Carnegie Mellon University

Virtual Celebration

Department Head Larry Pileggi warmly invites you to join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as we gather from around the globe to celebrate the ECE Class of 2020.

A message from the department head

Please refresh this page at 11:00 a.m. to view a live message from Professor Pileggi.

Congratulatory messages

Your incredible achievements deserve recognition and we look forward to celebrating them in person at a later date. Until then, we are excited to present these congratulatory messages from ECE faculty, staff, and advisory council members. 

Messages from ECE faculty and staff

Messages from the ECE Advisory Council

A message from the dean

Award winners

The department recognizes extraordinary performance at the end of every academic year. Below is the list of recipients of these prestigious awards from the 2019-2020 academic year.

HKN Excellence in Teaching

The Excellence in Teaching Award is given each year to a member of our faculty by Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the Electrical Engineering Honor Society. 

Winner: Maysam Chamanzar


David Tuma Undergraduate Project Award

Recognizing the undergraduate ECE student(s) who created the most outstanding laboratory project during the academic year.

Winners: Bolaji Bankole, Cindy Deng, and Deepak Pallerla


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Recognizing an ECE graduate teaching assistant who has demonstrated extraordinary performance in our teaching program in the Summer, Fall, or Spring terms.

Winners: Harlin Lee and Arpit Gupta


E.M. Williams Award

In recognition of a graduating senior who demonstrates superior scholastic achievement.

Everard (Rod) Williams was the head of the ECE Department for 17 years, from 1952 to 1969. He was a prolific and innovative engineer, and a pioneer in the use of computers in education. He was also a dynamic leader and a generous person who spent his spare time reclaiming and renovating derelict housing for the poor and homeless in Pittsburgh.  

Winner: Scott Mionis


Outstanding Woman in Engineering Award

Recognizing an ECE undergraduate or graduate woman who serves as a role model to women in the ECE community and has left a significant impact on her fellow students in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

Winner: Irene Lin


*Ph.D. awards will be announced later, given the new deadline to submit nominations is September 1.