Presented on this page are the candidates for offices
to be voted on in the 2003 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected
by the 2002 ASEE nominating committee chaired by Wallace T. Fowler.
The nominations were received by the executive director as required
by the ASEE 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 may 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, 2003.
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.
Editor's 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 www.asee.org/welcome.
Nicholas J. Altiero
Nicholas J. Altiero is dean of the school of engineering at Tulane
University. Altiero received a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering
from the University of Notre Dame (1969) and an M.S.E. degree in aerospace
engineering (1970), an M.A. degree in mathematics (1971) and a Ph.D.
degree 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 become professor in 1986 and, in 1990, he was named the associate
dean for research and graduate studies of the College of Engineering,
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 he served in that position until
June 2000. He is now professor and Chair Emeritus at Michigan State
and dean of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane.
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 vonHumboldt Scholar. He has published more than 30 articles
in the areas of computational mechanics, fracture mechanics, geomechanics,
and bio-mechanics 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 level,
including large service courses in statics, dynamics and mechanics of
materials and, in 1991, he received the Michigan Teaching Excellence
Altiero is a member of the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM), the
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Society for Boundary
Elements (ISBE), the Society of Engineering Science (SES), Tau Beta
Pi, and Sigma Xi, and he is currently chair of the board of trustees
of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC). He
served on the executive board of the ASEE Engineering Research Council
from 1994 to 2002 and as chair of the ERC Board from 2000 to 2002. He
also served on the board of directors of ASEE and as ASEE vice president
for Institutional Councils. He was a candidate for ASEE president-elect
I am honored to again be nominated for the position of president of
ASEE. Should I be elected, I would set the following goals for my term
in office: (1) Increase the membership of ASEE across all constituent
groups and particularly among new engineering and engineering technology
educators, women and underrepresented minorities, and corporations;
(2) Make improvements in the lines of communication between the board
of directors and the organization's divisions, sections, and councils;
(3) Focus on improvements in the annual meeting, particularly in the
consistency of presentation quality, (4) Further strengthen the visibility
and impact of ASEE at the national level; and (5) Further strengthen
the ties between ASEE and engineering education societies around the
To re-emphasize my candidate's statement of a year ago, I strongly
believe that the strength of ASEE lies in the breadth of its membership,
a breadth that is clearly illustrated by the more than 40 professional
interest divisions that make up our organization. As president, I would
place a high priority on increasing overall membership by focusing on
the value that the organization provides to each of its constituent
member groups and by aggressively promoting this value to prospective
During my recent tenure on the ASEE board of directors, each of the
board members was asked to attend a number of division annual business
meetings in an effort to improve the lines of communication between
the board and the membership. What I learned from that experience is
that the lines of communication are definitely in need of improvement.
But I also found the members to be very supportive of ASEE and eager
to help make it better. Many of the suggestions that I heard pertained
to needed improvements in the annual meeting and I believe that the
quality of the annual meeting must be a top priority of the organization.
Two areas in which I believe ASEE has made excellent progress over
the past several years are in increasing its visibility at the national
level and in building strong ties with engineering education societies
around the world. I believe that these areas must continue to be very
high priorities for ASEE.
The term of president is only one year, following the one-year term
as president-elect. That is not a very long time. I believe, however,
that I could make a strong impact during that brief tenure as I demonstrated
during my two-year tenure as chair of the ASEE Engineering Research
Council board. During the time that I was the chair of the ERC board,
we were able to increase the number of institutional members in the
ERC by 10 percent and attendance at the annual ERC forum and workshop
by more than 66 percent. If elected, I pledge to bring the same energy
and level of performance to the ASEE board.
Sherra E. Kerns
A commitment to innovation and excellence in engineering education
is central to Sherra E. Kerns' career. Currently, as vice president
for innovation and research at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering,
she is helping to pioneer a new approach to engineering education based
on best practices in curricular design and educational infrastructure.
She is also the F.W. Olin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Kerns served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University from 1987 to 1999,
chaired its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1993
to 1998, and directed the multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary University
Consortium for Research on Electronic in Space from 1989 to 1999. She
has also served on the faculties of North Carolina State University
and Auburn University.
Throughout her career, Kerns has focused on improving engineering education.
