February 4, 2005
Carnegie Mellon University professor T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger was named head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), effective Feb. 10. He succeeds Pradeep K. Khosla, who became dean of the College of Engineering this past July. Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula has served as interim department head for the past seven months.
"Professor Schlesinger brings significant administrative experience to this position as a past associate department head, and leadership experience in founding and directing numerous multidisciplinary research centers," Khosla said. "I look forward to working with Ed, and the university to maintain the momentum of an already excellent department."
Schlesinger, who joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1985, served as associate department head of ECE from 1996 to 2004. During that time, he managed tremendous growth in the department, guiding ECE through its accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and helping to define a new, more flexible curriculum for the department.
His teaching excellence netted him the prestigious Benjamin Richard Teare Award in 2001 from the College of Engineering. He also provided the leadership in establishing the General Motors Collaborative Research Lab, where researchers are developing new technologies for the car of the future. The lab was funded by an $8 million grant from General Motors.
"This is a great honor for me to become head of such a dynamic and innovative department," said Schlesinger, who is currently director of the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC). The DSSC is an interdisciplinary research and educational organization in which faculty, students and researchers from a broad swath of academic disciplines collaborate in pioneering theoretical and experimental research that will lead the next generation of information storage technology and help the $60 billion computer storage market continue to expand.
"I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, students and staff to make ECE a center for leading-edge technology and intellectual growth," Schlesinger said.
For the past decade, Schlesinger's research interests have spanned broad areas of technology in semiconductor and electro-optic materials, devices and systems. Most recently, his work on optical and hybrid data storage systems has gained international recognition.
Schlesinger's research has been published in more than 200 academic journals and select conference meetings. He holds 10 patents and was a co-founder of Applied Electro-optics Corp. He is also the recipient of many research accolades, including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the IBM Faculty Development Award, the R & D 100 Award from R & D Magazine for the development of electro-optic scanners and nuclear radiation detectors in 1998 and 1999, the Carnegie Science Center Scientist Award in 1998 and the George Tallman Ladd Research Award from Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. He is a Fellow of SPIEthe International Society of Optical Engineers.