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America calls for Teesside Professor

31 August 2000 @TeessideUni


A Teesside Professor has been asked to cross 'the pond' to chair the Computer Society International Design Competition in America.

Professor Alan Clements from the University of Teesside's highly-rated School of Computing & Mathematics will chair the executive committee of the competition which is organised by the American based Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.

The competition, open to undergraduate computing students, attracts global entries from Russia to Hong Kong and Poland to Taiwan. The aim is for the students to design an appliance aimed at improving public health care, and with prize money of almost £20,000 the competition is fierce.

Professor Clements, who lives in Acklam, Middlesbrough, said: "I'm honoured to be asked to chair this competition. I'm in the company of a judging panel comprising world famous computer and engineering academics and experts. The competition attracts high calibre entrants from around the world and is unique in that the students actually design a prototype that is significant to everyday life. For example this year's winners designed and implemented a portable compact heart-monitoring device, which has every chance of going into production. The students are using the technology of tomorrow to solve problems of today."