The Missouri Governor’s Trade Mission to Taipei and Seoul included four Missouri educators who explored educational collaborations and partnerships with their Taiwan and South Korea counterparts. UMKC delegates, SCE’s Dean Kevin Truman and UMKC’s Director of International Academic Programs Linna Place, joined Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri State University representatives. Together they talked with educational ministry representatives and university representatives discussing development opportunities for students to come to UMKC and UMKC students to attend their universities. While in Taipei, Taiwan the delegation visited the National Taiwan University, the National Taiwan Normal University and the Ministry of Education. In Seoul, South Korea, meetings were held with representatives from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Pukyong National University and Seoul National University. A visit to the campus of Konkuk University, where SCE civil engineering student Jason Regina will attend in Fall 2013, completed the delegation’s South Korea itinerary. The larger contingent of Missouri business leaders and government officials met with Taiwan and South Korea business leaders and government officials exploring potential trade agreements, one of which – an agreement to buy $1.9 billion of Missouri goods over the next 4 years – has been recently announced.
At the annual symposium of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society held at Seoul, South Korea this Summer 2012, Dr. Masud Chowdhury was unanimously elected as the Future Chair of the IEEE VLSI Systems and Applications (IEEE VSA) Technical Committee (TC). Installed in October 2012 as the Chair-Elect/Secretary of IEEE VSA TC, Dr. Chowdhury will serve in this capacity for the next two years. He will then become the Chair of IEEE VSA TC in 2014. SCE congratulates Dr. Masud Chowdhury on his being selected by his IEEE peers for these critical positions. We are proud of his service to his profession and know that his students will benefit from this service. It is a great honor for UMKC and SCE that the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society selected Dr. Masud Chowdhry, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering to chair the IEEE VSA TC.
IEEE VSA TC oversees VLSI (Very Large Scale Integrated Circuits) related sessions and activities in IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s flagship conference International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) and six other IEEE conferences (MWSCAS, NEWCAS, GLSVLSI, APCCAS, LASCAS and ICECS). This committee also supervises special issues of IEEE Transactions on VLSI (TVLSI), which is the leading journal in this area.