Dr. Howard E. Michel
Senior member of the IEEE and is the IEEE 2011 Vice-President for Member and Geographic Activities
Dr. Howard E. Michel is a senior member of the IEEE and is the IEEE 2011 Vice-President for Member and Geographic Activities. He was IEEE Region 1 (north-east United States) Director for 2008/2009 and 2010 Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee.

Dr. Michel is currently Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has secured over $550,000.00 in external funding from the US National Science Foundation and other US national agencies. He holds two patents and has published a textbook on computer system performance evaluation, 12 refereed journal papers, 38 conference papers and 27 posters or abstracts on intelligent systems, artificial neural networks and optical computing. His current research interests include artificial neural networks and distributed-intelligence sensor networks. He has graduated 1 Ph.D. student and 33 MS students.

Dr. Michel retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994, having served as a pilot, satellite launch director, engineer and engineering manager, including a tour in the People’s Republic of China where he served as a senior U.S. Government technical representative enforcing technology-transfer control plans and procedures during satellite launch operations. Other achievements include successfully launching seven satellites by directing launch-base test and integration involving booster, satellite, and range hardware; and developing DoD engineering processes for mission-critical computer systems. Dr. Michel is currently a consultant for the U.S. Navy in the area of embedded instrumentation and architectures.

Dr. Michel earned his Ph.D. from Wright State University, and MS degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Southern California, and his BS degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.