Dr. Yacob Astatke, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Engineering, Morgan State University

Dr. Yacob Astatke
Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Engineering, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

I served as the Co-Chair of the African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 17-18, 2015. This HISTORIC event brought together around 125 African Engineering Deans from around the world for a discussion on the future of Engineering Education on the continent of Africa.

Short Biography

Dr. Yacob Astatke completed both his Doctor of Engineering and B.S.E.E. degrees from Morgan State University (MSU) and his M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a full time faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at MSU since August 1994 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering. He also served as the Chair of the University Council (UC) of MSU from 2013-2015. The UC represents 500 faculty members and close to 1,000 staff members of the university. Dr. Astatke is  the winner of the 2013  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “National Outstanding Teaching Award“. This award covers 340 engineering schools and close to 27,000 engineering faculty members (i.e. teachers) from all 50 states. Dr. Astatke is also the winner of the 2012  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “Mid-Atlantic Region Distinguished Teacher Award.” The Mid-Atlantic division includes engineering schools from 6 states :Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Dr. Astatke teaches courses in both analog and digital electronic circuit design and instrumentation, with a focus on wireless communication. He has more than 15 years experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web-based course supplements for electrical engineering courses. He has published over 40 papers and presented his research work at regional, national and international conferences. He also runs several exciting summer camps geared towards middle school, high school, and community college students to expose and increase their interested in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Examples are the “Rube Goldberg Engineering Design” camp funded by Innovative STEM Solutions (ISTEMS) in collaboration with Arizona State and Purdue University, the “Balloon Satellite Payload Design” camp funded by the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and NASA in collaboration with University of Maryland at College Park, and the “Smart Lighting Engineering Research” camp funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Howard University and Boston University. He is also the founder (in 2000) and Director of the “Foundations of Mathematics” summer program, which is a 5 week online summer math course offered for FREE to all pre-freshman engineering students admitted to the university.

Dr. Astatke has been travelling to Ethiopia for the past 10 years to teach graduate
courses, or provide training and guest lectures. For the past four years, he has donated laboratory equipment, and has been providing training  related to the use of the Mobile Studio Technology and pedagogy in the ECE department of five universities in Ethiopia : Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), Hawassa University, Debre Berhan University, Bahir Dar University and Jimma University (Read the report attached here for more information.) He is currently working with the Global Engineering Dean’s Council (GEDC)and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) to expand his effort throughout Africa (Read the report attached here for more information).