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16 June 2007 Minutes


Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Philadelphia, PA

16 June 2007


Approved by EAB - 17 November 2007


The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) held its second meeting of 2007 on 16 June 2007 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. 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- Attendance)


Dr. Kam welcomed EAB members and guests.   He 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  17 February 2007 EAB Meeting Minutes (Agenda Tab 2a)

b.  Ratification of OpCom Action – Selection of IEEE Representative Director to the

     ABET Board of Directors.  (Agenda Tab 2b)

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. 

  • New developments in EAB activities
  • Ongoing activities and activities for discussion
  • Changes in EAB Charters
  • Proposal to establish an Editorial Board for EAB Web Portals:
  • Joint Activities with TAB
  • Proposed Pilot to Introduce IEEE Expert Now
  • 2008-2009 Outlook   ( Minutes Attachment 2a – VP Report)

a.    Pre-University Education:  The objective of IEEE pre-university activities is to

increase the propensity of young people to select engineering as a career path and to improve awareness of the general public about engineering, technology and computing.

a.1 and Web Portals

Dr. Kam provided a status report of and introduced the new Web portal


  • began as an activity focused on pre-university education.  Since then, the web portal has caught the attention of the university community, especially undergraduate students, and the portal has evolved to become an increasingly popular resource for both the pre-university and the university communities with approximately 50,000 visitors each month.   Recent developments include the addition of new lesson plans, translation of the site into Chinese, German Spanish, French, Japanese and Russian, and the addition of 15 countries to the University Search.


Future services of will focus on the university student, including information on job searches, preparation for interviews, resume writing and assistance in looking for graduate school.


  •  The EAB purchased the website earlier this year.  The site will be available with partial content in August 2007. Currently, content is being developed and will include:

-    Introduction to Accreditation

-    List of recognized accrediting bodies worldwide, including programs that they accredit

-    List of mutual recognition agreements

-    Policy papers on accreditation

-    Links and scholarly papers


a.2  ACTION:  Establishment of IEEE EAB Editorial Board for Engineering, Technology and Computing Portals:  Dr. Kam summarized a proposal that had been provided to the EAB prior to the meeting to establish a standing committee of the EAB OpCom called the IEEE EAB Editorial Board for Engineering, Technology and Computing Portals (ETCP Editorial Board) and proposed Charter. The ETCP Editorial Board will be responsible to: (1) develop strategies for the future of the IEEE websites and portals in the areas of engineering, technology and computing education; (2) prepare plans to maintain and expand the coverage, quality, reach, and relevance of these portals and sites; and (3) oversee and monitor the execution of these plans.


Following Dr. Kam’s report, a motion was made to approve the establishment of a standing committee of the EAB OpCom called the IEEE EAB Editorial Board for Engineering, Technology and Computing portals (ETCP Editorial Board) and proposed Charter.  The motion was unanimously approved.  (Agenda Tab 3a)


a.3  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, 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.


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 are scheduled in Region 9 - Rio de Janeiro and Piura, Peru Region 2 - Baltimore, MD; and Region 5 -  Dallas, TX.


Dr. Kam announced that IEEE-USA during its current meeting approved EAB’s request for funding to support TISP training in 2008 in the amount of $55K.


a.4  International Summit: Meeting the Growing Demand for Engineers and Their Educators 2010-2020 – 9-11 November 2007, Munich, Germany – General Chair, EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating (PECC) Committee Chair Arthur Winston:  This International Summit is intended to increase awareness at both the pre-university and university levels of the need for qualified engineers and their educators. The event will focus on the actions that are required to meet the growing demand for engineers and their educators in the period 2010-2020.  Participants will include representatives from industry, government and academia.  Speakers include IEEE President Leah Jamieson; Reinhold Achatz, Head of Corporate Technology, Siemens; and Nicholas Donofrio, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Technology, IBM.


b.   University Level Activities: Arnold Peskin has joined Educational Activities as a

consultant in the role of Manager of University Activities.  Activities include:


b.1  Development of Model Curricula and related certification and assessment tools:  EAB has initiated the development of model curricula in three areas:  Biometrics, Systems Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.  


  • A Biometrics Education Working Group, led by Evangelia Micheli-Tzanakou has been established. Participants include both IEEE and non-IEEE members.  A lesson plan on Biometrics on TryEngineering was completed earlier in 2007. The group is currently developing model curriculum for a major and minor in Biometrics Engineering and  Body of Knowledge for Biometrics curricula and IEEE certification program. 


