and in developing excellent research facilities. The best programs exhibit a reinforcing balance between fundamental and applied research. Mutually beneficial relationships with industry peers are another key element. Periodic program review, including external peers, can be very valuable. Examples from other institutions illustrate these ideas in action.
Dr. David Hodges
Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
David A. Hodges is Daniel M. Tellep Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has been a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences since 1970. He earned degrees at Cornell University and at UC Berkeley. From 1966 to 1970 he worked at Bell Labs. He served as Dean of Berkeley’s College of Engineering from 1990 to 1996.
Professor Hodges has been active in teaching and research on microelectronics technology, design, and manufacturing. With R. W. Brodersen and P. R. Gray, he received the 1983 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Award for pioneering work on switched-capacitor circuits. Professor Hodges was the winner of the 1997 IEEE Education Medal. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.