The ECE department is delighted to unveil its first-ever endowed professorship, "The Lisa and Desi Rhoden College Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering." The named professorship provides support to a gifted faculty member to ensure high quality instruction, research, and outreach, as well as salary or tuition funding for motivated students.
"I can't begin to express my appreciation for the Rhodens' unprecedented support," said ECE Department Head Tony Maciejewski. "The professorship is an invaluable incentive to attract and retain exceptional faculty and foster student success."
ECE alumni Lisa (B.S. '84) and Desi (B.S. '83, M.S. '84) Rhoden are passionate about engineering education. The Rhodens, who met at CSU while taking electrical engineering coursework, learned how to think like engineers from legendary teachers like Drs. Budak and Wilbur. The couple established the professorship because they want to give back to CSU and empower others with the gift of knowledge.
"Our electrical engineering education is the foundation of our life successes," said Lisa and Desi Rhoden. "We want to support excellence in the classroom to ensure transformative learning experiences for future generations."
The couple said they hope their investment will inspire current and future alumni to join them in supporting the future of engineering education.
Lisa Rhoden is a respected industry organizer and manager leading teams of software, firmware, and hardware engineers around the world. Lisa received her M.B.A. from Arizona State University in 1999 and currently serves as president of the Universal Flash Storage Association and executive director of the MobileBench Consortium. Desi Rhoden is an esteemed veteran in the semiconductor industry, with more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of areas, including memory and high-performance systems. The executive vice president at Montage Technology, Desi also provides consulting and expert services on patent and standards issues. He also is chairman of the Memory Committee and the past chairman of the board for JEDEC, the world leader in standards and technology development for the semiconductor industry. The Rhodens reside in Austin, Texas.