She is an award-winning undergraduate teacher and author of an undergraduate
textbook. She is presently collaborating with others at Olin College
in the invention and development of an innovative new curriculum and
an exemplary engineering learning community. She has been the chair
of ASEE's ECE Division, and has served on the ASEE Board as chair
of ASEE PIC I, ASEE V.P. PICs, and ASEE first vice president. She served
in several offices, including president, of the National Electrical
Engineering Department Heads Association (now ECEDHA) and was awarded
ECEDHA's 2002 Leadership and Service Award. She is very involved
in engineering accreditation, serving as an accreditation evaluator
for ABET, as a member of the IEEE/EAC/ABET Committee on Engineering
Accreditation Activities, as liaison to the Committee on Engineering
Technology Accreditation, and as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Commissioner
representing ASEE. Kerns has also served on the board of directors for
the Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education, the University
Advisory Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Naval
Studies Board of the National Research Council. She has been a member
of the visiting committees of several engineering schools, an educational
consultant to others, and on program committees for several international
technical conferences. Kerns is a Fellow of the IEEE. Her work in both
educational and technical areas has been recognized by local, national,
and international awards, including the 1999 Harriet B. Rigas Outstanding
Woman Engineering Educator Award, the IEEE Millennium Medal, and the
2000 ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award.
Kerns' personal research has centered on enhancements in the
reliability and information integrity of microelectronic circuits, particularly
for space applications. Recently, Kerns has researched an all-silicon
optical interconnect technology and also worked on the design of improved
micro-electromechanical accelerometers and sensors.
ASEE has made remarkable advancements in its first 110 years, stimulating
progressive dialogue among many groups with vital interests in the improvement
of engineering and engineering technology education and professional
practice. We have sought to share and disseminate intellectual resources
and products and to serve as an advocate for educational excellence
to build a healthy global society. ASEE has provided its members with
valuable information and services that enhance our professional success
and satisfaction. Working together, we can build on this progress and
move ASEE to even higher levels of visibility and effectiveness in promoting
and supporting engineering and engineering technology education in the
United States and worldwide. We can build ASEE to fulfill its promise
by focusing on four goals:
(1) Expanding Communication and Collaboration: Act in true partnership
with industry and government. ASEE can facilitate educational plans
and innovations informed by societal needs.
(2)Extending Global Reach: Establish ASEE's role as a leading
global partner in engineering and engineering technology education.
We need to think globally to act effectively.
(3) Encouraging Engineering and Technology Careers: Build enthusiasm
for engineering and technology professions within K-12 education.
The public and our children must understand the joy and value of engineering.
(4) Engaging More Talent: Increase opportunities for women, minorities
and underrepresented groups in engineering and related professions.
We can and should bring even more capability to the engineering workforce.
ASEE has a wealth of strength in the breadth of its members'
knowledge and skills. We have individual and institutional membership
in academia, large and small technology-based corporations, and in government
agencies. This fantastic membership base constitutes an organization
with the knowledge and the need to identify and put in place educational
practices best tailored to the many specific requirements within our
expansive educational universe, which ranges from kindergarten and middle
school through high school and into community colleges, four-year colleges,
research universities, and corporate learning centers. By providing
increasingly effective mechanisms for dialog across our membership,
we will catalyze new initiatives that enhance engineering and engineering
technology, in both education and practice. These enhancements will
benefit us and attract new members. As we continue and expand on our
successes, we must remain authentic agents of effective change, helping
each other to gain the resources and encouragement we need to keep our
profession responsive to the increasingly broad demands of our global
society. ASEE is our shared laboratory for developing our classrooms,
our public service initiatives, and the engineering workplace.
Engineering is a global activity of critical importance to the success
of all societies. Today's students and professionals will increasingly
work with and for engineers in many other cultures. New systems are
now designed collaboratively by teams located around the world—and
this diversity of perspective has a great positive impact on the quality
and utility of our products. ASEE must provide leadership in this globalization
of our field. While still focused on representing the engineering community
in the United States and Canada, ASEE is engaged in carefully selected
initiatives, including sponsorship of an annual international conference
and our new global online memberships, to foster joint activities with
our colleagues in other parts of the world. Our membership will benefit
from collaboration with education and industry leaders from other cultures,
and gain fresh perspectives and ideas. These exchanges will make ASEE
members better able to guide the preparation of the next generation
of technological contributors.
Given the critical importance of our professions, it is surprising
that engineering and engineering technology, both as careers and professions,
are often misunderstood by the general public. Most young students,
if they know of our professions at all, do not understand what we do.
