Welcome from the Department Head

John Wen
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the head of my alma mater, the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  RPI was founded in 1824, one of the oldest engineering schools in the United States.  The Electrical Engineering curriculum at RPI started in 1907, right at the dawn of the age of electricity.   A century later, the curriculum has, of course, evolved with time, but the same philosophy of combining fundamental engineering principles with relevant contemporary technologies remains.  As the department head, my goal is to nurture and strengthen our culture of collaborative research and pedagogical innovations.  ECSE faculty research spans multiple disciplines and physical scales, from semiconductor design and processing, smart sensors and devices, to private and secure communication and cyberphysical systems such as smart grids, smart buildings, and collaborative robots.  ECSE faculty have introduced hands-on personalized labs, project-based learning, and team-based design.  Through faculty renewal and growth, industry engagement, and alumni outreach, we aim to expand our research impact and enhance the effectiveness of our curriculum.

John Wen
Russell Sage Professor
Head, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering