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ISEA Australian chapter, Sports Engineering accreditation and other news

posted 12 Mar 2012, 15:56 by Dan James
From the ISEA president,

Dear ISEA Members:

I wanted to take a moment to reach out and give everyone a quick update on some of the things happening in the ISEA.

In order to get a better understanding of our membership, a survey was organized by David James, and was distributed among the members. A lot of the initiatives that follow are in response to the insights gained from the survey.

The ISEA has entered the age of social media. We now have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. I encourage everyone to check them out, “like” us, “follow” us and contribute content.!Isportsengineer

As I write this, the 2nd ISEA Winter School is coming to a successful conclusion. Organized by Nicola Petrone and Stephan Odenwald, The Winter School is becoming very popular. This year, there were many more applications than there was space available. If you’d like to check out what happened there, visit their Facebook page:

Turning to a more traditional information sharing medium, Sports Engineering, the ISEA Journal, is ahead on the publication schedule and is on track to apply for ISI rating late this year. In order to ensure the continued success of Sports Engineering, the ISEA have added an Assistant Editor position to assist the Editor in Chief. Dr. Tom Allen, Dr. Simon Choppin of Sheffield Hallam University will be sharing this appointment. Professor Martin Strangwood remains in the role of Editor in Chief.

In the “think locally – act globally” mindset, Dan James has formed Sports Engineering Australia, an Australian chapter of the ISEA. The founding of this chapter recognizes the growth of sports engineering in Australia. Please contact Dan directly if you would like more information.

Over the years, various sports engineering and sports technology degree programs have requested that the ISEA accredit their programs. At the recent Executive Committee meeting, a new subcommittee was launched to investigate whether it is feasible for the ISEA to accredit programs, and if so, to develop a plan for an accreditation process. That sub-committee consists of Tino Fuss, Dan James and David James.

Finally, I am of course looking forward to seeing everyone at the ISEA conference in Lowell. Patrick Drane and his team have been hard at work organizing the event, and it looks to be shaping up quite nicely. Stay tuned to the conference website and e-mail list for updates on the program.

Speaking of conferences, the EC is currently evaluating some exceptional proposals from prospective hosts for the 2014 conference. As is tradition, the venue for 2014 conference will be announced at the 2012 conference in Lowell.

While a few of the executive committee were mentioned specifically above, I do want to acknowledge the contribution by all members, without which none of these initiatives would have the momentum that they do now.


Kim B. Blair President, ISEA