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Estell named ABET commissioner

John K. Estell, Ph.D., professor of computer science and computer engineering, has been named a member of the 2013-2014 ABET Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) board of directors executive committee.

Estell has been serving as a CAC program evaluator and as a program evaluator in the Engineering Accreditation Commission for the past three years.

As an ABET commissioner, Estell will serve as a team chair for program evaluation site visits, supervise program evaluators and serve as a contact point for visited academic programs during the 2013-2014 accreditation cycle. In addition, he will participate in meeting institutional representatives and voting on accreditation actions during the annual ABET summer commission meeting.

Founded in 1932, ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession. ABET accreditation is considered a global benchmark in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology in higher education. Currently, ABET accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide. Each year, over 2,000 volunteers from 31 member societies contribute to ABET's goals of leadership and quality assurance serving as program evaluators, committee and council members, commissioners, and members of the board of directors.