Change in Department Leadership

June 29, 2020

For 14 years, deans of engineering have benefited from Mark Bocko’s leadership as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, from 2004-2010 and again since 2013. Mark, the Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was the driving force behind one of our most popular undergraduate programs – audio and music engineering – which was launched in 2013 and gives students the skills they need to enter the rapidly changing field of audio and sound engineering. The University’s $3 million investment in a state-of-the-art recording studio, control room, mixing rooms, and sound design lab was a major milestone for the program. Mark will continue to direct that program, as well as the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS), enabling him to continue to forge links between academic researchers and local companies, and advocate for developing the Rochester region as a center for light- and sound-based technologies. Mark has been an outstanding leader and we are glad that we will continue to benefit from his vision and ideas moving forward.

Marvin Doyley, who will succeed Mark, has already been serving as associate chair, and last year was one of 20 faculty members nationwide who were selected as the first cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities. His project for the program involved growing a pipeline to help diversify graduate students and faculty in the department. Marvin, recently elected a fellow of AIMBE (American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering), “is a great faculty colleague and over the years he has contributed tremendously to ECE’s research profile and teaching mission,” Mark says. “He clearly already possesses the skills and energy to be a wonderful leader for our department and the University.” We will certainly benefit from Marvin’s leadership moving forward!

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