Houston Section Receives 2020 Section Professional Development Award

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IEEE Houston Section Receives the IEEE 2020 Section Professional Development Award

 

Houston, Texas – August 27, 2020 – IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for advancing technology for humanity, has awarded the Houston Section with the Section Profession Development Award.

Each year the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) awards The Section Professional Development Award to recognize an IEEE Section for major contributions to the professional development of its members.  The provision of outstanding products, services, and support in the areas of life-long learning, continuing education, and professional development are the criteria for award selection.  Steven Philips, IEEE Education Activities Board Vice President, informed the Houston Section of IEEE that they had won the 2020 award with the following citation:

“For the sustained delivery of the IEEE Houston Section Continuing Education on Demand (CED) program to practicing electrical engineers for the past 25 years.”

The Section Professional Development Award was established by the IEEE EAB in 2001.  This award is given to IEEE Sections whose contributions to continuing education and professional development are outstanding as evidenced by their quality, comprehensiveness, innovation or impact. This award was first offered in 2003, and the first section to receive it was the Houston Section.

Professional Development Programs of the Houston Section

The IEEE Houston Section has a long history of providing quality professional development content to the engineering community in Houston.  Among the calendar of regularly scheduled events the Houston Section Continuing Education on Demand (CED) program and the Teacher In Service Program (TISP) workshop series are among the longest standing and most impactful programs.

Continuing Education on Demand (CED)

The Houston Section of IEEE started the Continuing Education on Demand (CED) in 1984.  The founding visionary volunteer leaders that started the program were Paul Barrett, Roy Cosse, and Bill Nichols.  Since the Fall of 1995, the IEEE Houston Section CED program has provided valuable engineering insights and education hours to thousands of engineers.  IEEE members and non-members benefit from the CED program and the sense of community in addressing similar challenges and sharing best practices solutions.  Since its inception in 1995 and 25 years later, the program remains a vital part of the IEEE Education Community and the continued commitment remains strong. The program has had over 200 courses and educated and awarded IEEE CEU’s to more than over 15,000 participants.  The Houston Section CED program was developed in conjunction with local IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) & IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Chapters.  Several thousand engineers have attended the education sessions and received continuing educational credits over the past 35 years.  Today’s CED leadership includes Jim Bowen and Dominik Pieniazek, and many other countless volunteers that continue to carry the vision of its original founders.

Teacher In Service Program

The TISP workshop series led by IEEE Senior Member Freddie Wong has won regional awards and garnered national attention.  Since 2007, the Houston Section Student Activities Committee has held more than 20 annual TISP workshop series training events at Houston area School Districts within Harris County.  These events have trained more than 250 educators which have an average of 150 students in their classrooms.  This equates to over 35,000 students reached by the TISP workshop series since its inception.  The Houston Section’s TISP workshop series has even provided lesson plan alignments with education standards to the Try Engineering initiative of IEEE. Since 2008 the TISP program is an approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Provider for the State of Texas. This means that teachers receive state approved professional hours necessary to maintain and renew their Texas teaching credentials.   Last year, Freddie Wong received the Region 5 Outstanding Achievement Award for his work leading the TISP program.

Appreciation For Our Volunteers

Thank you to all volunteers that have made the Houston section’s CED and TISP programs meaningful to our member’s development over the last 25 years.   We would also like to thank Ernest Njouondo, Houston Section Awards & Arrangements Chair, and Moriah Hargrove Anders, Houston Section Vice Chair for submitting the award application and securing the nominations.

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About IEEE Houston Section

Founded in August 7, 1928, the IEEE Houston Section has been serving the greater metro Houston area for more than 80 years. It is composed of over 4000 Members, with multiple Society, and Community organizations. We are a trusted voice in the community and among our colleagues. Learn more at https://r5.ieee.org/houston/ .

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