Lunch Panel: "Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering," Stanford's R. Gray & UMD's S. Marcus

Friday, April 27, 2007
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
A. V. Williams, Rm. 2460
Dr. Judi Bell

Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering

Lunch Panel, Featuring Stanford's Dr. Robert Gray and Maryland's Dr. Steve Marcus

Sponsored by Women in ECE & Future Fellows

Dr. Robert Gray

Lucent Technologies Professor of Engineering

Vice Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering

Stanford University


Dr. Steve Marcus

Professor and Former Chair

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Institute for Systems Research

University of Maryland

Prof. Robert Gray and Prof. Steve Marcus will participate in a panel discussion on mentoring for academic development in engineering. All students are invited to attend, particularly graduate students and junior and senior undergraduate students. Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to Dr. Judi Bell at

Prof. Robert Gray is a member of the National Academy of Engineers (NAE) and is widely known for his technical achievement in vector quantization work. He received the 2003 NSF Presidential Mentoring award for his persistent and successful effort in mentoring and encouraging women in their pursuit of electrical engineering doctorates, including 11 women doctorate students between 1985 and 2001 alone. Many of his students have become tenured/full professors in major universities such as Caltech, UCSD, Cornell, Univ. of Washington, and Penn State. Prof. Gray has organized a national-wide mentoring workshop for women and minority students and junior faculty, and edited a free publication titled "Mentoring for Academic Careers in Engineering."

Prof. Gray received the B.S.and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 1969, all in electrical engineering. Since 1969, he has been with Stanford University, where he is currently the Lucent Technologies Professor of Engineering. His research interests are in information theory and signal processing.

Prof. Steve Marcus received his Ph.D. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1972, respectively. He received a B.A. from Rice University in 1971. From 1975 to 1991, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the L.B. (Preach) Meaders Professor in Engineering. He was associate chairman of the Department from 1984-89.

In 1991, he joined the University of Maryland, where he was director of the Institute for Systems Research until 1996. He is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Institute for Systems Research and most recently served as the Chair of the ECE Department.

As Chair of the ECE Department at Maryland, Prof. Marcus established a systematic mentoring program for junior faculty, hired several talented female colleagues, and mentored many students throughout various stages of their career development.

Audience: Graduate  Undergraduate 

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