Jamieson awarded IEEE's Emberson Award

Leah H. Jamieson
Leah H. Jamieson
Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, has been named to receive the 2013 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award for "contributions to IEEE technical activities through leadership, strategic planning, public advocacy, and effective new programs." IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world's largest technical professional association.

The association cited Jamieson's work in "improving IEEE programs and planning and increasing public awareness of the power of engineering in society," and specifically cited EPICS, Engineering Projects in Community Service, which she helped found at Purdue and is now being used in universities and high schools nationwide and around the world.

The award will be presented Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in San Diego, Calif.

The association's news release on the award also cited her "over 32 years of continuous volunteer service. Jamieson has provided leadership and support of IEEE’s technical activities as author, editor, member and chair of important IEEE boards, and as president of IEEE and the IEEE Foundation.

"Through her wide-ranging positions within IEEE, Jamieson developed comprehensive strategic planning efforts, increased public visibility of engineering and computing, and built structures to foster interdisciplinary collaborations across IEEE. A widely recognized role model for women in engineering, Jamieson has used her visibility as dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering to promote interest in the field among women.

"One of Jamieson’s major initiatives is the EPICS project, which she co-founded at Purdue University. EPICS pioneered the integration of engineering and community service to develop technology-based solutions for local community needs. EPICS programs have been created at 20 universities and 50 high schools in the United States. Through IEEE adoption, EPICS has been expanded to institutions in Africa and South America.

"An IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, Jamieson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Her many honors include the NAE Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education (2005). "