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- By Michael Sanoff, ASEE Today section editor/writer

TALREJABWRamesh R. Talreja has been appointed the new head of the aerospace engineering department in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Talreja also will hold the Tenneco Endowed Professorship in Engineering and head the aerospace engineering division of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the state's engineering research agency. Before coming to Texas A&M, Talreja was a professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

DEVRIESThis past September, University of Utah professor of engineering K. Lawrence DeVris received the American Society For Testing and Materials (ASTM) Person of the Year-Adhesives Age 2001 Award for outstanding work in the field of adhesives. DeVries currently serves as chairman of Subcommittee D14.04 on Terminology at ASTM. DeVries has been a faculty member at the University of Utah for more than 35 years, during which time he has been department chair, senior associate dean, and acting dean.

CALHOUN3ASEE Fellow and former president John D. Calhoun received Texas A&M's Engineering Program Lifetime Achievement Award on October 5. As Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Engineering and Deputy Chancellor for Engineering Emeritus, Calhoun held a number of positions while at Texas A&M including dean of engineering, dean of geosciences, and vice president for academic affairs. Calhoun was instrumental in building programs for the engineering college, the university, and the A&M system. His efforts led to Texas A&M's designation as the state's sea grant college and as a space grantee.

MIDDLETONBWColorado School of Mines has appointed Nigel T. Middleton as the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Middleton joined the Engineering Division in 1990 and served for more than five years as assistant division director. Since June 1996, Middleton has served as associate vice president for academic affairs.

2002 ASEE Section Meetings

ASEE Section meetings have been scheduled through fall 2002. These meetings are excellent opportunities to network with other engineering educators in your area and to discover new engineering technology. All members are encouraged to attend.

Zone I

Zone 1 Meeting,
New England, St. Lawrence, Middle Atlantic sections

April 5-6, 2002
United State Military Academy
West Point, New York
Theme: Celebrating 200 Years of Engineering Education
Contact: Col. Wayne Whiteman
Tel: (845) 938-2600

Zone 2

Illinois-Indiana Section
March 28-29, 2002
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois
Theme: Engineering Education in a Changing Economy
Contact: William Oakes

North Central Section
April 5-6, 2002
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan
Contact: Subra Ganesan

Southeast Section
April 7-9, 2002
University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida
Theme: Teaching Problem Solving
Contact: Peter Hoadley

Zone 3

Gulf Southwest Section
March 28-30, 2002
LaFayette, Louisiana
Contact: Terrence Chambers

Midwest Section
September 11-13, 2002
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Contact: Roger G. Harrison
Tel: (405) 325-4367

Zone 4

Pacific Northwest Section
To Be Determined
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
Contact: Michael Driscoll

Pacific Southwest Section
March 21-22, 2002
California State University Fresno
Fresno, California
Contact: Walter Loscutoff

North Midwest Section
October 10-12, 2002
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Theme: “Technology Enhanced Learning”
Contact: Sandra Courter
Tel: (608) 265-9767

Rocky Mountain Section
April 5-6, 2002
University of Southern Colorado
Pueblo, Colorado
Contact: Jane Fraser

Presented on the following pages are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2002 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2001 ASEE Nominating Committee chaired by John Weese; the nominations were received by the executive director as required by the constitution. The ASEE Nominating Committee believes that the candidates offered here are eminently qualified and deserve the close consideration of the membership.

Members are reminded that additional nominations of eligible candidates may be made by petitions of at least 200 individual members. Nominees so proposed must indicate a willingness to serve before their names are placed on the ballot. Such petitions and agreements must be presented to the executive director no later than January 1, 2002.

Write-in votes will be accepted for all offices. In all cases, a simple plurality constitutes election. The official ballot, which will be furnished to each individual member by March 1, must be returned by March 31.

