Asee peer logo

Electric Energy and Power Educational Programs Development Symposium

Download Paper |


2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Innovations in Power Engineering Education

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

Page Count


Page Numbers

22.546.1 - 22.546.15



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Seyed H. Mousavinezhad P.E. Idaho State University, (first, corresponding author)

visit author page

S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Idaho State University.
Dr. Mousavinezhad is an active member of IEEE and ASEE having chaired sessions in national and regional conferences. He is an ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He was General Chair of the IEEE 2009 International Electro Information Technology Conference, June 7-9 hosted by University of Windsor and 2002/2003 ASEE ECE Division Chair. He is IEEE Education Society Membership Development Chair and Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award Chair. He was the ECE Program Chair of the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, June 16-19. Professor Mousavinezhad received Michigan State University ECE Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award, May 2009, ASEE ECE Division’s 2007 Meritorious Service Award, ASEE/NCS Distinguished Service Award, April 6, 2002, for significant and sustained leadership. In 1994, he received ASEE Zone II Outstanding Campus Representative Award. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, has been a reviewer for IEEE Transactions including the Transactions on Education. His teaching and research interests include digital signal processing (DSP) and Bioelectromagnetics. He has been a reviewer for engineering textbooks including "DSP First" by McClellan, Schafer, and Yoder, published by Prentice Hall, 1998 and Signal Processing First, Prentice Hall, 2003. He is on the Board of Directors of ECEDHA and Awards Chair. Hossein is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international research journal Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering.
Professor Mousavinezhad was founding general chair of the First IEEE Electro Information (eit) Technology Conference, June 8-11, 2000, in Chicago. This regional/national conference, sponsored by IEEE Region IV, is bringing together researchers in the ECE field covering such ECE research topics as Wavelet Transforms, Soft Computing, Power & Energy, Intelligent Control, Wireless Communications, and Fuzzy Logic. Keynote/Invited speakers included Drs. H. Adeli, M. Sloan, M. J. T. Smith, and L. Zadeh. He was part of the group promoting economic development in Michigan, MEDC and was responsible for bringing Innovation Forums to Western Michigan University, January 21, 1999. These forums were a series of meetings and seminars focused on university and industry collaboration initiated by the Michigan Governor. The Forums were sponsored by the Kellogg and Dow Foundations and were designed for finding strategies to create more Hi-Tech jobs in the State. As part of his responsibilities as Professor and Chair of the ECE Department at Western Michigan University, he prepared ABET reports for the two programs offered by the Department (EE and CpE.) The graduate programs offered by the ECE Department grew and he was responsible for initiating the first MSEE program in 1987. A new ECE Ph.D. program was offered starting Fall 2002. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he has managed to teach undergraduate/graduate courses in his research area of Digital Signal Processing, he is co-PIs for DSP and globalization grants funded by NSF. He has received other NSF and government grants in addition to equipment grants from Texas Instruments in support of his teaching/research activities in the DSP field. During May 2009, he received Michigan State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering John D. Ryder Distinguished Alumni Award for contributions in furthering the mission of the department, which is to provide undergraduate and graduate education characterized by quality, access, and relevance, and to develop distinctive research programs in electro-sciences, systems, and computer engineering, with the promise of sustained excellence as measured in scholarship, external investment, reputation, and impact.

T.E. Schlesinger is the David Edward Schramm Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this he was the Director of the Data Storage Systems Center, Associate Department Head in ECE, and was the founding co-director of the General Motors Collaborative Research Laboratory at CMU. He is currently the Director of the DARPA MISCIC Center at CMU. He received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Toronto in 1980 and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1985 respectively. His research interests are in the areas of solid state electronic and optical devices, nanotechnology, and information storage systems. He has received a number of awards and honors including; the Carnegie Institute of Technology George Tallman Ladd Award for research, and the Benjamin Richard Teare Award for Teaching, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1999 and 1998 R&D 100 Awards for his work on nuclear detectors and electro-optic device technology and the Carnegie Science Center 1998 "Scientist" award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the SPIE, is President of the ECE Department Heads' Association, and a member of the International Advisory Panel for the A*STAR Graduate Academy in Singapore. He has published more than 250 archival journal publications and invited and contributed conference presentations and holds twelve patents.

Michael Lightner (Fellow, IEEE, AIMBE) is Professor and Chair of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He co-directs the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technologies. At Boulder, he has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Executive Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, He served as the 2006 President of IEEE and continues to serve on the Publications Service and Products Board, the Education Activities Board, the IEEE Committee on Earth Observations and the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. He is also a member of the ABET Board of Directors.

Mark J. T. Smith received the B.S. degree from MIT and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology all in electrical engineering. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1984 and later served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Institute from 1997 until 2001. In January, 2003, he joined Purdue University as Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Presently he serves as Dean of the Graduate School and holds the Michael J. & Katherine R. Birck endowed professorship. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the IEEE and a former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Signal Processing. He has authored many papers in the areas of speech and image processing, and is the co-author of two introductory books: "Introduction to Digital Signal Processing" and "Digital Filtering." He is also co-editor of the book titled "Wavelets and Subband Transforms: Design and Applications," and the co-author of the textbook titled "A Study Guide for Digital Image Processing." Dr. Smith is a past Chairman of the IEEE Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), a former member of the SPS Board of Governors, a former member of the MIPS Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation, and a past president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). Currently he is a member of the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities (CEAA), a member of the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) Board, and member of the National Academies Board of Army Science and Technology.

