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The NKS 2004 Conference and Minicourse will be held April 22-25, 2004, in Boston at the Westin-Waltham Hotel. NKS is short for the New Kind of Science introduced by Stephen Wolfram's 2003 book A New Kind of Science. Organizers are looking for people to organize topical sessions and present lectures and poster sessions. The standard fee for the conference is $350, for the minicourse $300. Discounts for academics, students, and retirees are available. For more information, visit



Hamid Arastoopour, Max McGraw Professor and dean of the Armour College of Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, was recently elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Arastoopour earned his bachelor's degree in gas engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology in Iran in 1973 and his master's and Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1978 respectively.


Eli Fromm, director for the Center of Educational Research and Roy A. Brothers University Professor in Drexel University's department of electrical and computer engineering, was recently elected a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Fromm also won NAE's inaugural Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education in 2002. The prize included $500,000 cash, half of which goes to the winner and the other half to his or her institution. He earned his bachelor's (in electrical engineering) and master's (in biomedical engineering with an electrical engineering emphasis) from Drexel University in 1962 and 1964, respectively. He earned a doctoral degree in physiology/bioengineering from Jefferson Medical College in 1967.



Liberal Education in 21st Century Engineering: Response to ABET/EC 2000 Criteria
Edited by David F. Ollis, Kathryn A. Neeley, and Heinz C. Luegenbiehl (all members), Peter Lang Publishing, New York, NY 2004, 351 pp.



The organizing committee for the 19th Annual National Educators' Workshop October 16-20, 2004, in Phoenix, is calling for abstracts on laboratory experiments and classroom demonstrations related to engineering science, manufacturing, materials science, and technology. Abstracts for talks related to NEW:Update 2004 themes will also be accepted. All abstracts must be received by May 1, 2004, at the following address:

National Educators' Workshop: Update 2004
School of Science and Technology
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504-8060
Attention: Jim Jacobs

For more information, visit and click on NEW:Update 2004 or E-mail


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice is looking for papers on a range of topics concerning civil engineering practice and education, including: course content, history of engineering, ethics, certification and registration, professional development, liability, teaching, and legal issues. Submit five double-spaced copies. The maximum length is 10,000 words for papers, 5,000 words for forum articles, 2,500 words for notes, and 1,250 words for discussions. Authors should consult ASCE's Author's Guide to Journals, Books and Reference Publications at Questions regarding submittals can be directed to Brian Brenner at (617) 627-3761 or



The ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Most Immediate Past President Eugene M. DeLoatch, requests member participation in nominating board officers for the 2005 ASEE elections. Officers to be nominated for society-wide positions are: President-Elect; Vice President Public Affairs; Vice President Finance; Chair PIC II; and Chair PIC III.

All nominees must be individual members or institutional member representatives of ASEE at the time of nomination and must maintain ASEE membership during their term of office. Nominating Committee members are not eligible for nomination. The slate of candidates selected by the committee will not exceed two candidates per office.

Candidates for President-Elect must be active members who have served or are serving on the Board of Directors. Candidates for Vice President, Public Affairs, are restricted to those members who have served at least two years on the Projects Board.

Candidates for Chair of the Engineering Deans Council, Chair of the Corporate Member Council, and Chair-Elect for Zone II and Zone IV will be nominated and selected by their respective councils and zones, as the ASEE Constitution stipulates.

For each proposed candidate for a societywide office, submit a biographical sketch of fewer than 400 words that documents career contributions, ASEE offices held, awards and recognitions received, and educational background. Include comments on leadership qualities, ability to cooperate with others to achieve objectives, and willingness to serve if elected. A listing of members who meet constitutional eligibility requirements for the offices of President-Elect and Vice President, Public Affairs, is available from the Executive Director's office at ASEE headquarters.

Send nominations in writing, marked confidential, by May 15. For nominations for the office of President-Elect, please include an advocacy statement. Mail nominations to Eugene M. DeLoatch, ASEE Nominating Committee, ASEE, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.



The following ASEE members were recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the NAE is among the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members' position and contribution to engineering are included after their names.

George H. Born, professor, department of aerospace engineering sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder. For contributions to satellite orbit determination and for applications of satellites to geophysics and oceanography.

Zvi Galil, dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, New York City. For contributions to the design and analysis of algorithms and for leadership in computer science and engineering.

Nicholas J. Garber, professor and chairman, civil engineering department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. For significant contributions to national and international engineering education and research in traffic operations and safety.

Richard Newton, dean, College of Engineering, University of California-Berkeley. For innovations and leadership in electronic design automation and for leadership in engineering education.

John H. Perepezko, professor, department of materials science and engineering physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. For innovations in solidification processing to obtain useful microstructured, nanostructured, and amorphous materials.

Andrew P. Sage, First American Bank Professor of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. For contributions to the theory and practice of systems engineering and systems management.

Darsh T. Wasan, vice president and Motorola Chair, department of international affairs, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. For pioneering research, inspirational teaching, and the development of novel technology in colloidal processing and interfacial rheology.


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