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Steve Hranilovic appointed as acting associate dean, academicJune 24, 2019

Steve Hranilovic, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be named acting associate dean, academic, on July 1, 2019.

Steve Hranilovic, professor of electrical and computer engineering and former acting associate dean, graduate studies, has been named acting associate dean, academic for a four-month term, or until the recommendation of the recommendation of the selection committee to identify an associate dean is approved. He succeeds Ken Coley who is moving to Western University as its dean of engineering.

"I am very pleased to welcome Steve Hranilovic to our leadership team," says Ishwar K. Puri, dean of engineering. "Steve brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his role, which will help propel the Faculty forward in key initiatives already underway — from transformative curriculum changes to boosting experiential learning. He embraces a student-centred approach to leadership and will bring his positive energy to our undergraduate programs, clubs and teams, and The Pivot."

Hranilovic received his bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo and master's and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. His expertise is in communication algorithms, information theory and experimental implementations for optical channels, especially optical wireless channels.

He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Ontario and was awarded the Government of Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2006. In 2016, McMaster University conferred the title of University Scholar upon Hranilovic. He serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications for Optical Wireless Communications.

"The Faculty of Engineering is an exciting place," says Hranilovic. "Not only is it populated by world-renowned researchers and bright students, it has a tradition of risk-taking and an entrepreneurial spirit. These elements are the key ingredients that continue to drive innovation in our Faculty."

"Our most recent transformative initiative, The Pivot, seeks to better prepare our students by focusing on how students learn best, by emphasizing collaborative project-based environments and through independent experiential learning opportunities in education and research."