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16 February 2008 Agenda




Louisville Marriott Downtown

Louisville KY

Meeting Minutes

16 February 2008

  Approved by EAB 21 June 2008

  The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its first meeting of 2008 on 16 February 2008 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY , USA[1]

1.             CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING REMARKS – Micheli-Tzanakou

 Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou, IEEE 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- Attendance)


  Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reviewed the Consent Agenda as submitted and asked for comments. No comments were provided.  The Consent Agenda included the following:

a.      Approval of EAB Minutes – 17 November 2007 (Agenda Tab 2a)

b.      Ratification of EAB Operating Committee (OpCom) Action: Appointment of EAB
                 N & A Chair (Agenda Tab 2b)

c.      Affirmation of 2008 EAB Membership  (Agenda Tab  2c)

d.      Affirmation of 2008 EAB Committee Membership  (Agenda Tab  2d)

e.      Approval of Appointments to the EAB Committee on Engineering

       Accreditation (CEAA), and the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

       (EAC) (Agenda Tab 2e)

f.        Approval of Appointments to the EAB Committee on Technology Accreditation
                 Activities (CTAA)  (Agenda Tab 2f)

g.      Approval of PSPB Operations Manual, Section 8.2 – Publications Guidelines:

         Proper Handling of Articles Written by Publications Volunteers (Agenda Tab 2g)

The Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.


  Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou reviewed the Agenda and reviewed modifications in the schedule of items.

The Agenda was unanimously approved as modified.

4.            REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT – Micheli-Tzanakou

Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou welcomed EAB members and guests and shared briefly regarding her background. She acknowledged Past EA Vice Presidents Drs. Moshe Kam and James Tien for their contributions to the EAB.  

Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou announced with regret the passing of Dr. William E. Sayle II on 2 February 2008.   Dr. Sayle was a dedicated IEEE volunteer who made outstanding contributions in engineering education for the IEEE and ABET.  In 2004, he was awarded the IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities.

Dr. Sayle was Professor Emeritus of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Following her remarks, Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou led the EAB in a moment of silence in honor of Dr. Sayle

Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou called attention to EAB award materials that were distributed to the EAB.  She announced that efforts are currently underway by EAB Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) Chair, Alfred MacRae and his committee to revitalize the EAB Awards Program and encouraged EAB members and guests to support these activities. 

a.      EAB Vision: Collegiality; Inclusion; Respect; Competitive; Critical and Effective:  Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou described a vision for the EAB that includes: conducting business with collegiality; welcoming all who wish to participate; respecting each other while remaining competitive; and expressing constructive criticism that helps the EAB to remain effective.

b.     Issues to be addressed in 2008

  b.1     Inter-Group Communication:  Strive to increase communication between the IEEE Organizational Units as well as with EAB’s partners in industry and        academia

 b.2     EAB Conferences/Workshops:  Communicate EAB offerings 

 b.3      Professional Development and Education: Strive to keep these connected

 b.4      Diversity and Cultural Respect:  Honor differences and work together to move EAB forward successfully

c.           Changes in the Accreditation Policy Council (APC):  Mr. Eric Tappert is the new  APC Chair for 2008.  Discussions will continue regarding the role of APC in 2008 and beyond, including: increased focus on policy issues; assistance to IEEE Representatives on the ABET Board of Directors regarding policy; development of long-term goals for IEEE accreditation activities in the US,           outside of ABET; development of long-term goals in global accreditation; and            development of EAB’s next policy paper on the role of standards in engineering education.

d.          Accreditation in the United States

1     Working with ABET:  Continue close cooperation with IEEE Representative Directors on the ABET Board of Directors and with CSAB; increase involvement in policy issues concerning ABET by providing IEEE Representative Directors to  ABET information regarding IEEE’s views on key issues, e.g., ABET finances and governance;  appoint a new IEEE Representative Director to ABET

