The Ohio State University, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Position ID:OSU-ECE-AY22ECE3 [#19317]
Position Title: Chair, Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering College of Engineering, Ohio State University
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States [map]
Subject Area: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2021/08/26)
Position Description:    

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Chair, Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering, Ohio State University

The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department’s charge is broad, ranging from cybersecurity and sustainable energy to nanotechnology and networking, along with their applications in myriad domains, such as healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation, among others.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was founded in 1888 and awarded its first degree in 1891. Today, it houses three degree programs: an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Those degrees encompass over 940 undergraduates and 400 graduate students, with over 200 BS, 120 MS and 40 PhD students graduating each year. 

Consistently ranked among the best in the nation, The Ohio State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) enjoys an excellent academic reputation, not only among peer programs, but from industry and government as well. The department provides superior training for students and groundbreaking research at the frontier of high technology. ECE faculty, researchers and students engineer solutions to problems in diverse fields, from biotechnology to nanotechnology and beyond. Among its faculty are 20 IEEE Fellows and one National Academy of Engineering member. Ohio State has the top-ranked ECE department among Ohio universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. In the 2021 U.S. News and World Report, Ohio State’s ECE undergraduate program ranked 24th and graduate program ranked 22nd nationally.

The department’s research encompasses the areas of computer and digital systems, computer vision/image processing, control systems, communication/signal processing, analog and RF electronic circuits, remote sensing, optics and photonics, nanotechnology/electronic materials, robotics/intelligent transportation, networking and sustainable energy. This research is supported by roughly $20 million in externally sponsored funding. Along with other state-of-the-art facilities on campus, ECE’s 30 research centers and laboratories provide a world-class environment for learning and discovery. Top U.S. Centers and Labs include:

  • ·         Center for High Performance Power Electronics
  • ·         Circuits Laboratory for Advanced Sensors and Systems
  • ·         Computational Biology and Cognitive Science Laboratory
  • ·         Crash Imminent Safety University Transportation Center
  • ·         ElectroScience Laboratory, a major U.S. electromagnetics and RF Systems research facility
  • ·         High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory
  • ·         Information Processing Systems Laboratory
  • ·         Solid State Electronics and Photonics Laboratory
  • ·         Institute for Cybersecurity & Digital Trust

The College of Engineering has about 10,000 students and offers 14 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in 12 engineering departments, as well as three undergraduate and four graduate programs in the Knowlton School of Architecture. The college has recently expanded its degree offerings with a BS in Engineering Technology available on the regional campuses of the university. The college is one of the largest and impactful institutions in the field with 405 engineering and architecture faculty members. The college has 14 National Academy of Engineering members and numerous members of societies and reward recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the college had more than $138 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled over $43 million.

College of Engineering provides fertile ground for innovation and collaboration, and it shares the land-grant mission to create, transfer, and preserve knowledge for the purpose of enhancing economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally and by preparing professionals ready to sustain and advance society. The college strives to create a diverse and inclusive environment where all students, staff, and faculty can thrive ( We understand that diversity and inclusion are essential components of excellence. We are committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We seek candidates who are committed to contributing to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty.

The Ohio State University prides itself on being a model 21st-century public, land grant, research, urban, community engaged institution. Ohio State is a top-20 public university, enrolling over 60,000 students, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity.  Ohio State recently unveiled plans for a major expansion of its innovation district, including a $1.1 billion investment in new buildings and programs.

Columbus is the nation’s 14th largest city, home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutes, top-ranked hospitals, and the state’s capital. The city was named the 2015 "Intelligent Community of the Year" by the Intelligent Community Forum, called a "Midwestern style capital" by the New York Times and one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" by Money Magazine. Columbus is home to multiple dynamic arts districts; it invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair Overview

The chair leads a faculty that currently includes 51 tenured track faculty, 5 research track faculty, 5 clinical track faculty, 13 researcher scientists, 3 lecturers and oversees 30 research centers and labs. The Chair, who reports to the Dean of the College of Engineering, is responsible for all administrative, budgetary, and personnel decisions within the department, and will be responsible for leadership, management, and strategic vision for the next phase of the department’s growth.

Required Qualifications:

  • ·         PhD degree in an engineering/computing-related field, and appointment at the rank of full professor or equivalent experience in a leading research university or research laboratory.
  • ·         Experience managing budgets, strategy, and people.
  • ·         A track-record of, and demonstrated strong commitment to, cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that may include faculty and staff development, hiring and retention, and student recruitment.  
  • ·         A commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and interdisciplinary education.
  • ·         A commitment to collaborative research and a track-record of competitive research funding from a variety of sources.
  • ·         A track-record of service to and leadership of the profession and the university or research laboratory.

Desired Qualifications:

·         Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with college and university administrators and leaders.

·         A history of engaging in entrepreneurial activities, industrial partnerships and external fundraising (including advancement and philanthropic funding).

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit an application in Academic Jobs Online: ( Please include a cover letter, curriculum vita, diversity statement, and names and contact information of five references commensurate with the rank sought. We note that the AJO application package includes a non-exhaustive list of examples that candidates may choose to include as evidence of their qualifications in their application.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution, a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and have an excellent partner in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

Application review will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
205 Dreese Labs
2015 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210