Campus: CSU, San Jose -- May 04, 2001
SJSU's Electrical Engineering Dept Raises
$2.5 Million To Recruit Junior Faculty
San Jose State University's Department of Electrical Engineering recently
announced that it has exceeded its goal of $1.8 million and raised $2.5
million in a campaign to build an endowment fund to recruit junior faculty.
Several high tech companies in the Silicon Valley have donated to this
fund, including: Atmel, Maxim, Xilinx, National Semiconductor and Synopsys.
Individual donations were also received from Wu-Fu Chen, famed entrepreneur
in networking, Sang Wang of Nassda, Pehong Chen of BroadVision, David
Lin, Joseph and Betty Axline, Richard Tarver, C. Y. Chen, and Jaw-Min
The Faculty Development Fund, part of the College of Engineering's Teaching
Excellence Fund, provides start-up funds to new professors to develop
curriculum, laboratory and research activities.
The Electrical Engineering Dept. is one of the largest departments at
San Jose State University, with 880 undergraduate and 290 graduate students.
It was recently rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top
12 best undergraduate EE departments without Ph.D. programs in the United
The department has 20 full-time faculty and 31 part-time industry professors.
Because of the current high cost of housing in the Bay Area, the department
has had difficulty recruiting and retaining junior faculty. Young full-time
faculty are needed to teach daytime courses and develop course materials
and laboratories in critical technology areas. Built upon the department's
strong partnership with industry, the faculty endowment fund is one
of the solutions created to support these goals.