  1. 2     Working Outside of ABET: Identifying and developing the role of standards in engineering and engineering technology education; developing assessment and certification  program

e.           Global Accreditation :  Defining IEEE’s five-year objectives;  developing new regional programs; assisting existing and developing systems

f.             Primary Objectives for 2008

  1. 1       Post-University Education:  Implement the next phase of IEEE Expert Now ; move forward on consolidation of IEEE’s on-line offerings

  2. 2       Pre-University Education:  Increase content of by 25%;  expand reach of; seek corporate sponsorship for the Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)

  3. 3       University Education:  Provide on-line services to university students at all levels

  4. 4       Standards:  Define IEEE Policy on the role standards in engineering, technology and computer education; perform complete overhaul of the EAB/SA Standards Education Committee. (SEC)

f.5       Accreditation in the United States: Regulate IEEE activities; help re-organization of ABET; seek opportunities to support diversity of accreditation methods

f.6       Accreditation Outside the US:  Strengthen IEEE presence in China; move ICACIT (Peru) to the next stage; begin formation of ETC accreditation body in the Caribbean

f.7  Expand and promote

g.         Other Areas

  1. 1     Electrical Engineering Technology assessment:  Continue collaboration with  SME

g.2     Support merger with HKN

  1. 3     Pursue activities for the pre-university community in IEEE conferences


  1. 4     Examine certification programs for certain technologies to determine marketability; and establish programs in collaboration with external agencies. Strive to make IEEE a resource for industry and individuals needing proof of knowledge.  Market surveys indicate a great deal of interest in Biometrics            Certification.

    a.5     Initiate Webinars for hands-on course experience

    a.6     Develop model curricula in Biometrics

    a.7     Develop Professor-In-Training by experts in new technologies

    a.8     Explore with Mathworks incorporating MATLAB in IEEE Expert Now IEEE

    a.9     Sponsor workshops on emerging technologies 

    a.10   Create e-Zine for communication within EAB

    a.11   Create a wiki/portal for EAB activities 

  (Minutes Attachment 2, 2a, 2b)

5.             REVIEW OF EAB  2005-2007 - Kam

  Past VP-EA Moshe Kam provided an overview of EAB’s responsibilities and structure and reported on  major activities during 2005-2007.

a.      Mandate:  EAB is charged with implementing educational programs to serve IEEE members, the engineering and the scientific community and the general public; and recommending to the Board of Directors policies on educational matters.

b.     Organizational Structure: 16 voting members and one non-voting member (Managing Director-EA); EAB Representatives and Liaisons to  IEEE groups and outside organizations

c.      EAB Activities:  Pre-University; University Level; Post-University (continuing education)

d.         Pre-University Activities -  Objective:  Increasing the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path

1  In 2005 the IEEE Board of Directors approved a new initiative: “Launching our Children’s Path to Engineering” and requested review and consolidation of all IEEE pre-university education in engineering, technology, and computing. A major outcome of this action was the development of, which was accomplished in partnership with IBM and the New York Hall of Science and was launched in June 2006. is a web portal about engineering and engineering careers that was initially developed for students, parents, school counselors and teachers and was intended to help young people understand better what engineering means, and    how an engineering career can be made part of their future. Visitors to the site explore how to prepare for an engineering career, ask experts engineering- related questions and play interactive games.   Since its launch, has caught the attention of the university community, and the portal has evolved to become an increasingly popular resource for both the pre-        university and university communities.


          Currently, provides university searches in 23 countries and is      operating in English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Japanese and   Russian.


  1. 2       Teacher In-Service Program (TISP): TISP  trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers. It is based on approved Lesson Plans     prepared by IEEE volunteers, tested in classrooms, and associated with         Education standards,  and designed to highlight engineering design principles.