Editors' note: Due to space limitations and in the interest of fairness to all candidates, the biographies and statements have been edited to fit the allotted space. For the uncut biographies and statements, please see our Web site at:


DUANE ABATA (GRAY)Duane L. Abata is currently employed as a program director in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is on temporary leave from Michigan Technological University where he is on the teaching faculty as a professor in the department of mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics. Over the years, Abata has served in several administrative capacities including dean of engineering, associate dean for research, and department head. Abata holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been recognized for distinguished teaching with numerous awards from students and faculty and from the state of Michigan. He is a member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence. Abata maintains an active research program in propulsion systems as director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Propulsion. During the past eight years, he has founded two high-tech companies, serving as CEO for one. Abata is a member of the ABET Board of Reviewers.

Abata has been active in ASEE through several divisions and with the North Midwest Section. Abata served on the Board of Directors from 1998 through 2000 as chair of Professional Interest Council IV. While on the board, he introduced and supported representation of student sections. During his board tenure, he took a leadership role in forming the first entrepreneurial constituent committee that is now a division. Abata is currently involved with strengthening the international outreach of ASEE by developing stronger relationships with such organizations as the European Society for Engineering Education and the International Society for Engineering Education.

Candidate's Statement
It is an honor to be nominated for President of ASEE. As president, I would work toward improving the society through the following goals: increase the visibility of ASEE at the federal and state levels; foster and establish ties between ASEE and leaders of major corporations; increase individual and institutional membership to further strengthen ASEE's working base; increase rank and file participation on the board to improve communication between the constituency and administrative structure; and foster and strengthen ties with engineering education societies of internationality.

ASEE is the premier society for engineering education covering all areas of engineering. Federal agencies, key congressional representatives, and regulatory bodies must be aware of its existence and purpose. Visibility of ASEE at these levels is essential for its health and growth. One of my goals is to establish this visibility where it might be lacking, maintaining a strong and accurate profile of the society. This same message holds for industry. Without question, engineering education is paramount to industrial existence and growth. It follows that a strong relationship with industry is not only important but essential. Liaison and representation at the highest levels of major corporations should be interwoven with our mission to encourage effectiveness in engineering education programs across the spectrum of engineering disciplines.

A continuous challenge for ASEE is to increase membership to the point where the society is truly representative of our profession across all disciplines of engineering throughout the country. There are two levels to this challenge: first, to improve institutional participation, and second, to increase the number and diversity of individual members. Institutional membership is vital; a commitment from the college or university unit as a whole constitutes support for faculty at that university, encouraging them to join the ranks of ASEE and contribute to its mission and functions. It is important that the president of this society use leadership to strengthen these numbers with awareness, visibility, and communication to all involved.

As I count the number of board members that are involved in administrative roles versus those in rank and file faculty positions at their respective universities, I am not surprised to find that the former outnumbers the latter. Although I have continually been impressed with the overall perspective and position of the society on controversial issues, we need to encourage more rank and file faculty into board and other leadership positions. I feel that the board must be representative of all involved with engineering education and must present diverse viewpoints and opinions to provide solid and viable leadership.

It is no surprise that engineering education is a worldwide mission, existing and practiced with vigor and respect in every culture. Yet Americans still remain isolationists in this time-honored profession. The phenomenon of industrial globalization in the 1990s has yet to be paralleled by engineering education. Recent changes in accreditation have greatly reduced those barriers that might have prohibited the import of creative educational techniques of other lands. It is timely to encourage cooperation with our international colleagues.

My experience throughout my years as an active contributing member of ASEE, particularly when I served on the board, has been rewarding. I have found that the people of ASEE, both constituency and professional staff, are fine and productive people who share the common goal of improving engineering education. The positive attitude and stance of board members, the willingness to cooperate in open and frank discussions, and the leadership of individual components of the board were evident at every function. It would be an incredible honor to serve as your president in this premier society.

NICK ALTIERO (GRAY)Nicholas J. Altiero is dean of the school of engineering at Tulane University. He received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1969), with a M.S.E. in aerospace engineering (1970), an M.A. in mathematics (1971), and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering (1974) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Following postdoctoral experiences at the University of Michigan and at the U.S. Bureau of Mines Twin Cities Mining Research Center, he joined the materials science and mechanics department at Michigan State University in 1975. At Michigan State, he rose through the faculty ranks to the position of professor in 1986 and was named the associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Engineering in 1990, where he had administrative responsibility for the research, technology transfer, graduate studies, and distance education operations of the college. In January 1998, he was appointed the chair of the Department of Materials Science and Mechanics and served in that position until June 2000. He is currently a professor and chair emeritus at Michigan State University and dean of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University.

