Upcoming visit to UCT by IEEE President

4 Jul 2015 - 15:45

In July 2015, the current President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Howard E. Michel will be visiting the University of Cape Town. There will be a site visit to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Hermanus on Friday 10 July (lunch and transport will be provided) and a talk held at UCT on Monday 13 July at 9:00 am.

This is a great opportunity to meet such an esteemed and accomplished engineer.

His talk at UCT is focuses on his experience in the U.S. Air Force and the development of his career to university professor and IEEE president.

Short Abstract

President Michel will talk about his experience in the U.S. Air Force, as a pilot, an engineer, a technical manager, and a satellite launch director. He will tell us how he pursued research & development activities there, how he continued his university career, and how he became a leader of the biggest professional society of the world.

His talk will be helpful to engineers and managers who deal with technologies and products related to his experience. It will also be helpful to specialists who want to enhance their activities and careers using academic or professional societies. And it will be helpful to researchers who are considering developing their careers at universities.


  1. For the trip to SANSA, please RSVP before 6pm on July 6, 2015. The number of people that can be accommodated on the trip is very limited, and this will be on a first come basis, with IEEE member given preference. Departure from UCT, Chem Eng quad at 08:45am on Friday, 10 July 2015.
  2. For the talk at UCT on Monday, 13 July 2015, please RSVP by before 6pm on July 6, 2015 for seating arrangement and catering purposes.
  3. Send your RSVP to David Oyedokun via email at: davoyedokun [at] ieee.org
  4. The venue for the talk at UCT will be confirmed next week.

About Dr. Michel

An IEEE Senior Member, Howard has been a member of the faculty of the University of Dayton and is currently at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he has graduated 3 Ph.D. and 35 MS students. In addition, Howard is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defence and private industry, specializing in the area of embedded systems, avionics, instrumentation and systems engineering. He has authored and published dozens of papers on intelligent systems, artificial neural networks and optical computing. Howard also holds patents for a distributed seismic and acoustic sensor system for detecting low flying aircraft, and an advanced artificial neural network based on high frequency analog signals.

Prior to his efforts as a consultant, Howard had a long and distinguished career as a U.S. Air Force pilot, satellite launch director, and engineer. While with the U.S. Air Force, he served as a senior U.S. Government technical representative, enforcing technology-transfer control plans and procedures during two satellite launches and working with key technology leaders in the People’s Republic of China. Other achievements include successfully launching seven U.S. satellites by directing launch-base test and integration involving booster, satellite, and telemetry-range hardware; and developing U.S. Department of Defence engineering processes for mission-critical computer systems.

This event is proudly brought to you by IEEE Young Professionals Southern Region and the UCT IEEE Student Branch.