  • 2006:  TISP sessions were conducted in Region 1 - Boston, MA; Region 4 - Indianapolis, IN; Region 3 - Memphis, TN; Region 8 - Cape Town, South Africa; and Region 10 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • 2007:  TISP sessions were conducted in Region 9 - Rio de Janeiro and Piura, Peru; Region 2 - Baltimore, MD; and Region 5 - Dallas, TX.


  • 2008:  Sessions planned in Region 9 – in Cordoba, Argentina and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Region 6 – Los Angeles, California;  and several additional sites.


  1. 3       International Summit: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their            Educators 2010-2020 -  Munich, Germany, 9-11 November 2007:General          Chair, Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (PECC) Chair Arthur    Winston. The objective of the event was to steer the educational system at both     pre-university and university levels to be more      cognizant of the anticipated             needs for qualified engineers and their           educators.  Indications are that there is      strong interest among policy makers and leaders in education, engineering     associations and industry to continue this effort.


e.         University-Level Activities - Objectives:  Improve academic curricula and                                    ensure their purposeful adaptation to the changing technical and business                                       climate; improve delivery and effectiveness of engineering education; improve                            retention of engineering and technology students.


  1. 1       Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP):  Projects intended to focus students                                 on “real world” problems with solutions that benefit society.


  1. 2       IEEE Technical English Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, 24 November 2007:                      Instructors from the US provided technical presentations to third-year                                       undergraduate EE students.  A workshop is planned for 2008.


  1. 2       Education about Standards:  EAB is striving to define what the role of standards                               is in education and develop educational materials for teachers        


  1. 3       Accreditation:  IEEE considers accreditation to be a key vehicle to

      ensure active involvement of the Institute in maintaining the quality and relevance

      of engineering education and seeks a leadership role in accreditation within all

      the areas of its technical activities.


  • Accreditation Projects in 2007:

­       Development of IEEE’s 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: China, the Caribbean, and Peru

  • Accreditation in the United States: IEEE participates in ABET activities as “IEEE” and through CSAB. Approximately 350 IEEE volunteers are involved

  • Accreditation Outside the United States: EAB provides help to accrediting bodies in formation and to groups that want to start new accrediting bodies; and provides education about accreditation


  •  EAB has developed a new web portal that provides explanation of accreditation and the accreditation process, basic terminology; a list with links to all recognized accrediting bodies in the world, and mutual recognition agreements.


f.            IEEE Position Papers: 

      EAB developed the following IEEE Position Papers in 2007:


  • IEEE Position Paper on Accreditation of Academic Programs In Engineering, Computing and Technology
  • IEEE Position Paper on the First Professional Degree In Engineering (FPD)

      In 2008, the EAB/SA Standards Education Committee ( SEC) will develop an            IEEE Position Paper on the role of technical standards in the academic     curriculum.


g.          Post-University Education:  Provides practitioners in IEEE’s fields of interest                                     with accessible and affordable high-quality continuing education products.  Main                                    activities: IEEE Expert Now, an on-line tutorial library; Education Partners, an on-                                 line course library;  and development of certification programs in Biometrics

  1. 1       IEEE Expert Now:  One-hour long on-line learning modules; developed by leading experts, usually from conference workshops; an IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board was established in 2007


  1. 2       Continuing Education on Standards:  Created IEEE Expert Now Modules on Standards; held Workshop on the 802 family of standards in November 2007,

     Washington, DC


h.            Consolidation of IEEE On-line Courses:  The Board of Directors has directed   the EAB to consolidate IEEE on-line course offerings by the end of 2008.


(Minutes Attachment 3)



MD-EA Douglas Gorham provided an overview of EA staff functions.   He pointed out that the EAD is made up of 20 positions,  and many EA staff members serve cross functions.  He distributed the 2008 EAB Committees and Staff Support list and discussed EA responsibilities as set forth in the EAB Mission and current goals.