Altiero has held visiting positions at the Polytechnic University of Milan as a Fulbright Research Scholar and at the Technical University of Aachen as a von Humboldt Scholar. He has published more than 30 articles in the areas of computational mechanics, fracture mechanics, geomechanics, and biomechanics and has received external funding for research, teaching, and outreach projects from NASA, NSF, CDC, Ameritech, Consumer's Power, Edward Lowe Foundation, Ford Motor, Garrett Turbine Engine, General Dynamics, General Electric Foundation, General Motors, Industrial Technology Institute, and the Michigan Department of Commerce. He has taught a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including large service courses in statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials. In 1991, he received the state of Michigan's Teaching Excellence Award.

Altiero is a member of the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Society for Boundary Elements, the Society of Engineering Science, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Research Council since 1994 and currently serves as its chair. He serves on the Board of Directors of ASEE as Chair, Engineering Research Council, and Vice President for Institutional Councils.

Candidates Statement
I am honored to be a candidate for the position of president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education. It is my firm belief that the strength of ASEE is derived from its membership and that the primary function of the ASEE Board of Directors is to be attentive to the membership and facilitate the best ideas and initiatives generated by individual and institutional members. If elected, I pledge to strongly encourage the presentation of fresh ideas to the board through our divisions, sections, and councils and to work with the board to effectively implement those ideas. I also pledge to work vigorously to increase ASEE membership and to broaden the diversity of that membership, focusing special recruiting efforts on young faculty, women, and under-represented minorities, and our colleagues in industry.

The interests of the ASEE membership span a very broad range, and that is the strength of our organization. Beyond the traditional focus on engineering and engineering technology courses and curricula, our membership is concerned with engineering education issues that span a lifetime, from K-12 science and mathematics preparation through lifelong continuing education. Additionally, the range of issues associated with courses and curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is broader and more complex than ever before. Among these are an increased attention to the soft skills such as communications and teaming, incorporation of revolutionary changes in computing and information technology, integration of the concepts of design throughout the curriculum, stronger collaborative efforts with industry including internships and cooperative education, and introduction of international experiences aimed at a better understanding of how one functions effectively in a global society.

I believe that it is the breadth of my background that makes me a strong candidate for ASEE president-elect. During my 27-year academic career, I have had direct personal involvement in a wide range of engineering education activities involving undergraduate and graduate studies, research and research administration, corporate relations and technology transfer, continuing and distance education, international programs, and departmental and college administration. As a faculty member, an associate dean for research and graduate studies, the chair of a department that housed four degree programs (including two innovative cross-disciplinary programs), and as a dean of engineering, I have developed the breadth and depth of experience that I believe is required to serve the entire membership of ASEE.


Vice President, Member Affairs

FRANK CROFT, JR (GRAY)Frank M. Croft Jr. is associate professor and section head of engineering graphics at Ohio State University. Prior to assuming that position in 1984, he served on the faculty of the Speed Scientific School, University of Louisville (1976-1984), and West Virginia Institute of Technology (1973-1976). Before beginning his academic career, Croft was an associate engineer/scientist with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach California (1969-1973). Croft holds a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering, earned at Indiana Institute of Technology (1969). His advanced degrees are a master of science in civil engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (1977) and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Clemson University (1984). Croft has been an active member of ASEE since 1974 and has served as the 1989-1990 chair of the Engineering Design Graphics Division (EDGD) and the 1995-1996 chair of the North Central Section. He served on the ASEE Board of Directors as Zone II chair from 1998-2000. He has served as the EDGD program chair for the ASEE Annual Conference on two different occasions and was chair of the host committee for the North Central Section Conference in 1995. Croft has received several awards, including the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award for the Southeast Section; the North Central Section Best Paper Award; the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award; and the EDGD Distinguished Service Award. Croft has been the lead professor for Engineering Summer Academy, a program designed to attract outstanding high school students to engineering since 1985. He is a registered professional engineer in Kentucky.

