Dr. Donald Ekong

Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

Engineering Professor Dr. Donald EkongDr. Donald Ekong is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Mercer University, in Macon, GA. He received his B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He is a registered engineer in Georgia, USA, and Saskatchewan, Canada. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE. Before coming to Mercer University in 2002, he worked in industry as a Senior Engineer at Ciena Corp in Alpharetta, GA, a Senior Engineer at Motorola in Tempe, AZ, and a Systems Engineer at Valmet Automation in Calgary, Canada.


  • Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • M. Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • B. Eng., Electrical/Electronics Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Security
  • Mobile App Development

Research/Professional/Teaching Interests

  • Computer architecture
  • Computer networks
  • Computer programming
  • Computer security
  • Digital logic
  • Microcontroller programming and interfacing
  • Mobile app development
  • Service learning
  • Utilizing mobile technology to improve healthcare

Recent Awards/Activities

  • Member, Macon Toastmasters Club
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships Panelist, 2017/2018
  • Medical Informatics Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Summer 2016

Other Interests

  • Use of mobile app development and robotics to support STEM education

Recent Publications

  • D. U. Ekong, S. L. Walthall, and H. J. Ballenger, “Lessons Learned Using Mobile App Development to Foster Female Students Interest in STEM Majors and Careers”, Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education, vol 6, no. 1, pg 29-34.
  • D. U. Ekong and P. Fontelo, “Prototype Telepathology Solutions that use the Raspberry Pi and Mobile Devices”, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, San Jose, CA, October 19–22, 2017.
  • D. Ekong, F. Liu, G. T. Brown, A. Ghosh, and P. Fontelo, “Evaluation of Android Smartphones for Telepathology”, Journal of Pathology Informatics, 8:16, April 2017.
  • D. U. Ekong and M. W. Mathis, “A Survey to Identify Requirements for Applying Mobile Technologies towards Improving Services Access in Underserved Communities”, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Seattle, WA, October 13–16, 2016.
  • D. U. Ekong, “An Instructional Module for Teaching Ethics within an ECE Curriculum”, IEEE Southeast Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 9 – 12, 2015.


Office: Engineering Building 223C