  • Department Management

  • EAB Support


  • Pre-University education:; Teacher in-Service Program
  • (TISP); Outreach to teachers and school counselors

  • University Education:  Accreditation in the United States: Global accreditation;; Development of Model Curricula; Student retention:  Real   World Engineering Projects (RWEP)

  • Post-University Education:  Continuing education – IEEE Education Partners Program (EPP), IEEE Expert Now, Education about Standards; Certification –Biometrics; Women in Engineering (WIE)

(Minutes Attachment 4a, 4b


7.             FINANCE COMMITTEE (FinCom) REPORT – Kam


FinCom Chair Moshe Kam summarized items included on his report to the IEEE FinCom Meeting of 12 and 14 February.


a.           Strategic Topics for 2008-2009

  1. 1     Long-term plan for IEEE Expert Now

  2. 2     Development of a stable and solid certification program

  3. 3     Education Partner Program (EPP):  The EPP is a long-time EAB offering; the           program re-packages and re-sells courses that other bodies, either academic or             private industry, have prepared.  It is an important product for a segment of IEEE membership.  It has been particularly successful for members whose      employment is less certain and for those who endeavor to increase their skill            sets.   EAB will consider expanding the program in 2008.

  4. 4     Initiate an IEEE Volunteer School:  This program is intended to provide training         for volunteer members of the six IEEE Major Boards and the Board of Directors.    The program will be a combination of on-line modules such as IEEE Expert Now          and possibly several days of intense training to be provided in Piscataway.

  5. 5     Consolidation of programs for education about Standards

  6. 6     Development of new technology education programs for IEEE members

  7. 7     Establishment of the long-term role of IEEE in academic accreditation

b.          Financial Goals for 2008-2009:

  b.1     Increase the customer base of IEEE Expert Now

  1. 2     Biometrics Certification: Provide a product in September 2008.

c.           Financial Goals for 2010-2012

c.1       Make IEEE Expert Now a major product of IEEE

  1. 2       Establish a permanent profitable IEEE-wide certification program


  1. 3       Establish a breakeven program for Standards Education for practitioners; find a       corporate sponsor for TISP and increase it by an order of magnitude

d.         Other Issues: EAB is currently exploring development of a program to educate                                   new university professors

e.      Five-Year Goals

  1. 1       Phase two of IEEE Expert Now

    e.2       Major expansion of and

    e.3       A successful Biometrics Certification Program

    e.4       Standards Education Program; the Professor in-Training Program

    e.5       The IEEE Volunteer School; the Technical English Program


f.           Continuing Programs:  Teacher in-Service Program; Global Accreditation;                                Assessment program for Electrical Engineering Technology programs; Education                      Partners Program

g.         EAB Budget with standard target yearly increase

h.         IEEE Expert Now – Preparing for Phase 2

i.            Certification

j.            Biometrics – Market Research

k.         EAB  budget summary

l.            Next Steps:  develop a list of additions to the target budget

(Minutes Attachment 5 – Confidential Material)


Dr. Kam provided a report on EPICS on behalf of Society Outreach Committee (SOOC) Chair Kapil Dandekar.  EPICS was founded at Purdue University in 1995 and currently has programs in 18 universities and at an increasing number of high schools. These are partnerships between the universities and local non-profit organizations to implement interdisciplinary design projects.  The program provides communities with access to technology-based solutions and provides universities with the opportunity for students and their professions to integrate engineering design with service learning. 

Dr. Dandekar, who is serving as EAB representative, has proposed  creating a 12-month pilot program with objectives, timeline, milestones, recruiting plan, and performance metrics.  The target date for starting is September 2008. 

