Leah H. Jamieson

    The John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering

    Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Professor of Engineering Education (courtesy appointment)

    Past Director, EPICS: Engineering Projects in Community Service

Portrait of Leah H. Jamieson

Biography and Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Past Projects in Education


The EPICS - Engineering Projects in Community Service is an engineering design program that operates in a service-learning context. EPICS students earn academic credit for their participation in design teams that solve technology-based problems for not-for-profit organizations in the local community. The teams are: multidisciplinary - drawing students from across engineering and around the university; vertically-integrated - maintaining a mix of freshman through seniors each semester; and long-term - each student participates in a project for up to seven semesters. The continuity, technical depth, and disciplinary breadth of these teams enable delivery of projects of significant benefit to the community. Since its founding in ECE at Purdue in 1995, EPICS has grown to an Engineering-wide program that includes students from over 70 disciplines across the university. By 2013, over 8,500 Purdue students had participated in EPICS, delivering over 300 projects to the local community. EPICS programs are operating at over 20 universities under the National EPICS Program and in 17 countries through the EPICS in IEEE program.

Jamieson is co-founder and director of the EPICS program. EPICS co-founders Jamieson and Edward J. Coyle and co-director William C. Oakes were awarded the U.S. National Academy of Engineering's 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education "for innovations in the education of tomorrow's engineering leaders by developing and disseminating the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program." Jamieson and Coyle have jointly received the 1997 ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education and Purdue's Class of 1922 Annual Award for Outstanding Innovation in Helping Students Learn for their work on the EPICS Program. Jamieson has been recognized with the 2000 IEEE Education Society's Harriet B. Rigas "Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator" Award and was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Jamieson was in the inaugural class of recipients of the NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. In 2005, she was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering "for innovations in integrating engineering education and community service."

Education Projects at Purdue

Purdue's Engineer of 2020 - Prior to her appointment as Dean, Jamieson served as co-chair of Purdue Engineering's Curriculum Reform Task Force. The Task Force considered the global and technological changes that will shape engineering over the next 20 years, identify the attributes that will characterize Purdue Engineering graduates of the future, and develop the key attributes of an engineering curriculum that prepares our students for 21st century careers. The Purdue Engineer of 2020 have become a core part of the College of Engineering's framework for undergraduate education.

EE 649: Speech Processing by Computer. Notes for this graduate course in speech processing are on line at the course web site. The course was last offered at Purdue in the Spring 2002 semester.

Innovation with Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education:

  • From 2007-2013, Jack Lohmann and Leah Jamieson led the NSF-supported ASEE project that resulted in two reports:
  • - Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education, Phase 1 Report, 2009
  • - Innovation with Impact: Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education, Final Report, 2012.


Jamieson is currently President of the IEEE Foundation.

Jamieson served as the 2007 IEEE President.

Jamieson was 2005 Vice President for Publication Services and Products. She was 2003 IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities and created IEEE's Focus on Technologies initiative. In 2010 and 2011, she served as Director of Strategic Planning for IEEE Educational Activities.

She was 1998-1999 President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society . Two President's Columns from the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (July 1999 and (September 1999) have discussed the issue of women in engineering and signal processing.

Other Projects

CRA and the CRA Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research: Jamieson was the 1996-99 co-chair of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). A listing of CRA-W projects can be found at the CRA-W homepage . She is an elected member (1998-2007) of the CRA Board of Directors.

Classroom Climate Workshops: Under a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Purdue#39;s Women in Engineering Programs, Women in Science Programs, and Division of Theatre collaborated to use interactive theater to increase awareness of issues of gender equity in the classroom. In Spring 1997, four pilot workshops were conducted for faculty in the Schools of Engineering and the School of Science, with Jamieson as the facilitator for the workshops. The project led to a videotape and resource guide for faculty classroom climate workshops on gender equity.

Past Research Projects

Spoken Language Processing Research: Under the direction of Professors Jamieson and Harper , the Spoken Language Processing Group at Purdue conducts research in the areas of speech recognition, integration of speech and natural language processing systems, recognition of spoken proper names, and integration of speech, gesture, and gaze in discourse understanding. This work has been supported by grants from NSF and the Purdue Research Foundation.

Scalable Parallel Research Applications Laboratory (SPiRAL): The SPiRAL project developed libraries, algorithms, and tools to enable the effective use of scalable high performance computing technologies. The research focused on the application area of computer vision and image processing (CVIP). It included development of scalable and portable algorithms for CVIP problems, development of an architecture-independent computational model to serve as a platform for algorithm development and scalability analysis, and development of applications-driven library-based prototype software tools that bridge the software gap between usability and high performance. Project directors were Jamieson, Susanne Hambrusch , and Ed Delp . This project was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The Cloner Project: The Cloner prototyping environment for computer vision and image processing algorithms and tasks used the notion of organizing library algorithms as algorithm families, where performance annotation and scalability analysis are used to select algorithms for execution. The Cloner Project built on work on the Characteristics of Parallel Algorithms (L. H. Jamieson, D. Gannon, and R. J. Douglass, editors, MIT Press, 1987). This project was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.