The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University (ISU) is at the forefront
of education and cutting-edge research in electrical and computer engineering disciplines. Being the largest of
eight departments in ISU’s College of Engineering, it is the birthplace of the modern digital computer, with over
100 years of educating generations of ECpE engineers who have pioneered technologies and influenced economies
and societies worldwide. The ECpE department assumes a critical role in helping ISU and its College of
Engineering achieve its vision of providing excellence and value in engineering education, research, and engagement
among land-grant institutions, making Iowa and the world a better place to live. The department emphasizes
learning by doing and mentors its students to engage them in solving real-world challenges, gain leadership
experiences and explore ways to solve problems at an international level, as engineering is a global field.
To continue making these contributions and steer the department in the coming years to fulfill its education, research,
and land-grant mission, this strategic plan outlines the vision of faculty, staff, students, and department stakeholders.
The following key areas are crucial to the department’s prosperity in the coming years:
We aim to be recognized as a leading department of Electrical and Computer Engineering among land-grant
universities and be known around the world for the quality and originality of our research, for academic
excellence, for value in education, and for our commitment to engagement with society.
Our faculty and staff will develop, share, and apply knowledge in electrical, computer, software, and cyber
security engineering. They will be creative and innovative and be recognized for having an impact that
benefits society and furthers Iowa State University’s land-grant mission.
We will educate our students in the fundamentals of electrical, computer, software, and cyber security
engineering, enabling them to engage in lifelong learning so they can adapt to technological advances and
become leaders who shape the future of our discipline.
We will conduct innovative and interdisciplinary research to create and apply new knowledge and improve
We will engage with partners in industry, government, and academia in Iowa and the United States and
around the world.
We will encourage and support a diverse and inclusive educational and working environment that
promotes creativity in research, scholarship, and learning.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment
Proactively establish an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff
Promote and ensure diversity of people and ideas among all constituent groups in the department
We will provide an educational experience for our students that focuses on understanding of fundamental
concepts, connectivity of subject matter across courses, and synthesis of knowledge through meaningful
laboratory and design experiences.
We will ensure that our educational programs are approved by ABET and other relevant accrediting bodies.
We will strengthen existing collaborations on interdisciplinary courses and programs and promote active
participation of our faculty.
We will increase our engagement with industry stakeholders in developing our educational programs.
We will promote recognition and incentives for faculty who apply evidence-based scholarly practices in the
curriculum and who engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Our pledge to our graduate students
Develop and strengthen an internationally recognized premier graduate program that prepares students to be
successful leaders in their professions
Provide a comprehensive educational experience for graduate students that balances developing research skills
in recognized areas and educating students to become critical thinkers to solve the problems of the future
We will increase our efforts to educate K-12 students, teachers, and community college instructors about
the important roles of electrical, computer, software, and cyber security engineering disciplines.
We will encourage faculty to participate in developing new outreach programs and expanding existing
We will facilitate faculty presentations to the community, industry, and education groups around the world
to showcase our programs.
We will develop a regular communications channel that focuses on the needs of our students, alumni,
industry partners, and other community members.
We will continue to promote and recognize outstanding student, staff, faculty, and alumni achievements.
Our vision to support education and research enterprise
Obtain resources for the department, commensurate with the need to meet 21st century challenges
Develop and operate under a sustainable revenue model that is independent of student enrollment and
counter-cyclical to the general economy