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The Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering has a unique and long tradition of excellence in advancing basic science and solving engineering problems relevant to society. Our department is part of the WashU School of Engineering & Applied Science. ​

The department is dedicated to providing high-quality education and research, and our faculty lead national and international research teams (including the Multi-University Research Initiative, or MURI) and collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects at Washington University in St. Louis. The Department strives to enhance education by providing a modern curriculum, renovated laboratories and hands-on research projects.


15

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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9

Senior Professors

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8

Lecturers

300 Undergraduate students
214
Master's students
50
Doctoral students
3

Professors of Practice

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3

Research Faculty

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3

Courtesy Appointments

History of Electrical & Systems Engineering at WashU

1891

The Department of Electrical Engineering, the second-oldest electrical engineering department in the United States, founded at Washington University in St. Louis.

1901-1921

Alexander S. Langsdorf serves as first chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering.

1921 - 1937

Walter L. Upson serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1936

Preston M. Green receives his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, Preston Green worked in a local factory until he joined Southwest Steel Supply Co. in 1950 as vice president of purchasing and production. Today, the department carries his namesake.

1937 - 1949

Roy S. Glasgow serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1950 - 1964

Richard J.W. Koopman serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1965 - 1970

William S.C. Chang serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1971 - 1975

Russell R. Pfeiffer serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1974

Department of Systems Science & Mathematics founded.

1974 - 1989

John Zaborszky serves as Department of Systems Science & Mathematics chairman.

1974

William E. Moerner receives his bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for his work on single-molecule fluorescence microscopy.

1975 - 1976

Robert O. Gregory serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1976 - 1986

Donald L. Snyder serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1976 - 1986

Harold W. Shipton serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1987 - 2002

Barry E. Spielman serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

1989-1991

Christopher I. Byrnes serves as Department of Systems Science & Mathematics chairman.

1991-2003

I. Norman Katz serves as Department of Systems Science & Mathematics chairman.

2002 - 2003

R. Martin Arthur serves as Department of Electrical Engineering chairman.

2003

The Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering was formed in 2003 as a merger between Electrical Engineering and Systems Science & Mathematics.

2003-2006

R. Martin Arthur serves as Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering chairman.

2006

Department named after Preston M. Green as the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering.

2006-2011

Arye Nehorai serves as Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering chairman.

2011

Preston M. Green Hall opens as the third building in a new complex of engineering buildings at the northeast perimeter of the Danforth Campus.

2011-2016

Arye Nehorai serves as Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering chairman.

2016-present

R. Martin Arthur serves as Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering chairman.

                   
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