Dr. Rajab Challoo, P.E., Chairman & Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Rajab Challoo (updated: April 2016)
Professor and Chairman of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EE/CS) Department; President of the University Faculty Senate
Registered professional engineer in Texas.
Administrative and Service Activities: Dr. Challoo is currently chairman of the EECS department and President of the University Faculty Senate at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). As current EECS department chair, under Dr. Challoo’s leadership with support from his faculty and staff, in less than four years (September 2012 to December 2015): sample highlights…
. more than tripled (historic growth) the student enrollment in the department from approximately 350 to more than 1,300 students (currently largest and fastest growing department at this institution),
. was recognized by the University President in March 2014 for remarkable achievement in student enrollment growth,
. more than doubled the faculty scholarly and research grant activities in the department,
. hired 12 new distinguished faculty members (graduates from MIT and other highly respected universities, currently in the process of hiring several additional faculty members),
. hired an additional full-time administrative assistant (due to historic enrollment growth),
. successfully filed and received the initial accreditation from the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET for the undergraduate computer science program which was not an accredited program, the department chair was recognized by the team leader at the exit meeting with the university administrators for providing outstanding leadership for such a large department,
. successfully filed and received the re-accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET for the undergraduate electrical engineering program which was due for re-accreditation,
. successfully submitted (along with two other department chairs in the college, the dean of engineering, and the AVP for research) a new proposal for the establishment of a new joint Ph.D. in sustainable energy systems engineering. This proposal was successfully approved and the new Ph.D. program in engineering started in August 2015,
. student organizations in the department were very active and participated in many activities, attended conferences, and won many regional/national awards,
. two female students in the department were selected and won 2014 and then again 2015 Miss Texas A&M University-Kingsville awards,
. new instructional and research labs: a new dedicated EECS instructional computer lab (PC/MAC) and a new university-wide computational science research lab (our department plays a major role and one of our faculty serves as director of this research lab),
. relocated the department office to a larger suite and many faculty offices in the engineering building due to historic growth.
. new program initiatives: a new master of science in software engineering program (proposal is being developed), and a new master of science in mechatronics engineering program (proposal is being developed), … etc.
In the past, Dr. Challoo served as the founding director of the University Honors Program for five years (now, an Honors College) in addition to his service as founding director of the Maquiladora Engineering Master’s Program for many years.
Dr. Challoo was elected three times as President of the University Faculty Senate (2004, 2013, 2105); President of the A&M System Faculty Council; President of the University American Association of University Professors; Senator and President-Elect/ Vice President of the University Faculty Senate, Vice President of the University American Association of University Professors, Vice President of the University Texas Faculty Association. He was also elected by the Texas State American Association of University Professors to serve as Vice-President for District III, Texas State Conference of AAUP. Within the IEEE Corpus Christi section, Dr. Challoo served as Chair of the Computer Society for seven years. He has also served many times as a Judge in the Caller-Times South Texas Distinguished Scholars Program. In the EE/CS department at TAMUK, Dr. Challoo served in the past as acting chairman and graduate coordinator. He has served as chair and/or member of over 30 university/college/department committees. He has also served in the past as President of Innovative Technical Solutions, an engineering consulting company in Texas.
Research and Scholarly Activities: Dr. Challoo’s research interests include modeling/analysis/design of linear/nonlinear dynamic/control systems, control technologies in power systems and deployment of renewable energy systems, advanced control techniques for solar/wind power and smart grids, neural networks and fuzzy logic for intelligent control of robotic systems. Dr. Challoo has published extensively the results of his research and along with his colleagues from A&M-Kingsville and other A&M System universities have received over $4.4 Million joint research grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research (DOD/ONR). He has served as organizer/chair/moderator for national/international conferences. He has also served as editor-in-chief and as reviewer for technical journals and national/international conferences.
Teaching and Program Development Activities and Awards: Dr. Challoo has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 25 years and has proven to be an excellent motivator of students. He has been honored by the students in EE/CS department to be the recipient of the professor of the year award, four consecutive years in addition to a merit of excellence award. He was also named as an honoree and was the recipient of the 1993 university alumni association distinguished teaching award. He also received an appreciation award from the university provost for support of the distance learning program in addition to being the 2012 recipient of the engineering dean’s outstanding service award. Dr. Challoo developed a proposal for a newly established university honors program and served as the founding director of this program for five years - this program is now an established honors college. He also jointly developed a new proposal for a new Maquiladora Master’s program and served as the founding director of this program for many years. As mentioned, in 2014, Dr. Challoo along with two other department chairs in the college, the dean of engineering, and the AVP for research developed a new proposal for the establishment of a new joint Ph.D. in sustainable energy systems engineering. This proposal was successfully approved in January 2015 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the new Ph.D. program in engineering to start in fall of 2015.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MSC 192 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2004
fax: (361) 593-4026
This page was last updated on: April 13, 2016