WPI President Edward Alton Parrish Receives Two IEEE Honors

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Edward Alton Parrish of Worcester, Mass., recently received two awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities and the Millennium Medal for outstanding contributions and achievements

Parrish received B.E. E., M.E.E. and Sc. D. electrical engineering degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1964, 1966, and 1968, respectively. He came to WPI in August 1995 as its 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 a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1986. He has published and presented more than 100 papers in these areas. A recognized authority on engineering education, he has served on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology since 1989 and as a member of its Executive Committee since 1991. He is the immediate past chair of the EAC and is responsible for chairing teams of experts who visit engineering schools to evaluate programs for continued accreditation and for editing reports from other team chairs.

He has held numerous positions at the national level of the IEEE, having served as president of the IEEE Computer Society, as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, as vice president for Educational Activities and as a member of the Executive Committee. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Computer for three years and is a member of the magazine's advisory board. He was selected to represent the IEEE Computer Society in the International Federation for Information Processing, serving on the TC 3 Education Committee. For more information, go to the Web page http://www.wpi.edu/~eap/.

Founded in 1865, WPI enrolls 2,700 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students in science, engineering, management, humanities and arts, and social sciences. Under the WPI Plan, undergraduates complete three projects focusing on their major course of study, the humanities, and the interactions among science, technology and society.