Wilkes University


Kudos to Vijay Arora

IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, invite Professor Vijay K. Arora, Vice-Chair of SCR Regions 1-3, to visit EDS Ohio Chapter June 22 to 23, 2017 to give advice to prop up declining IEEE-EDS membership in the State of Ohio.  Professor Arora is a distinguished lecturer of the Electron Devices Society (EDS).  IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.  Its vision is: ” IEEE will be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.”  Professor Arora had a number of meetings with officers of the EDS Chapter at the Ohio State University (OSU). OSU and Wright State University in Dayton are facing tremendous stress as universities outsource many of its essential services.  The core business of teaching is supplemented by federal and state grants that are declining.  Professor Arora shared the AAUP May 23, 2016 findings of the American Association of University Professors on How Do We Evaluate Teaching? . The role in enhancement of the university’s teaching mission by active participation with the IEEE was discussed in great length as was collaboration with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, which has substantial programs to fulfill the mission, vision and values of research on electron devices and photonics.  IEEE is also a member society of ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, that accredits Wilkes engineering programs.  IEEE criteria for depth in math and sciences is of paramount importance in maintaining standards in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering and technologies.  These and other issues were discussed as the report is sent back to the IEEE headquarters in Piscataway, New Jersey, for implementation.

On June 23, 2017, Professor Arora gave his distinguished lecture on Quantum Nanoengineering from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. with follow-on reception and informal interaction with faculty and students in the OSU’s Faculty Lounge.  At this point, an IEEE non-credit Research Workshop on Nanoelectronics was explored for the benefit of the society membership.  Professor Paul Berger of OSU will convene the Workshop online if it becomes a reality with Professor Arora being its distinguished lecturer.  Professor Arora is due to be the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker at Graphene2017 International Conference in Chicago, July 16 to 18, 2017.