Moshe Kam (born October 3, 1955 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is an American engineering educator presently serving as the Dean of the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Until August 2014 he served as the Robert G. Quinn Professor and Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. In 2011, he served concurrently as the 49th President and CEO of IEEE. Earlier he was IEEE's Vice President for Educational Activities (2005–2007) and IEEE's Representative Director to the accreditation body ABET. Kam is known for his studies of decision fusion and distributed detection, which focus on computationally feasible fusion rules for multi-sensor systems.
|Alma mater||Tel Aviv University |
|Awards||Presidential Young Investigator Award, US National Science Foundation, 1990 |
C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, Eta Kappa Nu, 1991
IEEE Third Millennium Award, 2000
Fellow of the IEEE, 2001
Honorary Professor, South China University of Technology, 2006,
IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, 2016
|Fields||Detection and Estimation, Data fusion, Engineering Education|
|Institutions||New Jersey Institute of Technology|
|Doctoral advisor||Paul Kalata|
Kam was born in 1955 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1976 from Tel Aviv University. Between 1976 and 1983 he served in the Israel Defense Forces. In 1983 he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He received a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 and a Doctorate degree in 1987, both from Drexel University.
Kam worked as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University between 1986 and 2014. In September 2014 he joined the New Jersey Institute of Technology as Professor and Dean of the Newark College of Engineering. His research interests include detection and estimation, decision fusion and distributed detection, robot navigation and data mining. He has authored over 150 journal and conference papers in these areas. He is an active IEEE volunteer, having served as Chair of the IEEE Philadelphia Section, Chair of the IEEE Region 2 Committee, Member of the IEEE Board of Directors, Chair of the IEEE Audit Committee, Vice President for Educational Activities, and 2011 President and CEO.
Activities in Pre-University Education and Academic AccreditationEdit
In late 2004 Kam was elected IEEE Vice President for Educational Activities, having served earlier as Director of IEEE Region 2 (Eastern USA). He served as Vice President for three years during which IEEE expanded greatly its activities in pre-university engineering education and in accreditation of academic programs. The major pre-university programs established during his tenure were the engineering education portal TryEngineering.org (a joint project of IEEE, IBM and the New York Hall of Science); and internationalization of the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program. TryEngineering.org is a portal for pre-university students, their parents, teachers and school counselors, which provides information about all branches of engineering, technology and computing, and about all available accredited programs for undergraduate and graduate study in these disciplines. The Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) trains IEEE volunteers to work with pre-university teachers in order to integrate engineering and engineering design in the pre-university curriculum. Since 2003 TISP has expanded from being exclusively a US-based program to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and South Africa.
In the area of academic accreditation, he established accreditation evaluator training program for the Peruvian accreditation body ICACIT, and assisted in the creation of an accrediting body for engineering and technology in the Caribbean, CACET[permanent dead link]. He has also developed ties between IEEE and the China Association for Science and Technology, and created the informational portal on accreditation of academic programs in engineering, technology, and computing, Accreditation.org
For his activities in the areas of pre-university and university education, Kam received in 2016 the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award.
Election to the Presidency of IEEEEdit
Kam was candidate for the office IEEE President-Elect In 2008 but lost to Pedro Ray. In 2009 he was elected to that position (the other candidates in the 2009 elections were Joseph Lillie and J. Roberto Boisson de Marca). He served as President and CEO of IEEE in 2011. His election platform  emphasized expansion of IEEE to new technical areas (especially the intersection between Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and the Life Sciences); providing effective services to practicing engineers; and increasing the value of IEEE membership.
Initiatives at the New Jersey Institute of TechnologyEdit
Kam initiated the effort to create a large industrial-grade Makerspace at NJIT. The initiative was supported by the New Jersey legislature . The first stage of the Makerspace (9,500 square feet) was opened in early 2018 . It is the largest facility of its kind in New Jersey. Among other functions, the Makerspace offers equipment and devices for 3D printing, additive manufacturing, material cutting and shaping, metrology, visualization, computing, emulation, and simulation.
Kam developed the plans for NJIT's School of Applied Engineering and Technology, which was inaugurated in 2018 .
As part of the 2019 celebrations of the Centennial of the Newark College of Engineering (NCE, established 1919), Kam initiated the "NCE 100" Hall of Fame , whose inductees include, among others, Pierre Ramond, Ellen M. Pawlikowski and Gerard J. Foschini.
Most Cited Technical PapersEdit
- 1997, “Sensor Fusion for Mobile Robot Navigation” (1997, Proceedings of the IEEE), with Xiaoxun Zhu and Paul Kalata.
- 1997, "Decision Fusion and Supervisor Synthesis in Decentralized Discrete-Event Systems," (1997, American Control Conference), with J. Prosser and H. Kwatny.
- 2002, “Neural Network Architectures for Control” (2002, IEEE Control Systems Magazine), with Allon Guez and James Eilbert.
Essays on the State of the ProfessionEdit
- 2005, “Why won’t Jane go to Engineering School” (2005, The Institute, IEEE)
- 2006, “Will ABET Survive to the Year 2032?” (2006, The Interface, IEEE & ASEE)
- 2007, “What Should Be the First Professional Degree in Engineering?” (2005, The Institute, IEEE), with A. Peskin.
- Fadi Deek,Provost (2 April 2014). "Appointment of Dr. Moshe Kam to Dean, Newark College of Engineering". NJIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology News. NJIT. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- "Moshe Kam". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- "Hardware Complexity of Binary Distributed Detection Systems with Isolated Local Bayesian Detectors" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Performance and Geometric Interpretation for Decision Fusion with Memory" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Moshe Kam's Biographical Sketch" (PDF). Drexel University. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "IEEE Expert Source Sheet for Moshe Kam" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Moshe Kam's IEEE Activities". Drexel University. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Moshe Kam elected IEEE Vice President". Drexel University. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- Martin Rowe (2006-09-01). "The Future of Engineering". Test & Measurement World. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Moshe Kam's IEEE Volunteer Activities". Drexel University. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- Sam Davis (2007-06-04). "IEEE To Push For More Engineers And Educators Worldwide". Electronic Design. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- "Past Workshop conducted by the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program". IEEE. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "IEEE Members Select Pedro Ray 2009 President-Elect". IEEE 2008 Press Release. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "IEEE Members Select Moshe Kam 2010 President-Elect". IEEE 2009 Press Release. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Priorities as President-Elect". Drexel University. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "State Approves $10M in Funding for Makerspace at NJIT". NJIT 2017 News Release. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
- "The NJIT Makerspace". NJIT Newark College of Engineering. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
- "NJIT Establishes New School of Applied Engineering and Technology". NJIT November 2018 News Release. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
- "Centennial Celebrations: Newark College of Engineering Inducts 11 into its Hall of Fame". NJIT March 2019 News Release. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
- Official Website
- Office of the Dean at NJIT
- ECE Department at Drexel University
- Official IEEE website
- www.tryengineering.org - resource for students age 8-18, and their parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
- www.accreditation.org - resource on accreditation of academic programs in Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Computing.