The primary purpose of this talk is to overview the “state of the Department” as we enter the 2005-2006 academic year. Thanks to the efforts and talents of our marvelous students, staff, and faculty, our Department has continued its ascent in the rankings: our Undergraduate and Graduate programs are currently ranked #19 and #16, respectively. Many of the numerous awards and promotions received by our Team during the past year will be highlighted. We continue to be guided by our Department’s Mission Statement: Excellence in Education Through Cutting Edge Research. For the first time since about 1990, our Faculty has agreed to a framework for a new Undergraduate Curriculum. Our goal this year is to detail it for launch in the 2006-2007 Academic Year. Remaining challenges and opportunities for participation will be outlined. Other important initiatives for the upcoming year include the development of a 100-level Introduction to EE Course (i.e., Freshmen Design Course) and an initial look at revamping our Graduate Program. We will also continue our emphasis on excellence in research. Our new faculty members will be introduced and some of our plans for future research collaborations will be described.
David J. Allstot received the B.S.E.S. degree from the University of Portland in 1969, the M.S.E.E. degree from Oregon State University in 1974, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979. He has held industrial positions with Tektronix, MOSTEK, and Texas Instruments, and academic positions with Oregon State, Carnegie Mellon, and Arizona State Universities. He became a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in 1999 and was appointed as the Boeing-Egtvedt Chair Professor of Engineering in 2000. He has advised more than 60 M.S. and Ph.D. graduates. Dr. Allstot served as Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and thrice as Guest Editor of the IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits. He was General Co-Chair of the 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He is a Member of Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi and a Fellow of IEEE.