2170, Labs: EPIC 2124 (research), EPIC 2130 (teaching).
Spring 2020 office hours: Monday 11:15 am to 12:15 pm, Wednesday 3:30 to 4:30 pm; and when the door is open.
James M. Conrad received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master's and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has also worked at IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and BPM Technology. Dr. Conrad is a Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the Project Management Institute. He served on the IEEE Board of Directors as Region 3 director for 2016-2017, and again as a director in 2020 when he also served as IEEE-USA President. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, and engineering education.
2020 IEEE-USA President
Many thanks to all of you who supported me. I have been elected IEEE-USA President for 2020 (which means I'll also serve as IEEE-USA President elect in 2019, and IEEE-USA past president in 2021). I'll leve this information up here so that y'all can look back at it and let me know if I'm not living up to my promises.
In my career I have spent an equal amount of time working in industry and academia. I have developed communications systems for Ericsson and taught students embedded systems and robotics design. I have stayed up-to-date on technological advances with the help of IEEE programs. I'm a proud member of the IEEE, but I also belong to another professional organization that is growing each year. They offer fantastic opportunities for professional development via seemingly daily webinars. They never talk about membership retention - it is not a problem.
Now compare this organization with the IEEE. Why must we constantly convince our members to renew each year? Are we REALLY providing our members the opportunities they need to be successful? Do we really encourage our member to take part in all of the professional development activities available? As a Region Director I examined these larger, systemic problems of the IEEE and worked towards revolutionary changes to better serve members. I would like to continue these activities on a USA-wide platform, while continuing IEEE-USA's involvement in government relations. IEEE-USA needs to ensure our members' skills and knowledge stays relevant in this rapidly changing technology landscape.