Alfredo Tan

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Director of Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering


Dr. Alfredo Tan is the Director of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (GHSCSE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). Dr. Tan assumed this position in 2003 when FDU’s computer science school and engineering school merged into one school - GHSCSE. Under his leadership, GHSCSE has become one of the most successful academic units at the University with more than 1,100 students. The School offers ten undergraduate and five graduate programs in various fields, including engineering, computer science, information technology, engineering technology, management information systems, electronic commerce, and mathematics. Dr. Tan has been instrumental in having these programs continuously updated and successfully reaccredited, as well as in creating new programs and establishing state-of-the-art lab facilities. From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Tan served as the Director of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Dr. Tan has led the successful reaccreditation of GHSCSE’s ABET-accredited programs over the last 20 years, putting in place a successful outcome assessment and continuous improvement process since 2000. The process’s success is evidenced by the recent reaccreditation of six ABET-accredited programs in GHSCSE. In fact, the Self-Study Reports of the five GHSCSE programs that were reviewed in Fall 2013 were among only 30 reports selected by ABET and displayed at the 2014 ABET Symposium in April 2014, as model examples of well-written and well-organized Self-Study Reports. Moreover, rubrics and other materials used in the assessment and continuous improvement of two GHSCSE programs were also displayed at the ABET Symposium as exemplary models.

A faculty member at FDU for 28 years, Dr. Tan holds the rank of Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE). He created numerous contemporary courses in EE; taught effectively across a wide spectrum of EE courses, including 15 graduate and 18 undergraduate courses; developed several instructional laboratories; and advised several student organizations. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in recognition of his outstanding teaching.

Along with his colleagues, Dr. Tan has created several outreach programs that promote STEM to underserved high school students. These programs have been well received by students, parents, teachers, administrators, and local community leaders; they have been well supported by various state agencies, corporate donors, and private foundations, including a $1 million endowment from an FDU alumnus. About 1,000 students from eight school districts have benefited greatly from these programs. Dr. Tan also advises several high schools in their curriculum development. Dr. Tan received an FDU Presidential Citation for his outreach work in 2014.  

Working with his colleagues, Dr. Tan has established nine new labs; enhanced eight existing labs; created four degree programs with another four new programs under development; obtained grants totaling about $3 million; and assisted in obtaining other large external grants. The new labs include a Green Energy Lab, an Industrial Automation and Robotics Lab, a CNC Manufacturing Lab, an Additive Manufacturing Lab, and a Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics Lab. The degree programs created were an online MSEE, an M.S. Computer Engineering, a B.S. Information Technology, and a B.S. Civil Engineering (to be offered in Fall 2016). A B.S. Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program and an M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (CSIA) program will be offered in Fall 2017; a B.S. Computer Engineering and a BSCSIA, in Fall 2018.

Dr. Tan’s research interests are in communication systems, digital and adaptive signal processing, and image processing. He has published numerous technical papers in these areas, reviewed papers for several engineering journals, and conducted workshops and seminars for communication engineers at corporate sites, including Lucent Technologies. He has served as the Chair of IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapter, North Jersey Section, since 2012, and as the Vice Chair from 2001 to 2012. In 2003, he received an IEEE Outstanding Service and Contributions Award for his work. Also, with his support, GHSCSE has hosted various conferences, seminars, and competitions that were co-sponsored by IEEE, ASEE, ASME, and ASCE at the Metropolitan Campus.

Dr. Tan received his BSEE and BSME degrees from Adamson University in Manila, Philippines; he placed second in the Philippine (nationwide) Assistant EE Licensure Examination. Dr. Tan also obtained both M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. While at Stevens, he worked as a teaching and research assistant and received a full scholarship from Stevens. He is a member of IEEE, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines), and Eta Kappa Nu (EE Honor Society).


Short Abstract

Program and Curriculum Development

Led the development and/or offering of the following programs:

  • M.S. Computer Engineering
  • B.S. Information Technology
  • The program is offered at both the Metropolitan and Vancouver Campuses
  • B.S. Civil Engineering (Fall 2016)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2017 - anticipated)
  • M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (Fall 2017 - anticipated)
  • B.S. Computer Engineering (Fall 2018 – planned)
  • B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (Fall 2018 - planned)
  • M.S. Computer Science (existing) will be offered at the Vancouver Campus in Fall 2017

Lab Development

Led in the creation of new labs:

  • Industrial Automation and Robotics Lab, B201
  • Green Energy Lab, B214
  • CNC Manufacturing Lab, B102
  • Additive Manufacturing Lab, B111
  • Mechanical Training Lab, B106
  • Electrical Wiring Lab, B109
  • Cyber Defense and Digital Forensics Lab (Under development)
  • System Administration Lab (To be incorporated in the Computer Networking Lab (B302))
  • iLab (To be expanded up to 150 computers)

Led in the enhancement of existing labs:

  • Computer Networking Lab (B302)
  • PC Lab (B304)
  • Electronics and Communications Lab (B202)
  • Soils Lab (B101)
  • Materials Testing Lab (B103)
  • Fluids & HVAC Lab (B104)
  • Woodshop, B105A
  • Machine Shop (B105B)

Outcome Assessment and Program Accreditation

Led the successful ABET reaccreditation of B.S. Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program and four engineering technology (ET) programs, namely, B.S. Civil ET (BSCivET), B.S. Construction ET (BSConET), B.S. Electrical ET (BSEET), and B.S. Mechanical ET (BSMET), since 1996, and the B.S. Computer Science (BSCS) program since 2003.

