Dr. James Conrad, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected as the 2022 President of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) honor society. IEEE-HKN promotes excellence in the profession and in education with ideals of Scholarship, Character and Attitude. Dr. Conrad is currently serving as the 2020 IEEE-USA President.
James Conrad has spent an equal amount of time working in industry and academia. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a professor at the UNC Charlotte and Associate Department Chair. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has worked for IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and two start-up companies.
He teaches and conducts research in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, artificial intelligence, and engineering education. He has published eight books in the field of embedded systems and robotics. Dr. Conrad also serves IEEE as an ABET Program Evaluator, and serves the community on the Board of Directors for FIRST North Carolina, the state organization supporting the FIRST Robotics program.