Candidate's Statement
As one of the outstanding professional societies in the world, ASEE offers a wide array of programs and benefits to its members. Engineering educators, whether they are teachers, researchers, or administrators, are served by ASEE in many diverse ways. Its award-winning publications offer insight into the changing world of engineering education. Its structure, through divisions and geographic sections, encourages individual participation and offers members an opportunity to grow professionally and serve the society in various ways. ASEE's strength lies in the individual participation of its members.

ASEE has been the primary professional society in which I serve since 1974. I have benefitted immensely from participation in division, section, and zone activities. Serving in leadership roles as a division chair, a section chair, and a zone chair has enabled me to work with a variety of professionals and to learn how the society works at various levels. I have also had leadership roles in other organizations including the Transportation Research Board. This leadership experience is an important consideration in my candidacy.

One of the true strengths of ASEE is in the geographic zones and sections. Many initiatives have come to the board through grassroots efforts. If elected, I would work very closely with the zone chairs to develop and implement initiatives that reflect the desires and needs of the sections. For example, a national Best Teacher Award is in its final stages before implementation. This initiative came to the board through the zone chairs and is supported by the society's sections. Another initiative on the horizon has ASEE becoming more involved in K-12 programs. I support the zones and sections in taking a leadership role in this involvement by focusing on K-12 programs as a part of their section meetings. I am a firm believer in grassroots efforts that are initiated through the sections within ASEE and would work diligently to see such efforts implemented.

My 25+ years of volunteer service to ASEE and my leadership experience at the division, section, and zone levels are evidence of my continuing commitment to our society's growth and development. If elected, I pledge to do my best to keep the society moving forward as the world's premier society for engineering education.

TOM ROBERTSTom C. Roberts is the assistant dean of engineering at Kansas State University and has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and engineering technology education. A certified management consultant, he previously taught for the University of Kansas's architectural management masters degree program. He served as a director of human resources development for Black & Veatch Engineers-Architects. Roberts is the author of several papers and has presented seminars to business and education professionals throughout the United States. He has a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University and is a registered professional engineer. In addition to his dean's office responsibilities, Roberts teaches in engineering concepts, personal and professional development, and business process improvement.

Roberts was Zone III chair from 1999–2001 and is past chair of ASEE's Midwest Section and former chair of two ASEE special interest groups: Leadership Training and Development and University Continuing Education Directors. He is a former board member of the ASEE Continuing Professional Development Division. Since 1983, he has served as a panelist, presenter, and program chair at various Midwest Section, CIEC, and ASEE annual meetings. In 1993, Roberts received the ASEE Centennial Certificate. In 1996, he received both the College Industry Partnership Division Certificate of Merit Award and the College Industry Partnership Division CIEC Best Moderator Award.

Candidate's Statement
The vice president of member affairs serves and represents the national membership. Duties include working closely with the zone and section chairs to ensure that ASEE member concerns are heard and adequately addressed. Other duties include working closely with ASEE headquarters to sustain, develop, and expand society membership. This position has great responsibility, and it would be my honor and privilege to serve if elected.

My 20+ years of service to ASEE has been from several perspectives. While in industry, I listened to and participated in curriculum change, continuing education, and research/funding issues affecting all levels of education. As a member of the university community, I continue to focus on the improvement of our educational system and work to enhance university/industry/government relationships. Whether active in local, regional, or national perspectives, I have seen the good works of our ASEE members. However, I know that member involvement can be increased and more can be accomplished through our sponsored programs.

A recent survey disclosed several opportunities for improving engineering and engineering technology education. Issues of greatest interest to members include: effective teaching, outcomes assessment, and student recruitment and retention. Members are involved because ASEE provides an opportunity to meet and talk to other engineering educators. Survey results indicated that member peers are reluctant to join ASEE because participation is not valued in the tenure/research process. According to the survey, ASEE needs to encourage administrators to recognize faculty participation for promotion and tenure. Members also recommended that ASEE do more to aid educators in learning about the mechanics of effective teaching. These issues need to be discussed and acted upon by our members and leaders.

