Our graduates continue to uphold the innovative and top-tier reputation of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD.
With the university’s close proximity to industry leaders, we are seeing more and more students in influential positions across Texas and beyond. Whether it’s starting their own renewable energy company, furthering their education through graduate research, employed at a top level company like Texas Instruments, or becoming faculty members, our graduates are making moves for the future of technology, research, and education.
Alan is an alumnus of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He is the lead ACIS design engineer for educational technology products at Texas Instruments Inc. (TI). He currently lives in Frisco with his wife and their dog Fred, pictured above. In his free time, Alan enjoys volunteering as a verger, vestry member and a lay Eucharist minister for his church. He also enjoys collecting and repairing antique radios. Alan and his wife of 29 years have two children. Their son Adron is a fellow alumnus of UT Dallas and has served our in Iraq as an EOD specialist in the U.S. Army. Their daughter Emily is a graduate of Texas State University. Read below to learn more about Alan and his experiences at UT Dallas.
I was selected twice to the TI Member of Technical Staff.
I was interested in electronics since I was young. In high school I played with radio and TV sets, and I was my neighborhood’s local fix-it guy. After earning my associate’s degree in Toledo, Ohio, I was hired by TI as a technician. I soon realized I was interested in design but wasn’t able to make the transition at TI without the necessary coursework. Fortunately, UT Dallas began offering an electrical engineering degree focusing on microchip technology and enrolling juniors and seniors. Like many of our alumni, I took some preparatory classes at Collin County Community College, then enrolled part time as a junior at UT Dallas, attending classes in the evening. In 1996, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in Microchip Technology.
My favorite memories include the good friendships I made. I still keep in contact with them, including one of his lab partners who was a classmate back at Collin County Community College. I enjoy bringing my kids to the campus and showing off the major growth over the years.
I started giving because of the quality of education I received at the University and how it has helped me in my career. I was also inspired by the former UT Dallas President Franklyn Jenifer who visited the TI campus and asked all alumni to give. President Jenifer explained the importance of alumni participation.
I studied Electrical Engineering (MEMS and Microsystems).
I’m am the Founder and CEO of Skyven Technologies.
The department gave me the flexibility to pursue my PhD while maintaining full-time employment at Texas Instruments. This flexibility has been crucial in setting me for my current role as Founder of a renewable energy company!
UC Berkeley, Graduate Researcher
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provided me with the opportunities to take rigorous analog and RF courses as an undergrad and to work on exciting Terahertz research with Dr. Kenneth O at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence. Through the Senior Design Program I was able to brainstorm technological ideas to reduce gun violence in America. Seeing our prototype to fruition with my friends and the support of Dr. James Florence was my favorite part of the capstone project.
Because of UTD’s fast paced track to tier one! UTD’s environment is changing at literally a new building per year and increasing student and faculty. Change like this is seen at all tiers of UTD and translates to opportunities for growth, research and learning for students. Read more about Alex here.
I work at Texas Instruments as a Custom CTO.
The excellent technical training within ECE prepared me for my career at Texas Instruments. The great school, the ECE Department’s reputation, and the city that surrounds us sets all students up for success!
I gained an introduction to IEEE which has become and ever-growing network for me over the years following graduation and it also has helped me to improve on valuable business and life skills in addition to my course curriculum. Also, I had two different internships through the Industrial Practice Program that ultimately led me to my career in a field I would have otherwise not journeyed into.
I think it is important to help foster the future of the engineering profession. Everyone wins when students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to be successful, well rounded problem solvers.
So much of what I have is because of my time in the ECE department. I know people from all over the world in IEEE because I jumped in and got really involved as a freshman. I felt empowered as a student and was able to translate skills I learned to my professional life and it really helped me to excel. I want to pay it forward and make sure that incredible culture of the ECE department continues on for future generations. (An aside: I even met my husband in the ECE department…)
Take the time to take advantage of all the resources at your disposal: Start building your network through one of the student organizations. Get an internship; go for it even if it is in an area of engineering that is new to you. Don’t just memorize equations; learn how to learn. Ask questions, because it is better to ask what seems silly than be lost and let yourself and potentially your teammates down.
I majored in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Microelectronics and a minor in Nanoscience.
It would have to be the collaborative teamwork skills during major projects.
I work as a research assistant at UTD in the Materials Science & Engineering department towards a Ph.D. degree. The department prepared me by instilling me with hands-on lab work early on, which allowed me to use my critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential for a successful graduate student in a research lab.
I am very proud because more and more I hear that the ECE department at UTD is being recognized not only nationally but globally as well for its high achieving graduates.
There are dozens of specializations within the ECE department, so take every opportunity to find your passion and expertise.
Life-long learning is key to success!
I studied Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Applications.
Without a doubt, theoretical knowledge paired with laboratory and research opportunities. This combination laid a solid foundation for hands-on industry experience and influenced my approach to working with others and solving challenging problems with unclear answers.
I’m building my career at Texas Instruments, currently serving in Technical Sales as an Aerospace and Defense Account Manager. My responsibility is to listen, understand and respond to customers’ semiconductor needs. UT Dallas provided the technical foundation to acknowledge common challenges that subject matter experts face on a daily basis. Thanks to my UT Dallas background, I have a firm grasp on how certain semiconductor specifications impact our customers designs, and respond by guiding our customers to leading edge products that address their challenges.
Absolutely! Making an impact requires diversity of thought and skillsets. UT Dallas has both. The people at UT Dallas did and continue to impact how to approach challenging problems.
Logic and a friendly, personable demeanor are not mutually exclusive. A genuine smile, willingness to work with others and respect for others points of view will take you far.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD.
I spent 24 years raising and homeschooling my four children (all of whom are now UTD alumni!), so my engineering skills were rather rusty when I first enrolled. The department allowed me the time I needed to rebuild my skill set so that I could move forward with my degree.
As a PhD student, I did a dissertation. My favorite part of the project was contributing to the body on knowledge that is improving the lives of those who suffer with epilepsy.