Sunday, July 10, 2016
Director selected to lead new engineering programs at UIndy
An expert in electrical and computer engineering has been chosen to lead the newly created programs in engineering at the University of Indianapolis. José Sánchez brings substantial research and teaching experience from his work at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where he began teaching in 2002. He has served most recently as associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Bradley. His specialties and research interests include biomedical imaging and devices, discrete-time signal processing, embedded systems, engineering education, robotics, real-time implementation of digital signal processing and image, and multidimensional, multirate, and adaptive signal processing.
“The needs of engineering have changed over the last few decades,” Sánchez says. “Most problems that society faces today require complex multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary solutions. My goal is to collaborate with the industry to create real-world problems for our students to solve. UIndy’s strong core, along with the emphasis on communication, problem-solving, design, testing and teamwork, will uniquely position our engineering students as strong contributors to society.”
Sánchez is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a member of a number of IEEE societies (Education; Engineering in Medicine and Biology; Signal Processing; and Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control) as well as the Acoustical Society of America and the American Society for Engineering Education. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
UIndy now offers two new degrees in the fast-growing fields of software engineering and industrial and systems engineering. The university is one of few Indiana institutions to offer these engineering programs, which provide students with authentic design opportunities invigorated by a general education core that seeks to develop well-rounded professionals. “These programs build on UIndy’s strengths in the sciences and mathematics,” says Jennifer Drake, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. “Students choosing to study engineering at UIndy will benefit from small class sizes, strong relationships with faculty, and unique opportunities to engage in undergraduate research and project-based learning.” UIndy’s engineering programs emphasize creativity, critical thinking, social responsibility, and problem solving.
More information about the engineering programs at UIndy is available at www.uindy.edu/cas/engineering.