Chase Cotton, a knowledgeable and passionate researcher, educator and colleague in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

After a long career in the communications industry, Dr. Cotton, who earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1984, joined the department as a visiting scholar before becoming a senior scientist and later a Professor of Practice.

Throughout his fifteen years at UD, Dr. Cotton was instrumental in expanding the department’s education and training opportunities in the field of cybersecurity. He was also responsible for revitalizing ECE’s senior design program, through which he interacted with more students than anyone else in the department.

Dr. Cotton was known for his unique perspective on research thanks to his industry experience, for always advocating in the best interests of students in the department, and for being a kind and supportive role model to students and faculty alike.

Please keep Dr. Cotton’s family in your thoughts.

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