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CMU names Kovacevic department head at engineering school

| Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
Jelena Kovacevic, new chairman for the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Computer and Electrical Engineerings
Jelena Kovacevic, new chairman for the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Computer and Electrical Engineerings

Jelena Kovacevic, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University, will take the helm at CMU's department of electrical and computer engineering this spring.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity. Electrical and computer engineering is thriving by all measures of success and I will work together with all the department community to push it even further toward becoming the creative driving force in the Carnegie Institute of Technology, CMU and the world,” Kovacevic said.

James H. Garrett, Jr., dean of CMU's College of Engineering on Monday announced Kovacevic's appointment to lead the department, which boasts an enrollment of 980 students and is the largest department in the college.

The new department chair is a professor of biomedical, electrical and computer engineering at CMU. She will succeed longtime department head Ed Schlesinger, who is leaving to become dean of the school of engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Kovacevic, who joined CMU in 2003, received undergraduate engineering degrees from the University of Belgrade and her master's degree and doctorate from Columbia University in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

She joins a growing number of women who have claimed top positions in engineering. According to Department of Labor statistics, women account for just 10.6 percent of the nation's engineers.

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