Digital circuits: New EE professor embedding knowledge into students

For Jeffrey Goeders, coming to BYU to teach electrical and computer engineering was never on his radar.

“I’d never really thought about it,” he said.

Goeders studied at the University of Toronto and then finished up his PhD at the University of British Columbia last year.  But his studies lead him here after all.

“I did some research similar to some being done by professors at BYU, so I got to know them at conferences where we’d share our work with each other,” Goeders said. “They mentioned there was a position here and encouraged me to apply, so I did.”

Now he teaches EC EN 330, where he teaches students how to write programs for embedded devices, like computers.

“There’s more and more jobs out there for people who know how to do this,” he said.  “It’s a skill that a lot of people will find useful in their jobs later on.”

Goeders is currently researching how to automatically design digital circuits.  When he’s not at work, Goeders can be found mountain biking at Sundance, snow skiing, or playing board games.

Even though he just started in July, Goeders has big goals for his time as an assistant professor at BYU. 

“I want to help students understand that there are a lot of opportunities in this field and use the classes that I’m teaching to help them catch the vision of why it’s so important,” he said.

And part of that vision means balance.

“School gets really busy and overwhelming, so don’t forget that you still have other priorities to God and your families,” Goeders said.  “Spend quality time on school, but don’t let it overtake the rest of your life.”

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