Moshe Kam IEEE President
 
Picture with students at an IEEE workshop in Peru

Here are several past activities I am most proud of as an IEEE volunteer. I have not achieved any of these all by myself – all these actions were taken with the assistance of volunteer and staff colleagues, and with the good will of many friends and strangers who lent me a hand.

1. Development and strengthening of a pre-university engineering, technology and computing education program in IEEE, including the new portal TryEngineering.orgThis portal, for 8-18 year olds, has become the premier source of pre-university education in North America, and is now available in seven languages. TryEngineering.org includes information, testimonials, interviews, educational and summertime opportunities, and games.  It covers programs in more than 33 countries. The effort to create this resource included securing of substantial external funding and ongoing support from IBM and the New York Hall of Science.

2. Significant expansion of IEEE’s Teacher In-Service Program, which trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers of Science and Mathematics.  We took this program, which now touches the lives of thousands of students every year, to many new venues in the US (Dallas, Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Atlanta) and the World (South Africa, Malaysia, Peru, Brazil)

3. Initiation of new IEEE activities in the area of accreditation outside the United States.  These activities include support for a new accreditation body in Peru (ICACIT), a new accrediting body in the Caribbean, and an accreditation committee in China (including workshops with the Chinese agency CAST).  As part of these activities IEEE has conducted in December 2006 the first non-US training session for program evaluators. Also, IEEE has recently launched a portal on accreditation in engineering, computing and technology worldwide, www.accreditation.org.

4. Initiation and introduction of the Graduate Student Member grade (GSM) – the first time since the 1970s that we have changed the IEEE grade structure.  The purpose of the new grade (which appears on member cards in 2008) is to recognize the growing presence of graduate students in the student cohort, provide an opportunity for new services and products aimed for this group, and allowing GSMs to participate in IEEE elections.

5. Increasing the cooperation between IEEE and the Electrical Engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu.  The increased ties between the organizations provide IEEE with an excellent growth opportunity in the area of student membership.

6. Significant contribution to simplification of the process of joining IEEE.  This effort (made in cooperation with the Vice Presidents for Technical and Regional activities) retired the long-time complex mechanism for assessing credentials of non-US applicants (REPCOM) and replaced it by a streamlined process based on self declaration and sample testing.  Another part of this effort was a significant simplification of the IEEE membership application form.

7. Improving IEEE’s internal standards, oversight and financial monitoring activities in the aftermath of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  I participated in this effort as member, then chair, of the IEEE Audit Committee.

 
Moshe Kam ( m.kam@ieee.org ) ECE Department, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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