April 2021

About the IEEE Education Society Newsletter:
The IEEE Education Society (EdSoc) Newsletter aims to provide members with relevant time-sensitive announcements and news.
About the IEEE Education Society
The IEEE Education Society was founded in 1957 and is one of the oldest technical Societies in IEEE. It is a worldwide Society of professionals dedicated to ensuring high-quality education in science and engineering. Our members engage students each day, research and propose new theories in learning science, and innovate classroom practice. We welcome your contributions to our community and hope you can benefit from the dialog the society helps to foster.
President's Message

IEEE Education Society's vision is to be a global leader in Engineering Education. The Society’s achievements depend largely on the work and effort of volunteers like you and me, along with the help of many others. In addition to being part of a community of professionals, this Society, and the IEEE in general, offers us multiple opportunities to develop our leadership skills, governance rules to facilitate rotation in all their positions, and career development within the organization. These opportunities are particularly relevant for me: I am a professor at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, and I believe, as an educator, researcher, and promoter, in the value in technologies applied to education and open education. After being a member of the Society for more than 15 years, co-founding the Spanish Chapter, and serving 10 years in different positions on the Board of Governors, I am honored to have been elected to serve as President in 2021-22... Continue Reading

2021 IEEE Diversity-Related Committee Representatives
IEEE Women in Engineering

IEEE Women in Engineering (WiE) is a global network of IEEE members and volunteers dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering and science.

WiE Representative: Lisa Huettel

IEEE Young Professionals

IEEE Young Professionals (YP)  is a group of IEEE members and volunteers who have graduated from their first professional degree within the past 15 years. It is an international community, whose members are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to their community. Since it encompasses all members from recent university graduates to experienced professionals and entrepreneurs, the group is highly diverse in what it has to offer. 

YP Representative: Pedro Plaza Merino

IEEE TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

The IEEE TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring that TAB policies, procedures, and practices are conducive to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that is valuable for all members.

D&I Representative: Ahlame Begdouri

If you would like to contact the Society’s WIE, YP, or D&I Representative, please send an email to [email protected].
2021 IEEE Education Society Awards Update
Submitted by James Sluss & Russ Meier
2021 Awards Committee Co-Chairs
This message is to notify you that nominations for the annual awards of the IEEE Education Society are now being accepted. Nominations should be submitted online by 24 May 2021.

Beginning this year, all award nominations and reference letters should be submitted online through the Education Society Website. Once an Award Nomination Form is submitted, the nominator will receive an emailed copy of the nomination and instructions on how to complete the Reference Letter Forms.

Online Submission Forms:
It is important that members who have contributed significantly to the various Education Society activities highlighted by our awards be recognized. This is our way of showing our appreciation for their accomplishments.

Questions regarding awards and nominations should be sent to the Education Society Operations Manager at [email protected].
2021 Call for Officer and BoG Member-at-Large Nominations
Submitted by Russ Meier
IEEE Education Society Nominating Committee Chair and Junior Past President
The IEEE Education Society welcomes nominations and self-nominations for the following leadership positions:
  • Four Members-At-Large serving three-year terms on the Board of Governors beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2024. A maximum of two consecutive three-year terms is allowed.
  • One Secretary serving a two-year term beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2023. A maximum of three consecutive two-year terms is allowed.
  • One Vice President for Publications serving a two-year term beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2023. A maximum of three consecutive two-year terms is allowed.
  • One Vice President for Conferences and Workshops serving a two-year term beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2023. A maximum of three consecutive two-year terms is allowed.
Please submit any questions to Russ Meier, Nominating Committee Chair, using the IEEE Education Society general email address ([email protected]).

Nominees should complete the nomination form on the IEEE Education Society Website in order to be considered for the slate. If you are nominating someone else for a position, you must first confirm their desire and availability to serve; only if they accept this nomination should you submit the form to the committee. This form will assist the committee in their decision regarding the final slate of candidates.

