Legand L. Burge, Jr. is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. He received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Dean Burge brings leadership to students, faculty and staff in the effective and efficient management of a modest research and development program for the College. The College continues to be a top ten producer of engineering graduates who possess the technical talent to compete in industry, governmental and academia. The College performs research in such emerging areas to include, but not limited to, batteries and fuel cells, modeling and simulation, aerospace and flight dynamics, building informatics and management technology, materials science and engineering, sensor technology, environmental, bio-materials and thermal sciences and alternative energy. Burge has research interest in signal processing, coding theory, information theory, communications, engineering education, and effective leadership and management.
His former positions include Dean at the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), vice commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), member of the Defense Secretary and Air Staffs, Pentagon, and division chief, National Security Agency (NSA), operations officer for Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects. Burge retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel.
He has served on the advisory board for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Directorate, the Advisory Committee on Government Performance Assessment, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering, Advancing Minorities’ Interests In Engineering (AMIE), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Council of Deans of Engineering, and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He served on the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Study on the Engineering Studies at Tribal Colleges. He is the author of numerous articles and has served as a member of the American Society of Engineering Education Engineering (ASEE) Deans’ Council (EDC) Public Policy Committee. Dean Burge was elected to the ASEE Engineering Deans Council Executive Board. As part of the EDC, Burge chaired the EDC Committee on Diversity; served as a member of the ASEE Engineering Deans Institute (EDI) Colloquium Committee, and as a member of the EDC K-12 Engineering Task Force. He continues to be an active transformational leader using his experience in national defense, academia, and the information technology industry to affect a dynamic program.