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  • 2002 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Deans Confront New Policy Climate
  • ASEE Launches K-12 Membership Drive
  • Calls For Papers
  • Conferences
  • About People



2002 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

June 16-19, 2002 Montréal, Quèbec Palais des Congrès de Montréal

Professional Tours

Tuesday, June 18

8201 - Bell Helicopter
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bell Helicopter 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 site.

8202 - Saint Lawrence Seaway
1:15 - 4:45 p.m.

The opening 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.

This activity 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.

The Seaway 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.

Almost 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.

Wednesday, June 19

8301 - IREQ: Hydro-Quèbec's Research Institute
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Technological 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.

8302 - Softimage
1:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Softimage 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 games/interactive industries.

XSI is 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.

Family Tours

Sunday, June 16

9001 - Lunch at the Sugar Shack
11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Here is 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!

Live musical entertainment during lunch is included.

Monday, June 17

9101 - Bonjour Montréal City Tour
9:00 a.m. - noon

This half-day 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 1642
- 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 residential and
commercial buildings
- 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 outdoor
staircases, restaurants, and night clubs

9102 - Jet-Boating on Lachine Rapids
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Jet-boating 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!

Tuesday, June 18

Green Montréal: Biodome & Botanical Garden
8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Montréal 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.

The 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 Olympic Games.

9202 - Museums À La Carte
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Pointe-a-Callieres Museum
This 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.

McCord Museum
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.

Museum 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.

Museum 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.

Wednesday, June 19

9301 - Antique Mini-Course, Shopping & Lunch on Historic Notre Dame Street
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Here is a chance to discover Montréal's antique wealth—an 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.

This was 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.

You will 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!

After the course, guests will be given an hour and a half to explore Notre Dame Street—a 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.

Lunch 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 "dream" pieces.

9302 - Bateau Mouche Cruise
1:15 - 4:00 p.m.

The completely 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.

Deans Confront New Policy Climate

- By Eric Iverson

The realities 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.

Among 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.

Senator 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 the reception.

Eric Iversen is a public affairs officer at ASEE.
He can be reached at

ASEE Launches K-12 Membership Drive

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.

Those 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 Vieth.

Da Vinci 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,” says Vieth.

More than 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.

ASEE has 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

For more information on the Di Vinci Project please visit

Calls For Papers

The 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 to:

School of Science and Technology
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504-8060
Attention: Jim Jacobs

For more information visit or e-mail

The 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


The 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 Energy—Engineering 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 for more details.

The Gonzaga 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

The 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.

The 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

About People

Dean of 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.

The Georgia 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.