Dr. Moshe Kam Elected IEEE 2010 President-Elect
October 8, 2009 Dr. Moshe Kam, department head and Robert Quinn Professor of ECE in CoE, was elected by the membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to serve as the organization's president-elect in 2010,the 49th president and CEO of IEEE in 2011 and as past president in 2012. These positions make him a voting member of the IEEE Board of Directors and the IEEE Assembly, and a corporate officer.
Kam leads Drexel’s Center for Excellence in Information Assurance Education and directs the Data Fusion Laboratory, a research laboratory founded 20 years ago to investigate radar target classification. He received his B.Sc. degree from Tel Aviv University in 1977 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Drexel in 1985 and 1987, respectively. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Justice (NIJ), DARPA, ONR, NSWC, US Army - CERDEC, Lockheed Martin and GlaxoSmithKline.
Kam named an IEEE Fellow in 2001 “for contributions to the theory of decision fusion and distributed detection" and was a recipient of an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He previously served as chair of the IEEE Philadelphia Section (1998), director of Region 2 (Eastern USA, 2003-04), and vice president for educational activities (2005-07).
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IEEE was established in 1963 from a merger between the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. Presidents of those organizations included Alexander Graham Bell (1891-2), Charles P. Steinmetz (1901-2), Lee de Forest (1930) and Frederick E. Terman (1942). Drexel's Dr. Bruce Eisenstein, Arthur J. Rowland Professor (ECE), served as IEEE president in 2000.