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Prescott Named Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Prof. Glenn Prescott, who had served as interim chair for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas School of Engineering, has been named chair on a permanent basis.

“I’m pleased to see Glenn take on this additional role in a more enduring situation,” said Dean Stuart R. Bell. “I’m certain that under his guidance, the department will continue to thrive and provide an environment that fosters excellence in students, faculty and staff.”
Prof. Glenn Prescott

“I’m very excited to begin service as the chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,” Prescott said. “I’ve been a member of this department for 20 years, and I have seen it grow from a small faculty with a single academic program (electrical engineering) to a much larger department with three academic specialties (electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science).

“I'm assuming this job at a very interesting time in our history. We are fortunate to have completed the long and complex process of hiring five new faculty members, all of whom joined the university in the fall.  This group of young scholars will infuse excitement into our academic programs and contribute to our research agenda. I am sure that they, and the more senior members of the faculty, will allow us to sustain our high standards of excellence.

“I am looking forward to the adventures ahead.”

Prescott’s background includes a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in electrical engineering, both from Georgia Tech, and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Prescott taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University prior to arriving at KU. He earned all of his degrees while on active duty with the Air Force; and, after completing a 20-year career, joined KU in 1989.  While in the Air Force he served as a radar technician and a communication-electronics officer.


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