Campus representatives are an essential component in member development activities. Discussions with campus representatives at section meetings have generated a number of excellent suggestions to improve ASEE. Changes in the annual conference Web-based paper submission process, methods for supporting student chapters, and ways to recruit new assistant professors to join ASEE are examples of ideas that have been heard and acted upon by ASEE. We need to continue ASEE efforts to expand the participation and voice of campus representatives.

In summary, a primary role of a leader is to create opportunities for members to learn about and discuss the issues. Through positive interaction, ASEE can become an even stronger voice in its role as a technical society. As a candidate for vice president of member affairs, I am committed to listening to the members and serving our profession.


Chair, Professional Interest Council I

JOSEPH HUGHES (GRAY)Joseph L.A. Hughes is associate professor and associate chair for computer engineering and program development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as coordinator of the computer engineering program at the Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program. He has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech since 1986, following completion of his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Hughes currently serves as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of ASEE, following terms as secretary/treasurer and vice-chair/program chair. He also serves as an at-large member of the administrative committee of the IEEE Education Society and will be general chair of the 2004 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). He has previously served as finance chair for FIE in 1995 and for four years as a member of the program committee for International Test Conference.

For several years, he has been actively involved with program assessment and accreditation, including preparations for Georgia Tech's participation as one of the pilot schools visited under Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC2000). Since 1995, he has been an EAC/ABET program evaluator for both electrical engineering and computer engineering programs. As a consultant, he has reviewed programs preparing for EC2000 accreditation and has helped define curricula and programs for the African Virtual University and the American University of Dubai.

Hughes is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association of University Professors. He is currently serving on an IEEE Computer Society task force to define a model computer engineering curriculum as part of the IEEE/ACM Computing Curricula 2001 project.

JOHN LAMANCUSA (GRAY)John S. Lamancusa is a professor of mechanical engineering and the director of the Learning Factory at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to coming to Penn State in 1984, he designed business telephones at AT&T Bell Laboratories and was an adjunct faculty member at the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1983. Lamancusa earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton in 1978, and received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982.

Lamancusa directs The Learning Factory—a hands-on product realization facility that includes interdisciplinary courses to integrate design, manufacturing, and business realities into the engineering curriculum. In the last six years, the Learning Factory has brought in more than 300 industry-sponsored projects for the school's senior design classes from more than 80 companies.

Lamancusa has been active in numerous curriculum development efforts at Penn State and is a vocal advocate for active learning and industry participation in engineering education. Recent awards include the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the Penn State Engineering Society Premier Teaching Award. He has served ASEE as the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Division, as well as program chair, secretary/treasurer, session chair, and reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Education. He is a Research Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, a member of ASME, the Violin Society of America, and the Institute of Noise Control Engineers and is a registered professional engineer.


Chair, Professional Interest Council IV

EUGENE BROWN (GRAY)Eugene F. Brown is professor of mechanical engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, instrumentation, gas dynamics, turbomachinery, and aircraft and missile propulsion. He is currently spending a year at Virginia Tech's Alexandria Research Institute, where he is leading the development of a research-based graduate program for his department. This follows a five-year appointment in Virginia Tech's Research Division where he served as Associate Provost for Program Development.

He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. In addition to his teaching and research activities at Virginia Tech, he has been a postdoctoral student and Heineman Foundation Visiting Professor at the von Karman Institute in Rhode-St-Gènesè, Belgium, and has served as the liaison scientist for fluid mechanics for Europe and the Middle East at the European headquarters of the Office of Naval Research in London, England. He regularly contributes his services to ABET as a mechanical engineering program evaluator.

Brown has been an ASEE member for more than 20 years. He is a member of the ASEE Projects Board and is past chair of the Graduate Studies Division (GSD). From 1994 to 1999, he served ASEE as GSD session chair, vice chair, program chair, and chair, where he was responsible for several initiatives focused on increasing the participation of graduate students in the society. In this connection he established the GSD Graduate Student Paper award and played a major role in founding the second ASEE student chapter in the nation at Virginia Tech. During his term of service as GSD program chair, he was responsible for doubling the number of sessions sponsored by his division at the ASEE annual conference.

