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17 February 2007 Agenda


Sheraton Universal City, CA

17 February 2007

Draft Meeting Minutes

Approved by the EAB 16 June 2007


The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its first meeting of 2007 on 17 February 2007 at the Sheraton Universal City, CA. USA[1]




Moshe Kam, Vice President, Educational Activities and Chair, Educational Activities Board (EAB) called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM, and asked for introductions. A member quorum was confirmed.(Agenda Tab 1 - Minutes Attachment 1)


Dr. Kam welcomed EAB members and guests.   He congratulated IEEE Past President and EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee Chair Dr. Arthur Winston, who, with two of his colleagues, was awarded the National Academy of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Prize, a $500,000 award, which is issued annually “for development of a multidisciplinary graduate program for engineering professionals who have the potential and the desire to be engineering leaders.” Dr. Kam further announced that Larry Hoffman, Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities Chair was in attendance on behalf of  Dave Baker, Accreditation Policy Council (APC), Chair, and that EA-Director of Educational Outreach Douglas Gorham was in attendance on behalf of EA-MD Barbara Stoler


Dr. Kam reviewed the scope of EAB responsibilities as mandated by IEEE Bylaws and outlined the main issues to be addressed during the meeting.




 Dr. Kam reviewed the Consent Agenda, which included:


a.   Approval of 19 November 2006 EAB Meeting Minutes (Agenda Tab 2a)

b.  Affirmation of 2007 EAB Membership  (Agenda Tab 2b)

c.   Affirmation of 2007 EAB Committee membership (Agenda Tab 2c)

d.  Approval of Appointments to the Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities


e.   (CEAA), and the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET

    (Agenda  Tab2d)

f.    Approval of Appointments to the Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities

    (CTAA) (Agenda Tab 2e)

g.  Endorsement of revisions to TAB Operations Manual, Section 3.14 – IEEE Conference Committee Charter and IEEE Bylaw I-305 Conferences Committee (Agenda Tab 2f)


The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.




 Dr. Kam reviewed the Agenda.


The Agenda was unanimously approved.



 Dr. Kam outlined the items to be addressed during the Vice President’s Report. 


  • 2007 EAB Planning Document


•       Review of EAB main activities: Pre-university Activities; University-level Activities (including Accreditation); Post-University Activities (Continuing Education); Public Awareness


  • Ongoing New Initiatives: IEEE Global Position in Accreditation; Increasing the Representation of Women in IEEE’s Fields of Engineering


  • Discussion of two position papers: IEEE position paper on accreditation and IEEE position paper on the first professional degree in engineering


  • Discussion of future initiatives: Consolidation of IEEE’s on-line courses; Magazine for pre-university students;  Standards Education through IEEE Expert Now;  Technology Surveys   (Minutes Attachment 2a-VP Report)


a.     2007 EAB Planning Document


Dr. Kam presented the 2007 EAB Planning Document , which was provided in the EAB Agenda.  He explained the structure and formatting of the document and discussed the 2007 Plans  included therein. He pointed out that the current (Version 5, January 2007) had been distributed during the meeting series to the IEEE Executive Committee and to the other IEEE Organizational Units.  It can be accessed on the EAB web site at:

(Minutes Attachment 2b – EAB Planning Document - Confidential Material)


b.   Pre-University Activities:  The objective of IEEE pre-university activities is to increase the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path. Dr. Kam provided an overview of two pre-university activities, and the Teacher In-Service Program (TISP). He noted that full reports on pre-university activities are provided in related sections of the Agenda.  (See Minute Number 17-Pre-University Activities)


b.1 is the IEEE pre-university education portal for students, parents, teachers and school counselors.  It is a joint project of IEEE/EAB, IBM and the New York Hall of Science.  The US and Canada version of the site was launched in June 2006.  Recent developments include the addition of 13 countries to the University Search; translation of the site into Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, French and Russian; and the addition of university-level sections to the portal


b.2  Teacher In-Service Program (TISP):  TISP is a program that trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers. The program is based on approved lesson plans prepared by IEEE volunteers.  Lesson plans are tested in classrooms; they are associated with Education Standards and are designed to highlight engineering design principles. Further, the cost needs to be less than $100 for a class of 30.


In 2006, TISP sessions were conducted in Boston, MA; Indianapolis, IN; Cape Town, South Africa; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2007, sessions are planned for Lima, Peru;  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;  Baltimore, MD; and Dallas, TX.