(Minutes Attachment 6)



APC Chair Eric Tappert provided a report, which included:

a.      APC Meeting Update -  15 February 2008

b.     Appointments to the CEAA and the CTAA were approved in the Consent Agenda  (Agenda Tab 2e, 2f)

  1.       Written Reports
  • CEAA 19-20 January Draft Meeting Summary (Agenda Tab 4a)
  • IEEE/ABET Appointment/Reappointment EAC Program Evaluators (Tab 4b)
  • CTAA 4-6 January Draft Meeting Summary (Tab 4c)
  • IEEE/ABET Appointment/Reappointment TAC Program Evaluators (Tab 4c)


d.         Role of Standards in Education:  The APC agreed to work with the EAB/SA Standards                     Education Committee (SEC) to develop a policy paper on the role of Standards in                               education.

e.         Balance of program evaluators: Historically, the IEEE has endeavored to                                   maintain a balance between academic and industry/government backgrounds of                                     its pool of program evaluators.  The APC has formed a task force to consider this                  practice and determine if it should be continued.

f.           IEEE program evaluators processes: Through its Partnership to Advance                                  Volunteer Excellence (PAVE) program, ABET has recently taken over training of                                     new IEEE program evaluators.  The APC will examine the impact of this practice                                   on IEEE processes.   (Minutes Attachment 7)




CGAA Chair Moshe Kam provided a report.


a.      Mission and Scope of Responsibilities

  • To identify and meet the accreditation needs of the profession by assisting in the establishment, operation, development and implementation of accrediting bodies and accreditation procedures in engineering, computing and technology (ECT) worldwide.


  • To coordinate transnational accreditation activities on behalf of the IEEE, including assistance to existing accrediting bodies, development of new accrediting bodies, and education about ECT accreditation


b.         CGAA Membership:  Region 1, one member ; Region 2,  two members; Region                               8, one member;  Region 9, three members; Region 10 , one member


c.         Key Activities:  IEEE provides help to accrediting bodies in formation, including                       training of program evaluators; help to groups that want to start new accrediting                           bodies; and education about accreditation

d.         Current Activities

d.1      China: In 2006 IEEE established an accreditation working group in China, the          IEEE Working Group on Education in China (WGEC).  In 2007 IEEE held a     workshop on engineering accreditation in cooperation with the China Association     for Science and Technology (CAST), which is the accrediting body in China.  In    preparation for the workshop, EAB completed a translation of ABET accreditation    materials into Chinese. Attendees included program evaluators from China and             from IEEE,  Bruce Eisenstein, Michael Lightner, Moshe Kam and Douglas         Gorham. At the invitation of CAST, IEEE will return in 2008 to hold a second        workshop in cooperation with CAST and the Chinese Ministry of Education.  Michael Lightner and Moshe Kam will narrate the workshop.


d.2      Peru:  IEEE is providing on-going assistance to ICACIT, which is the accrediting      body in Peru.  In 2006, EAB provided the first non-US EAB training workshop for           program evaluators in Peru.  The workshop was prepared and delivered by Past    APC Chair Mario Gonzalez,  a well-known educator from the University of Texas        at Austin.  EAB provided a complete translation of ABET materials into Spanish.  

            In 2007, EA Manager of University Activities, Arnold Peskin,  was instrumental in       efforts to complete a first draft of governance documents and structure of            ICACIT. In  December, a second training workshop led by Dr. Gonzalez was held   in Arequipa. Activities planned for 2008 include a final version of accreditation        manuals, appointment of 20 program evaluators and the first series of             independent   accreditation visits by ICACIT.


d.3      The Caribbean:  EAB is working with a group centered in the University of West        Indies to create the Accreditation Agency for Technology, Engineering and        Computing (AATECC) in the Caribbean . The desired outcome of this effort is a   fully functional stable accrediting body operating wherever there is a higher             education institute in the Caribbean, and membership of the body in the          Washington Accord.

d.4      Additional Region 9 activities:  EAB will identify other groups in Region 9 and            review needs.


