IEEE Computer Society Leadership

Ronald G. Hoelzeman

1995 IEEE Computer Society President

Biographical Data

Ron has been with the University of Pittsburgh since 1970. He serves on the faculty of both the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs, and is presently the Director of Computer Engineering. He teaches courses in Systems, Circuit Analysis and Design, Digital Design, Computer Organization, Optimization, and Computer Design. His research is in the computer graphics, computer aided design, and several educational innovation areas.

During his years at Pitt, he has held a number of administrative positions. He has served as Associate Chair of Electrical Engineering, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of new department wide projects and plans, student admission, teaching assistant appointments and coordination, course scheduling, and cooperative engineering program coordination.

He has also served as Director of the Interactive Computing Laboratory wherein he coordinated the work of faculty and research assistants involved in the development of both instructional and research oriented computer graphics aided engineering applications and software. He was responsible for the operation and funding of the facility and its supporting personnel.

From 1977-80, he was the Director of the Office of Continuing Education and Special Projects for the School of Engineering. He coordinated the faculty of the various departments to design and teach over forty courses, seminars, and conferences per year. He developed new relationships between the school and local industry and generated company in-house type of educational offerings.

Ron started his career with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. There, he spent a number of years as a systems engineer in the Power Control Division, and later in the Computer Systems Divisions, installing process control computer systems into Power Plant, Power Distribution, and Steel Mill control applications.

Later, he spent a year as a Visiting Faculty at the American University of Beirut, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, and helping to develop a Masters program in their Electrical Engineering Department.

He received his B.S.,1964, M.S., 1967, and Ph.D. Degrees, 1970, all in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ron has served in a number of professional society roles within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Computer Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Most recently, he was the 1995 President of the Computer Society. This organization is the oldest and largest technical organization of computer professionals in the world. The largest of the IEEE Societies, it has over 100,000 members world wide. With a staff of 100 and offices in Washington, Los Angeles, Brussels, and Tokyo, this organization is the leading producer of technical information for the computer engineering and computer science community. The society produces 18 transactions, journals, and magazines, 130 conferences, and 20 books per year. It maintains over 200 chapters worldwide, is heavily involved in standards generation, and is responsible for much of the definitive curricula and accreditation activities in the computer science and engineering area.

In addition to his role as president, he has served the society as Treasurer, Secretary, and Vice President of Publications, Education, and Press. He has been involved in primarily education and publication activities of the Society for over 20 years. He was one of the team that developed the original Model Curricula for Computer Science and Engineering, which was subsequently used as the framework for accreditation in the computer engineering area. He was also one of the group that developed the Report on Design Content in Computer Engineering. Ron has also served as a member of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board for several years.

In IEEE, Ron has served as an IEEE Director, on the Technical Activities, Regional Activities, and Publications Boards. He was Chair of the Audit Committee, and served on the Spectrum-Institute Board. He has chaired the Facilities Committee, and has served on several of the Awards and Technical Activities Committees.

From 1977-80, he served as the IEEE Vice President for Education, and as a member of the IEEE Executive Committee. He has worked in educational activities for many years on EAB including: a Director of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Accreditation Policy Committee, and the Committee on Engineering Accreditation. He served 9 years as an ABET Program evaluator for both electrical and computer engineering programs.
Ron has served as a Director and Executive Committee Member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the North Central Section of the American Society for Engineering Education. In addition, he is a reviewer for various journals and publishers, has been an associate editor for Computer Magazine, and served on the editorial board of Computer Science Education.

He has received the Dow and Western Electric Awards for excellence in teaching from the ASEE, and several student and university distinguished teaching awards. He has been awarded both meritorious and distinguished service awards from the Computer Society and the IEEE. He received the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Medal in 1993, "For outstanding teaching, for his concern with students, and for his contributions to the quality of undergraduate electrical engineering education." He also received the IEEE Haraden Pratt Medal in 1994, "For continued and outstanding leadership and contributions to many facets of the Institute operations,"

Ron is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who in the World, American Men and Women of Science, and AAES Who's Who in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.