The election of Members-At-Large will be completed later in the year by an electronic ballot of all Society members.

The Board of Governors will elect Society Officers during the Fall Board of Governors Meeting. Officer candidates are not required to be present at the election.

Important Note: There is two Board of Governors meetings per year, one at the ASEE Annual Conference in June and one at the Frontiers in Education Conference in October. Remote attendance is available as an option for both meetings. Board of Governors Members-At-Large and officers are expected to attend a minimum of one meeting every year of their term. The Education Society does not reimburse the costs of travel/hotel/registration for attending the meetings. BoG members must fund travel from their employer or personal budgets.

Get to know the 2021 Class of IEEE Education Society Fellows
Elevated by the Education Society:

Cynthia (Cindy) Finelli
was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2021 "for leadership and scholarship in engineering education." Finelli is currently a Professor of Education and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Michigan.

Finelli considers her greatest professional achievement to be creating a new PhD program at the University of Michigan. Cindy was responsible for the creation of the Engineering Education Research Program and also serves as the Program Director.

Finelli's advice for someone just starting out in their career is to "Be flexible in deciding your career path and be open to new adventures!" Her career has taken lots of unexpected directions, but she’s enjoyed every step of the way.

Finelli’s favorite way to spend a weekend is enjoying the outdoors or doing home remodeling projects with her husband, Mike. She is also hoping to spend some extended time in Italy and Costa Rica once travel is safe again.

Finelli’s top three book recommendations include:
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich
  • Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
Saurabh Sinha was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2021 "for leading micro/nanoelectronics research and education in Africa." Sinha is currently a Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalization, at the University of Johannesburg.

Sinha considers his greatest professional achievement to be setting up a cutting-edge mmWave laboratory and developing the interest among postgraduate students, as well as fostering mmWave microelectronics education with an approach for technology transfer.

His advice for someone just getting started in their professional career is "to consider that engineering depth has potential to contribute to transdisciplinary breadth; the latter is where societal impact often occurs. To consider impact as that ultimate goal."

On the weekends, you might find Sinha reading or writing. His favorite book is Thank you for Being Late by Thomas Friedman. Once travel resumes, Sinha is looking forward to visiting Breuil-Cervinia, Italy again.

Additionally, Sinha commented, "I am grateful to the support by IEEE and IEEE Education Society over the years; engineering education, side by side, with technical research in microelectronics, has strengthened my approach. The academic rigor fostered by journals like the IEEE Transactions on Education remains to my appreciation - I am grateful to the reviewers and editors who contribute to my reflective journey."
Education Society Members Elevated by other IEEE Entities:

Robert Shin 
was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2021 "for leadership in electromagnetic modeling of radar systems and in microwave remote sensing." Shin is currently Principal Staff at MIT Lincoln Library and the Director at IEEE Beaver Works.

Shin considers his greatest professional achievement to be starting the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute program in 2016 - a 4-week STEM program at MIT for high school students.

Shin's advice for someone just getting started in their professional career is "To make an impact: start with a great idea you can be passionate about, recruit collaborators, and take a small step forward every day."

Shin's favorite place to travel to is Paris, France. On the weekends, Shin enjoys fencing and his favorite book is Rescuing Prometheus by Thomas P. Hughes.
Oriol Gomis Bellmunt was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2021 "for contributions to grid integration of renewable energy sources." Bellmunt is currently a Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and a member of CITCEA-UPC Research Center.

Bellmunt considers his greatest professional achievement to be “working within a great team of engineers and making some contributions to the grid integration of renewable energy.” His team’s goal is to engineer future power systems with 100% renewable energy generation.

Bellmunt’s advice for someone just getting started in their professional career is “to define motivating challenges worth spending a career on and to try to address all the tasks with passion.”

