IEEE Education Society
2023-2024 Officer Election Results

President-Elect

Arnold Pears

Arnold Pears

Biography

Dr. Pears is Professor, and head of the Department of Learning in Engineering Sciences at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He leads research in Engineering Education and Computing in Schools and is a director of the CeTUSS Swedish National Center for Student and Societally Relevant Engineering Education. He has previously served as Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Uppsala University Center for STEM Higher Education Research, and member of the Uppsala University Academic Senate and pedagogical advisory board to the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Arnold received his BSc(Hons) and PhD from La Trobe University, AUSTRALIA. Arnold is an IEEE Senior Member, Computer Society Golden Core Member(2012), receiving the Schmitz Award (2012) for services to the FIE conference. He has published more than 100 articles in major conferences and journals and has served as conference and program committee chair for many major conferences under the auspices of the IEEE and ACM. For more information https://www.kth.se/profile/pears/

2023-2024 President-Elect Position Statement:
If elected I will use my extensive experience as STEM researcher and departmental leader to make significant contributions to policies, initiatives and curricula and pedagogical standards through the IEEE Education Society. Thought leadership is central to our goal to improve our professional support for students and professionals both through education and after graduation. I offer my services to the community in the pursuit of these goals.

The IEEE Education Society is dedicated to enhancing education in all areas of engineering and increasing the accessibility and relevance of engineering for future generations of young people. Ours is a society of volunteers, with volunteers, for volunteers. Understanding how to increase the relevance of membership is a key current challenge. I will implement a process of innovation to understand and improve the types of support our community gives to education and or profession. Supporting our members in their professional lives is vital to our continued success. I will work toward enhancing the relevance and appeal of the Education Society around the globe.

Position(s) & Affiliation(s)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Sweden

Treasurer

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Tony Maciejewski

Biography

Tony Maciejewski received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, all from Ohio State University. In 1985-86 he was an American Electronics Association Japan Research Fellow at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. From 1988 to 2001 he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Purdue University. He is currently a Professor and Department Head of ECE at Colorado State University (CSU) and serves on the ECE Department Head’s Association (ECEDHA) board of directors and is a past president.

Maciejewski's research and teaching interests center on engineering education and on the design and control of kinematically redundant robots, especially for fault-tolerant systems. He has co-authored over 300 publications in journals, books and conferences. His commitment to education resulted in his receiving five teaching awards, including CSU’s “Instructional Innovation Award” and multiple NSF education grants, including the first Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant awarded to an ECE Department. The RED project at CSU received the National Society of Professional Engineers – Colorado chapter “Public Project of the Year” award in 2019 and the ECEDHA “Innovative Program” award in 2020.

2023-2024 Treasurer Position Statement:

The IEEE Education Society is the premier organization that focuses on the unique educational needs of the electrical and computer engineering community. I am committed to continually improving the quality of its activities and increasing its impact on the community, and society in general. Some areas that I believe the society should focus on include providing outreach for more student involvement, increasing our collaborations with other related societies, and providing leadership to position the Education Society as a solution to the educational challenges that are of global importance. I believe that IEEE as a whole is currently in a precarious position and must deal with decreasing membership that is due to a relative decline in students pursuing electrical and computer engineering, which is related to an inaccurate perception of our profession by the general public. The Education Society can play a pivotal role in addressing this issue. I have had broad experience with conferences, publications, and student activities, and most importantly, have served multiple terms on the TAB Finance Committee as well as VP for Financial Activities for the R&A Society. I believe that I have illustrated that I have the necessary skills to serve as Treasurer for the Education Society over the last two years, and would like to continue to do so.

Position(s) & Affiliation(s)

Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Engineering
Colorado State University
United States

Vice President for Educational Activities

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Hamadou Saliah-Hassane

Biography

Professor Saliah-Hassane earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, a Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. He is currently teaching Informatics and Computer Networks and Security at TELUQ University in Montreal where he is carrying research on Intelligent Distributed Systems and Mobile Robotics.