  • During the July and August, the EAB will identify possible cooperation opportunities with IBM in the area of Systems Engineering.


  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECEDTHA) has suggested development of an assessment test for two and four-year Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology Degree Programs.  EAB worked with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and developed a proposal for test development. A survey of U.S. programs was conducted to determine potential use of the test, which indicated general reaction as favorable. The program requires $60-$100K to start up.  EAB is currently seeking funding to implement the program.


b.2  Programs for Increasing Student Retention:  Through an initiative led by Public Awareness committee (PAC) Chair Amy Bell entitled: Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP), the EAB will develop projects that will lead to a new resource for faculty who teach first-year electrical engineering (EE), computer engineering (CE) and computer science (CS) students. These projects are intended to focus students on Real World problems with solutions that benefit society while increasing student retention through personal satisfaction and accomplishment. (See PAC Report, Minute Number 11)


b.3  IEEE Draft Position Paper on Academic Accreditation in Engineering

and Computer Science:  Dr. Kam reported on the status of a draft IEEE policy statement on accreditation that was provided in the Agenda.  This document was originally presented to the EAB in February 2007.  This document 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 regarding accreditation and to provide other constituencies, including accrediting bodies, professional associations, governmental decision-making bodies, and academic programs, with IEEE’s opinions and advice.


The current status of the draft position paper follows:  

  • The  EAB Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities (CTAA) reviewed the draft in June 2007 and provided changes regarding licensing
  • The draft will be provided for review and comment to CSAB; the EAB Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA) (July 2007 meeting); the EAB Accreditation Policy Council (APC) (September 2007 meeting). 
  • The final draft will be submitted for approval of the EAB and the IEEE Board of Directors during the November 2007 meetings. Dr. Kam invited comments sent to ( Minutes Attachment 2b)


b.4  The First Professional Degree in Engineering: Dr. Kam reported that in response to requests that the IEEE provide its official position on the First Professional Degree in Engineering, two presentations were provided during  the February 2007 EAB Meeting that expressed both “pros and cons” of this issue,  and following the presentations, the EAB discussed the topic. 


He explained that currently, the IEEE is in the process of developing its position on the First Professional Degree in Engineering.  While most engineers who are members of the IEEE are either electrical or computer engineers, (with mechanical engineers forming the next largest contingent), the policy that the IEEE is developing - in collaboration with other professional associations - will address all branches of engineering. 


Dr. Kam reported that EAB has created a position paper that provides both “pro and con” “sides of the issue.  The document is expected to be published in the September 2007 issue of The Institute and will include a “request for comments” from the IEEE membership.  By mid-October 2007 the EAB will review feedback from the IEEE membership and provide a report to the IEEE Board of Directors in November 2007.   ( Minutes Attachment 2c)


b.5  Accreditation Activities

  • Peru:  EAB met with the leadership of ICACIT (Institución de Educación Superior del Perú en Ingeniería o Tecnología), which is the Peruvian accrediting body. Meetings took place during the Region 9 Meeting in Lima, Peru in March 2007 and during the current IEEE Meeting Series with the Vice President of ICACIT. EAB is awaiting a letter from ICACIT indicating their need for consultants for new programs as well as their training needs.


EAB has assisted with preparation of governance documents of ICACIT. In late 2006, the EAB with ABET’s consent, commissioned the translation into Spanish of the 2006-2007 ABET criteria and procedure documents.  EAB has suggested that ICACIT complete preparation of their governance documents,  and  by the end of 2007, establish at least one commission and two committees on accreditation, so that they will be ready for visits in 2008. 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.


  • The Caribbean: Since the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Section of IEEE, at the request of RAB, EAB has been working with the University of West Indies (UWI) to assist in identifying UWI’s accreditation needs and to assist in plans to begin moving towards an accreditation body for the College of Engineering and Computing in the Caribbean.  Currently, the EAB has planned a workshop on accreditation for the UWI during  September 2007 in Port of Spain. Further,  the EAB  would like to conduct a workshop on accreditation in the Caribbean in December 2007.


  • China:  There is a Working Group on Education in China (WGEC) in operation, which is chaired by Professor Shensheng Zhang of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  The EAB will work with the Chinese government on education about accreditation as well as with a group of educators about developing models for accreditation for the Chinese Higher Education System in IEEE’s areas of interest.  There is an agreement with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) to have a meeting in October 2007 with about 35 decision makers on accreditation models.