(Minutes Attachment 8)


11.        CSAB REPORT -   Neveda

  1. Fernando Naveda, Vice-Chair, IEEE Computer Society (CS) Educational Activities (EA), provided a  CSAB  report on behalf of  Stephen Seidman, Chair, IEEE CS EA . CSAB is  the lead society within ABET for accreditation of programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering and information technology, and is a cooperating society for accreditation of computer engineering.  There is continuous cooperation between CSAB and IEEE EAB to ensure coordination of efforts.  These include a Liaison position between the IEEE EAB APC/CEAA and CSAB; participation of the IEEE VP-EA in CSAB summit meetings; and constant information exchange between CSAB and the IEEE Representative Directors to ABET. (Minutes Attachment 9)




CPEC ChairKostas Plataniotis provided a written report for the Agenda.

(Agenda Tab 5)



PAC Chair Joan Carletta reported on the EAB/WIE Joint New Initiative, Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP), formerly named, Increasing the Representation of Women in IEEE Fields of Interest.  This is a two-year (2007-2008) New Initiative with a total budget of $380K.   The goal is to provide faculty worldwide with fully developed curricula for first-year EE/CE/CS/ET team-based projects that illustrate “real-world” problems with solutions that impact society.


Benefits of RWEP

  • Students discover excitement of real-world problems and understand the importance to society of IEEE fields of interest
  • Beneficial for all students, but critical for recruiting and retaining women
  • Faculty members have online access to self-study teaching workshops.


Dr. Carletta reported on 2008 project timelines; review criteria, and titles.  2008 goals include: development of the RWEP portal; development of an assessment plan; publication and promotion of inaugural projects; and development of strategy for continuation funding. (Minutes Attachment 10)


Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou welcomed Vice President, IEEE Publication Services and Products, John Baillieul, who presented the 2008 PSPB Initiative on Competitive Positioning. A discussion followed. (Minutes Attachment 11)



  IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief, Tamar Basar reported on the

   background  and current status of IEEE Expert Now.


IEEE Expert Now is a library of one-hour long on-line learning modules developed by recognized experts, usually on the basis of conference workshops around the world. It is designed to facilitate the continuing education needs of IEEE members and other practicing engineers, scientists and researchers.  In 2007, the EAB established the IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board to maintain quality control and 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.  Dr. Basar reported on the current status and discussed future plans of IEEE Expert Now.
(Minutes Attachment 12)




SA Representative Steve Mills provided an update of EAB/SA SEC activities. The committee is scheduled to meet on Saturday, 23 February 2008 to review goals and action items and put in place an operation plan for the year. Objectives for 2008 include development of an IEEE Position Paper on the role of standards in education and development of the IEEE Standards Education Web Portal.




American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) President James Melsa  provided an update of ASEE activities.


  • Background and History of ASEE
  • Engineering Education for the Global Economy- Research, Innovation, and Practice:  Focused on creating a group of white papers to be presented in a summit in late 2008.  Co-Leaders: 2007 IEEE President Leah Jamieson and Jack Lohmann, Professor of Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology .
  • Advances in Engineering Education - new on-line journal focused on applications of research in engineering education;  available free at 
  • Journal of Engineering Education:  A scholarly journal focused on research in engineering education.  Beginning Spring 2008, this will be distributed in India at low cost. 
  • Major ASEE Global Activities: Global Colloquia: October 2008 Cape Town, South Africa; International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES):  no dues to societies; Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE):  In late May-early June 2008 ASEE will offer courses to engineering educators in India
  • Pre-College activities:  Engineering Go For It:  A newsletter for pre-college students. Pre-Conference ASEE Workshop for K-12 Engineering

(Minutes Attachment 13)



ECEDHA President, Dr. Mark J. T. Smith provided an update of ECEDHA activities.  The ECEDHA held its second Globalization Workshop on 4-7 February 2008 in Santa Clara, CA.  Topics included: current globalization programs: how ABET can help with global awareness: and expectations for ECE Academic Programs in 2020 (Minutes Attachment 14)


PECC Chair Arthur Winston reported on Pre-University activities.

  •  Created by the IEEE and IBM, is a web site that combines information on engineering careers with interactive activities. As of 31 December 2007,  the site had  an average of 33,500 visitors per month and 2.5 million total page hits for 2007.

