PRISM Magazine Online - April 2000
ASEE Today
International News


    INTERTECH 2000, United States
    The 6th InterAmerican Conference on Engineering and Technology Education (INTERTECH 2000) will be held in Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A. on June 14-16. This conference will provide attendees with opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world. For more information, see:

    ICEE 2000, Taiwan
    On August 14-18, the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2000) will be held in Taipei and Tainan, Taiwan. Conference session topics will include multimedia teaching tools, global engineering practice, integration of basic sciences, and distance learning. See: for more details.

Call for Papers

    IACEE 2001, Canada
    The 8th World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education, to be held May 12-16, 2001 in Toronto, has issued a call for papers. Abstracts should be in English and be sent before May 30, 2000.  Abstract topics include: knowledge management, changing needs of industry, and quality issues in continuing engineering education. To view more topics and submission details, see:


    Fulbright Scholar Program
    The Fulbright Scholar Program's annual competition opened March 1 for lecturing and research grants in more than 130 countries. These awards are available for lecture opportunities in Europe, Canada, Russia, and Asia. For more information, see:

To submit items for International News, please send information at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to: ASEE Today, fax (202) 265-8504; e-mail: To read about all events listed, see the ASEE Web site at:

About People

Timothy A. Barbari is the new chair of the department of chemical engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Peter Z. Bulkeley, was named president-elect of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for 2000.

Deran Hanesian Deran Hanesian, has received the Board of Overseers Public and Institute Service Award for 1999 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Jo W. Howze

Dimitris C. Lagoudas


Jo W. Howze, professor of electrical engineering, and Dimitris C. Lagoudas, professor of aerospace engineering, have been appointed to Ford Motor Company professorships at Texas A&M University.


Michael PhangMichael K. Phang, has been appointed associate dean of engineering at the University of Miami.

Robert Simoneau 

Robert J. Simoneau has been named director of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Penn State Behrend.


Charles W. Steger 

Charles W. Steger is the new president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.




    Ralph W. Kluge, an ASEE member and civil engineering professor, died last June. Kluge had
    served as chair of the civil engineering department at the University of Florida and on the civil engineering faculty at Purdue and Illinois.

    Robert G. Quinn, an ASEE member and engineering professor, died February 1. Quinn was the Francis C. Powell Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University, and received many awards for his work in restructuring engineering curriculum, including the ABET Inaugural Award for Educational Innovation.

Call for Papers

ASEE divisions, sections, and publications are welcome to publish calls for academic papers in Prism. Please submit your calls at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication and try to keep them under 200 words. All calls will also be published on ASEE's home page. Send submissions to: ASEE Today, fax (202) 265-8504; e-mail:

The 2001 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) has issued a call for papers with topics that reflect the theme, "2001 Odyssey: Industry & Education Engineering the Future." If you have an idea, or abstract, for a session, workshop, or paper, please forward it by April 21, 2000, to: Maureen Barcic, Director, Cooperative Education Program, University of Pittsburgh, B-80 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; (412) 624-9882; fax (412) 624-2827; e-mail: See:, for more details.

The North Midwest Section is seeking abstracts pertaining to emerging and vital aspects of teaching and learning in engineering education for the 21st century. Topical themes include student- centered learning, international education, and design education.  An intent to submit a paper, and submission of papers, should be sent by June, 2000. Send an e-mail letter of interest, or fax your proposed title, author(s), and contact information for the lead author to Frank Kulacki at e-mail: See: for more details.

The Engineering Design Graphics Division invites papers for their 55th Annual Midyear Meeting, to be held on January 6-9, 2001, in San Antonio, Texas.  The theme of the meeting is "Engineering Graphics Education for the New Millennium." Abstracts of approximately 300 words are due on August 1, 2000.  Final papers will be due October 1, 2000.  Mail abstracts to: Ronald E. Barr, Mechanical Engineering Department,  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712; fax (512) 471-7683; e-mail:

The Energy Conversion and Conservation Division seeks papers on all division-related subjects for the 2001  ASEE Annual Conference. Topics of interest include energy curricula, student projects, and the impact of changing technology. A technical session, entitled "New Ideas for Old Courses," will target innovative teaching strategies for traditional energy-based courses.  Submission dates will be posted on the ASEE Conferences Web page,  as soon as they are available.

National Science Foundation Workshops

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be sponsoring an interdisciplinary workshop with the theme "Partnerships," for faculty in engineering and mathematics. It will be held at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, from June 5-10. For more details, please see

    NSF will also be sponsoring a workshop with the theme, "Applied Statistics/Quality Control," from July 17-18. Faculty in applied statistics, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and quality control are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is limited; the cost is $100 before April 30, and $150 after May 1. You may send for a detailed information packet by providing your name, institution, and phone number, by e-mail to Professor Ron Garrett at  garrettr@gvsu.du , or by calling (616) 771-6758.