Other projects under discussion include activities for pre-university students in IEEE established conferences, a new EAB/TAB Initiative; and an IEEE publication for pre-university students


c.    University-level activities:  EAB university-level activities are intended to improve academic curricula and ensure their  adaptation to the changing technical and business climate; improve delivery and effectiveness of engineering education; and to improve retention of engineering and technology students. In the past, EAB’s principal activity in the area of university-level education was to provide assistance to ABET. In addition, occasionally, EAB provided accreditation workshops outside the US, which, for the most part, were  “show and tell” and reviewed existing accreditation systems. EAB has progressed significantly since then; although work with ABET continues, EAB has greatly expanded activities outside the US. (See CGAA Report, Minute Number 8).


EAB has initiated a model curriculum effort in three areas: Biomedical Engineering, Systems Engineering and Biometrics. Further, EAB is looking into certification/assessment programs with Holmes Corporation in the area of Biometrics and with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in the area of Electrical Engineering Technology. Through a new initiative led by Public Awareness Committee (PAC) Chair Amy Bell, EAB is working on curriculum development for women in their first year at the College of Engineering.  (See PAC Report, Minute Number 18)


d.    Accreditation


d.1  IEEE Role in Accreditation: IEEE considers accreditation a key vehicle to ensure active involvement in maintaining the quality and relevance of engineering education and seeks a leadership role in accreditation within all the areas of IEEE technical activities. IEEE seeks leadership in accreditation worldwide including participation in development and administration of accrediting bodies.  IEEE seeks to develop and support local accrediting bodies where such bodies do not currently exist. 


d.2  EAB Projects in 2007

  • Development of IEEE white paper on accreditation
  • Development of a comprehensive on-line resource on accrediting bodies and mutual recognition agreements
  • Assistance to emerging accrediting bodies and accreditation projects worldwide
  • New Portal on Accreditation:  It will explain accreditation, the accreditation process and basic terminology. It will provide list with links to all “recognized”accrediting bodies in the world.
  • Mutual recognition agreements. It will provide “official” text of existing agreements.


d.3  Accreditation in the United States: IEEE participates in ABET activities as “IEEE” and through CSAB. Approximately 350 IEEE volunteers are involved.  Pending issues with ABET include: ABET’s administration as a 501 (c) (3) corporation; the ABET PAVE (Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellence) project (formerly named the Participation Project); and international accreditation.


d.4  International Accreditation:  IEEE provides help to accrediting bodies that are in formation and provides help to groups that want to start new accrediting bodies. Currently, the IEEE is operating in China, Peru, and the Caribbean.  In 2007, activities are planned in El Salvador, Ecuador and possibly India. 


d.5  Education about Standards:  The IEEE Standards Education Portal is a joint effort of the Standards Association (SA) and the EAB, funded in large part by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Currently in pilot stage, this project is intended to provide university educators and students with opportunities to learn how to read and understand technical standards.


d.6  Post-UniversityActivities:  The objective of these activities is to provide practitioners in IEEE’s fields of interest with accessible and affordable high-quality continuing education products. Main activities include: IEEE Expert Now (on-line tutorial library); the Educational Partners Program (on-line course library); development of certification programs in telecommunications and biometrics; workshops on IEEE standards; and the Deans Summit.


  • IEEE Expert Now:  IEEE Expert Now is a library of one-hour long on-line learning modules developed by recognized experts in a wide range of engineering and research technologies.  The library features the best IEEE educational courses and tutorials from conferences and workshops around the world. It is professionally produced, highly interactive and easy to use.  It is designed to facilitate the continuing education needs of IEEE members and other practicing engineers, scientists and researchers.  Dr. Kam discussed the current status IEEE Expert Now and noted that a full report will be presented later during the meeting. (See Expert Now IEEE Report  -  Minute Number 20)


  • Workshops on Standards: Workshops on Standards are demanded by IEEE members, and the most requested area is continuing education. The first workshop is scheduled for October 2007 in Chicago.  It will address elements of the IEEE 802 family of standards and will be organized by Todor Cooklev, Chair, EAB/SA Standards Education Committee (SEC).  Dr. Kam pointed out that workshops of this kind are a needed member service and in time would create significant surpluses for IEEE.  He recommended that the workshop be provided as a regular, institutionalized activity beginning in 2008 or 2009.