Put in place a successful outcome assessment and continuous improvement process for assessing the learning outcomes of all the programs in GHSCSE and students’ levels of achievement of the learning outcomes. The process’s success is evidenced by the recent reaccreditation of six ABET-accredited programs in GHSCSE since ABET mandated outcomes assessment in 2000. In particular, the BSEE program was reviewed in Fall 2010 and reaccredited in Fall 2011; the BSCS and four ET programs were reviewed in Fall 2013 and reaccredited in Fall 2014. Moreover, the Self-Study Reports of the five programs that were reviewed in Fall 2013 were among only 30 reports selected by ABET and displayed at the 2014 ABET Symposium on April 3-4, 2014, as model examples of well-written and well-organized Self-Study Reports. Moreover, rubrics and other materials used in the assessment and continuous improvement of the BSMET and BSCivET programs were also displayed at the ABET Symposium as exemplary models. All other programs in GHSCSE have followed the same assessment process which significantly contributed to the recent successful reaccreditation of FDU by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Grants

Obtained grants totaling about $3 million:

  • Received grants totaling $1.2 million to develop and conduct outreach programs for high school students, improve academic programs, create or upgrade lab facilities for class instruction and research, acquire new equipment, provide scholarships to students, and develop curricula for middle and high schools. The $1.2 million excludes the $1 million gift from the Greg Olsen Foundation to endow GHSCSE’s Technical Enrichment and Outreach program for high school students.
  • Developed and wrote a $2.1 million grant proposal, “Enhancing New Jersey’s High-Tech Workforce and Competitiveness,” with the University College Dean and GHSCSE faculty and staff, as part of an FDU $10-million grant proposal,  which  was recently funded by the State of New Jersey through the Building Our Future Bond Act (2013- present).

Assisted the Institutional Advancement in obtaining a grant of $5 million from Dr. Greg Olsen, an FDU alumnus, in 2005. Out of the $5 million grant, $1 million was used to endow the TEOP program and $1.75 million was used to endow the Greg Olsen Chair.

University College

Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering
Mail Code: T-BE2-01
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666


Education

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology 1988
M.E. in Electrical Engineering Stevens Institute of Technology 1984
 B.S. in Electrical Engineering  Adamson University, Philippines  1980                      
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering  Adamson University, Philippines 1979

Academic Experience

Fairleigh Dickinson University School Director, CS/Eng     2003-present                            
Fairleigh Dickinson University School Director, EE/ET  1996-2003
Fairleigh Dickinson University                  Professor                                       1998-present
Fairleigh Dickinson University            Associate Professor                                1993-98 
Fairleigh Dickinson University Assistant Professor 1988-93                   

Areas of Interest

  • Areas of Research: Communication Systems, Digital Signal and Image Processing, Adaptive Signal Processing, and Microprocessor-based Systems
  • New interests: Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Machine Learning 

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 FDU Presidential Citation for contributions "to the growth of STEM studies at the University through groundbreaking outreach programs aimed at minority, female and other underserved student populations”
  • 2008 Awardee in Engineering and Education by the Philippine Chinese Association of America
  • Chair of IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapter, North Jersey Section, 2012 to present; Vice Chair from 2001 to 2012
  • 2003 IEEE Outstanding Service and Contributions Award, North Jersey Section
  • 2003 FDU Distinguished Award for Teaching
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines)
  • Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society)
  • Stevens Full Scholarship: Five Years
  • 2nd Place in the Philippine (nationwide) Assistant Electrical Engineer Licensure Exam

Service Activities (within and outside of the institution)

  • Served as the Director of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering (GHSCSE) since 2003 and the Director of the former School of Engineering and Engineering Technology from 1996 to 2003. The School currently offers ten undergraduate and five graduate programs in various fields, including engineering, computer science, information technology, engineering technology, management information systems, electronic commerce, and mathematics. GHSCSE is offering a new degree program in Fall 2016 and plans to offer two more new programs in Fall 2017 and another two in Fall 2018 at the latest.
  • Served on the search and screen committees for faculty, Vancouver Campus Provost, University Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and University President; on University and GHSCSE Outcomes Assessment Committees; Industrial Advisory Boards; Vancouver Campus Working Group; and various committees in GHSCSE.