Professional & Educational Activities Board

Professional & Educational Activities Board

The Professional & Educational Activities Board (PEAB) provides leadership in the Society for activities related to the professional activities of practitioners engaged in disciplines such as computer engineering, computer science, information technology, information systems, and software engineering.

PEAB is chaired by the Vice President of Professional Activities, Andy Chen. Its current roster is here.

PEAB is responsible for formulating policies and practices with respect to the society's role in the development and support of professional disciplines such as computer engineering, computer science, information technology, information systems, and software engineering; including body of knowledge characterization, competencies, ethics, performance norms, and terminology. It shall recommend, evaluate, initiate, and nurture programs, products, and services to serve practitioners and their employers.

The PAB currently has five committees.

Enterprise Information Technology Committee

The Enterprise IT Committee of the Professional & Educational Activities Board (PEAB-EIT) has transitioned from the Professional Activities Board of IT (PAB-IT) that was established in 2009 to provide leadership and suggested course(s) of action for the IEEE Computer Society in the IT field of computing.  This committee was asked to consider the needs of computing professionals (specifically in the IT field) that haven't yet been addressed by IEEE CS products and services.

To establish a solid foundation for this work, we took into consideration the broader issue of an "IT Profession". The research results are recorded in this report.

The ongoing efforts, such as the creation of an Enterprise IT Body of Knowledge and the refresh of the IT Curricula Framework, currently under way are supporting elements to the growth and maturity of the IT profession. Read more about the Model of a Profession.

If you are interested in participating in this work, please contact the PEAB-EIT Chair, Brenda Byers

  • Ongoing Projects
  • Enterprise IT Body of Knowledge (EITBOK)
  • Projects in 2016
  • Participation of an IT2017 Curricula Review and Update with our partners

Engineering Disciplines Committee

The Engineering Disciplines Committee (PEAB-ED) makes recommendations to the PEAB regarding programs that serve the Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering communities. The PEAB-ED Committee collaborates with and offers support and technical advice to PEAB-EIT and PEAB-AC in areas of common interest. When appropriate, liaison relationships with relevant Technical Councils, Technical Committees, and/or Standards committees are established.

PEAB-ED areas of work include: the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBoK v3.0, now available); the Software Engineering Competency Model (SWECOM, now published); the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK, v1.3.1, now available); the Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE); and the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering Project (BKCASE). For further details, visit the PEAB-ED page.

Curriculum and Accreditation Committee

The Curriculum and Accreditation Committee is designed to develop curriculum recommendations in areas of Information Technology and Engineering as well as to support accreditation efforts in these areas. The Curriculum and Accreditation Committee manages the Society’s relationship with CSAB, which is its representative to ABET – an accreditation organization responsible for disciplinary accreditation in these areas for higher education programs.  This activity includes appointing Representative Directors and Alternates, and managing the interface with CSAB on all matters related to information technology disciplinary accreditation.  This committee also works with CSAB to ensure an adequate supply of volunteers to participate in accreditation reviews on behalf of ABET.

This committee also develops partnerships with industry-based training efforts in an effort to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and brings these communities together in ways that impact the quality of baccalaureate information technology-related education. 

Professional Education Product Committee

The Professional Education Product Committee (PEAB-PEP) is focused on developing professional education products aligned with customer needs in the community.  Product delivery will be accomplished through utilizing online resources, e-learning courses, distance learning courses, continuing education courses, professional development seminars, and tutorials. This will be accomplished through working with the discipline-specific committees, evaluating existing products (internally or externally), and collaborating with Global Partners.  The PEAB-PEP will provide subject matter experts to offer support and technical advice to the Society staff charged with the production of courses and other educational products, and with other Society entities as requested.

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee (PEAB-BD) support Marketing efforts to develop domestic and international strategic relationships with academic institutions, industry leaders, executives at potential and existing clients.  It focuses on improving the organization’s market visibility, position and future financial growth.

The PEAB-BD defines long-term strategic product goals, build key customer relationships, identify business opportunities, develop and maintain knowledge of industries and government agencies.  The PEAB-BD also assist in managing existing client relationships to ensure they stay satisfied and positive. The committee makes technical presentations on solutions and services that meet or predict the future needs of clients.

The members of committee consists of client representatives and global strategic partners of IEEE Computer Society

Ad Hoc Committee for Competencies and Body of Knowledge

The Ad Hoc Committee for Competencies and Body of Knowledge will work across and alongside the Information Technology and Engineering Disciplines committees. The committee will provide expertise and advice to identify and develop opportunities for the CS to deploy competency based products and services. It is looking at opportunities to 

  • Raise awareness of and deploy industry standard competency frameworks (e.g. SFIA) to support professional and career development for CS members
  • Work with universities, technical institutes and to exploit industry standard competency frameworks to support professional education and accreditation and enhance the employability of IT / Engineering graduates
  • Work with industry and employers to close skill gaps, attract and retain talent and improve the performance and productivity of  IT/Engineering  professionals,
  • Align CS products and services with industry standard frameworks such as SFIA

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