By the time they discover that we design, invent, build, and can delight
in solving difficult problems, many have missed the opportunity to take
the math and science pre-requisites they need to further their education.
If we are to educate those who will capitalize on technological opportunities
of the future, we must improve our efforts to provide educational access
to our profession as early as possible within K-12 education. ASEE has
several well-designed and well-coordinated initiatives in this arena.
In addition, many of ASEE's institutional members and other national
organizations have successful efforts underway. The appreciation of
the need for stimulating interest early is widely shared, and we are
beginning to discover some strategies for implementing effective programs.
Still, the efficient coordination of these efforts remains a goal. The
time is now ripe for working together on this critical challenge. This
important objective deserves further emphasis.
Finally, if we can continue and expand our progress on the above three
initiatives—communication across constituencies, collaboration
across national boundaries, and cultivation of early interest in engineering
and engineering technology—we can make progress on the fourth:
creating greater opportunities within our profession for traditionally
underrepresented groups. Opening our thinking and perspective to a greater
and more representative population will foster creativity, an essential
component of our profession. Innovation and creativity are natural outcomes
of work within a diverse community. Given the demands of a smaller world,
with greater communication in all forms, engineers must learn to work
with individuals unlike themselves. Understanding and welcoming diversity
is an imperative for us and for those we mentor and educate.
I am qualified and eager to serve ASEE to accomplish these goals and
further increase the stature and value of our organization. I have devoted
my career to improving engineering education and expanding opportunities
for engineering careers. I have held elected leadership positions within
ASEE, most recently as first vice president, and in IEEE. I have worked
as a faculty member, in a government laboratory and as an academic administrator.
I have been a volunteer to ABET for nine years, working with both engineering
and engineering technology accreditation issues, and have led engineering
accreditation teams to numerous institutions. Currently, I am helping
to pioneer a new approach to engineering education as a member of the
leadership team at Olin College, which aims to create a new model for
education and intellectual vitality in the study of and preparation
for our profession.
I look forward to serving you and the membership of ASEE to accomplish
its goals. I thank you for your thoughtful consideration of what is
best for ASEE. Whatever you decide, you have honored me through this
Ronald S. Kane
Ronald S. Kane (B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E., City College of New York; Ph.D.
in Ch.E., City University of New York; P.E. New Jersey) has been a mechanical
engineering faculty member at Manhattan College, at Stevens Institute
of Technology, and at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is
currently dean of graduate studies. He previously served as dean of
graduate studies, research, and continuing professional education at
Stevens Institute of Technology and as department chair at Manhattan
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
He has been on the board of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), continues
on the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) as a past-president
and continues as president of the New Jersey Association of Graduate
Schools. Kane has served on and chaired national NRC and NSF committees
for associateships and fellowships selection. He has been active with
ASME, served as an accreditation visitor for ABET and is a Fellow of
ASME. His areas of research and professional work have been in aerospace
technology and advanced energy systems.
Kane has been active in ASEE since 1975, and has held every graduate
studies division office and continues on its executive committee. He
has been Professional Interest Council IV chair and vice president for
PICs and chaired the ASEE awards policy committee for three years. He
has been an ASEE campus representative, an Engineering Research Council
representative, and is a regular attendee and participant at national
and regional meetings. He has presented numerous papers and moderated
sessions at both national and regional meetings. His ASEE papers and
presentations have covered many diverse topics such as international
students, minority scholarship and fellowship programs, financial aid
methods, recruiting graduate students, governmental policies, joint
academic programs and the university structure, research opportunities
for faculty, and outcomes assessment for undergraduate courses and programs.
He is a recipient of an ASEE Centennial Certificate and is a Fellow
Kane has had a dual career in industry and in academe and has received
teaching awards for undergraduate instruction. He has been and continues
to be active in many focused programs aimed at diversity in engineering,
science, mathematics, and technology and holds several current grants
promoting these efforts. He gives talks to groups beginning at the K-12
level and continuing through the undergraduate years on careers, education,
and contributions to society and has participated in media programs.
His current divisional memberships include the graduate studies, mechanical
engineering, engineering technology, minorities in engineering, and
continuing professional development divisions. He has moderated a session
or presented a paper at every ASEE Annual Conference since 1985.
