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PAGE 4 Prof. Adel Gastli

PAGE 4 Prof. Adel Gastli Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at Qatar University Becoming an ABET Expert is a highly selective process requiring specialized skills. Our program evaluators are leaders in their fields, have diverse backgrounds and experiences, and must demonstrate high-level competencies, such as technical currency, effective communication, and interpersonal skills. They must be team-oriented and exceptionally organized and possess a high level of integrity and ethical standards. Michael K.J. Milligan, PhD ABET Executive Director, CEO My First Experience as an ABET Program Evaluator In October 2015, I was nominated to become an ABET Evaluator (PEV) and in February 2017, my nomination was accepted by the IEEE and ABET. In April 2016, I participated in an ABET-PEV training at ABET headquarter in Baltimore, USA. I was assigned my first General ABET Accreditation visit to an US university on October 2017. The preparation for the ABET visit started in July 2017, after receiving the Self-Study report and the supplementary material from the ABET visit Team Chair who coordinated all the preparation for the team visit. A lot of study and analyses of the provided document was conducted and several forms and reports had to be prepared before the visit. The Team chair organized 2 online team meetings to discuss the findings being shortcomings or observations. I exchanged several emails with the chairperson of the program under review. It is important to get the maximum information and clarifications before the visit because the duration of the visit is quite short. The campus visit in the US took place during the period October 15-17., 2017. The team met at Day 0, on October 14, 2017 in the hotel to discuss the visit plan and team members observations and comments. Day 1 of the visit was on October 15, during which we met with the Dean of the College and all the programs’ chairs then we for a tour of the facilities and then we spent the remaining time reviewing the display material. In a special display room. At night, the team met in the hotel, and discussed the findings for each program under review. Day 2 was the most hectic one because I had to meet with several faculty, staff, and students. These meetings and interviews helped me understand better the situation and clarified several issues related to the program delivery, facilities, support, and working environment. At the end of the day, the team discussed the new findings during the dinner. At night, each PEV had to prepare his/her reports and send them to the team chair for feedback. During Day 3, we met again all the team on campus and finalized our reports, printed them and then each evaluator met separately with the program chair and briefed him/her about the exit statement. Finally, the team met with the University President, Vice-Presidents, Dean, and all program chairs and read again the exit statement. Finally, we all left campus and went back home. This is a common procedure and plan that almost all ABET visits follow and adopt. What I like most in this visit is the team work and the collaboration of all team members which helped me a lot in my first visit. Extract from an acknowledgement letter sent, after my first visit, from the ABET Executive Director, CEO to all my line managers at Qatar University. “It gives me great pleasure to share with you the significant contribution that Adel Gastli has made to our organization and to technical education worldwide. As you may know, Adel is a program evaluator for ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. Thanks to the commitment of ABET Experts like Adel, more than 100,000 graduates each year benefit from ABET’s mission of promoting quality and innovation in technical education. In his role as a program evaluator, Adel assists ABET in reviewing more than 3,800 programs at over 700 institutions in 31 countries worldwide. Our program evaluators thoroughly examine and evaluate programs against accreditation criteria – reviewing course materials and student transcripts; interviewing faculty, staff, and students; and examining academic facilities, such as laboratories and libraries. Our ABET Experts –program evaluators and team chairs – are truly at the “front line” of the work we do, ensuring a quality educational experience for so many students.” EED NEWSLETTER VOL. 2, ISSUE 1

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 5 New EE UG Curriculum 2017 A curriculum change has been proposed and approved Spring 2017, and is effective from Fall 2017. The approved new core courses in this new study plan of 2017 as well as the new elective courses are expected to strengthen the attainment of the SOs of the EE program, and as per the challenges the students have faced and reflected in the course of the three years (2012 -2015) of Cycle IV and two years (2015-2017) of Cycle V assessment results. The approved proposed changes to the current curriculum (2013 study plan) of Electrical Engineering (EE) are: The removal of the 2-CH free elective course, and the zero- CH Electric Engineering Seminar course ELEC 299. The replacement of one college requirement course (MATH217: Mathematics for Engineering) with another college requirement course (MATH231: Linear Algebra). The replacement of four major requirement courses (MATH385: Advanced Mathematics, ELEC333: Electronics Engineering, ELEC334: Electronics Engineering Laboratory, ELEC375: Biomedical Engineering) with four other major requirement courses (MATH285: Mathematics for Electrical Engineering, ELEC325: Power Electronics, ELEC353: Signal Analysis & Filtering, and ELEC428: Electrical Engineering Design). The number of required courses in major is reduced from 24 to 23 and the corresponding CH is increased to 59. 17 courses are deleted from the curriculum (including 12 major elective courses), and 19 courses’ attributes have been changed (including 5 major elective courses). 8 new major elective courses have been introduced. The total number of credit hours is maintained equal to 131. EED NEWSLETTER VOL. 2, ISSUE 1

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