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Associate professor named interim chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Scott Kovaleski Faculty Photo for Site CELECENG

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Associate Professor Scott Kovaleski will take the helm as interim director of ECE. Kovaleski began his appointment Jan. 1.

University of Missouri College of Engineering Associate Professor Scott Kovaleski was appointed as interim chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

“I’m very excited to be able to serve my department,” said Kovaleski, who has been on the ECE faculty since 2003.

Kovaleski takes the helm from Noah Manring, the Glen A. Barton Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who served in the position for the last four years. Manring returned to his faculty position in the MAE department.

“Scott is a committed leader in ECE, and this new assignment recognizes his demonstrated strengths and abilities,” Manring said. “He has served for the past two years as the ECE director for undergraduate studies and has served as a department representative for our ABET accreditation process. I will miss working closely with Scott, but I’m glad to be leaving the department in such good hands.”

Expansion of existing programs and building upon the department’s ongoing research are two of Kovaleski’s goals for the near future.

“We’re a research engine for the college,” he said about ECE, whose research expenditures topped $11 million in 2012. “In order to fuel that research engine in the department, we’ll put additional focus on expanding our graduate program. I’m also going to do my part to grow and help our creative and innovative faculty.”

Kovaleski’s own research involves nuclear, plasma and beam science. He is currently working on a piezoelectric miniature, low-radiation X-ray device.

Additionally, Kovaleski said he hopes to see strides in ECE’s involvement with MU Engineering’s international program as well as enhancing the department’s visibility to in-state recruits.

“Our involvement in the international program is starting to grow,” he said. “That creates great opportunities for the ECE graduate and undergraduate program, and those students have been fantastic.”

Kovaleski received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University in 1995. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and worked for General Electric as well as the NASA-Glenn Research Center before joining the faculty as MU.

“Teaching was always something I wanted to do,” Kovaleski said.

In addition, Kovaleski serves as the faculty adviser for the university’s chapters of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and he also is active on the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Committee (PSAC).