  • Consolidation of IEEE on-line courses:  Dr. Kam reported that the February Board of Directors will discuss a motion directing the EAB to consolidate IEEE on-line course offerings. He explained that IEEE’s on-line educational course offerings are scattered among different organizational units and owners.  These owners use different approaches, delivery platforms, and contractual vehicles with external vendors to develop and deliver on-line programs.  The result is that the presentation of IEEE’s educational products is not uniform, making the marketing of educational packages difficult. The discussion by the February Board of Directors is meant to review the current state-of-affairs, and to seek guidance on possible steps toward better coordination and enhanced marketability of IEEE’s educational and training products. 

d.7  IEEE White Paper on Academic Accreditation in Engineering and Computer Science – First Draft: Dr. Kam presented a first draft of an IEEE policy statement on accreditation.  He pointed out that the document is a draft only and subject to change.   


Dr. Kam reported that the IEEE has never articulated what it believes accreditation of engineering and computer science programs should accomplish. The result is that IEEE volunteers lack guidance and other institutions are confused about IEEE’s actions and intents. The document, which was developed by a consultant hired by the EAB, describes the views of IEEE on accreditation of engineering and computer science educational programs.  It is intended to guide IEEE volunteers and staff members in their activities in the arena of accreditation, and to provide other constituencies (including accrediting bodies, professional associations, governmental decision-making bodies, and academic programs) with IEEE’s opinions and advice.


Plans to complete the document include development of a second draft by June 2007 and eventually wide dissemination throughout the Institute for review and comments.

Extensive discussion followed the presentation.  (Minutes Attachment 2c, 2d



APC Vice Chair Larry Hoffman provided a report on behalf of APC Chair David Baker.


APC 16 February Meeting Report:

  • Actions approved: IEEE/ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) program Evaluators;  appointments to the IEEE/EAB Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA) and Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities (CTAA); and a motion regarding Advanced Level Criteria.
  • Reports: IEEE EAB CEAA, CTAA, Committee on Global Accreditation Activities (CGAA), ABET  EAC, TAC and Computing Accreditation Commission  (CAC); and Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and CSAB.
  • Discussions:  ABET Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellence (PAVE); First Degree in Engineering;  White Paper, IEEE Position Paper on Academic Accreditation in Engineering  and Computer Science”; Activities in El Salvador, Ecuador, West Indies and China

  (Minutes Attachment 3a)



During the APC Report, Dr. Kam introduced CEAA Chair Franc Noel who presented the APC and CEAA recommended comments on “2006-2007 proposed revisions” and the “2007-2008 proposed revisions” to the Advanced Level Criteria.  Dr. Kam read both proposals as presented in the APC Report(Minutes Attachment 3a). 


EAB discussed the revisions and approved the following motions:


(1)          “The IEEE opposes the 2007-2008 proposed revision to the General

 Criteria for Advanced Level Programs.”  The motion was approved.


 (2)          “The IEEE supports the 2006-2007 Proposed Revision - Advanced level programs must develop, publish, and periodically review educational objectives and program outcomes. The program must demonstrate that graduates attain through their educational and professional experience, knowledge and skills consistent with fulfillment of the basic level general criteria and program criteria appropriate to the program’s educational objectives. Advanced level programs must consist of at least one academic year of study beyond the basic level. Advanced level students must have a culminating engineering experience demonstrating advanced level program knowledge.”


          The motion was approved.


7.     ACCREDITATION IN PERU – Gonzalez/Kam


Dr. Kam introduced Mario Gonzalez who reported on an IEEE EAB International Accreditation Workshop held on 1-2 December 2006 in Lima, Peru.  Dr. Gonzalez led the workshop, which was sponsored by the IEEE/EAB and ICACIT (Institución de Educación Superior del Perú en Ingeniería o Tecnología). ICACIT is the Peruvian accrediting body, and it is assisted and led by IEEE volunteers. The purpose of the workshop was to train Peruvian engineering professionals to become skilled engineering program evaluators and to help Peruvian educators and practitioners to ultimately conduct their own evaluations in engineering, technology and computing.


Dr. Kam acknowledged Dr. Gonzalez for his efforts in producing the first group of potential evaluators in Peru.  He reported that the EAB has also assisted ICACIT in building its operational structure.  With ABET’s consent, late in 2006, the EAB commissioned the translation into Spanish of the 2006-2007 ABET criteria and procedure documents. Moving forward, EAB will meet with ICACIT in March to further assist in development of ICACIT’s own commission structure and procedures.  The goal is that by 2008 ICACIT will have most of its structure and governance in place so they can move forward on their own. (Minutes Attachment 3b)



CGAA Chair Jose Antonio de la O Serna reported on the following activities:


  • China: Working Group on Education in China (WGEC).   Established in 2006, includes prominent educators, representatives from industry and IEEE volunteers.  Plans for 2007 include development of a framework for an accreditation pilot in China; an accreditation workshop and translation of ABET materials into Chinese.
  • Peru: ICACIT:   A workshops was held in 2006; IEEE developed a website for ICACIT and provided translation into Spanish of ABET materials.  

