Steven Weber, PhD, professor and department head of electrical and computer engineering, has
been appointed Vice Provost for Undergraduate Curriculum and Education,
effective January 1, 2023. Paul E. Jensen, PhD, Nina Henderson Provost,
announced the appointment in an email to the Drexel University Community
In his new role, Weber will collaborate with academic leaders and
stakeholders across Drexel to develop a cohesive strategy for academic
programs that positions the University on the cutting edge of undergraduate
“[Weber’s] appointment represents a re-envisioning of the vice provost
role, with an increased focus on supporting curricular enhancement and
innovation and developing infrastructure to support interdisciplinary
collaboration,” Jensen wrote. “The Vice Provost for Undergraduate
Curriculum and Education will support the Provost’s and University’s
academic priorities while setting the vision for a distinctive learning
experience for Drexel undergraduates.”
During Weber’s tenure as department head, the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering (ECE) saw progress across graduate and undergraduate
programs, research and innovation, and advancing organizational and
cultural change. Notable achievements include:
The expansion of graduate offerings to include six MS degree programs,
MS in Internet of Things,
MS in Machine Learning Engineering, and
MS in Robotics and Automation, as well as a dramatic improvement in the recruitment and advising of
new master's students, thanks to the leadership of Professor John
Walsh, associate department head for graduate affairs, and Jana Jacobs,
MS program coordinator.
The revision of undergraduate program curricula to improve the
experience of first- and second-year students and to improve
flexibility for junior and senior students.
Maintaining a tradition of recruiting excellent faculty, with recent
Fei Lu, and Lifeng Zhou.
A continued extensive portfolio of impactful research, from grants and
publications to the graduation of doctoral students and international
visibility of several faculty within their research disciplines.
Intentional collective work to build on the department’s positive
culture and deploy processes that ensure fairness and transparency,
including ongoing development and refinement of processes including but
not limited to faculty standing committee nomination and election, to
course teaching assistant assignment.
Dedicated staff whose daily efforts contribute to the success of the
department, faculty and students
Support of vibrant student groups like CyberDragons and the IEEE
Student Chapter that offer rewarding engagements to help students feel
a sense of community and belonging.
“It has been a privilege and honor to serve as department head of ECE,”
Weber said. “Together with our incredible faculty, our dedicated staff and
our amazing students, we have made strides as a department on several
fronts. None of these accomplishments were by me alone; they were all done
as a collective effort. I have every confidence that ECE will continue its
positive trajectory to even greater heights in the near future.”
In Weber’s place, College of Engineering Dean Sharon L. Walker, PhD,
Naga Kandasamy, PhD, professor of ECE, will serve as interim department head, effective
January 1, 2023.
Kandasamy has a history of providing leadership in the ECE department,
having served most recently as associate department head for undergraduate
affairs from 2018-2022, as well as associate department head for graduate
affairs from 2015 to 2018. During his time as associate department head,
ECE launched a successful high school summer student institute, with four
full days of remote learning about programming and hardware microcontroller
“It is my great honor to serve the ECE department as interim department
head, and I am excited to work with the ECE faculty and staff to build on
the department's current momentum,” Kandasamy shared. “I am strongly
committed to maintaining an environment that fosters inclusion and
diversity across ECE, from faculty and staff to the student body."