After a number of years as a working engineer during the days of the
Apollo program and the expansion of the energy industry, I selected
engineering education as a career path and have never regretted the
decision. The professional integrity of colleagues in both academe and
industry, their technical skill, and their optimism about abilities
to solve seemingly intractable problems, especially in these difficult
times, have reinforced the image that I would like to see of all engineers
The vice president for public affairs at ASEE chairs the ASEE projects
board, in addition to serving in a regular capacity on the ASEE board
of directors. As described on the ASEE Web site, the projects board
mission is to be concerned with the development, approval, management,
and operation of all projects formally involving ASEE. One of the key
parts of the mission is to originate new projects to promote and improve
engineering and engineering technology education based on the cognizance
and knowledge of the most pressing needs in engineering and engineering
It is important for the vice president for public affairs to be aware
of those issues of immediate importance to the divisions and of long-term
interest to the overall ASEE membership. A number of divisions have
established electronic Listservs that provide a regular forum for discussion
of issues and allow immediate awareness of current issues as they develop.
I believe that the projects board can reach out to the membership
of ASEE for information about new projects and current activities. At
the present time, ASEE is heavily involved in projects that promote
national fellowship programs. These programs are excellent but can be
looked on as a base for expansion to other activities with the approval
of the ASEE board of directors. The projects board should work with
the membership and the ASEE board in developing strategies to meet long-term
ASEE objectives. Some of these objectives transcend the specific duties
of individual ASEE board members. An example would be identifying projects
and activities that could help ASEE increase its membership base and
reduce the average age of the membership. ASEE projects directed toward
new faculty in their career development would add to the image and the
attractiveness of ASEE.
Many division chairs have already reported on a number of issues they
would like to see addressed that would improve the image and opportunities
for engineering and engineering technology education. The ASEE projects
board can be a vehicle to bring these issues to the ASEE board of directors.
Some issues that have already been reported include ethnic and gender
diversity, K-12 education, increased use of technology in communication
and educational outreach, increased connectivity with the profession,
development of educational careers, and application of technology to
advanced education and publication. All of these issues cross divisional
lines and, therefore, a broad-based approach will be needed. The vice
president for public affairs can work with the ASEE board to focus on
opportunities for funding and for projects to address these needs. The
continuing theme will, however, be communication with the divisions
and the membership on ideas for new programs and on feedback about existing
James L. Melsa
A distinguished scholar, an award-winning educator, and a visionary
corporate leader, James L. Melsa has served as dean of the Iowa State
University College of Engineering since 1995. Previously, he spent 11
years at Tellabs Inc., Lisle, Ill., including appointments as vice president
of strategic planning and advanced technology, vice president of research
and development, and vice president of strategic quality and process
Melsa also was on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame for
11 years, serving as professor and chair of the electrical engineering
department. He also has worked on the faculties at Southern Methodist
University-Dallas, and the University of Arizona-Tucson. During his
years as an academic, Melsa conducted significant research on control
and estimation theory, speech encoding, and digital signal processing;
directed 20 masters' theses and 16 Ph.D. dissertations; earned
recognition as one of the nation's outstanding electrical engineering
professors; and authored or co-authored 116 publications and 12 books,
including Linear Control Systems, a classic text used around the world.
He was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers in 1978 and received that group's Third Millennium Medal
in 2000. He has previously served as president of the IEEE Control Systems
Society and president of Eta Kappa Nu, the national electrical and computer
engineering honorary society. He has an extensive record of service
to national and international groups, including the Herbert Hoover Presidential
Library Association (current trustee), the Iowa Business Council (current
deputy), and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (past member
of the board of examiners and current member of the board of overseers).
Melsa received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Iowa
State (1960), an M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) degrees from the University
I am very pleased to have been nominated for this position and I look
forward to serving the ASEE in this important role, if elected. My combination
of academic and industrial experience has made me well qualified to
serve the society as vice president for public affairs. Through eleven
years as a department chair and five years as dean of one of the nation's
largest engineering programs, I have developed the skills needed to
be a successful educational leader. My experiences as a vice president
at Tellabs, Inc, a rapidly growing, high-technology, international public
company, provided me an opportunity to significantly expand my leadership
skills, learn about strategic planning, obtain global experience, master
process management concepts, and truly understand the importance of
customer satisfaction. My five years as an examiner for the Malcolm
Baldrige National Quality Award have helped me to gain a deeper understanding
of the modern quality movement and the impact that teamwork and empowerment
can have on an organization.
The ASEE constitution assigns the vice president for public affairs
responsibility for chairing the projects board. While this board is
critically important to the Society from a financial standpoint, it
is more important because of the vital programs that it provides to
engineering faculty and students as well as the high, positive visibility
that it provides to the society. The projects board also serves as a
strong link between a variety of governmental agencies and the society.
