Southwestern ECE Heads Gather at UNM

Southwestern ECE Heads Gather at UNM

The Southwest Regional chapter of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (SWECEDHA) held its annual meeting Oct 5-6 at UNM.

The SWECEDHA is composed of heads or chairs of ECE departments from Arizona, New Mexico and Texas who offer accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering. Thirteen departments were represented at the meeting as well as seven companies and national labs.

The event began with a casual dinner at the ten-story Andaluz Hotel on the evening of Thursday, Oct 5. Opened in 1939, it was Conrad Hilton's fourth hotel and the first modern high-rise hotel in New Mexico.

The two-day gathering culminated in a meeting that took place the next day in the historic Bobo room of Hodgin Hall (1894), the oldest building on the UNM campus.

Graced by WPA hand-tooled tin chandeliers overhanging a polished walnut floor and surrounded by southwestern pottery and rugs, the group worked from 8 am to 3 pm and promoted actions along three primary themes:

1) A lunch meeting with addresses by UNM interim-President Chaouki Abdallah

2) A presentation by Quanser’s Tom Lee

3) An hour-long forum which included AFRL, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, Northrup Grumman, Sacred Wind Communications, National Instruments and Quanser. The forum was also attended by a representative from the office of the CIO of the City of Albuquerque, and the district director from Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.

The three working-group primary themes included course sharing across institutions, addressing highly specialized graduate courses and also senior design; building a research consortium, by engaging regional capabilities toward addressing regional and national needs; and shared and collective efforts to strengthen outreach into K-12 as well as to enhance branding.

Afterward, the group enjoyed a trip up to Sandia Crest on the world's longest tram.

Group Shot of SW ECE