April 30, 2018

New chair named for electrical and computer engineering department


Benjamin Braaten, associate professor, has been appointed chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Braaten has served as the interim chair of the department since August 2017.

“Through the interview processes and during his time as interim chair, Ben has articulated an exciting vision for the department, and by extension the College of Engineering,” said Michael Kessler, dean of engineering. “In addition, his demonstrated servant leadership has confirmed he is the right person to build upon the remarkable success that the electrical and computer engineering department has already established.”

Braaten joined the NDSU faculty full-time in 2010 and is director of the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory. In that time, he has secured more than $1.83 million in research funding, established collaborations with industry partners and served as an adviser and mentor to hundreds of students.

“This is an exciting next step in my journey at NDSU, but I certainly did not do it alone,” Braaten said. “I can’t say thank you enough to the outstanding educators, students and staff on campus who have helped me along the way.”

Braaten, who is from Rhame, North Dakota, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from NDSU. He conducted post-doctoral research at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Braaten is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Society and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society. His research interests include electromagnetics, wireless systems, antenna design and implantable wireless devices.

He also is the co-founder of Krisara Engineering LLC, a Fargo based medical device company.

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