WPI President Edward Alton Parrish Receives IEEE Award

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Edward Alton Parrish has been chosen to receive the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board's Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities. The award was announced at the June 24 meeting of the board and will be presented at the IEEE Meeting Series in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 16-19.

Parrish received electrical engineering degrees (B.E.E., M.E.E., and Sc. D.) from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., in 1964, 1966, and 1968, respectively. Prior to that, he served in the U. S. Air Force for four years as an instructor in radar control. From 1961 to 1964 he was a senior computer analyst and group leader with Amerad Corp. in Charlottesville. From 1964 to 1966 he was a research associate with the Research Laboratories for the Engineering Sciences, University of Virginia. From 1966 to 1968 he held a NASA Traineeship and engaged in research in the pattern recognition area. He joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, in 1968. In 1978-86, he served as department chair. In January 1987 he joined Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., as Centennial professor of electrical engineering and dean of the School of Engineering. He joined WPI in August 1995 as president and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Parrish is best known for his research in pattern recognition and image processing. This led to his election as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1986. He has published and presented more than 100 papers in these areas. Also a recognized authority on engineering education, he has served in a variety of capacities within engineering accreditation. He has held numerous positions at the national level of the IEEE, is a member of the honor societies Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi and is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

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