Changing the Guard
In May 2006 the Department of Electrical
Engineering honored Professor
Yih-Fang Huang with a luncheon and good-natured roast for eight years
of service as department chairman, a position from which he officially
resigned effective June 30. Huang, who received his master’s
degree in electrical engineering from Notre Dame in 1980, returned
as an assistant professor in September 1982 and has served the department
and the College of Engineering in numerous ways since that time.
A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
(IEEE) and winner of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s
Golden Jubilee Medal, Huang’s
research interests are in the area of statistical communications and signal processing,
specifically detection and estimation. After a well-earned sabbatical, he will
continue his current research, which explores spatial diversity and multiuser
diversity for improvements of multiple-input, multiple-output systems.
that he was following in distinguished footsteps, Professor Thomas
E. Fuja began his tenure as department chair on July 1. Fuja joined the University
in 1998. Prior to that he had served on the faculty of the University of Maryland
for 11 years. His research focuses on digital communications, error control coding,
joint source-channel coding, and information theory.