Leah Jamieson

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Leah Jamieson
Born (1949-08-27) August 27, 1949 (age 69)
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Princeton University
AwardsBernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology (2005)
Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, (ASEE,1997)
Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact (2007)[1]
IEEE Fellow (1993)
IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000)
Scientific career
FieldsSignal Processing
InstitutionsPurdue University
Doctoral advisorKenneth Steiglitz

Leah H. Jamieson (born August 27, 1949, in Trenton, NJ, USA) is an American engineering educator, currently the Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. From 2006-2017, she served as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and served as the 2007 President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Jamieson was a founder of the Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS), a multi-university engineering design program that operates in a service-learning context. She is a recipient of the Gordon Prize.


Jamieson was born in 1949 and grew up in New Jersey, USA. She received the B.S. degree in mathematics in 1972 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received M.A. and M.S.E. degrees in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1977, all three from Princeton University.[2]

Jamieson worked as Professor of Engineering at Purdue University since 1976. Her research interests include speech analysis and recognition; the design and analysis of parallel processing algorithms; and the application of parallel processing to the areas of digital speech, image, and signal processing. She has authored over 200 journal and conference papers in these areas and has co-edited books on algorithmically specialized parallel computers (Academic Press, 1985) and the characteristics of parallel algorithms (MIT Press,1987).[3] She served Purdue as Director of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering (1990–94), Director of Graduate Admissions (1994–96), Interim Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002), and Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education (2004–06). She is currently the Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and hold's a courtesy appointment in Purdue's School of Engineering Education. From 2006-2017, she served as the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue.

Engineering Projects in Community Service[edit]

In Fall 1995 Jamieson and her Purdue colleague Edward J. Coyle founded Engineering Projects in Community Service, an academic engineering design program that operates in a service-learning context.[4] The program, which was initially offered only at Purdue, is available at present in 18 universities.[5] It offers students from multiple disciplines with the opportunity to be part of engineering project design teams that work with nonprofit community organizations. The teams provide technological solutions to challenges faced by the community organizations and their target audiences. Examples of EPICS projects include the Spanish In Action Project at Butler University, which provides students with a web-based computer game that helps them learn Spanish vocabulary; and the Sensor Network Air Pollution Monitoring project at Drexel University that allows measurement of diesel particulate concentration in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.[6] For founding and administering EPICS, Jamieson has received in 2005 the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology (with colleagues Edward J. Coyle and William C. Oakes). In 2008 the EPICS program has announced EPICS High, an extension of the program’s scope to integrate high school students in the design teams.[7] .

Presidency of IEEE[edit]

In November 2005 Jamieson was elected 2006 President-elect by members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE the world's largest technical professional society, focused on electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science and the related arts and sciences. The other candidates in the 2005 elections were Gerald Peterson and James M. Tien.

Jamieson served as President and CEO of IEEE in 2007.[8] Her presidency was characterized by a strong effort to redefine and expand the strategic planning process within IEEE, and to start an IEEE public visibility program. Other notable developments during her presidency included expansion of IEEE’s pre-university engineering education programs[9] and reorganization of the IEEE Regional Activities Board (renamed Member and Geographical Activities Board).[10] .


  • 1985, “Algorithmically Specialized Parallel Computers (1985, Academic Press, ISBN 0-12-654130-2), Editor, with Lawrence Snyder, Dennis B. Gannon and Howard Jay Siegel.
  • 1987, “The Characteristics of Parallel Algorithms (1987, MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-10036-6), Editor, with Dennis B. Gannon and Robert J. Douglass.


  1. ^ "IEEE Annual Report" (PDF). IEEE Computer Society. 2007. p. 21. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  2. ^ Segel,; Jamieson (November 1984). "Guest Editors Introduction, Parallel Processing". IEEE Transactions on Computers. 33 (11). pp. 949–951. doi:10.1109/TC.1984.1676367.
  3. ^ "Leah H. Jamieson". Purdue University. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  4. ^ "EPICS: Service Learning by Design". Purdue University. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  5. ^ "Current EPICS sites and affiliates". Purdue University. Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  6. ^ Sorenson, J.P. (October 2005). "EPICS: A Service Learning Program at Butler University" (PDF). Proceedings of the 35th Conference on Frontiers in Education. pp. F2F21–F2F25.
  7. ^ "EPICS High". Purdue University. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  8. ^ "IEEE Members Select Leah H. Jamieson 2006 IEEE President-Elect". IEEE. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  9. ^ "IEEE Pre University Education". IEEE. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  10. ^ "IEEE Member and Geographical Activities". IEEE. Retrieved 2008-07-04.

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