Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE News Story

Homecoming 2003, A Success

Not only did the football team solidly trounce the Illini 56 to 14 at Homecoming Weekend this year but the EECS Alumni Society made some great strides as well.

We held our first tailgate party before the game and attendance was good. Thanks to the College of Engineering, four tables were designated EECS Society and were filled nearly to capacity throughout the party. It was a chance to greet old friends and to make many new ones--and all this with plenty to eat as well. Especially noteworthy were the block M decorated sugar cookies which tasted particularly good during the football game.

But the tailgate party wasn't all we had the opportunity to experience this year. On Thursday evening some of us attended the Recruiting Orientation meeting where we learned how we could support the College in encouraging new students to enroll in our Department. A tasty buffet followed with lots of interesting discussions with the students at the Student/Alumni Networking Dinner. Getting a chance to talk to the students was a pleasant and fulfilling experience. We can all be proud of them. There is no doubt that the University is still attracting bright and highly motivated students.

On Friday, the forum on "Wireless Communications," which included our fellow graduates, Mark Abel, BSE EE, Tony Fadell, BSE CE and Scott Kliger BSE CE on the panel, was extremely interesting and timely. It seems it won't be too long before the world is linked firmly together without wires. At noon, the Society held its annual executive committee meeting as part of the Lunch in the Departments event. The status of the Society was reviewed, its future discussed, and Mark Abel and Allen Oh were elected to the Board of Directors. The meeting ended just in time to attend the Dean's College of Engineering update. Particularly interesting was his description of the plans for our new Computer Science Building and the major addition to the Solid State Laboratory. Afterwards we had a chance to hear five of our former (and present) deans, Van Wylen, Ragone, Duderstadt, Vest, Banks and Director, discuss some of the interesting things that happened during their terms in the College.

Later, some of us attended a seminar by Michael Stonebraker, one of this year's EECS Alumni Honorees, while others took the North Campus walking tour. My how the North Campus has changed, if you haven't been back for a while you'd be amazed--you really should plan to visit sometime.

In the evening, we attended the Alumni Society Awards Dinner where our graduates Michael Stonebraker, MSE EE and PhD CICE, and Robert Trew, MS, PhD, were given the EECS Alumni Honoree awards and Eric Aupperle, BSE CICE, received the Alumni Medal for 2003. We're quite proud of their very impressive accomplishments.

Saturday rounded out the weekend with an interesting tour of the Central Campus, the Tailgate party, and the successful football game.

For those of you who missed all these great events--perhaps next year? In the meantime, keep in touch with the Society. And if you're not a member, please go to the membership page and join. We need your input and support, especially in these our formative years when we are still trying to define our goals and establish what would most benefit you, the alumni.

Go Blue!
Bill Becher
Society President
MSE 1961, PhD 1968