If elected, I will seek ways to expand and strengthen the activities
of this important board.
Because of the importance of the activities of the projects board
to the financial health of the society, the vice president for public
affairs is a member of the finance committee. I have had a broad range
of experiences with the financial management of educational units, industry,
and professional organizations that will be valuable to the Finance
The vice president for public affairs also serves as a member of the
board of directors and the executive committee of ASEE. The breadth
of my experiences on other senior management-level boards will be very
valuable to the advancement of the society. I will actively participate
in these roles with the goal of improving the services that the society
provides to its members, engineering education, and the profession of
Arthur T. Murphy
Arthur T. Murphy is a consultant and DuPont Fellow Emeritus of E.I.
DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. He has been active in ASEE for many
years and is currently the vice president for finance and an ASEE life
member and Fellow. His past ASEE activities include organizing numerous
conference sessions, and serving as chair of the middle-Atlantic section
and graduate studies and instrumentation divisions. He was a recipient
of the ASEE Western Electric Teaching Award, and is an ABET evaluator
in electrical engineering.
At DuPont, he established electronic systems research with emphasis
on computer- aided design of electronic interconnections called ICONSIM
for interconnection simulation. Murphy has also developed a unique UHF
filter connector product for control of electromagnetic interference
(EMI). As member and chair of the DuPont Fellows Forum, a working group
of those in the top professional position of the company, he participated
in and led a number of initiatives on growth, technical assessment,
and professional development. He received a number of DuPont awards
and has chaired the Engineering Excellence Award committee. He has extensive
international experience, most recently spent three years as a visiting
research fellow on assignment from DuPont at the Sony Research Center
in Yokohama, Japan and the Superconductivity Technology Center in Tokyo,
Japan. He has numerous publications and a number of patents; he is the
co-author of the book, Introduction to System Dynamics.
Before joining DuPont in 1979, Murphy was a Brown Professor and head
of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and has previously
held positions of vice-president and dean of engineering at Widener
University, head of electrical engineering at Wichita State University,
visiting professor at M.I.T. and University of Manchester (England)
and adjunct professor at Penn State University. He was acting president
of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in 1998. He has an M.S. and
Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and
a B.E.E. from Syracuse University. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE,
a Fellow of the AAAS, a member of the ASME, and a member of a number
of honor societies.
Donald D. Myers
Donald D. Myers, professor of engineering management at the University
of Missouri-Rolla, has been an ASEE member since 1981. He has served
ASEE in various capacities. Presently, he serves as the secretary/treasurer
of the midwest section and as a member of the ASEE national minorities
in engineering award committee (2000 to 2003) and the ASEE national
directory policy committee (2001 to 2003). He served as chair of Zone
III and was on the ASEE board of directors in 1995 to 1997. He also
served as the midwest section chair-elect, chair, and past-chair from
1988 to 1991. There were a record 227 registrants for the 1993 midwest
section conference when he served as program chair. He served as the
UMR campus representative from 1982 to 1988. He has presented numerous
papers at national and section conferences.
Myers earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of Missouri-Rolla and an M.B.A. and J.D. in Law from St. Louis University.
He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri, member of the
Missouri Bar, and a registered U.S. patent attorney. He served as the
director of the Office of Research Services at UMR (1987 to 1993) and
director of the MO SBDC Technology Search Program (1982 to 1993). Prior
to joining UMR in 1979, he worked 17 years in engineering and technology
management positions with four Fortune 100 companies. In addition to
serving as the science advisor to the governor of Missouri, he also
served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Science Committee in the summer
of 1986. He served as an officer of the UMR faculty organization from
1997 to 2002, including president in 2000 to 2001. In addition, he served
on the University of Missouri (four campuses) Intercampus Faculty Council
from 1999 to 2002 and as chair for 2001to 2002. He served in numerous
positions for the International Council for Small Business, including
president in 1986 to 1987.
Myers has taken sufficient accounting and financial courses for the
M.B.A. and law degree to qualify for the C.P.A. examination. His teaching
experience includes courses in financial management and strategic management.