Division News

    Looking for a Few Good Engineers...

    Are you looking to expand your knowledge in different areas of engineering? Perhaps expand your horizons beyond your field of expertise? ASEE has 44 different divisions to choose from; here is a brief description of three, which might pique your interest.

    The Engineering and Public Policy Division focuses on the relationships between technology, industry, and government. It explores the components of policy issues as it pertains to faculty, students, and professionals. This is a perfect division to join if you want to know more about the people and policies behind your research grants. Yearly dues are $4.

    The International Division works toward the promotion of international exchanges of knowledge in engineering activities. It publishes a newsletter that provides details on how to become active in the international arena. If you want to learn about engineering in other parts of the world, this may be the division for you. Annual dues are $5.

     If physics has always been of great interest to you, then perhaps you should join the Physics and Engineering Physics Division. This division is committed to providing opportunities for educators to exchange ideas on physics and engineering physics, and is for teachers of all age groups. Annual dues are $2.

If you would like more information about joining one of these divisions, please contact the Membership Department at (202) 331-3520, or e-mail at:

Books By Members

    Applied Fluid Mechanics (5th edit.). By Robert L. Mott. Prentice Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 2000, 597 pp., $83.33.

    Diffusion Models of Environmental Transport. By Danny D. Reible and Bruce Choy. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL; 1999, 208 pp., $69.95.

    Using the MCS-51 Microcontroller. By Han-Way Huang. Oxford University Press, Inc., New York; 2000, 544 pp., $59.95.

    Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures. By John Barsom and Stanley Rolfe.  Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA; 2000, 548 pp., $89.95.

    Software for Emission Rate Modeling of Accidental Toxic Releases. By Ashok Kumar and Sumant Vashisth. American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Annapolis, MD; 1999, $125.

    High Performance Aerated Lagoon Systems. By Linvil Rich. American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Annapolis, MD; 1999, $99.95.

2000 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

2000 ASEE Annual Conference & ExpositionThe 2000 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition features many  exciting and educational tours for both our conference attendees and their families.   Listed below are brief descriptions of both the professional and family tours.

Make your plans now, tour space is limited! Reservations will be accepted in the order that they are received. June 1 is the deadline for advance registration. Tour prices include round-trip transportation, with the exception of the Laclede Gas Building tour, which is within walking distance of the America's Center. Tickets purchased after June 1 are subject to space availability. A $5 surcharge will be added to each ticket purchased on site.

Requests to cancel tour reservations must be made in writing to Galaxy Registration and received by June 1 to receive a refund. No refunds or changes will be made after that date.  All tours leave from the Washington Avenue entrance of the America's Center unless otherwise noted.


Laclede Gas Building
Monday, June 19
720 Olive Street
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$15 per person
Limited to 30 participants
Attendees meet at 720 Olive Street, 10:20 a.m.

    Tour a total energy plant located in the heart of downtown St. Louis.  The Laclede Gas Building is a stand-alone power plant capable of producing up to 4,300 kW of electric power. The engine-generator sets are equipped with heat-recovery steam generators, which supply low-pressure steam for heating, domestic hot water, and for chilled water. The plant includes both absorption and engine-driven chillers and houses the main offices of Laclede Gas Company, the largest gas distribution utility in Missouri. Included in the tour will be an update by Sterling Properties and Laclede Gas on the latest in on-site power generation and distributed generation.

Tour of Boeing's Composites Center
Tuesday, June 20
8:30 a.m-11:30 a.m.
$15 per person
Limited to 25 participants

    The Composites Center opened in 1982 and has more than 300,000 square feet of shop space and more than 100,000 square feet of clean room floor space. Various operations are conducted within the Composites Center, including ply cutting, hand lay-up, autoclave cure, and automated fiber placement. The center produces more than 50,000 pounds of composites annually.

    Only U.S. citizens will be allowed to participate in this tour.  Attendees must pre-register for the tour along with their pre-registration for the conference. Also, they must provide their Social Security Number for their visitor's badge.

Tour of Ford Motor's St. Louis Assembly Plant2000 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Tuesday, June 20
8:30-11:30 a.m.
$15 per person
Limited to 47 participants

    Take a walking tour of the Ford Motor Assembly Plant, which produces tens of thousands of units per year of one of the most popular sport utility vehicles on the market, the Ford Explorer.  No sandals, shorts, or skirts allowed. Children under 13 will not be allowed.

