College Names New Senior Associate Dean
Yih-Fang Huang, professor and former department chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named senior associate dean of the College of Engineering. Huang’s duties will include oversight of all educational programs within the college, with an emphasis on undergraduate degree programs. He will also oversee the First Year Introduction to Engineering program, the new college leadership program, experiential learning courses within the college, and student success initiatives.
A faculty member since 1982, Huang’s research has focused on the field of statistical communications and signal processing, including signal detection and estimation, parameter estimation, adaptive signal processing and interference suppression for wireless communications.
Huang is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the author of more than 200 journal and conference paper. He has received numerous awards throughout the years, including several teaching awards, the Presidential Award from Notre Dame and the Golden Jubilee Medal from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s and doctorate — both in electrical engineering — from Princeton University.
Huang is assuming many of the roles that Jay Brockman, associate dean of academic programs and associate professor of computer science and engineering, has held over the last five years. Although Brockman remains a vital part of the dean’s office team — he will continue to serve College of Engineering priorities as associate dean of community engagement and experiential learning, he is taking a partial leave of absence to focus on his role as co-founder of Emu Solutions Inc., a business based on Notre Dame licensed technology that enhances memory server hardware and software that improves the speed and efficiency of big data analytics. Since being recognized with the inaugural 1st Source Commercialization Award in 2011, the company has expanded to 10 employees and has become part of the DeepData group, which has created more than 40 new jobs in South Bend.
Key accomplishments during Brockman’s tenure as associate dean of academic programs include his help in dramatically growing undergraduate enrollments; his role in launching the Stinson-Remick/McCourtney Learning Center and in helping to create the new Notre Dame Design Deck (N3D), a student run design and rapid prototyping space; his service as principal investigator on the $1M NSF STEP grant focused on enhancing enrollments and retention in the colleges of engineering and science and his efforts in expanding the engagement of the College of Engineering in the local community, including the creation of the I2D2 program (Imagination, Innovation, Discovery and Design) that brings more than 350 local middle school children to campus each year to interact with first year engineering.