WPI President is Candidate for President of International Engineering Organization

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Edward Alton Parrish, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a president-elect candidate for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE has a membership of 334,000 engineers, scientists and students in electrical engineering, electronics and allied fields. Its purpose is to advance global prosperity by fostering technological innovation, enabling members' careers and promoting community worldwide.

In addition, Parrish is a recipient of the IEEE 1999 Richard M. Emberson Award. Sponsored by the IEEE Technical Activities Board, it is presented for distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement and pursuit of the technical objectives of the IEEE. The prize consists of a bronze medal, illuminated certificate, $5,000, and travel expenses to attend the award ceremony. The presentation will be held June 12 at the Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace in London during the 1999 IEEE Honors Ceremony.

From the IEEE Computer Society, Parrish has been selected to receive the 1998 Richard E. Merwin Award for Distinguished Service. The award cites Parrish for "continuing leadership to the society and the institute, particularly in the areas of education and publications."

This award is given to individuals for outstanding service to the profession at large, including significant service to the Computer Society. This is the highest-level service award of the Computer Society and consists of a bronze medal and $2,000 honorarium.

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