  • In the US - ABET: EAB has maintained a continuous dialog with the leadership of ABET.  EAB’s efforts have contributed to significant changes in the ABET Financial Model and in shaping the model of the new program for evaluator training by ABET.  Further, EAB has received agreement, in principle,  from the ABET leadership regarding significant changes in the operation of the ABET Board of Directors.  


EAB is concerned about ABET’s decision, over EAB’s objection, to change the mode of operation outside of the US from providing Substantial Equivalency visits to conducting actual accreditation visits; the lack of activity of the governance task force; and ABET’s financial condition.


Training of Program Evaluators has been shifted from the ABET Member  Societies to ABET.  This is a major change that weakens the participation of the Member Societies in the training of program evaluators. There is improvement  in the quality of training materials as compared to the old “death by PowerPoint” approach.  However, the EAB and other ABET Member Societies, including CSAB, have not yet determined how training will be conducted for new evaluators on discipline-specific criteria. Further, EAB has developed an on-line tool for training program evaluators and will work on this program to improve both content and application for discipline-specific program criteria.


b.6  Education about Standards:  TheIEEE Standards in Education Portal is a joint project of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) and the EAB.  Funding is provided by a grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The portal provides materials, resources, and links to the various Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and other associations supporting the incorporation of the teaching of standards in the various undergraduate engineering and engineering technology programs.


b.7  Post-UniversityEducation

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 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.


The IEEE Expert Now Editorial Board was formally established by the EAB in February 2007 and is responsible to maintain quality control, gap analysis, and provide recommendations for EAB investment in modules, sun setting and archiving.


DISCUSSION:  Proposal for a Pilot Study; Dr. Kam led a discussion regarding a Proposal for a Pilot Study that emerged from discussions with Sections. The proposal is to select about 10,000 members from two to three large Sections and offer them one IEEE Expert Now module for 30 days for free. This would be done as a pilot to: (1) track usage of the module, and (2) track the effect of the offer on sales of IEEE Expert Now modules. 


c.     Standards Workshop:  12-13 October 2007, Chicago, IL.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the standards development process and will include four IEEE Expert Now learning modules on IEEE 802 with registration. The workshop is expected to increase understanding of the potential of the EAB-SA Standards Workshops and to assist in development of a workshop series in 2008-2009.


d.   DISCUSSION: Activities with TAB: Dr. Kam led a discussion regarding the activities listed below, which have not yet moved forward.  He asked for comments and suggestions.

-        Activities for pre-university educators/students in IEEE conferences

-        Contribution of material to  by IEEE Societies

-        Pre-University on-line magazine


e.     ACTION: Approval of Revisions to EAB Operations Manual Sections 1 and 2

Dr. Kam described changes proposed to the EAB Operations Manual Sections 1 and 2 as provided in Agenda TAB 3b as follows:

  • Section 1:  Introduction

-      Section 1.10 – EAB Objectives

-      Section 1.11 – Educational Programs

-       Section1.12 – Education Conferences


  • Section 2:  Educational Activities Board

-    Section 2.4.1 – IEEE Vice President, Educational Activities

      Functions and Responsibilities


Following the report, a motion was made for approval of the proposed changes to the EAB Operations Manual Sections 1 and 2.4.1 as submitted in EAB Agenda TAB 3b.

A discussion followed and a comment was made regarding the words “post university” as included in the Operations Manual. Dr. Kam agreed to review the use of the words and make any needed changes.  Following discussion, the motion was approved unanimously. (Agenda TAB 3b)

f.      Proposed revisions to EAB Operations Manual Section 4 – Accreditation activities –

Dr. Kam explained that to reflect current activities and programs of the EAB as well as current changes in ABET procedures, revisions are proposed to the accreditation charters and procedures in Section 4 of the  EAB Operations Manual as listed below.  These proposed changes will be provided for review and endorsement by the EAB Accreditation Policy Council (APC) at the September 2007 Meeting prior to approval by the EAB on 17 November 2007.

  • Section 4:  EAB Committee and Council charters and Procedures

-      Section 4.11    – APC Charter

-      Section 4.11.1  – Accreditation Activities

-      Section 4.11.2  – Accreditation Process

-      Section 4.11.3  – IEEE Representative Directors to ABET Procedures

-      Section 4.14     – Committee on Global Accreditation Activities (CGAA) Charter  (Agenda TAB 3c)




The EAB OpCom met on 15 June 2007.  ( Minutes Attachment 2d)



EA Director of Educational Outreach and Acting EA Managing Director Douglas Gorham provided an overview of past, present EAB activities and programs and discussed future goals.


