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Simoni Now Leading Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
July 12, 2016
Innovative Educator: Mario Simoni, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has developed seven new courses to the department’s curriculum. He also has presented workshops on systems engineering and continuous-time signals and systems.
The start of a new academic year has brought new leadership to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with the promotion of Mario F. Simoni as department head. He replaced Robert Throne, who has returned to full-time teaching within the department.
A member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 2001, Simoni is an innovative educator who stays on the leading edge of technical advances in electronics and electrical systems. He has developed new courses in digital-, analog-, and radio frequency-based integrated circuit design, electrophysiology, and stereo amplifier design and testing. He also has integrated laboratories to enhance the teaching of continuous time signals and systems, and brought systems engineering concepts into the senior-year capstone design course for electrical and computer engineering students.
Simoni presented materials on “Helping Students Achieve a Systems Perspective of Engineering” at the 2015 annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, and this summer he organized a campus workshop for visiting college and high school educators to use hands-on activities in continuous-time signals and systems courses.
The National Science Foundation, Global Wireless Education Consortium, and The MOSIS Service have funded Simoni’s work to motivate students to learn introductory concepts of time signals and systems, using a novel signals exploration platform, and developing a radio frequency-based integrated circuit design course into the college engineering education curriculum.
Simoni, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, has had industrial experience in digital circuit design with Intel and Texas Instruments. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Park’s College of St. Louis University, and added master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.