  • The Caribbean -  University of the West Indies: (UWI):  Plans for 2007 include providing assistance to the UWI in preparing for an ABET substantial equivalency visit. 

  • Funding:  EAB budget; New Initiative – “Global IEEE Leadership In Accreditation”  (2006-2007)  (Minutes Attachment 3c)



Dr. Kam reported that during Executive Session, the EAB approved a motion to request the EAB Nominating Committee for IEEE Representatives on the ABET Board of Directors to provide a slate of candidates to fill this position.



IEEE Representative Director Willis King provided a report of the ABET Annual Meeting, October 2006.  (Minutes Attachment 3d)



Dr. King reported on the new ABET Financial Model.  He discussed responsibilities for costs; assessments of Member Societies and institutional fees.

(Minutes Attachment 3e)



CEAA Chair Franc Noel provided a written report for the Agenda. (Agenda Tab 4a)



APC Chair David Baker provided a written report for the Agenda.  (Agenda Tab 4b)


14.CTAA REPORT - Hoffman

CTAA Chair Larry Hoffman provided a written report for the Agenda. (Agenda Tab 4c)



  CTAA Chair Hoffman provided a written report for the Agenda.   (Agenda Tab 4b)



Dr. Kam introduced a discussion of the First Professional Degree in Engineering.  He reported that the IEEE was requested to provide its official position on the

 First Professional Degree in Engineering.  He pointed out that, although the request

 came from a US organization, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and

 Surveying (NCEES), the IEEE position will be transnational.He briefly discussed  background for this discussion and announced that IEEE Past President and EAB Member Bruce Eisenstein and Past Chair of the Alaska Section, Dee S. Fultz would report further on this topic.  (Minutes Attachment 4a)


a.     MSEE – The First Professional Degree in Engineering – Eisenstein

Dr. Eisenstein provided background and reported further on The First Professional Degree in Engineering.  (Minutes Attachment 4b)


b.    Concerns  with Licensure Eligibility Changes in NCEES Model Law – Fultz

Dr. Fultz reported on concerns regarding the current licensure system and tied these concerns to the issue of The First Professional Degree in Engineering. (Minutes Attachment 4c)


Following the presentations, Dr. Kam led a brief discussion on the topic.  Further, he pointed out that that he would make a presentation on 18 February to the IEEE Board of Directors on The First Professional Degree in Engineering, which is intended to bring out  the “pros and cons” on a comparable basis, and he will further recommend that IEEE move forward and develop two position papers that will be sent out for comments to the IEEE membership. 



  EA Director of Educational Outreach Douglas Gorham provided a report on Pre-

 University Activities.  He pointed out that the objectives of these activities include

 increasing the  propensity of young people worldwide to select engineering as a career

 path and building a sustained public awareness program, led by the IEEE, with board

 support of corporations and professional associations . Emphasis is on programs for

 the adults who influence students such as school counselors and teachers.  He

 reported that Industry representatives have expressed concerns about the decreasing

 tendency of students to choose education programs that lead to engineering studies.

 Further, the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) indicates that there are

 misconceptions  that obscure the contributions of engineers, which discourage many

  talented students  from considering engineering as a career.


 Current pre-university activities include:


a.      Volunteers TryScience (VoITS ) project with the NY Hall of Science: Addresses the need for content experts to volunteer in informal education settings.


b.    Teacher In-Service Program (TISP); IEEE Section engineers develop and present technology-oriented concepts and projects to local pre-university educators


c.     Joint collaboration efforts with ASCE, ASME and JETS:  Designed to help pre-university teachers, school counselors, students and engineers use materials from all these organizations to strengthen science, mathematics and technology education


d.    International Pre-University Engineering Education Summit: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators – 2010-2020 – To be held on 9-11 November 2007 in Munich, Germany.  Attendees from industry, government, professional societies, pre-university education and academia


e.  Launched 5 June 2006; full-scale version for the US and Canada is on line.  Portal has become the premier resource for pre-university education on the web; visitors from US, India, China, Canada, Austria, UK and others.  Overall, a major success.


f.      Design Squad:  Education outreach to introduce young (nine (9) to 13 year-old) students to engineering; a new, live-action reality TV series that debuts nationwide on PBS stations during Engineers Week 2007. (Minutes Attachment 5)




