Panel Session Proposal Template

Panel Session Title: Standards Education and Industry: An interactive session addressing the importance of including technical standards educationin engineering curricula and the needs of industry.

Presenter/Facilitator Info: This panel session is sponsored by the IEEE Standards Education Committee (SEC), a joint standing committee of the IEEE Educational Activities Board and the IEEE Standards Association, and ASTM International.

The SEC’s mission is to:

promotethe importance of standards in meeting technical, economic, environmental, and societal challenges;

disseminatelearning materials on the application of standards in the design and development aspects of educational programs;

actively promotethe integration of standards into academic programs.

Propose: Five to Sixpanelists with one moderator. Panelists will represent industry, academia and Standards Development Organizations (SDOs).

Panelists and moderator

Moderator: Howard Wolfman, Lumispec Consulting, Adjunct Professor University of Illinois

  1. Amin Karim, DeVryUniversity. Email: (Academia and IEEE SEC rep)
  2. Bruce Harding, PurdueUniversity. Email: (ASEE rep and academia)
  3. Jim Olshefsky, ASTM International. Email: (SDO rep)
  4. Leslie Struble, University of Illinois (Civil engineering professor, ASTM member, Jim O willcontact. Academia rep)
  5. Bob Noth, former President ANSI BoD, John Deere. (Jim O will contact. Bob is located in Northbrook, IL. Industry and SDO rep)
  6. TBD (someone from industry and the IEEE?)to address needs/expectations of newly graduated engineers)

Presenter/Facilitator Background and Qualifications: (provide a short paragraph for each)

Moderator: Howard Wolfman is an adjunct full professor in the Master of Engineering Program at the

University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his BSEE from the University of Illinois, MBA from

NorthwesternUniversity, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. He is the principal of

Lumispec Consulting, specializing in Management and Lighting Energy Efficiency. Mr. Wolfman

has held numerous leadership positions in domestic and international standards and trade

organizations including ANSI, IEC, IEEE, NEMA, UL and CSA. He has been a member of the IEEE

Standards Board for 12 of the last 15 years, is past chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the EMC Society,

past member of the Board of Governors of the EMC, IAS, and EMS Societies, past chairman of the IEEE Chicago

Section, past IEEE Region 4 Director and past IEEE Treasurer.

Panelist A: Amin Karim is the Director of Academic Outreach at DeVryUniversity. Prior to this position, he served as the national dean of the college of technology.. Before joining DeVry in 1991, he served as an electrical engineer in the power and manufacturing industry and as a faculty and a department head of engineering technology program. He is a past Chair of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association of the American Society for Engineering Education and served as a TAC of ABET evaluator for engineering technology programs. Currently, he is serving as the vice-chair of the Standards Education Committee for IEEE.

Panelist B: Bruce Harding is professor of mechanical engineering technology and coordinator of professional practice at PurdueUniversity. Professor Harding's scholarship and engagement activities revolve around the development and application of American National and ISO standards dealing with Technical Product Documentation (TPD) as it broadly relates to product realization, green manufacturing and other technical aspects of product lifecycle management (PLM).

Panelist C: Jim Olshefsky is Director, External Relations at ASTM Internationalwhere he manages, supports, and promotes ASTM’s international outreach and academic initiatives within ASTM’s Global Cooperation Division. Jim Olshefsky has worked at ASTM International for 13 years supporting the development and promotion of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. Prior to moving to Global Cooperation, he directed ASTM’s Committee Services Department in the Technical Committee Operations Division. Mr. Olshefsky also spent several years as a Staff Manager of various ASTM technical committees. Other contributions include speaking to students, educators, and international audiences on the importance of standardization and global use of ASTM International standards.

Panelist D: Leslie J. Struble holds a B.A. in chemistry (Pitzer College, 1970), an M.S. in civil engineering (Purdue University, 1979), and a Ph.D. in civil engineering (Purdue University, 1987). She has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignsince 1989. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Illinois, she worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Martin Marietta Laboratories, and California Portland Cement Company.

Panelist E:Robert W. Noth began his term as immediate past chairman of the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors in January 2009. He previously held the position of chairman of the Board from 2006-2008. Noth was vice-chairman from 2003-2005 and served as chair of the International Policy Committee from 2002-2005; he has been an active member of the ANSI Company Member Forum since 1991. After 44 years of service, Mr. Noth recently retired as manager of engineering standards from Deere & Company. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the development, deployment, utilization and administration of standards affecting the Deere product line worldwide. Mr. Noth’s duties required national and international interaction with standards developing organizations, trade associations, regulatory agencies, and other organizations whose activities affect Deere products.

Panelist F: TBD

Panel Session Goals:

  1. To discuss the importance of learning standards in a global economy and employer expectations for engineering graduates in the USA.
  2. To highlight the fundamentals of engineering standards including how they are developed, applied, maintained, and enhanced.
  3. To detail the current ABET requirements with respect to standards in engineering curricula and spread awareness of the joint IEEE-ANSI Position Paper on the Role of Standards in the Curriculum.
  4. To identify ways that current professors are including standards in the classroom, specifically how standards are being incorporated into Capstone Design projects.
  5. To demonstrate a case study on selection and application of standards in a capstone project
  6. To identify resources available from Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), such as IEEE, ASTM International, and ANSI, for students and professors to obtain standards documents, student grants, and other educational resources.

Target Audience

[X ] General

[X] New capstone instructors

[X ] Experienced capstone instructors

[X ] Students

[ ] Other (please list)

Facilitation Plan:
(outline and explanation of time utilizationas well as teaching/learning methods)

Anticipate that the panel session will be 90 minutes long. The SEC would like to request that, if possible, this panel session be run twice, back to back, during the conference to allow as much participation as possible.

Panelists would each give a short 10-minute presentation or talk addressing their particular areas of expertise and interest. Moderator will entertain questions and comments from attendees and request panelists to address them.

Logistical Requirements:

AV technology needed: Projector, microphone for each panelist

Laptops/software needed: None

Anticipated handouts: None

Room set-up desired: Lecture, with additional front table for panelists

Maximum audience size: N/A

Other: IEEE and ASTM Internationalwill also participate as Exhibitors:

  1. Each will have an Exhibitor table @ $1,000
  2. IEEE will advertise in conference program: $100-$500 and include materials for attendee bag inserts: $100-$500