He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of ASME, NSPE, AAAS, and other professional and honorary organizations. He has served as a consultant to industrial and government clients, is a member of several national scientific and technical committees, and has published more than 100 papers, articles, and reports.

BARBARA OLDS (GRAY)Barbara M. Olds is associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of liberal arts and international studies at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where she has been a member of the faculty for the past 17 years. At CSM, she has also served as director of the EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program, as principal tutor of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers, and as chair of the campus-wide assessment committee. Olds holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, all in English.

Since joining ASEE in 1988, Olds has served the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division and the Liberal Education Division (LED) in a number of capacities. She has made numerous presentations at both regional and national ASEE meetings, as well as at the annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference. She received the Helen Plants Award for Best Workshop at the 1992 FIE conference. She has been program chair, secretary/treasurer, and chair of LED. She has also served as program chair for ERM and just completed a two-year term as chair of the division. Preceding the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference in Albuquerque, Olds helped to organize the two-day Forum on Engineering Education Leadership, which resulted in an ambitious agenda for further action. She is also an associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education and served as guest editor for a special edition on assessment in 1998. Olds has a strong interest in international education. She has helped to plan a variety of overseas experiences for CSM students and has participated in the International Conference on Engineering Education.

At CSM, Olds has been involved in a number of innovative programs, many of them interdisciplinary. She teaches technical communication and literature with an emphasis on American multicultural literature. Her research focuses on assessment and improving engineering education, topics about which she has published widely. Olds has received the Brown Innovative Teaching Grant and Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award, and was the CSM Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer for 1993-94. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to teach and conduct research in Sweden during the 1998-99 academic year.


Chair, Professional Interest Council V

ROBERT ANDERSON, JR (GRAY)Robert M. Anderson, Jr., PE, is professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and an M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Michigan.

Anderson was a professor of electrical engineering at Purdue from 1967 to 1979. While there, he was also the Ball Brothers professor of engineering and the director of Continuing Engineering Education. He created a videotape-based course on vacuum technology. In 1974, he was selected as the best instructor in electrical engineering and received the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award from the Illinois-Indiana Section of ASEE. From 1979 to 1990, Anderson was the worldwide manager of corporate technical education for the General Electric Company. He was instrumental in assisting the creation of the National Technological University and served as an ABET visitor.

From 1990 to 1995, he was the Vice Provost for Extension at ISU. He led the reorganization of this 1,000+ person, statewide organization and the dramatic infusing of modern communication technology throughout the organization. From 1995 to 2000, Anderson was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at ISU. He created the department's senior design program and introduced computer delivery and administration of instruction in the introductory circuits and systems courses. He retired in May 2000.

He joined ASEE in 1967 and became active in what is now the Continuing Professional Development Division. He served in many capacities including chair of the division in 1983-84. Anderson was active in the College Industry Education Conference and chaired its Executive Committee for the 1984 meeting. He was awarded the Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award in 1986, and was named a Fellow of ASEE in 1988.

Anderson also held offices at local, regional, and national levels of the American Vacuum Society and was named a Kentucky Colonel (1977) and a Fellow of IEEE (1993).

HARE LARRY (GRAY)Lawrence H. Hare became vice president of operations and chief operating officer of Johnson Controls World Services in 1998, where he oversees a workforce of more than 8,000 employees operating at 42 sites domestically and internationally. Previously, he held a number of executive positions with Lockheed Martin, including president of an operating subsidiary, and prior to that was employed by W. R. Grace, Exxon, and the National Science Foundation.

Hare has spent the bulk of his 25-year industrial career engaged in various aspects of federal contracting, spanning basic research, science policy, classified defense production, and other services to the United States government.

A member of ASEE for more than 10 years, Hare has been active on the Projects Board, helped to establish the first industrial roundtable, and for the past six years, has served on the Board of Directors as the vice president for finance. In this capacity he has chaired the Finance Committee, and sits on the Executive, Oversight, and Strategic Planning committees. During his tenure, net operating assets improved from a negative balance to a robust positive position, the Convention and Seminar Corp. was organized as a separate entity to better capitalize on the positive cash contribution of this function, and the endowed awards fund was renegotiated to benefit from the higher yields currently enjoyed.

