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Department Chair


Radha Poovendran
AE116 Paul Allen Center

Lindsay Appesland, Assistant to the Chair

Associate Chair for Education and Entrepreneurship

John Sahr

John Sahr
214 Sieg

EE Educational Program:

The Associate Chair for Education and Entrepreneurship oversees all the activities of the Department related to the undergraduate, graduate and professional master’s degrees. In particular, the Associate Chair is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum remains up to date, that the students develop entrepreneurial skills and that they receive adequate advising.

Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship


Matt Reynolds
M226 EEB

EE Research Program

The Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship works to promote and advance the EE research program, supporting faculty and student entrepreneurship and the translation of research to commercial practice. This includes teaming activities to promote cross-disciplinary research proposals, developing criteria for and distributing departmental research seed funds, responsibility for the EE Colloquium Series and distinguished lectureships, and overseeing the award nomination and selection process for faculty and student research awards and recognition.

Associate Chair for Global Affairs and International Development


Jenq-Neng Hwang
M426 EEB

The Associate Chair for Global Affairs and International Development works toward the continued development of EE’s international partner universities by integrating global affairs into education, research and entrepreneurship efforts. The Associate Chair also facilitates EE and College of Engineering collaborations with UW’s CoMotion office for joint international innovation and UW’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) office for several initiatives.

Associate Chair of Advancement


Payman Arabshahi
450 EEB

The Associate Chair of Advancement is responsible for matching the passions of our alumni, parents and friends with the needs and ambitions of EE students, faculty and staff. The Associate Chair works to optimize philanthropic support for key fund-raising initiatives and develops, coordinates and executes strategies for identification, cultivation, solicitation, closing and stewardship of gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Invest in excellence, invest in UW EE, and help build the future of electrical engineering education at the UW.

College of Engineering Associate Dean of Diversity and Access


Eve Riskin
230 EE/CSE Bldg.

The College of Engineering’s Associate Dean of Diversity and Access recruits top high school students to UW engineering, with an emphasis on reaching high-achieving women, underrepresented minorities and low-income students. Diversity and Access programs enrich students’ educational experiences by providing financial, social, academic and cultural support.