In his free time, Bellmunt enjoys traveling to both far-away and nearby places. He really enjoys any place where he can go with his family and find some time to hike or run in the hills or mountains. Bellmunt’s favorite books include: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Education Society - Chapter Spotlight: Hong Kong Chapter
The IEEE Education Society Hong Kong Chapter was asked to provide a summary of their activities for the Education Society’s Quarter One Chapter Spotlight. The Chapter highlighted two major activity areas, which include 1) Engaging with different IEEE Organization Units, and 2) Supporting Universities and K12 Schools in Advanced Teaching and Learning . ..Continue Reading

The IEEE Education Society Hong Kong Chapter Officers

Education Society Standards Committee Update
The officers of the 2021 IEEE Education Society Standards Committee were recently appointed by Education Society President, Edmundo Tovar.

The appointed members are:
Hamadou Saliah-Hassane, Chair; Luis Felipe Zapata, Vice Chair; and Lei Zhang, Secretary.


Hamadou Saliah-Hassane: Standards Committee Chair

Professor Saliah-Hassane is a senior researcher at the LICEF Research Center. He teaches informatics and computer networks at TELUQ, a Distance Education University of the Network of Universities of Quebec.


Luis Felipe Zapata Rivera: Standards Committee Vice Chair

Luis Felipe Zapata-Rivera earned a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and the M.S degree in Engineering from the EAFIT University and the bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the same institution in Medellin-Colombia.

He currently works as an Assistant Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, USA teaching the courses of Microprocessors, Computer Architecture and Programming.
He is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Education Society - Standards Committee, Vice-Chair of the IEEE Standard 1876-2019 Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories, and member of the P2834 - Standard for Secure and Trusted Learning Systems working group.


Lei Zhang: Standards Committee Secretary

Lei Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). He joined UMES in 2012. His main research interests include image processing, virtual reality, autonomous system, optical SoC/NoC architecture, and on-chip optoelectronic device design.


IEEE Education Society Standards Committee Welcome a New Member: Abdellah Touhafi 

Abdellah Touhafi is a Professor at the Engineering Sciences Faculty of the Vrije University Brussel.

As member of the Engineering Technologies Department, he is responsible for the major courses related to electronics design, embedded computing and reconfigurable computing. His research interests are smart and industrial electronics, reconfigurable computing systems, multi-sensorial systems and cloud computing. Those topics are deployed within two emerging applications that are advanced environmental monitoring systems and digital education. He is serving as an editor for the Journal of Sensors and is chairing several conferences related to smart cities, cloud computing and industrial electronics. His work has been published in more than 130 scientific publications.

IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) Special Issue Call for Papers
TLT Special Issue on "Designing Technologies to Support Professional and Workplace Learning for Situated Practice"

Abstract Submission (Optional): 15 April 2021
Full Manuscripts Due: 15 June 2021

In an era of global, organizational, and technological change, all of which are transforming the world of work, professional and workplace learning are critical for both employability and organizational competitiveness. Such learning is therefore needed on a greater scale than ever before, and the only way to provide that scale is through the integration of technology and learning. At the same time, if it is to serve the goal of boosting productivity, professional and workplace learning needs to be based around and integrated with work. Yet most advances in learning technologies have been made within K–12 and higher education settings, and in the area of formal learning environments in general. Technologies developed within formal education settings are nevertheless also increasingly being appropriated for use with/by professional learners in contexts other than those for which they were originally designed.

This special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) on "Designing Technologies to Support Professional and Workplace Learning for Situated Practice" aims to showcase the latest developments and innovations in, and advance the scientific discourse on issues specific to, designing technologies that support learning for work. In setting out to achieve this aim, we place focus on learning that is intended to improve work practice, and that is situated within work activities and contexts.

View the full Call for Papers here.
IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) Increases Page Length 
Last year, the IEEE Transactions on Education, moved entirely online. This transition has enabled us to review our submission requirements. We are pleased to announce with immediate effect, we have increased both the submission limits and the threshold where mandatory page charges are levied for all submission types.
  • Scholarship of Application: Maximum Submission 8 Pages, Mandatory Page Charges of US$200 per page after 10 pages (Currently 8 Pages).
  • Scholarship of Discovery: Maximum Submission 8 Pages, Mandatory Page Charges of US$200 per page after 10 pages (Currently 8 Pages).
  • Scholarship of Integration: Maximum Submission 10 Pages, Mandatory Page Charges of US$200 per page after 12 pages (Currently 10 Pages).
Additionally, we will no longer charge for color images.

