Auburn's Nelson to serve on electrical engineering board

Published: Jun 26, 2009 1:47:00 PM
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Victor Nelson

Victor Nelson

Victor Nelson, professor in Auburn University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been chosen by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board (EAB) and Accreditation Policy Council to become a member of the Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA) board.

"The board's primary motivation is to help improve engineering education in our field," said Nelson. His one-year term will begin July 1 and will be renewable for four additional years.

The purpose of the CEAA is to set the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) program criteria for electrical and computer engineering programs and provide guidance for the evaluation of those programs. ABET is responsible for the accreditation activities of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), which accredits engineering programs through selection, education and assignment processes of program evaluators.

Nelson joined the Auburn faculty in 1978 and achieved a full professorship in 2003. He served as departmental graduate program chair of the digital and logic circuits stem and spent a number of years as assistant department chair. He is currently chair of the curriculum committee and ABET coordinator for the department.

"The department has benefited tremendously from Vic's insights into engineering education," says Mark Nelms, chair of electrical and computer engineering. "This recognition is an indication that Vic is well-respected by his peers in the accreditation field."

IEEE is an international organization that has more than 330,000 members and represents 150 countries. The EAB coordinates the activities of education programs and accreditation of engineering and engineering technology programs for ABET. ABET is the only U.S. Department of Education recognized program allowed to accredit programs in engineering and engineering technology in the United States. It has 31 professional and technical societies and is responsible for approximately 709 engineering and engineering technology programs.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes