- 2002 ASEE Annual
Conference & Exposition
- Deans Confront
New Policy Climate
- ASEE Launches K-12
- Calls For Papers
- About People
2002 Montréal, Quèbec Palais des Congrès de Montréal
- Bell Helicopter
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Textron, a division of Textron Canada Limited (BHTC), is the world's
leading helicopter manufacturer. Mirabel's unique complex is a highly
diversified plant with advanced technology services; its final products
are some of the world's best-built helicopters. Officially inaugurated
in 1986, BHTC manufactures more than seven different models in its plant,
which occupies an area of more than 16,000 square feet on a 152-acre
- Saint Lawrence Seaway
1:15 - 4:45 p.m.
of the Seaway in April of 1959 marked the full realization of a 400-year-old
dream. In the early part of the 16th century, Jacques Cartier, the French
explorer, was turned back by the rushing waters of the Lachine Rapids,
just west of what is now Montréal, and thus denied his dream
of finding the Northwest Passage and the route to the East. At various
times during the intervening 300 years, canals were dug and locks built
around the natural barriers to navigation in the St. Lawrence River.
was spurred on by the desire to make use of the economical transport
route, which the waters of the Great Lakes Basin offered for the movement
of goods in and out of this area of the continent.
opened the North American heartland to vessels from all over the world,
which now make their way to St. Lawrence and Great Lakes ports carrying
the large quantities of finished products, manufactured iron and steel,
and general cargo imported by Canada and the United States. The almost
unlimited potential for return cargoes assembled in the inland industrial
centers adds to the attractiveness of the Great Lakes to foreign shippers.
directly across Montréal harbor lies the protecting dike of the
channel giving access to the Seaway. This channel begins just east of
the Jacques Cartier Bridge (during Seaway construction, this bridge
was literally "jacked up" some 15.2 m (50 feet) to provide
the required clearance), passes beneath the bridge, and extends for
4.8 km (3 miles) before reaching the first lock of the Seaway, the St.
Lambert Lock, located at the southern end of the Victoria Bridge. An
ingenious diversion system that includes a lift span at each end of
the lock allows the heavy rail and road traffic to proceed uninterrupted
to and from the bridge.
- IREQ: Hydro-Quèbec's Research Institute
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
innovation is an economic issue of prime importance to Hydro-Quebec.
It has a crucial impact on the efficiency of its business units and
allows it to maintain its competitive edge. In addition, some technologies
developed for Hydro-Quebec's needs offer marketing potential that
can enhance its long-term financial performance.
1:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Co., a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the industry leader in
3-D animation, 2-D cell animation, and special effects software. The
company focuses on the demand of the film and commercial/broadcast and
the flagship product offering from Softimage. This software is the industry's
first truly nonlinear animation system. XSI gives animators and digital
artists the freedom to make professional animation, visual effects,
and games. These effects are featured in motion pictures, commercials,
video games and Web sites.
- Lunch at the Sugar Shack
11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
a chance to discover Quèbec tradition at its best by joining
in a hearty French Canadian feast at La Sucrerie de la Montagne, a maple
sugar farm situated atop Mont-Rigaud amidst 40 acres of spectacular
wood and forest trails, just 45 minutes from Montréal. You will
visit this rustic site and see the authentic log cabins, the immense
wood-burning ovens in which fresh bread is baked and the sugar shack
where real maple syrup is made. Includes a horse-drawn wagon ride and
entertainment. An experience not to be forgotten!
entertainment during lunch is included.
- Bonjour Montréal City Tour
9:00 a.m. - noon
city tour, ideal for first time visitors, takes you past some of Montréal's
most important sites, including:
- Historic Old Montréal, site of Montréal's founding in
- Notre Dame Basilica (includes guided tour)
- The Olympic Park, site of the 1976 summer Olympic Games
- The "Golden Square Mile" on Sherbrooke Street with its exclusive
- Mount Royal (affording a beautiful view of the city)
- St. Joseph's Oratory (St. Joseph is the patron saint of Canada)
- The Latin Quarter, with its renovated Victorian Rowhouses & unique
staircases, restaurants, and night clubs
- Jet-Boating on Lachine Rapids
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
on the Lachine Rapids is thrilling and exciting, the perfect activity
for those who enjoy adventure! Participants will be transferred by motorcoach
to the Vieux-Port (Old Port) area of Montréal for an exciting
excursion down Lachine Rapids. It was these historic rapids that foiled
many an expedition by Montréal's first explorers and settlers.
Clothed in rubberized coveralls, hats, boots, and lifejackets, participants
are taken on specially designed turbine powered boats for a wet and
riotous adventure on the waves of the mighty St. Lawrence River. Careful
supervision is provided by experienced professionals to ensure safety
and fun for all. Everyone is sure to get wet, so a change of clothes
is strongly recommended. Lockers are available at the departure point
for storage. Truly an unforgettable experience!
Montréal: Biodome & Botanical Garden
8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Botanical Gardens, the largest in the world after Kew Gardens in London,
is a must for any visitor to Montréal. The botanical garden boasts
more than 26,000 species and varieties of plants in its 10 greenhouses
and 30 special gardens. Participants will take in a visit to the delightful
50-acre Japanese Garden, which displays the largest bonsai collection
outside Asia, and the magnificent Chinese Garden, featuring the "Dream
Lake" with the garden's fabulous display of penjing. Seven traditional
pavilions, constructed from materials imported from China, enhance this
special setting. The Botanical Garden also includes a unique orchid
collection, as well as other theme areas such as the Rose Garden, the
March & Bog Garden, the Quebéc corner, and the Monastery
Garden. The Montréal Botanical Garden is one of the top three
tourist attractions in Montréal.
Biodome, Montréal's most popular tourist attraction since opening
in 1992, provides an opportunity to explore the principal environments
of the American continents. Exceptional in all aspects, the Biodome
is an environmental museum, taking visitors on a voyage through four
different ecosystems: the tropical rain forest, the Laurentian forest,
the marine world of the St. Lawrence River Valley, and the icy polar
extremes of the Arctic and Antarctic, all covering an area of over 10,000
square meters. This unique living collection of over 200 plants and
4,200 animals, created to encourage the study and appreciation of our
global environment, is housed in the former velodrome of the 1976 Summer
- Museums À La Carte
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
unique institution is located at the site where the city was founded
and explores the history of settlement in the region, from original
artifacts and remains from various Amerindian tribes to the different
groups of European colonists. The museum also features a multimedia
show and many interactive displays.
Canada's foremost historical museum, the McCord, houses major collections
of costumes, textiles, ethnographic artifacts, photographic archives,
decorative arts, paintings, prints, and drawings, all dating from the
1700s to the present, offering a unique and invaluable insight into
the history of Montréal, Quèbec, and Canada.
of Fine Arts
Founded in 1860, the oldest art gallery in Canada, this museum is the
site of many prestigious international exhibits and houses an extensive
selection of Canadian and international art. Both the starkly modern
south wing (1991) and the neo-classical north wing (1912) offer a delightful
downtown setting for a museum visit.
of Contemporary Art
The largest museum of contemporary art in Canada, this museum houses
an important collection of works dating from 1939 to the present, featuring
international, Canadian, and Québecois artists of note. Recent
exhibits include painter Attila Richard Lukacs, photographer Robert
Doisneau, and installation artist Judy Chicago.
- Antique Mini-Course, Shopping & Lunch on Historic Notre Dame Street
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
a chance to discover Montréal's antique wealthan eclectic
treasure chest of decent to good quality collectable memorabilia and
fascinating junk! This visit will focus on one of Montréal's
main antiquing neighborhoods on Notre Dame Ouest, one of the oldest
streets in Montréal.
the original 'Chemin du Roi.' Shopping on Notre Dame requires time,
but visitors will get a sampling of these shops that have produced some
of the most priceless finds in recent times.
enjoy a half-hour overview course at Antiquities JPS on the various
styles of antiques, from Louis XIV to Queen Anne to Classic American.
You will be given pointers on what to look for when purchasing antiques
so that you'll know you are getting the real thing!
the course, guests will be given an hour and a half to explore Notre
Dame Streeta veritable shopping mall of antique shops. A continuous
shuttle will transport guests between the two main concentrations of
stores along the street. There will be no guide during the free time.
will be served at a quaint restaurant in the heart of this antique area.
Guests will have a chance to compare purchases and discuss their favorite
- Bateau Mouche Cruise
1:15 - 4:00 p.m.
glass enclosed boats called The Bateau Mouche, modeled after the boats
of the same name that cruise the river Seine in Paris, afford an unparalleled
view of Montréal and its environs. Thanks to its low draft and
turbine engines, the Bateau Mouche can navigate waters that are inaccessible
to conventional watercraft. The Bateau Mouche is equipped with air conditioning
and heating for passenger comfort on all cruises.
By Eric Iverson
of war and recession took center stage at the recent EDC Public Policy
Colloquium in Washington, D.C., attended by 120 engineering deans from
44 states. Speakers from federal agencies, Capitol Hill, and the media
outlined the changes that September 11 and a shaky economy have had
on the engineering community. R&D funding, international student
visas, international traffic in arms regulations, and career pathways
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics were just some
of the topics on the agenda the first day of the colloquium, held at
the National Academy of Sciences. On day two, deans fanned out on Capitol
Hill in groups to discuss these and other issues with members of Congress
from their home states.
the panelists, William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering,
described how the National Academies have responded. They have mobilized
in a number of ways, he said, including producing technical analyses
more quickly, assessing homeland vulnerabilities, and collaborating
internationally on counterterrorism strategies. National Science Foundation
director Rita Colwell spoke about her agency's high-profile policy
successes and contributions. Anthony Tether, director of the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency, described the important role that
DARPA has played in bringing together the academic and military S&T
communities. He also noted the many new resources the agency has developed
for national defense over the last 30 years. Associate director for
the Office of Management Budget Marcus Peacock presented the administration's
plans for R&D funding in fiscal year 2003. Other panelists described
progress made at the new National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
Bioengineering, ways to encourage more students to pursue science and
engineering studies in college, and the environment for science and
technology at the State Department.
Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) delivered the keynote speech, after which EDC chair
Carl Locke presented him with an award for his outstanding contributions
to national science and engineering public policy. Terry King, dean
of engineering at Kansas State University, joined Locke in making the
presentation. In his speech, Roberts talked about the need for federal,
state, and local authorities to coordinate their efforts to make the
best use of the technologies available to them in protecting the U.S.
homeland against terrorist attacks. Leap-ahead technology,
he said, would provide the difference for the United States in
the war against terrorism, as it has in past wars. He also encouraged
members of the engineering community to contribute their expertise to
strengthening the technology infrastructure of their home states and
the country at large. Investment and support in this area can return
great dividends, he said.
At a Capitol
Hill reception, Representative Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) thanked the deans
for coming to Washington to educate other members of Congress about
the importance of engineering education and research to the nation.
House Science Committee chair Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), Representative
Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), and NSF's Colwell also made remarks at
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As a high
school student, Robert Vieth remembers his teachers spending very little
time talking about engineering. It's one of the reasons that he
created the Da Vinci Project in the engineering school at the University
of Connecticut. The idea is that math and science teachers (grades 7-12),
guidance counselors, and district administrators can spend a week during
the summer on Connecticut's campus learning about engineering.
who participate in the Da Vinci program are exposed to every aspect
of engineering. They attend lectures, visit engineering labs, and conduct
research with the faculty. Our goal is to get teachers talking
about engineering in the classroom and to get them comfortable with
discussing engineering as a career choice, says project director
participants also receive a free ASEE membership for one year, including
a subscription to Prism magazine. The feedback from teachers is
that they use Prism magazine and it's one of the really good benefits,
50 people will attend the Da Vinci Project this summer, up from 13 during
its inaugural program three years ago. Future plans include creating
a virtual education community on the Web as well as enlisting engineering
Ph.D. candidates to visit high schools.
launched a new program to expose more K-12 educators to engineering,
and for the first time is offering ASEE membership to anyone in the
K-12 community for $35, half the usual membership price. To learn more
about ASEE membership visit www.asee.org.
information on the Di Vinci Project please visit www.engr.uconn.edu/davinci/.
National Educators' Workshop (NEW) has issued a call
for experiments and classroom demonstrations on engineering, materials
science, physics, chemistry, and technology for the NEW: Update 2002
workshop. NEW: Update 2002 will be held October 13-16 in San Jose, Calif.,
and will include experiments and demonstrations for use in materials
lab courses in addition to a presentation on topics in emerging technology.
Abstracts should be a one-page summary of an experiment or demonstration
and are due by April 22. Information on the equipment required for an
experiment or demonstration must be included. Abstracts should be sent
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International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies
in Education (ICTE 2002) will be held in Badajoz, Spain, November
20-23. Abstracts for the conference will be accepted until May 30. General
issues covered by the conference include e-learning in the information
society and quality assessment in open and distance education, as well
as education and globalization. The focus of the conference will be
on technological, pedagogical, networking, and community building innovation.
For more information visit www.formatex.org/icte2002.html.
10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 10)
will be held April 14-18 in Arlington, Va. The annual conference, sponsored
by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Japan Society
of Mechanical Engineers, will be a focal point for discussions about
nuclear technology, particularly as it pertains to electric power plants.
The conference will include hundreds of technical papers, panel discussions,
and keynote and plenary sessions under the theme, Nuclear EnergyEngineering
Today the Power for Tomorrow. Conference tracks will cover plant
operations and maintenance, license renewal, decommissioning and decontamination,
the nuclear fuel cycle, in addition to spent fuel and radwaste management
among many other topics. Visit www.asme.org/icone10
for more details.
University sponsored Ethics and Society Responsibility in Engineering
Technology conference will be held in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,
on May 23-24. The conference will examine the directions of technological
change and growth as well as potential new ethical issues and conflicts
related to evolving technologies. The conference also will focus on
establishing a dialogue between academia and industry on ethics education
in the engineering profession as well as exploring the foundations of
principle-based ethical systems. Conference speakers include ASEE President
Jerry Jakubowski. For registration and information visit www.gonzaga.edu/continuingeducation/registerengethics.
2002 Conference on Information Technology (2002 CIT) will take place
in Long Beach, Calif., on November 17-20. The four-day event will include
over 600 sessions facilitated by more than 1,000 leading practitioners
representing hundreds of colleges, universities, and corporate partners
from around the world. Administrators, faculty, and staff who care about
exploring and expanding the use of information technology to improve
all aspects of the educational enterprise are encouraged to attend.Visit
for more information.
Society of Manufacturing Engineering's (SME) 2002 Annual Meeting
will take place in Dallas, Texas, from May 28 to June 2. With a focus
on workforce development, the 2002 SME Annual Meeting will include riveting
speakers, networking opportunities and leadership and technical programs
and will provide the latest manufacturing perspectives from around the
globe. For more information go to www.sme.org.
the College of Engineering and vice president for information technology
at the University of Miami, M. Lewis Temares has been named one
of the business world's Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld
magazine. Now in its third year, the Premier 100 IT Leader award recognizes
Temares for his exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches
to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT
strategies. Temares has been at the University of Miami since 1980 and
has served as vice president for information technology for 10 years
and dean of the College of Engineering for eight years.
Institute of Technology has named Don P. Giddens as dean of The
College of Engineering. Giddens began working at Georgia Tech in 1968
and served as a faculty member and administrator for almost 25 years.
In 1992, Gidden left to become dean of the Whiting School of Engineering
at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Georgia Tech in 1997 to
help establish the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Giddens was named chair of the
joint department in 1997 which now ranks among the top bioengineering
programs in the country.