Tour of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Tuesday, June 20
8:30-11:30 a.m.
$15 per person
Limited to 47 participants.

    Explore the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, which provide convenient river transportation along the Mississippi River for farm products, coal, and other goods. The new structure weighs more than 1.7 million tons and has almost 30 times more concrete and 10 times more steel than the Gateway Arch.


Meet Me In St. Louis!
Monday, June 19
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m
$60 per person
Includes: Gateway Arch with tram, tour of New Cathedral, lunch at Bevo Mill, and tour of Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

    Trace the history of St. Louis beginning with Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair and one of the largest city parks in the Today, Forest Park houses the world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Science Center, the History Museum, and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions.

    Our next stop is the St. Louis Cathedral, where you will see the largest collection of mosaics in the world --more than 84,000 square feet in 8,000 shades of glass!

    Next we are off to the nation's tallest monument: the Gateway Arch. The Arch commemorates the westward migration of thousands of 19th century pioneers; you may take a tram to the observation deck to enjoy the 30-mile panoramic view.

    We will be having lunch at the Bevo Mill, built by August A. Busch.  The restaurant was designed and built with the Old World in mind, and was Mr. Busch's private dining room for many years.

    After lunch we will take a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, headquarters of the world's largest brewer. The brewery is a complex of more than 71 red brick structures on 100 acres. The buildings are known for their unique architecture and several are National Historic Landmarks. During the tour, you will see the world famous Clydesdales, the brew house, the fermentation building, the packaging plant, and a video about the brewing process. No visit would be complete without a stop in the hospitality room to sample the family of Busch products.

Missouri Wine Country 2000 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Tuesday, June 20
8:30 a.m.­2:30 p.m.
$50 per person
Includes tours of two vineyards, lunch, and opportunities to sample wine.

    The rolling hills and breathtaking vistas of Augusta await you!  Your tour guide will familiarize you with the past and present of Missouri winemaking during the drive. Wine production has been a part of Missouri's heritage since the mid-1800s, and at the turn of the century, Missouri ranked second in the nation in wine production.

    You will visit the award-winning Mount Pleasant Winery, overlooking the Missouri River bottoms, and tour the historic underground limestone cellars. Next, we will enjoy a family-style lunch at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, located in the heart of quaint Augusta. Built in 1861, this is one of the oldest churches west of the Mississippi.

    After lunch, we will visit the Blumenhof Winery, where German heritage is abundant and friendly and relaxing ambiance invites you to stop and smell the flowers!

    There will be wine tastings at both vineyards.

Missouri Botanical Garden & Grant's Farm
Wednesday, June 21
8:30 a.m.­2:30 p.m
$60 per person
Includes Missouri Botanical Garden with tram, seated luncheon at 9th Street Abbey, Grant's Farm.

    2000 ASEE Annual Conference & ExpositionCelebrate the first day of summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden! Founded in 1859, it is the oldest botanical garden in the country. You will take a 20-minute narrated tram ride and then explore the 79-acre garden, which boasts flora climates as diverse as tropical rainforests to the driest deserts. Visit the Climatron, the first geodesic dome greenhouse based on Buckminster Fuller's futuristic design; the woodland garden; or the Rose Garden. Included is a visit to the 14-acre Japanese Garden, considered one of the finest outside Japan. There will be time to visit the unique Garden Gate Shop where you will find exquisite ceramics, exotic and unique gifts, plants, pots, and a large collection of gardening books.

    After the botanical garden you will see the character of St. Louis through three of its most historic neighborhoods Compton Heights, Lafayette Square, and Soulard. The newly wealthy German beer barons developed Compton Heights in the late nineteenth century. The Lafayette Square area features renovated Victorian mansions and row houses surrounding the oldest public park west of the Mississippi.  Soulard is a delightful, old working-class neighborhood, which boasts the oldest continuous farmer's market west of the Mississippi.

    Lunch continues your visit into St. Louis history with a seated luncheon at the 9th Street Abbey, a renovated church dating to the 1880s, in the heart of Soulard. After lunch you will visit another St.Louis landmark, Grant's Farm. Your adventure begins at Grant Station where you will board a tram for a tour that winds through Deer Park, a game preserve where you may see antelope, buffalo, and other animals in a natural 160-acre habitat. You will pass Grant's Cabin, the log home built by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States.

    The tram stops at the Tier Garden, where you may see elephant and bird shows. Then stroll to the historic Bauernhof built just after the turn of the century. Here you may have refreshments, sample a Busch product, and see elegant stables, and one of the largest carriage collections. You depart aboard the tram to visit the Clydesdale stallion barn which completes your visit.