History

The ECE Foundation has a storied history matching the ECEDHA organization. We look forward to a productive and healthy future as we guide, support, and fund significant educational programming activities to further the advancement of electrical and computer engineering.

Our Timeline

1963

Non-Profit organization established as the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads (AEEDH)

1985

Inaugural Annual Conference

1986

Transitioned to NEEDHA (National Electrical Engineering Department Heads Association)

1992

Awards Programs Introduced

2001

Name changed to ECEDHA, reflecting the inclusion of Computer Engineering

2003

Partnership with NSF begins with ECEDHA’s first funded workshop

2010

Introduction of the ECExpo at the ECEDHA Annual Conference marks the beginning of industry participation

2012

ECEDHA Community expanded to include all ECE faculty and staff
Diversity Award introduced

2013

ECEDHA Interactive Survey unveiled
Corporate Membership Program and Corporate Advisory Council introduced
ECE Media Program launched

2014

30th Anniversary of the ECEDHA Annual Conference celebrated
Industry Award Introduced

2015

ECEDHA Foundation established

2016

ECEDHA Working Groups created

2017

Makers Demo established on the ECExpo floor to showcase university artifacts
Inaugural gathering of ECE Communicators at the Annual Conference

2018

ECEDHA program expands to include a Robotics Demo on the ECExpo floor
ECEDHA begins hosting workshops for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs)

2019

Lab Professionals track added to the Annual Conference
ECEDHA unveils a new logo

2020

Virtual ECEDHA Summit Series is established
ECEDHA pivots to 100% virtual services and benefits due to COVID-19, providing members with over 500 hours of digital content and resources

2021

Name Change to ECE Foundation in 2021