Professor Saliah-Hassane has received many awards in recognition of his accomplishments, including many IEEE Education Society Certificates of Appreciation, IEEE Education Society’s EdWin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award (2019). And aligned with his work on Distributed Embedded Systems, the IEEE Standards Association award with appreciation for chairing and contributing to the development of IEEE Standard 1876™ - 2019 on “Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories” (2019), the IEEE SA 2019 Emerging Technology Awarded to IEEE SA 1876™ - 2019 Working Group. Under the Candidate leadership as the Chair of Montreal IEEE Education Society Chapter (2005 -2022), the Chapter received the “2019 Chapter Achievement Award for sustained contributions of innovative educational and professional activities in the community”.

2023-2024 Vice President for Educational Activities Position Statement:

If elected, the candidate will use his acquired experience and his network of academics and industrial partnerships to promote the production and sharing of open educational resources for learning and teaching. The candidate relationships will also be helpful to recruit distinguish lecture program speakers, organize webinars and involve industrial companies in our Education Society activities.

In 2019, the IEEE TAB Leadership team decided to takle the World Climat Change challenges and created a new "TAB on Climate Change Program". The candidate is one of the member of the team. His intend is to contribute to Education Society's effort to the new IEEE Task for Humanity where "EDUCATION" is considered as one of the main wings.

If elected, the candidate intends to continue his participation in the Standards Committee as an advisor and student mentor. He also intends to participate in the strategic plan implementation projects of the Standards Committee, including the Virtual Graduate Study Consortium.

Position(s) & Affiliation(s)

IEEE Involvement: TAB CoS, TAB CoS SPE, and IEEE LTSC
University of TÉLUQ
Canada

Vice President for Membership and Geographic Activities

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Rosa Maria Vasconcelos

Biography

Rosa Maria de Castro Fernandes Vasconcelos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Textile Engineering since 2005. Degree in Textile Engineering by the
University of Minho (1984). Professor at the University of Minho since 1984. PhD in Engineering –Technology and Textile Chemistry by the University of Minho in 1993.
Receive the Rieter Award, 1993. Responsible for several curricular units in the integrated study cycles in Textile Engineering and Engineering and Industrial Management, in the 1st cycle course of Design and Fashion Marketing, in the 2nd cycle courses of Fashion Design and Communication, Textile Chemistry, Advanced Textiles and Design and Marketing and also in the PhD of Textile Engineering and in the PhD of Fashion Design. Integrated researcher at 2C2T Research Centre (UM), being responsible for the supervision of several postgraduate students and the coordination of several R&D projects, mainly in the Engineering Education as well as Textile Technology. As main author or co-author presented many dozens of scientific journal papers and communications in international conferences.
The strategic academic leadership and management experience was adquired across her mandate in the following positions:
President of the Engineering Council Courses (1996-2011)
President of the Pedagogical Council of the School of Engineering and Vice-Dean of
the School of Engineering (2011-2019)
Minho University Student Ombudsperson since 2019

2023-2024 Vice President for Membership and Geographic Activities Position Statement:

The efforts of my academic career are heavily focused on both the research and implementation aspects of engineering education. I aim to understand how engineering students at all levels can best be prepared for dynamic and fulfilling careers. I hope to serve as VP MGA because the Society is in a position to impact how engineering education evolves to meet ever-changing workforce needs and student populations. I am passionate about elevating the importance of engineering education research and of documenting and sharing best practices. I aim to help create mechanisms for sharing knowledge across institutions, particularly as that
knowledge relates to broadening the diversity of engineering graduates and serving students who arrive in engineering programs via non-traditional pathways. In
addition, I aim to help build connections between education researchers, educators, and practitioners such that advances in electrical engineering education can be both transformative and practically applicable. The Society and IEEE during these two last years faced some significant challenges due to the pandemic situation.
Diversifying its membership, exploring new ways of working and ensuring that we collaborate with other educational areas of IEEE such as the Educational Activities Board will be crucial to its future success With the experience I acquired during these years, I believe I am in a position to give a positive contribution to the Education Society, specifically in the field of Engineering Education whose challenges are enormous in today's world.

Position(s) & Affiliation(s)

Professor
University of Minho
Portugal