ABET Awards Honor Several IEEE Members

The accrediting body recognized them for their contributions to engineering and society

17 December 2018

ABET, the accrediting body for U.S. academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, recently honored four IEEE members. Included here are videos of the recipients accepting their awards.

Life Senior Member Lawrence G. Jones received the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award for his “rare commitment and enduring impact” to make ABET a “better organization.” He served as the organization’s president in 2015 and 2016. He also was a member of the ABET board of directors from 2009 to 2017, and its executive committee from 2010 to 2014.

Jones retired in January 2013 as the leader of the Product Line Practice Initiative at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center under Carnegie Mellon.

Prior to SEI, he was a professor of software engineering and later became department head of the computer science department at the United States Air Force Academy.


Member Ignatios Vakalis was honored with the Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The award recognizes U.S.-based educational units, individuals, associations, and firms for “extraordinary success in achieving diversity in the technological segments of our society.”

Vakalis is a professor of computer science and software engineering at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo. He received the award because he co-organized and chaired three international conferences on the teaching of mathematics. He worked to ensure those events promoted gender and ethnic diversity.


Life Senior Members Walter Buchanan and Stan Thomas were named 2018 ABET Fellows. Individuals who “surpass normal expectations by dedicating notable time and effort to achieving our endeavors” receive that distinction.

Buchanan is a professor of electronic systems engineering technology at Texas A&M University, in College Station.

Thomas is an associate professor of computer science at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He served as an ABET program evaluator and as the team chair of its computing accreditation commission.

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