Hare earned his B.E. in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to his industrial experience, Hare has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Houston and the University of South Florida.


Chair-Elect, Zone I

BARRIE JACKSON (GRAY)Barrie W. Jackson is an adjunct associate professor of chemical engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Jackson received his B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in chemical engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Shell Canada, where he was employed for more than 30 years. Jackson's experience with Shell involved several multi-year overseas assignments, as well as considerable experience in the United States with Shell Chemicals and Shell Development. Although Jackson was involved in many aspects of the petroleum and in particular the petrochemical sector, his experience was primarily that of a career design and development specialist. He is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario.

Upon taking early retirement from Shell Canada, Jackson was appointed adjunct associate professor in the chemical engineering department at Queen's University. Jackson's particular interest is design in the curriculum. While the capstone design course is one of the more challenging of its kind, Jackson's further innovation of the TEAM program has been an outstanding success. Jackson's ongoing extensive contacts with industry have benefitted this program and are the primary reason for the international clientele. This innovative program that puts multidisciplinary teams of fourth-year engineering, business, and science students to work on a consultancy for a fee-paying client resulted in Jackson being awarded the prestigious Canadian Council of Professional Engineers 1998 Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. This is arguably the highest achievement for engineering education in Canada.

Jackson still finds time for research. He and a colleague have recently been awarded a major patent in the field of petrochemical process development, and he anticipates a further significant patent in the near future. He is a frequent contributor to conferences and has been published in the Journal of Engineering Education. Jackson has served as a national examiner for the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers for several years in chemical process design and business economics. Jackson has been active in ASEE for several years and is the current chair of the St. Lawrence Section.

KNICKLEURI (GRAY)Harold N. Knickle is associate dean of engineering and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI). Knickle received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been teaching in the department of chemical engineering at URI since 1969. He leads the freshman faculty team and teaches the foundations of engineering courses at URI. He led the faculty team in preparation for the EC2000 visit and presented sessions on assessment at the New England and national ASEE meetings as well as the Canadian Conference on Engineering Education.

He has been active in the New England Section of ASEE serving as secretary/treasurer twice and as a member of the planning committee numerous times, and is now the chair of the section. Currently he serves as the campus representative for URI and is a member of the Engineering Research Council. He was named Outstanding Campus Representative for the New England Section in 1998. At the national level, he has served in the Computers in Education Division and was its chair for two years. Knickle is currently a member of the Engineering Research Council.

Knickle's experience includes four years at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory designing nuclear reactors, four summers at Pittsburgh Technology Center designing bubble column coal liquefaction reactors, and one summer at Dupont working on the design of chlorination and oxidation reactors. Currently, his research involves aluminum air batteries for electric vehicles. He served in all the officer positions of the Rhode Island Section of AIChE, including two years as chair. Knickle was an elected member of the Warwick, R.I., school committee for 16 years, serving as chair for five years. He was active in the Engineering Academy of New England, serving as diversity chair, and helped lead the effort to reform the freshman year at member institutions. He is chair of the Radiation Safety Committee at URI and chair of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Committee of the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center. He is active in the Rhode Island Clean Cities Coalition.


Chair-Elect, Zone III

JOHN BALLARD (GRAY)John L. Ballard received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas. He joined the faculty of the College of Engineering & Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1974. As a faculty member in the department of industrial and management systems engineering, Ballard was actively engaged in teaching, research, and outreach for 20 years. He is the author of numerous professional articles and conference proceedings. He is a professor of industrial and management systems engineering. In January 1994, Ballard was appointed the associate dean for the College of Engineering & Technology. Ballard's scope of responsibilities as associate dean covers undergraduate academic affairs. He is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska.

Ballard has been an industrial engineering program evaluator for ABET since 1993. He was given the Award of Excellence by the Halliburton Foundation for Teaching Excellence. He is a member of the University of Arkansas Academy of Industrial Engineering and was named a John Imhoff Fellow by the academy in 2000.

