WPI President Is Selected for International Appointment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 13, 1999
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Edward Alton Parrish, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to represent the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society in the International Federation for Information Processing. The federation is an umbrella organization whose members comprise professional societies around the world, including the IEEE Computer Society.

Parrish will serve on the TC 3 Education Committee, one of the technical committees of the federation. The committee provides an international forum for educators to discuss research and practice in communication and information technologies. In addition to raising the level of international collaboration, it promotes ongoing education for professionals as well as advancing collegiate and secondary-school educational opportunities. The committee also examines the educational environment regarding local and national policy-making.

Parrish received 1964 B.E.E., 1966 M.E.E., and 1968 Sc. D. electrical engineering degrees from the University of Virginia. He has worked in industry as a senior computer analyst and group leader with Amerad Corp., as a research associate in engineering sciences at the University of Virginia and as a research associate under a NASA traineeship. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia and in 1978 was appointed department chair, serving in that capacity through 1986. In January 1987 he joined Vanderbilt University as Centennial professor of electrical engineering and dean of the School of Engineering. He came to WPI in August 1995 as president and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.

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