Dr. Langis Roy is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). His research interests are in microwave electronics, integrated active antennas and electromagnetics. Dr. Roy has been a faculty member since 1993. He was Chair of Carleton's Department of Electronics from 2003 to 2009 and Chair of the Canadian Heads of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CHECE) in 2010, also serving on ECEDHA's Board of Directors. In 2005/06, he was a Visiting Professor at the VTT Micromodules Research Center (Oulu, Finland) and an Invited Professor at the INSA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (Toulouse, France). In 2009/10 he was an Invited Researcher at the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Research (IETR), University of Rennes, France.

Barry J. Sullivan is Director of Program Development for the International Engineering Consortium. Prior to joining the IEC, he spent nine years at Ameritech, where he served as Director of Emerging Technologies. He has developed and delivered continuing education courses in communications technologies, and he guided the technology strategy for a start-up company delivering packet voice services. He was a full-time member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University for more than six years, and has taught there as an adjunct faculty member. He also worked as a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories. He received the B.S.E.E. and M.S. degrees from Marquette University, and the Ph.D. degree from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Sullivan has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, publications chair of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, and local arrangements chair for the Digital Signal Processing Workshop. He is also editor of THE BRIDGE, the magazine of Eta Kappa Nu. He has published over forty papers on topics in signal reconstruction and image processing.

S. S. (Mani) Venkata is an Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington since Janaury 2008. He is also President, Venkata Consulting Solutions Inc. and associated with KEMA Inc. as a subconsultant. Before joining the UW, he was Dean and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York. During 2003 he was Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002 he was Professor and Chairman of the department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years. He received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E. degrees from India, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1971.

Prof. Venkata has conducted research, design and development work for the more than 25 utilities and power related industries for the past 43 years. Venkata has published and/or presented over 300 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and a co-author of the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems Prentice-Hall Publications, 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and West Virginia.

Dr. Venkata is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board for four years, as the Vice-President of Publications, member of the Finance Committee, the Long Range Planning Committee, and Technical Activities Advisory Board during 2004 - 2007. His past activities include serving as the Chair of the Power Engineering Education Committee, as the Regional 6 Representative and Seattle Student Chapter Chair. At the Technical Committee levels, he chaired several subcommittees, working groups and task forces. He was also the Vice-Chair of the 1992 Summer Power meeting. At the IEEE level, he represented the PES as the TAB Periodicals Committee member. He had also served as the Seattle Section Chair, and the Student Branch Advisor.

In 1996, he received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society. He also received the Third Millennium Award from the IEEE in 2000.

Anthony Kuh received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1987. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1979 to 1982 and has been with the University of Hawaii since 1986. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Hawaii . From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. He also helped to form the Hawaii Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC) and served as interim director from 2000 to 2001. During the 2003 - 2004 academic year he was a visiting faculty member at Imperial College, London where he received a distinguished Fulbright scholar's award Dr. Kuh's research interests are in the areas of machine learning and neural networks, adaptive signal processing, sensor networks, and communication networks. Dr. Kuh was a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1988. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1998 for his contributions to analysis of neural network models and their applications to signal processing. He has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, from 1990 - 1991, 1995 -1997, 2002 - 2004, and 2005 - 2007. From 1990 - 1995 he served on the IEEE Neural Network Council Administrative Committee representing the Information Theory Society. He served as a member of the Neural Networks for Signal Processing Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1998 - 2001. He also co-chaired the 1993 International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and Its Applications held in Honolulu . He has served as local arrangements chair for the 1997 NOLTA Symposium, 1999 NOLTA Symposium, 2000 ISPACS Symposium, and the 2002 World Congress on Computational Intelligence all held in Hawaii . He is also serving as the technical co-chair for the 2007 ICASSP to be held in Honolulu . His research interests are in machine learning (learning theory, kernel machines, reinforcement learning), adaptive signal processing, and sensor networks.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Electric Energy and Power Educational Programs Development Symposium ABSTRACTThere has been much discussion recently regarding the issues involved in education and researchprograms in the area of electric power and energy. This discussion has included the topics ofreforming electric energy systems curricula both at undergraduate and graduate level. TheElectrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) and otherinterested government and industry groups are developing workshops and special sessions at keyconference venues to focus on topics that include: sustainable and renewable energy sources,smart grids, energy storage, efficiency, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and climate change.ECEDHA with the support of the National Science Foundation is establishing a workshop serieson these issues aimed at department chairs and faculty members who are interested in developingeducational and research programs in this critical area within Electrical and ComputerEngineering (ECE). Without question a safe, dependable, secure, reliable and affordable supplyof electric power is a fundamental requirement for national economic health. The corporationsinvolved in the development and operation of the smart grid face increasing challenges inmeeting the growing demand for electricity in the context of sustainable energy. The grid mustbe developed to accommodate new energy sources, including solar, wind, wave and otherrenewables, and support new demand patterns arising from the presence of plug-in electricvehicles and energy storage systems. Industry must have access to the trained engineers who willintegrate information and communications technologies into the next generation grid to deliverelectricity more efficiently, reliably, and securely. As a result, future electric power engineerswill require knowledge of topics that may be outside those offered in traditional programs,including communications and network security, sensor integration, public policy, and softwaredevelopment. The ECE Department heads have recognized the need to update and upgradeprograms in power engineering and closely related fields. The workshop described in this paperwill bring together a diverse set of academic, government/NGO and industry participants toaddress a range of issues including curriculum changes, faculty development and studentrecruitment. It will discuss the role of power electronic technologies, planning, automation andcontrol to achieve smart grid performance goals.The full paper will include the results of discussions and working group deliberations as well assurvey information collected from the attendees of the energy/power workshop.

Mousavinezhad, S. H. (2011, June), Electric Energy and Power Educational Programs Development Symposium Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17827

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2011 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015