He has served from 1998 to the present as the secretary/treasurer of
a fraternity house corporation that completed a new $3 million facility
He received the ASEE midwest section's Outstanding Service Award
in 1993 and the Centennial Certificate. He is a Fellow of the International
Council for Small Business and a Fellow of the United States Association
for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Walter Buchanan is professor of electrical engineering technology
and director of the School of Engineering Technology at Northeastern
University. Prior to Northeastern, he was on the engineering technology
faculty at Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, University
of Central Florida, chair at Middle Tennessee State University, and
dean at Oregon Institute of Technology. His industrial experience as
an electrical engineer includes positions at Martin, Boeing, the U.S.
Navy, and the Naval Avionics Center. He received his B.A. in languages/mathematics,
J.D. in law, and Ph.D. in higher education at Indiana University; and
his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in interdisciplinary engineering at Purdue University.
He is a registered professional engineer in Indiana, Florida, Tennessee,
Oregon, and Massachusetts, and a member of the bar in Indiana. During
his 20 years in academia, he has taught courses in circuit analysis,
digital logic, feedback control systems, and medical electronics.
Buchanan has served ASEE in many capacities since joining in 1984.
He was chair of the Engineering Technology Division from 1999 to 2001
and also held positions of chair of the nominating committee, vice-chair
for programs, and secretary. In the Educational Research and Methods
Division he was editor, secretary-treasurer, director, and interim vice-chair
for programs. He was chair of the executive council of the Engineering
Technology Leadership Institute and chair of the executive board of
the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration. He served on
the ASEE Publications Policy Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws
Committee. Currently he is ETD listserv manager, a director on the Engineering
Technology Council board, secretary-treasurer of the Electrical and
Computer Engineering Technology Association, and president-elect of
the Tau Alpha Pi board of directors. He has made numerous presentations
at ASEE conferences and has written over 80 papers on engineering technology
topics. Buchanan is an ASEE Fellow and has received the ASEE Frederick
J. Berger Award, its centennial certificate, and its campus representative
In other organizations Buchanan has been chair of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Committee for Technology
Accreditation Activities, made 22 visits as an IEEE program evaluator
and team chair for ABET, is currently an IEEE representative on the
Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and has chaired TAC committees.
In NSPE he has been secretary and regional vice-chair of Professional
Engineers in Education, has been involved locally in NSPE in five states,
and was Oregon State President-Elect. He is a senior member of IEEE
and the society of Manufacturing Engineers.
J. Steve Klegka
Colonel John S. (Steve) Klegka is a graduate of the United States
Military Academy. Currently, he is the deputy department head of the
Department of Civil and mechanical engineering at West Point. He received
his master's degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate
from Texas A&M University in Mechanical Engineering. He has served
in a variety of assignments in the U.S. Army in the United States, Germany,
and Korea. Since 1989 he has been a member of the faculty of the Department
of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy. He
was the director of the Mechanical Engineering Program there from 1997
Steve Klegka has been active in the Design in Engineering Education
Division (DEED) of ASEE since the early 1990s. He served twice as the
Program Chair of DEED and is the immediate past Chair of DEED. He serves
regularly as a reviewer for DEED. He has published several papers in
the Proceedings of the Annual ASEE meetings and has presented the popular
seminar "Using SIMULINK as a Design Tool" at three annual
conferences and at sectional meetings.
His research interests include robotics and automation issues associated
with autonomous vehicles, hazardous materials handling, electronic circuit
board manufacture, decision support systems, design process integration
with engineering education and applications, solid modeling software
integration, and teaching and learning initiatives focusing on active
learning. In addition to membership in ASEE, he is a member of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Frank M. Croft, Jr.
Frank M. Croft, Jr. is associate professor and section head of engineering
graphics at Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Ohio State in
1984, he served on the faculty of the Speed Scientific School, University
of Louisville (1976 to1984) and West Virginia Institute of Technology
(1973 to 1976). Before beginning his academic career, Croft was an associate
engineer/scientist with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach California
(1969 to 1973). He holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering, earned at
Indiana Institute of Technology (1969). His advanced degrees are a M.S.E.
(civil engineering), which he received in 1977 from West Virginia College
of Graduate Studies, and his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from
Clemson University in 1984. Croft has been an active member of ASEE
since 1973 and has served as the 1989 to 1990 chair of the Engineering
Design Graphics Division and the 1995 to 1996 chair of the North Central
Section. Also, he served on the ASEE Board of Directors as Zone II Chair
from 1998 to 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 Southeast Section Dow Outstanding
Young Faculty Award in 1982, the North Central Section Best Paper Award
at the 1987 NCS Conference, the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching
Award at Ohio State in 1994, the EDGD Distinguished Service Award in
1997, and most recently the North Central Section Distinguished Service
Award in 2002. He was elected to the ASEE Academy of Fellows in 2002.
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.
David M. Hata
David M. Hata is an instructor of microelectronics technology at Portland
Community College (PCC) in Portland, OR., where he teaches courses in
vacuum technology, plasma-aided manufacturing, semiconductor processes,
and analog and digital circuits. His educational endeavors focus on
developing courses for programs in semiconductor manufacturing technology
and the creation of new educational materials and laboratories. To aid
in this endeavor, he currently serves as project director and principal
investigator for a three-year Advanced Technological Education Project
funded by the National Science Foundation. As part of two prior NSF
grants, he started the annual A.T.E. in Semiconductor Manufacturing
Conference and served as conference chair for the five years before
handing off sponsorship to the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education
Center in Tempe, AZ.
Since becoming a member in 1980, Hata has been an active participant
in ASEE, especially the Engineering Technology Division and the Two-year
College Division. He served a two-year term on the executive committee
of ETD and as the first division chair of the Two-year College Division.
In 1988, he served on the Steering Committee for the Annual ASEE Conference
held in Portland, OR. In 1992, he was awarded ASEE's Chester F.
Hata received his B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from
Washington State University and the University of Washington respectively.
He joined the faculty in electronic engineering technology at PCC in
1971 and taught Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) courses until
1993. During this time, he also helped develop related associate degree
programs in computer software engineering technology and computer engineering
technology. He was recognized for teaching in 1987 and received one
of five PCC Faculty Excellence Awards awarded that year. In 1993, he
left the EET program to head PCC's new microelectronics technology
and currently serves as co-chair of the department and chair of the
microelectronics subject area curriculum committee.
Hata is also a member of IEEE and currently serves on IEEE's
Committee of Technology Accreditation Activities. In 1991, he was recognized
for his contributions to engineering education and was awarded IEEE's
Major Educational Innovation Award by the Educational Activities Board.
He is also a member of the American Vacuum Society and the National
Science Teachers Association.
John J. Uhran, Jr.
John J. Uhran, Jr., senior associate dean of the College of Engineering
at the University of Notre Dame and professor of electrical engineering
and computer science and engineering, has been an ASEE member for over
35 years and has been active at both the local and national levels.
As program chair of the Indiana-Illinois section, he organized and hosted
a successful conference at Notre Dame in 1992 and was chair of the section
for two years (1992 to 1994). He has also been active in the Instrumentation
Division for many years and served as its chair (1994 to 1996) as well.
He continues to be active in both the section and the division. In 1998
he completed a two year term as Zone II chair.
Over the years, Uhran has organized, chaired, and presented papers
at many ASEE conferences and shared the ASEE Fluke Award for Instrumentation
with a colleague in 1998. As the Notre Dame campus representative, he
has won several zone and section Campus Representative awards over the
last decade. Aside from running a number of NSF faculty workshops, he
has written papers for and been involved in many IEEE conferences and
publications. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on
Communications for over a decade and served as a co-guest editor of
two issues of the IEEE Communications magazine.
After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, he joined
the electrical engineering department at Notre Dame. Most recently,
he was a founding member of the computer science and engineering department
at the university before assuming his present duties. Presently, he
is serving a term as a CSAB visitor and previously was an ABET visitor.
Other activities have included an advisor for the SWE chapter, the Joint
Engineering Council and presently as the chief advisor to the Indiana
Gamma chapter of Tau Beta Pi.
Sandra A. Yost
Sandra A. Yost, P.E. is an associate professor of electrical and computer
engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. She received her B.E.E.
and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering in 1981 and 1982 respectively,
from the University of Detroit. After serving on the faculty of the
Beaver Campus of Penn State University (1983 to 1992), she went to the
University of Notre Dame, where she earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering
in 1996, and then started in her current position.
Yost's research interests include discrete-time systems theory
and applications, mechatronics, and engineering education. She teaches
a wide range of courses, including a first-year introduction to engineering
design course, a second-year logic design course, and graduate level
digital control and linear systems courses. She has been involved in
a number of curriculum development efforts. Most recently, she was the
Principal Investigator on an NSF-CCLI-funded project to integrate principles
of mechatronics throughout the engineering curricula at her institution,
including at pre-college levels.