 PAC Chair and EAB Representative to the WIEC Amy Bell reported that the primary activity for 2007 is the joint New Initiative with WIE, Increasing the Representation of Women in IEEE Fields of Interest. This is a two-year project (2007-2008).  IEEE will provide ECE and CS faculty with first-year, discovery-based, projects that focus on real-world problems with solutions that impact society as well as with online, self-study workshops on the best pedagogical techniques for the engineering/computer science classroom. Example project areas include: power engineering; computer systems (hardware); image processing; computer systems (software); microelectronics; wireless communications; and networking. Dr. Bell pointed out that IEEE feels that these activities are important, because the Institute needs to better define its role in engineering education beyond its focus on outreach.  (Minutes Attachment 6 )



Tamer Basar, Editor in Chief of the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board reported that in 2006, the EAB established, in principle, the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board.  The purpose of the committee is to develop strategies for the future of the IEEE Expert Now library and to prepare plans to maintain and expand the coverage, quality, reach and relevance of the library.  He described the Mission and Governance and presented the proposed IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board Charter.  Following the presentation, a motion was made as follows:  “Resolved that the establishment of a Standing Committee of the EAB OpCom called the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board and proposed charter shall be approved.”  The motion passed unanimously.


Following approval of the motion, Dr. Basar reported on the 16 February IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board Meeting.  Topics addressed included:


  • Begin review process of modules released in 2004 – 2005

  • Take over the review process for the newly submitted modules; some incentives for peer review

  • Identify topics for future modules, from recent tutorials in IEEE Proceedings, Transactions and Magazines

  • Actively solicit topics and Subject Matter Experts for future modules

  • Sunsetting and archiving

 (Minutes Attachment 7a, 7b)



EA Education Project Manager Beth Babeu Kelly presented an update on IEEE Expert Now.  The report included an update on Societies that have funded development of modules and those that have committed funds in 2007.  More than 56 titles have been released to date and at least 20 more are expected to be released by July 2007.  IEEE members will be able to purchase and access single titles in IEEE Xplore® by 10 March 2007.  Although member sales will be announced by way of a soft launch of news communications, a big promotion is planned to announce the launch by the June meeting series. IEEE Sales & Marketing is proactively selling the library to institutional customers, and the library will be made available in IEEE Xplore® for institutional customers (primarily IEL subscribers), by the end of April 2007. 

 (Minutes Attachment 7c)


  CPEC Chair Roger Sudbury provided a written report for the Agenda.

  (Minutes Attachments 8)



N & A Chair Jim Tien announced the members of the 2007 EAB N & A committee as follows:

  • James Tien, Chair
  • Evelyn Hirt
  • William Walsh
  • Pedro Ray
  • Moshe Kam, Ex-Officio without vote
  • [One vacancy to be filled by 1 May 2007] 


Dr. Tien invited nominations for the position of 2008 EA VP and outlined the procedures as follows:

  • VP-EA 2008 nominations are due by 1 May
  • N & A Chair will confirm if candidates are willing to serve
  • Nominees will provide 2-page candidate statement/IEEE bio
  • Committee will meet by way of teleconference to approve recommended candidates for June EAB review and vote
  • Following EAB endorsement, N & A Chair will submit slate of candidates to IEEE N & A Committee


During the June EAB Meeting, Dr. Tien will invite nominations for 2008 EAB Committee Chairs and other EAB positions.  Nominations will be due 1 November and will be shared with the incoming VP-EA for 2008 appointments.   (Minutes Attachment 9)




EAB Representative to the Marketing and Sales Committee Jim Tien provided a report.




EAB Representative to the PSPB Jim Tien provided a report.



ARC Chair Bruce Eisenstein provided a report of EAB and IEEE Award activities.




 TAB Representative James Melsa reported on TAB activities.  Dr. Melsa, who is ASEE

President-Elect, also provided a report of ASEE activities. (Agenda Tab 6)




 ECEDHA President, Jon Bredeson,  provided a report of current activities of the

 ECEDHA, which included:  ECEDHA Membership Requirements; Officers; Meetings;

 Sessions held during the 2007 ECEDHA Conference; and Continued Initiatives,

 including revitalization of Regional Groups.  (Minutes Attachment  10)




Dr. Kam thanked the EAB  for participating in the meeting and indicated that he looked forward to a productive and purposeful year in 2007. 



16 June 2007

Philadelphia, PA



 A motion to adjourn at 5:00pm was approved.





[1] A preliminary agenda was provided via email and on the World Wide Web; an agenda book or CD was provided to participants at the meeting.  The meeting was conducted with electronic access to the agenda and presentations.