President’s eNotice—from Julia Williams, PCS President
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Proposals for IPCC 2013 at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver
PCS President's Visit to Shibaura Institute of Technology
At the invitation of Professor Atsuko Yamazaki (professor at SIT and member of the PCS AdCom), I traveled to Tokyo, Japan and made presentations at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT). The first talk, entitled "Institutional Research and Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: Creating a Culture of Evidence," was intended for faculty and staff at SIT who are engaged in adopting curricular innovations in their engineering programs. I was particularly impressed by their plans to implement an electronic portfolio in the mechanical engineering program. The second talk was a round table discussion with SIT students who are studying English. Their interest is in career development and international internships. I very much appreciate Atsuko's invitation to come to Shibaura and meeting her colleagues and students!
IEEE PCS President Julia Williams with the students at Shibaru Institute of Technology
Next Stop, World Congress for Engineering Education, in Doha, Qatar
The subject of communication and its importance for engineering students drew the attention of engineering educators at the World Congress for Engineering Education, sponsored by Maersk Oil Company and Texas A&M University at Qatar. The conference drew participants from the Middle East, Asia, the US and Europe for three days of workshops, panel discussions, and presentations. As PCS President, I presented two workshops (on communication for engineering leaders and on managing change in engineering education), as well as moderating the closing plenary session. In all of the sessions I attended, there was wide agreement that communication is crucial for an engineer's professional advancement, and it was great to get the word out about our efforts in PCS to serve the needs of engineering students and working engineers through our new content development for the PCS Web site (coming soon!). It was also interesting to travel to the Middle East and experience Qatar, with its tremendous building boom and large expanses of desert.
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