  • Current EAB activities and programs::

-        Pre-University; Teacher In-Service Program; (TISP); “So you want you to be an engineer”; Outreach to educators and school counselors; Section database for activities in pre-university education

-        University Education: Accreditation in the United States; Global accreditation;

Development of Model Curricula; Student Retention; Women in Engineering;

Education about Standards

-      Post-University Education: Continuing Education - IEEE Education Partners, IEEE Expert Now, Continuing Education Units (CEUs); Certification – Biometrics

-        Public Awareness of Engineering

  • EAB Budget and Staff organization:  Historical overview from 2001 - 2008
  • Goals for 2008 – 2009:  Global accreditation -  assist at least 2 countries to be positioned to conduct accreditation; establish a biometrics certification program; Education Partners Program – attain 100 partners; IEEE Expert Now – have 200 modules available in partnership with 25 Organizational Units;– accreditation and undergraduate engineering sections added and 200 lesson plans for teachers and volunteers; Organize and host on-line continuing education offerings across IEEE Organizational Units; Conduct at least three TISP training workshops per year; Develop a comprehensive promotional program to feature the work in EA.
  • Goals Beyond 2009: A comprehensive certification program in place; institutionalize a   conference involving industry, government and academia; IEEE Standards developed in conjunction with a training module for users: EAB/WIE new initiative (Real World Engineering) is institutionalized as an ongoing program;  Lesson plans developed for  are converted into a publication; Conduct workshops and summer programs on emerging technologies that result in model curricula and IEEE Expert Now modules; Create a publication for students in conjunction with the IEEE PSPB.

  • A discussion followed. ( Minutes Attachment 3)



Region 1 Director, Barry L. Shoop provided a presentation regarding the background, mission and vision, and current status of the transformation of the current Regional Activities organization to the “Member and  Geographic Activities” organization, including proposed changes in staff and volunteer activities

(Minutes Attachment 4a, 4b)



WIEC Chair Karen Panetta reported on WIEC activities. As of May 2007, WIE membership has grown to 10,216 members. She reported on current goals, communication, collaboration and networking efforts of IEEE WIE, including EAB initiatives for outreach, the WIE Magazine; and the WIE Newsletter.

 (Minutes Attachment 5)



SEOC Chair Anu Gokhale,  provided a report of current SEOC activities and plans.

  • 15 June 2007 SEOC Meeting: The meeting focused on the role of the Region Education Chairs with respect to the EAB.
  • Development of a job description for Region and Section Education Chairs
  • SEOC will identify and review potential university and private continuing education providers for the IEEE Education Partners Program  ( Minutes Attachment 6)



EAB FinCom Chair David Hodges provided a report as follows:

  • 2007 EAB Budget
  • Proposed 2008 EAB Budget
  • EAB Expenses – 2007 – 2008      (Minutes Attachment 7 - please contact for copies of theis attachment))



PAC Chair Amy Bell reported that the primary PAC activity for 2007 is the Joint New Initiative with the WIE:  Real World Engineering Projects (RWEP), (formally named, Increasing the Representation of Women in IEEE Fields of Interest).  This is a two-year project: (2007-2008) with a budget of $380K. The project focus is on high-quality undergraduate education.  IEEE will provide ECE and CS faculty with (1) first-year, discovery-based projects that focus on real-world problems with solutions that impact society; and (2) self-study workshops on the best pedagogical techniques for the ECE and CS classroom.  (Minutes Attachment 8)


ARC Chair Bruce Eisenstein reported that, during the 15 June ARC Meeting, the EAB ARC endorsed  the following 2007 EAB Award nominations for recommendation to the EAB for final approval.


  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities

Jose Valdez


  • Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education

Ferial El-Hawary


  • Major Educational Innovation Award

Jan Van der Spiegel


  • Pre-University Educator Award
                   Patricia Kucera

    Following his report, a motion for approval of the recommendations of ARC as submitted was unanimously approved.  (Minutes Attachment 9)


 EAB N & A Chair James Tien provided a report of the EAB N & A Committee.


14.       SELECTION OF CANDIDATES FOR VP-EA 2008 – Executive Session - Kam

During Executive Session, the EAB unanimously approved the recommendation of the EAB N & A Committee of candidates for VP-EA 2008 for recommendation to the IEEE N & A Committee.



Dr. Kam welcomed IEEE President and CEO Leah Jamieson, who is Dean of Engineering at Purdue University and Co-Founder and Past Director of Purdue's EPICS program.  President Jamieson introduced  the EPICS program. 

EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. EPICS was founded at Purdue University in 1995 and currently has  programs in 18 universities including a program in Puerto Rico and in New Zealand. Following her presentation, President Jamieson introduced Carla Zoltowski, Education Administrator of the EPICS Program at Purdue who provided an overview of the program and described a number of EPICS projects.

In EPICS, teams of students form long-term partnerships with local not-for-profit community organizations to address technology-based needs in the community.  Students in EPICS earn academic credit for their participation and can participate for multiple semesters.  During the talk, Ms. Zoltowski introduced Natalie Kubat, National Coordinator for EPICS. The presentation was very well received.

(Minutes Attachment 10)



Dr. Kam introduced Jean Frankel, Principal Partner with Tecker Consultants, LLC,  and President of Ideas for Action, a group providing customized management consulting services to both corporate and not-for-profit organizations.   Ms. Frankel reported on the IEEE Strategy Initiative – New “Language” for Strategic Planning and Thinking Throughout the IEEE Enterprise, and led a discussion regarding the EAB Manifesto, which is the main planning tool of EAB at present.

The main outcome of the discussion and subsequent exchanges between members of EAB was as follows:


(1)  Use of the annual Manifesto for planning purposes appears to be appropriate for the scope of activities of EAB

(2)  The Board accepted recommendations by Ms. Frankel on inclusion of sections about longer-term objectives and vision in the Manifesto

(3)  The Board appears interested in continuing its role as the body responsible for Strategic Planning for EAB (as opposed to having a separate committee).


These outcomes will be transmitted to the 2008 Vice President, Educational activities for additional review and analysis and will be the subject of discussion in the first 2008 meeting of EAB.

(Minutes Attachment 11)


Dr. Kam introduced John Baillieul, Vice President, IEEE PSPB, who reported on the IEEE PSPB Proposed Policy for Open Access. Following his presentation,  Dr. Baillieul  recommended reading of the PSPB Background Paper: How can IEEE effectively address open access?  (Minutes Attachment 12a, 12b)



CPEC Chair Roger Sudbury provided a report of his committee, which included;

  • IEEE Education Partners Program (EPP):    The EPP continues to expand, and the website is receiving an average of 1,3000 visits each month.  EA staff is leading a project to enhance the course registration experience, and we continue to collect data to better understand our member’s experience with the program.

-         New  EPP Revenue Sharing Plan: Mr. Sudbury presented a new EPP Revenue Sharing Plan.  Details of the plan are provided in Attachment 13 – Slide 3.  It is expected that the new revenue sharing model will influence premier universities and private providers to become partners of the program.

  • Certification and competence demonstration: The IEEE is increasing activities in the area of certification.
  • Standards Education:  A pilot Standards Workshop, The World of 802, is planned for 12-13 October 2007, Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • IEEE Expert Now: IEEE Sales and Marketing is leading the sales effort.

 (Agenda Tab 4 – Minutes Attachment 13)



IEEE Representative Director to the ABET Board of Directors Arnold Peskin reported on the March 2007 ABET BoD Meeting.  He explained that there currently remain a number of issues between the IEEE – which is the largest ABET Member Society -  and ABET.  He reported on the status of the following major issues: (1) ABET Governance and Finance: (2)  ABET Partnership to Advance Volunteer Excellence (PAVE); and (3)International Accreditation.  

(Agenda Tab  5 – Minutes Attachment 14)


20.       THE IEEE COMPUTER SOCIETY (CS) EAB in 2007 – Seidman

2007 Vice-President for Educational Activities, Stephen Seidman, Computer Society

provided a report of IEEE-CS activities. (Minutes Attachment 15)



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



EAB Representative to the PSPB James Tien provided a report of PSPB activities.


23.       IEEE GOLD UPDATE – Wong

IEEE Gold Representative Verona Wong provided a presentation of current GOLD activities. (Minutes Attachment 15)



ASEE President-Elect James Melsa  provided a report of ASEE activities.


25.       CLOSING REMARKS – Kam

Dr. Kam thanked EAB volunteers and staff for their support of Educational Activities and ask all to join him in looking forward to a productive period during the remainder of the year.


26.       NEXT MEETING  – Kam

17 November 2007

Boston, MA


27.       ADJOURNEMENT -  Kam

 A motion to adjourn at 4:00pm was approved.


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[1] A preliminary agenda was provided on the World Wide Web. An agenda book was offered to the EAB, if needed; the meeting was conducted with electronic access to the agenda and presentations.