  • Teacher In-Service-Program (TISP):  Trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers.  It is intended to enhance the level of technological literacy of pre-university educators; establish engineering/educator partnerships to promote applied inquiry-based learning; and expose teachers to career options for their students in engineering and other technical fields

  • International Conference: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators washeld9-11 November 2007 in Munich, Germany.  Arthur Winston  Conference Chair assisted by Bill Sparkman, Program Committee Chair;  Moshe Kam; Douglas Gorham; and a team made up of US and European members including representatives from IEEE Germany, VDE  (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies in Germany) and the Fraunhofer Institute.   (Minutes Attachment 15)



Educational Outreach Program Manager, Yvonne Pelham reported on new features of the and

  • new features

­          In addition to listings for pre-university students, there are now listings for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. Listings include: competitions, summer programs, internships, research positions.

­          A new e-newsletter subscription will be available soon to any visitor who provides an email address. The newsletter will include noteworthy items about engineering, spotlights about and announcements of new features.

­          A new addition to the popular “Play Games” section, the Build a Bionic Arm game will be available soon. This  game challenges players to design, build and test a prosthetic robotic arm using the latest materials and techniques. The goal is to engineer an arm that recreates the capabilities of the human arm. The game broadens interest in engineering, shows how engineers solve real world problems and demonstrates the integration of multiple engineering disciplines involved in bionic arm building.

  •  This site, launched in November 2007, is a companion site to  It provides information on accreditation of academic programs in engineering, engineering technology and computing including:

­          Recognized accrediting agencies worldwide

­          Mutual recognition Agreements, their texts and interpretations

­          Accreditation Overview – tutorial and annotated bibliography of articles, books, publications and other resources

­          University search

 (Minutes Attachments 15a)


Dr. Micheli-Tzanakou introduced Ms. Jean Frankel of Tecker Consultants who led the  EAB, Staff and guests in a Strategic Planning Session.  Ms. Frankel explained that the purpose of the session was to build on what EAB already has in place; create additional elements of a full Strategic Long-Range Plan; and set future context with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.  She pointed out that the session outcomes are intended to put into content existing EAB work and provide a basis on which to prioritize future efforts, measure progress, and communicate across the IEEE in a common language of strategic planning.  (Minutes Attachment 16)

22.       EXECUTIVE SESSION – Micheli-Tzanakou


Dr. Micheli-Tzanakouannounced the following actions taken during Executive Session:


  • The EAB approved the selection of Dr. Moshe Kam as IEEE Representative Director on the ABET Board of Directors for recommendation for appointment by the IEEE Board of Directors on 17 February 2008.  This appointment is for a three-year term to begin November 2008 and will  fill the position that will be open in November 2008 when Dr. Willis King completes his term as IEEE Representative Director on the ABET Board of Directors. 

  • The EAB accepted the resignation of Dr. Sherra Kerns from the position of IEEE Representative Director on the ABET Board of Directors effective 16 February 2008 and recognized Dr. Kerns for her dedicated service to the IEEE and the profession.


  • The EAB endorsed the motion in IEEE Board of Directors Item B44 regarding external organizations and recommended approval by the Board of Directors on 17 February 2008.


23.       OLD BUSINESS  - Micheli-Tzanakou

There was no Old Business.


24.       NEW BUSINESS  - Micheli-Tzanakou

There was no New Business.


25.       CLOSING REMARKS – Micheli-Tzanakou

Micheli-Tzanakou thanked  EAB members for their participation during the meeting and looked forward to a productive year.


26.       NEXT MEETING  – Micheli-Tzanakou

21 June 2008

Denver, CO

27.       ADJOURNEMENT -  Micheli-Tzanakou

 A motion to adjourn at 4:33 pm was approved.


[1] A preliminary agenda was provided on the World Wide Web.