Ballard has been a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) since 1974. He has served as the faculty advisor for IIE Chapter 839 and served as president, vice president, treasurer, and director of IIE Chapter 90. He is a member of Alpha Pi Mu and Tau Beta Pi.

Ballard has been a member of the American Society for Engineering Education for more than 25 years. He served as registration chair for the 1989 ASEE Annual Conference in Lincoln, NE. He has held every office in the Industrial Engineering Division of ASEE. Ballard was the program chair for the 1994 ASEE Midwest Section meeting that was held in Lincoln, Neb. He served as the Midwest Section chair-elect in 1997-98 and Midwest Section chair in 1998-99. Ballard continues to be active in ASEE activities at the division, section and national levels.

CHARLES JOHNSON (GRAY)Charles W. Johnson is a professor of mechanical engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a registered professional engineer in Minnesota. He received his B.S.M.E. from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Iowa State University. Before joining the faculty at Minnesota State, he served as a faculty member at Michigan Technological University.

Johnson has served ASEE as Minnesota State campus representative(1989-98), North Midwest Section campus representative (1991-93), North Midwest Section chair(1993-94), North Midwest Section meeting planning committee chair(1992-93), and North Midwest Section executive committee member (1989-present). He received the Outstanding Campus Representative Award of the North Midwest Section in 1994. He has attended and presented papers at numerous section meetings and national meetings. In 1998, he received the Mikol Award for outstanding paper at the North Midwest Section meeting. He was recently elected North Midwest Section chair for the second time.

Johnson assisted in the development and accreditation of the mechanical engineering program at Minnesota State University. His interest in laboratory education resulted in the development of Vibrations, Controls, and Measurements laboratories in the department. He was named a Teaching-Scholar Fellow by the university in 1997. His current area of interest is mechatronic systems.

DRUCKERDaniel C. Drucker, a renowned engineering educator and former ASEE president, died September 1 of leukemia in Gainesville, Fla., at the age of 83. A longtime member of ASEE and a recipient of the National Medal of Science, Drucker served as the society's president from 1981-82 and was chairman of the Engineering Deans Council from 1975-77. Drucker was also one of ASEE's original Fellows.

Born in New York City in 1918, Drucker attended Columbia University, where he earned three degrees, including a Ph.D. at the age of 21. He went on to teach at Cornell University and worked at the Armour Research Foundation before spending a year in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

In 1947, Drucker went to Brown University, where he served as chairman of the Division of Engineering and of the Physical Sciences Council. During two decades at Brown, Drucker helped build one of the best programs in the country in materials engineering and solid mechanics. He is best known for his pioneering work in the theory of plasticity and its application to analysis and design in metal structures. He introduced the concept of material stability, now known as “Drucker's Stability Postulate.” “The simple fact that his name is attached to it and that it has survived for half a century is indicative of the significance of the guy,” says University of Illinois professor of theoretical and applied mechanics Don Carlson.

In 1968, Drucker became Dean of Engineering at the University of Illinois, where he is credited with improving the quality of the faculty. In 1984, Drucker left Illinois to become a graduate research professor at the University of Florida. “To the younger faculty members, he was always available to help,” says Wei Shyy, department chair for aerospace engineering, mechanics, and engineering sciences. “He was a kind of senior statesman in our profession.”

Drucker's numerous honors include election into the National Academy of Engineering, honorary doctorates at five different universities including Lehigh and Northwestern, and presidency of five U.S. and international societies. He also received the Von Karman Medal from ASCE and the Timoshenko Medal from ASME. While at ASEE, Drucker received both the Lamme Medal in 1967 and the Distinguished Educator Award of the Mechanics Division in 1985.

In 1997, ASME established the ASME Daniel C. Drucker Medal to recognize contributions in applied mechanics and mechanical engineering through research, teaching, and/or service to the community. Drucker was the medal's first recipient.

Daniel Drucker was known throughout the world as a brilliant scholar, a leader in education, and a spokesman for engineering. “Those who knew Dan well knew him as a thoughtful, kind, generous, wonderful human being who will be sorely missed,” says University of Florida Professor Emeritus and longtime friend Charles Taylor.

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