Information about publishing in ToE can be found here.
Engineering Education 2.0 Webinar Series
Engineering Education 2.0 is a four-part series of virtual events designed to equip participants with skills to apply best practices and understanding from current STEM higher-education research literature. This webinar series was created through collaboration between IEEE EA and IEEE EdSoc.

This virtual series offers IEEE digital certificates, which include CEU and PDH credits, to attendees. Additionally, learners who complete all four sessions of the series are eligible to receive an IEEE digital badge.
Stay tuned for information about session four.

To view additional Society webinar opportunities, please visit our webinars page.
Frontiers in Education 2020 Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the FIE Conference 2020 Award Winners.

The 2020 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award winner was the paper entitled "Explaining Causes Behind SQL Query Formulation Errors" by Toni Taipalus.

The 2020 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Best Diversity Paper Award winner was the paper entitled "Improving the Student Experience to Broaden Participation in Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering" by Diane T. Rover, Mani Mina, Alicia R. Herron-Martinez, Sarah L. Rodriguez, Maria L. Espino and Brian D. Le.

The 2020 ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Helen Plants Award winner was the special session entitled "The POWER Workshop: Building Awareness of Power and Privilege on Intersectional Teams" by Nadia Kellam, Vanessa Svihla, and Susannah Davis.

The 2020 FIE Ronald J. Schmitz Award for outstanding and continued service to engineering education through contributions to FIE was awarded to Elizabeth A. Eschenbach and Deborah A. Trytten.

All awardees will be recognized at the annual conference banquet and awards ceremony held during FIE 2021.
IEEE Education Society Flagship Conferences
IEEE World Engineering Education Conference (EDUNINE) 

IEEE EDUNINE 2021 was held as a hybrid event, in Guatemala, Guatemala on 14-17 March 2021. The theme of the conference was "The Future of Engineering Education: Current Challenges and Opportunities."

IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)

IEEE EDUCON 2021 will be organized by the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna, Austria. Due to COVID-19, the conference will be held fully virtually, on 21-23 April 2021. Several pre-conference workshops will be held on 20 April 2021. Register here.

IEEE Learning with MOOCS (LWMOOCS)

IEEE LWMOOCS 2021 will take place in Antigua, Guatemala on 29 September - 1 October 2021.

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference

IEEE FIE 2021 will be held as an in-person event, from 13-16 October 2021. ASEE and IEEE unite to create an inclusive venue where excellence in research, teaching, and creative activity are valued. FIE brings together a multidisciplinary global community committed to improving scholarship and practice in engineering and computing education.

Important Dates:

  • 3 May 2021 - Preliminary Paper, Special Session and Panel Summary Papers, and Workshop Outlines, Submission Deadline
  • 24 May 2021 - Notification of Paper Revision Requirements and Final SSPCW Acceptance Communication
  • 20 September 2021 - Early Registration Deadline
IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE)

IEEE TALE 2021 will be held as a hybrid event in Wuhan, China on 6-8 December 2021. The target audience of the conference is diverse and includes those working in higher education, Vocational Education and Training (VET), K-12, corporate, government, military, and healthcare sectors.

IEEE Education Society Publications

The IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) covers research on such topics as Innovative online learning systems, Intelligent tutors, Educational software applications and games, and Simulation systems for education and training.

The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes significant and original scholarly contributions to education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE.

The IEEE Journal of Latin-American Learning Technologies (IEEE-RITA) focuses on technological applications and research in Education.

Current Publication Issues

Interested in meeting like-minded people in your area? Visit the Chapters page on our website to find an Education Society Chapter near you.


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