She has received a number of awards, including the Dow Outstanding
New Faculty Award (1991), a Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship (1992 to 1996),
and an American Association of University Women Engineering Dissertation
Fellowship (1995). She was also selected to attend the Frontiers in
Education Conference as a Sloan New Faculty Fellow in 1997.
Yost's service to ASEE includes a turn as North Central Section
campus rep coordinator (1991 to 92), program co-chair for the 1998 North
Central Section Spring Conference, section vice-chair, and section chair.
She is currently serving as the immediate past chair of the North Central
Section and as campus representative for the University of Detroit Mercy.
Yost is also a senior member of IEEE, and a senior life member of the
Society of Women Engineers, most recently serving as the technical paper
chair for the 2002 SWE Annual Conference. At her institution, she serves
as an advisor to a number of student organizations, including SWE, and
has served as co-director of the university's women's studies
Robert J. Marley
Robert J. Marley has served as dean of the College of Engineering
at Montana State University (MSU)-Bozeman since 2001. Marley began his
professional career at the Rehabilitation Engineering Center in Wichita,
Kansas in 1983. This work led him to pursue advanced degrees in industrial
engineering specializing in ergonomics and human factors engineering.
After completion of a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Wichita State
University, Marley began his formal academic career at Montana State
in the mechanical and industrial engineering department in 1990. Author
of over 60 refereed publications including one textbook that is now
undergoing revisions for a second edition, Marley continues to teach
regularly in the department. He is a member of the Human Factors and
Ergonomics Society, Ergonomics Society, and several other related organizations.
He is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of
Industrial Ergonomics. Marley is also a member of the American Indian
Science and Engineering Society where he has actively pursued creating
new technical opportunities for Native American students in Montana
and beyond. Since 1997, he has been either PI or co-PI on several federally
funded projects totaling over $1.5 million aimed at improving the learning
atmosphere and overall opportunities for women and minorities within
the science and engineering disciplines, particularly those from very
Marley has been active in ASEE since 1993, initially serving as campus
representative for MSU in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section. In 1994
he was awarded the ASEE Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award. After appointment
as associate dean of the college in 1995, Marley began focusing on specific
section and national activities. He has served as secretary/treasurer
of the PNW Section from 1995 to 1998 and then section chair from 1999
to 2000. He received the PNW Outstanding Section Campus Representative
Award in 2000. Marley also served as chair of the PNW Annual Section
Meeting in 2000 that, in addition to lectures on a variety of engineering
education topics, also focused on bringing together a unique blend of
engineering faculty, administrators, and higher education experts to
discuss the history and fundamental methods of program assessment. In
part for his work to expand the horizons in engineering and computer
science for women and minorities in Montana, Marley received the MSU
Alumni Association Award of Excellence in 2002.
Habib Sadid is Distinguished Teaching Professor in civil engineering
and Outstanding Public Servant at Idaho State University (ISU) located
in Pocatello, Idaho. On the faculty at ISU since 1987, he has served
as ASEE Campus Representative for six years and he was ASEE, Pacific
Northwest Section chair for the year 2000. Sadid has received several
awards for his teaching and involvement with student activities and
organizations. He was PNW Section Outstanding Campus Representative
and in 1995 he was named as Outstanding Zone IV Campus Representative.
He was also recognized for outstanding achievement in promoting membership
in the PNW Section of ASEE.
Sadid received a political science/law degree prior to his engineering
education. He later received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil/structural
engineering from Washington State University and originally joined ISU
faculty in 1987. He left for two years to work for Boeing Aerospace
Company, returning to ISU in 1991. While at ISU, he has initiated many
programs to promote engineering education on and outside of campus.
In 1991 Idaho State University was offering a general engineering degree
with a master's program in nuclear engineering. Today ISU is offering
ABET accredited bachelor degrees in civil, mechanical, and electrical
engineering and a new program in computer science. In addition, ISU
is offering M.S. programs in environmental, control and measurement,
nuclear, and structure and mechanics and a Ph.D. degree in engineering
and applied science. He is pleased to be part of the team that lead
to this development over a short period of time.
Since 1991, Sadid has actively participated in the ASEE regional and
national conferences and presented papers and held regional conference
for the PNW Section. Sadid says the most important skills to teach are
critical thinking and problem solving. "If students learn these
skills, they can approach any topic with a discerning eye…they
will demonstrate a greater appreciation for the perspectives of others
and develop innovative and integrative perspectives of the topic,"