Wolf’s roundtable discussion published in Computer magazine

Dec 05, 2022      By Victoria Grdina

Marilyn Wolf
Marilyn Wolf

IEEE’s Computer magazine recently published a roundtable discussion led by Elmer E. Koch Professor of Engineering and School of Computing Director Marilyn Wolf.

The roundtable discussion focused on computer engineering education and was conducted in the summer off 2022 over a combination of email and virtual meetings. The panel explored what topics are of importance to the computer engineering curriculum, what distinguishes computer engineering from related disciplines, and how computer engineering concepts should be taught to students.

“I organized the panel with leading experts in computer engineering education and leading programs,” Wolf said.

The roundtable panelists included: 

  • John M. Acken, Portland State University
  • Jay Brockman, University of Notre Dame
  • Greg Byrd, North Carolina State University
  • Robert Dick, University of Michigan
  • David Harris, Harvey Mudd College
  • Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark
  • Mani Srivastava, University of California, Los Angeles 

New governmental statutes and initiatives prompted Wolf to assemble the panel to focus on how such changes may impact computer engineering education.

“The CHIPS and Science Act, which has identified semiconductor technology as a national priority, gives added motivation to address this topic now,” Wolf said.

The panel discussion provided a range of perspectives and useful insights on a variety of computer engineering education topics from renowned voices within the field.

“One important outcome was the broad acceptance of embedded computing as a core component of the computer engineering curriculum,” Wolf said.

Computer, the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society, publishes peer-reviewed articles written for and by computer researchers and practitioners representing the full spectrum of computing and information technology, from hardware to software and from emerging research to new applications. The aim is to provide more technical substance than trade magazines and more practical ideas than research journals. Computer seeks to deliver useful information for all computing professionals and students, including computer scientists, engineers, and practitioners of all levels.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world's largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe.