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American Society for Engineering EducationDECEMBER 2007Volume 17 | Number 4 PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
FEATURES
COVER STORY: Why Won’t She Listen? - JUST WHEN WOMEN START TO MAKE THEIR MARK AS ENGINEERING EDUCATORS, YOUNG FEMALE STUDENTS ARE TUNING THEM OUT. - BY MARGARET LOFTUS
FEATURE: A Practical Visionary - RICHARD LIEBICH BROUGHT BUSINESS SAVVY TO THE TASK OF PREPARING YOUNG STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE ENGINEERING. - BY PIERRE HOME-DOUGLAS
FEATURE: Taking the Plunge - THE FIRST ENGINEERING GRADUATES OF OLIN COLLEGE SAY THE SCHOOL’S EMPHASIS ON TEAMWORK AND INNOVATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING GAVE THEM A LEG UP ON CHALLENGING CAREERS.  - BY ANNA MULRINE

DEPARTMENTS
COMMENTS
BRIEFINGS
DATABYTES
REFRACTIONS: Becoming an Engineer - BY HENRY PETROSKI
ASEE TODAY
CLASSIFIEDS
LAST WORD: Not Just for Sports - BY CATHY PIERONEK

TEACHING TOOLBOX
TEACHING TOOLBOX: You Know It. Can You Write It? WITH ENGINEERS EXPECTED TO BE NOT ONLY SMART BUT ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WELL, EDUCATORS FIND NEW WAYS TO TEACH THE SECOND 'R.' - BY THOMAS K. GROSE
TEACHING TOOLBOX: ON THE SHELF: The Human Impact of Rapid Change - BY ROBIN TATU
TEACHING TOOLBOX: JEE SELECTS: Give Them a Reason to Learn - BY MATTHEW MEHALIK, YARON DOPPELT AND CHRISTIAN SCHUNN


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ASEE TODAY: ASEE Today - President's Letter - The Forces Driving Change - BY JAMES L. MELSA, ASEE President  
2008 NOMINATIONS FOR ASEE OFFICERS
2007 ASEE AWARDS
2007 ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE BEST PAPER AWARDS
CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
WHERE EAST MEETS WEST

Presented on the following pages are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2008 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2007 ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Ronald E. Barr. 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 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, 2008.

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 may have been edited to fit the allotted space.

Candidates for President-Elect

J.P. Mohsen J. P. Mohsen

J. P. Mohsen is professor and chair of the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Louisville, where he has taught since 1981. He also taught engineering technology courses at the Purdue Statewide Technology Program (1996-99). He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He began his affiliation with ASEE in 1986 when he attended his first ASEE annual conference in Cincinnati. Since then, he has attended every ASEE Southeastern Section meeting, as well as many other ASEE-sponsored national and international meetings, while serving in various capacities at both the national and section level.

Mohsen is an ASEE fellow. He is a member of the ASEE Projects Board and is currently serving on the Board of Directors as vice president for member affairs. Previously, he served as first vice president (2006-07), vice president of PICs (2005-06), PIC I chair (2004-06), and Zone II chair (2002-04). He also served as the ASEE national campus representative (1994-2000) and chaired the ASEE zones Year of Dialogue Committee (2006-07). He has been active in ASEE’s Civil Engineering Division and served as chair (2002), program chair (2000) and director (1996-99). He also served as ASEE’s liaison to the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Educational Activities Committee (EdAC).

Mohsen is currently ASEE’s campus representative (CR) for the University of Louisville and served as the Southeastern Section coordinator for campus representatives (1998-2001). He received the Outstanding Section Campus Representative Award in 1996. In 2000, he was recognized as the campus representative who recruited the most new ASEE members in the Southeastern Section.

Mohsen served the ASEE Southeastern Section as president (1993-94), and as editor of the conference proceedings (1992-97). He was vice president and instructional unit chair (1990-91), Civil Engineering Division chair (1989-90), and Technical Program chair of the annual meeting (1991). He was the first recipient of the prestigious Tony Tilmans Service Award in 2002 for outstanding service to the section.

In his role as the national campus representative, Mohsen instituted technical paper and panel sessions at national meetings for campus representatives and served as the CR program chair (1995-98). He hosted and moderated the CR awards presentations at the national meetings (1994-2000). Mohsen received the Distinguished Service Award (1999) and the Distinguished Teaching Professor Award (2003), and was named Engineer of the Year in Education by the Kentucky Section of ASCE (1999 and 2007).

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE President-Elect. My 22 years in ASEE demonstrate my firm belief in and commitment to ASEE. I attended my first national meeting in 1986, becoming involved in the new engineering educators division and the civil engineering division. Close association with ASEE in those early years played a significant role in shaping my career as an engineering educator and administrator.

As a Fellow of ASEE, I have served in a number of positions on the Board of Directors and on the Projects Board. Because of my close affiliation with the Southeastern Section, I have assumed several leadership roles, including that of section president. I have provided leadership within the civil engineering division, serving as division chair. I also served as ASEE national campus representative coordinator for six years. It is with such extensive and varied experience in ASEE that I feel confident to serve as your president-elect.

ASEE has evolved over the years to become a leader in engineering and engineering technology education. We are now at a critical moment in our history – ASEE’s global efforts have positioned us as a leading organization worldwide. Through our cooperation with the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), we have had a significant global impact on engineering education. ASEE can help shape the future of engineering and engineering technology education in a time of constantly changing demands. We can make ASEE the voice of engineering and engineering technology education. If this is to occur, however, we must communicate with one another and provide services that address the needs of every ASEE constituent group. The ASEE 2006-07 Year of Dialogue brought to the surface issues that our members deem important. We must be inclusive and sensitive to the needs of all ASEE members. I am committed to a definitive ASEE position on the future of engineering and engineering technology education.

The Corporate Member Council, Engineering Deans Council, Engineering Technology Council, and Engineering Research Council all play a significant role in the life of ASEE. They have been highly effective in their individual efforts to advance the overall ASEE agenda. If elected, I pledge to encourage and facilitate close cooperation among these various councils, work closely with the K-12 division leaders to expand our outreach, and engage ASEE’s membership in our mission of educating tomorrow’s leaders. I appreciate your vote.

Tom C. Roberts Tom C. Roberts

Tom C. Roberts, P.E. is assistant dean of the college of engineering, recruitment & leadership development at Kansas State University (KSU). He has more than 35 years’ experience in engineering and engineering technology education. Roberts is a past member of the ASEE board of directors and served as first vice president and vice president for member affairs. He is past Zone III and Mid-West Section chair and past chair of two ASEE special interest groups: Leadership Training & Development (LTD) and University Continuing Education Directors (UCED). He is a former board member of the ASEE Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) and an active supporter of the Corporate Member Council (CMC). Since 1983, he has served as a panelist, presenter, and program chair at many Section, Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), and ASEE annual meetings.

In 1993, Roberts received the ASEE Centennial Certificate. In 1996, he received both the College Industry Partnership (CIP) Division Certificate of Merit award and the CIP Division CIEC best moderator award. He is currently serving on the ASEE Awards Policy Committee and was a key player in developing the National Outstanding Teaching Award. He served as a presenter and panelist in the recent Year of Dialogue and is currently serving on the Deans Engineering Education Council Task Force. He also serves as KSU’s ASEE campus representative

Roberts is a certified management consultant. While in industry, he helped develop and taught in the University of Kansas Architectural Management master’s degree program. In addition to working as a design/systems engineer, he served as director, College Recruiting and Human Resources Development for Black & Veatch Engineers-Architects. Roberts is the author of several papers and has presented seminars to several thousand business and education professionals throughout the United States. He has a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from KSU and is a licensed professional engineer.

In addition to his dean’s office responsibilities, Roberts teaches classes in engineering concepts, personal and professional development, and continuous quality improvement. He has partnered in development and delivery of campus-wide department head leadership workshops and the James R. Coffman Leadership Institute for faculty development, and is a campus-wide leadership seminar committee member. He has served as a member of the Kansas Award of Excellence Board of Examiners. Roberts is President-elect of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. He has been the president or chair of 15 different national, regional and local organizations during the past 30 years.

Candidate’s Statement

The ASEE president provides leadership to and represents the membership in a wide range of technical & professional organizations. Duties include:

  • Facilitating long-range planning and assuring financial viability,
  • Leading the Board of Directors and volunteers to implement change,
  • Assuring that member concerns are heard and addressed, and
  • Collaborating with ASEE headquarters staff to sustain and strengthen a broad range of programs and services.

It will be my honor and privilege to serve as your president.

My thirty-five years of engineering education experience are from several perspectives; first in the military, then in industry, and now within academe. Roles have included legislative testimony, program development, curriculum change, continuing education, and research/funding issues, all affecting K through higher education. Whether active in local, regional, or global perspectives, I have worked to innovate, enhance member activities, and strengthen sponsored programs.

Our society’s accomplishments and financial standing are excellent compared to the 1980-90’s. Yet, interactive sessions with ASEE members* disclose opportunities for improving engineering and engineering technology education:

  • Increased research funding and communication with the public and government officials,
  • Enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning,
  • Strengthened student recruitment and retention,
  • Greater diversity, and
  • Collaboration to establish engineering as a profession using a systems approach to reform.

Members are involved because ASEE provides an opportunity to meet and talk with peers. Some are reluctant to join ASEE because participation is not valued in the tenure/research process. As retirements continue and our ranks are filled with new members, ASEE must focus on adding value to the tenure and scholarship process.

Grassroots leaders, campus reps, and section/division chairs are essential to ASEE operations and are a vital ingredient in member development. These leaders’ efforts have resulted in conference Web-based paper submission, a national teaching award, student chapters, and a revised Journal. ASEE leaders must continue efforts to expand the participation and voice of our members.

I am committed to elevating the status and enhancing the role of our profession. As your President, I will listen, lead, facilitate and serve.

* Roberts, T.C.: “2001 Member Survey & 2002 Campus Rep Planning,” Presented to ASEE Board of Directors, Montreal, June, 2002, reaffirmed in Nashville, June 2003, and updated in 2006 / 2007; coupled with participation in the “Year of Dialogue.”

Candidates for the Office of Vice President for Member Affairs

John J. Uhran, Jr. John J. Uhran, Jr.

John J. Uhran, Jr., a life member of ASEE, is senior associate dean emeritus at the University of Notre Dame after serving 41 years in a number of teaching and administrative positions in engineering education. Most recently, he was the senior associate dean of the college of engineering for 10 years and a professor of electrical engineering and professor of computer science and engineering. He has been the undergraduate and graduate adviser as associate chair in electrical engineering and held the same positions in the department of computer science and engineering as one of its founding members. He earned his graduate degrees from Purdue University where he was a TA and instructor and received the best-teaching award for a graduate student in the School of Engineering.

Uhran is currently Zone II chair (2006-08) and, as a Board member, has also been involved with the ASEE Long Range Planning Committee and the Year of Dialogue Committee. He is also the campus representative (CR) for Notre Dame and has won the section CR Award once and the Zone II CR Award 3 times.

Previously, Uhran served as Zone II chair (1996-98), vice chair (1992-94) and chair (1994-97) of the Instrumentation Division and vice chair (1990-92) and chair (1994-96) of the Illinois/Indiana Section. He was also co-recipient of the Fluke Award (1998) and a member and chair of the Fluke Award Committee (1999-2000). He has chaired and organized many sessions at section and national ASEE conferences over the years and contributed papers to many of those conferences. He has also authored or co-authored many papers on education for Frontiers in Education (FIE), CIEC, International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE) and International Network on Engineering Education (INEER) conferences worldwide and research papers for many Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) conferences and journals. He was chair of the Illinois/Indiana Section conference held at Notre Dame in 1992 and continues to review papers for most of these conferences.

Aside from having the responsibility of preparing several departmental and College ABET visits, Uhran has served as a program visitor for ABET and Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) over the last 20 years. He most recently founded (2006) and ran a conference/workshop during the summers of 2006 and 2007, entitled “Engineering Education: The Role of First Year” at Notre Dame, supported by NSF and corporate sponsors, which attracted engineering educators from around the country.

Candidate’s Statement

Over the years, ASEE has continually improved its operation and ability to serve all members by choosing caring and qualified leadership to be the leading advocate for engineering education. In today’s climate, this is more important than ever. The role of the vice president for Member Affairs (VPMA) specifically interacts with zone and section chairs and members by attending the Section semi-annual and annual meetings. By working with the campus representatives, which is the direct link to all members, as the present VPMA has done, membership can be increased and relations with all deans can be facilitated. The VPMA can, more than others, be a member advocate to the Board of Directors by synthesizing most immediately the thoughts of all the membership and delivering Board actions back to the membership for appropriate follow through.

I have participated in significant ways as a presenter, organizer and paper reviewer at section, national and international conferences; through division activities; and campus representative and award activities. My activities on the Notre Dame campus, along with the many supported workshops and conferences I have chaired or co-chaired, have given me a good sense of the academic environment. As chair of the committee (1999) which led to the revamping of the engineering curriculum at Notre Dame, I have been able to uniquely synthesize many aspects of engineering education. It is because of these experiences that I ask for your vote of confidence by selecting me as your incoming VPMA.

If elected, I will do my best to serve all members with distinction and to perform the duties of the office by

  • Continuing to work hard at building on the work of the recent VPMAs with respect to the campus rep system,
  • Working closely with all zone and section chairs as I have done within my zone this past year,
  • Building a better bridge between the deans and their sections,
  • Promoting a common theme each year at the section conferences and producing a single position paper, and
  • Promoting a stronger relationship between the sections, institutional members and local K-12 constituents to strengthen and increase the number of students interested in engineering as a profession.

In summary, I hope to be a catalyst for the things above. I am greatly honored to have been nominated by my peers and I sincerely solicit your support in this endeavor with the hope that I can make a difference for all those who follow.

Sandra A. Yost Sandra A. Yost

Sandra A. Yost, CSJ, is an associate professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she has been a faculty member since 1996. Her degrees are all in Electrical Engineering (B.E.E. (1981) and M.Engr. (1982) from the University of Detroit, and Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Notre Dame). She is active in curriculum development and faculty development, and serves as the assessment coordinator for her department, as well as co-director of assessment for the college of engineering and science. She is active in outreach efforts to encourage pre-college students from underrepresented groups to consider engineering as a career. Yost has also served as co-director of the university’s Women’s Studies Program, and continues to serve on a subcommittee for the program.

Yost has been a member of ASEE for almost 20 years. She began her service to the society in 1991, after having been awarded the 1991 Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award by the North Central Section. She started as the North Central Section campus representative coordinator while on the engineering technology faculty at Penn State University, Beaver Campus, and continued to serve the section after completing her Ph.D., as program co-chair of the 1998 Spring Conference, as section vice chair (1998-99), and then chair (1999-2001). Since then, she has served as Zone II chair on the ASEE Board of Directors (2004-06), Best Paper chair for the North Central Section (2005-07), and a director of the Women in Engineering Division (2005-07). She is currently serving as vice chair of programs for the Educational Research and Methods Division.

Yost’s recent awards include the 2004 Engineering Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Detroit Mercy, and Outstanding Campus Representative in 2005 at both the Section and Zone levels.

Candidate’s Statement

These are exciting and challenging times to be engaged in engineering and technology education. Recent reports from the National Academies have put the spotlight on the preparation of our future technical leaders. As a society, ASEE, under the leadership of past president Ronald Barr and VP Member Affairs J. P. Mohsen, has engaged the membership at the section level in a Year of Dialogue process about the future of research and scholarship in engineering and technology education. If elected, I will continue to support this project and be responsive to the issues raised by our membership through this process.

While I am a member and have been involved in service to other professional societies (Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and IEEE), my deepest allegiance is to ASEE, because my passion for teaching and the desire to focus my research/scholarship on engineering and technology education finds a true home in this organization. I have been a grateful recipient of excellent mentorship in this society, and have done my best to offer myself as a mentor to others, particularly to those who assume leadership positions after me. A hallmark of my work in any leadership position is a sincere effort to leave the position in better shape than I found it. I find that most people who have followed me in a leadership position seem to appreciate my attempts to leave them a trail of crumbs to follow as they begin their service.

I believe that the VP Member Affairs should be responsive to the entire membership of the organization. It is important to consider that a significant number of our members are not able to attend the annual conference, so it is important for the society to have a supportive presence at the section level, where many of our future colleagues present their work in student paper or poster competitions. Working with the Zone chairs, section leaders and campus representatives to maintain and, where needed, improve the vitality of activities on the section and campus levels is a high priority. Having taught in both engineering and technology programs, I am also keenly aware that as a society we have a responsibility to make sure that our colleagues in engineering technology are not overlooked.

I am pleased and deeply honored to have been nominated for the position of VP Member Affairs. If elected, I pledge to do my best to live up to this great honor.

Candidates for the Office of Chair, Professional Interest Council I

B. K. Hodge B. K. Hodge

B. K. Hodge is the TVA professor of energy systems and the environment in the department of mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), where he is a Giles Distinguished professor and a Grisham master teacher. He is a fellow of ASEE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He received a B.S. (1965) and M.S. (1966) in aerospace engineering from MSU and an M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1973) in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama. He is a registered professional engineer.

Hodge has been active in ASEE at the section and national levels. In the ASEE Southeast Section, he has served in virtually all leadership positions and was the ASEE Southeast Section President in 1999-2000. From 2001-2004 he chaired the committee that completely rewrote and carried to adoption the ASEE Southeast Section’s constitution and bylaws. He won the Southeast Section Tom C. Evans Instructional Unit Paper Competition Award (1990) and the Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research (1995). In the ASEE Mechanical Engineering (ME) Division, Hodge has served as secretary-treasurer, chair-elect and program chair. He was the ASEE ME division chair in 2003-2004, and since then he has served the ME division in a number of ad hoc roles. He has published 10 articles in ASEE-sponsored journals and presented 18 papers at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.

Hodge has seven years of industrial experience with Thiokol-Huntsville (now ATK Launch Systems Group) as an aerothermodynamics research engineer and with Arnold Engineering Development Center as a research engineer. He joined the ME faculty at MSU in 1978. In the early 1980s, he developed a capstone course in energy systems design that has served as a model for similar courses in a number of mechanical engineering programs and that resulted in a textbook, now in its third edition and in print for more than 20 years. From the Bagley College of Engineering at MSU, he received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1990, the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 1997, and the Career Achievement Award in 2001.
Hodge’s long-term research interest is in enhanced heat transfer and advanced energy systems. His archival publications in enhanced heat transfer span 30 years, and he has published widely on a number of thermal sciences topics.

Jessica O. Matson Jessica O. Matson

Jessica O. Matson is a professor of industrial and systems engineering at Tennessee Technological University, where she has worked since 1998, serving two terms as department chair (1998-2006). Prior to her employment at Tennessee Tech, she was on the faculty at the University of Alabama (1987-1998) and Mississippi State University (1982-1987). She holds three degrees in industrial engineering: a B.S. from Mississippi State University and M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include both engineering education and production systems optimization. Her industrial experience includes two years with AT&T Long Lines and applied research projects with Westinghouse, JVC Disc America, Arvin North American Automotive, Carlisle Engineered Products, Alabama Cast Iron Pipe Company, Alabama Power Company, and others.

A member of ASEE since 1987, Matson has been active in the Industrial Engineering Division and the Southeast Section. In the Industrial Engineering Division, she has served as secretary, newsletter editor, program chair, division chair, and awards chair, and is currently leading an ad hoc committee in developing new awards for the division. She has served twice as chair for the industrial engineering division of the Southeast Section and in 1998 was selected to receive the Southeast Section Outstanding Teaching Award.

Matson is also an active member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and SWE. She was elected to the IIE Board of Trustees, serving from 2004-06 as vice president at large–academia. She has led an IIE national committee focused on establishing an industrial engineering student design competition and currently represents IIE on an ABET task force charged with making recommendations on systems engineering accreditation. She has served since 1997 as an ABET evaluator for industrial engineering programs. In 2007, she received the Fred C. Crane Distinguished Service Award from IIE.

Matson is involved in outreach activities through IIE, SWE, and First Lego League. She is also a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Pi Mu and is a registered professional engineer (Mississippi).

Candidates for the Office of Chair, Professional Interest Council IV

Noel N. Schulz Noel N. Schulz

Noel Schulz is an associate professor at Mississippi State University (MSU), where she holds the TVA endowed professorship in electrical and computer engineering. During 2003 and 2004, she was the director of Women in Engineering and Faculty Development at MSU. A second-generation engineering educator, she is also married to an engineering educator.

Schulz received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Virginia Tech in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1995. Her teaching career began at Virginia Tech, where she was an instructor in electrical engineering and engineering fundamentals for 18 months after receiving her master’s degree. She subsequently taught at the University of North Dakota and Michigan Technological University (MTU) before joining the Mississippi State faculty in 2001.

Schulz’s first experience with ASEE came when she presented a paper as a graduate student at the 1989 Frontiers in Education Conference. She joined the society in 1991.

Besides publications and presentations at national and regional ASEE conferences, Schulz has been active in the leadership of two divisions. From 1996 to 2001, she was an officer in the New Engineering Educators Division, which she chaired from 1999 to 2000. Since 2002, she has been an officer within the Women in Engineering Division, serving as division chair from 2006 to 2008. She served as ASEE campus representative for several years at MTU and was honored as the ASEE Campus Representative Outstanding Recruiter for 1998-1999. Additionally, she received the ASEE Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award for the North Midwest Section in 1999.

Schulz has been elected to the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) Governing Board for four years (2004-2007) as secretary. Since 2001, she has been an IEEE ABET evaluator.

Her other honors and awards include IEEE senior member (2000); HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Young Electrical Engineering Professor Award (2002); IEEE PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Power Engineer Award (2002); and an NSF CAREER Award (1998).

Eric P. Soulsby Eric P. Soulsby

Eric P. Soulsby completed his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in control and communication systems, with a specialization in man-machine systems, at the University of Connecticut. In 1985, he joined the faculty of the electrical engineering and computer science department full-time as the assistant department head and lecturer of electrical engineering. In 1986, he became the associate department head of the electrical and systems engineering department. Subsequently, in 1988 he was appointed associate dean for undergraduate programs in the school of engineering in which he managed the undergraduate engineering programs—including curriculum oversight and ABET and CSAB accreditation. During his decade of service as associate dean, he managed the academic affairs pertaining to undergraduate students in engineering, developed a state-wide transfer curriculum with the 12 community/technical colleges in the state, led effective teaching workshops, initiated a freshman year orientation course aimed at improving retention of engineering students, and taught courses in electrical and computer engineering. In 1999, Soulsby was appointed to a position of special assistant to the vice provost for undergraduate education and instruction, in which he did planning/data analysis for enrollment management and led the academic advisement implementation of the PeopleSoft student administration system. In 2006, he was appointed assistant vice provost and is currently overseeing assessment of student learning outcomes for all programs at the university, while continuing to serve on the faculty of the electrical and computer engineering department.

Soulsby has served as chair and secretary/treasurer of the ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM). During his tenure as Chair of ERM, he was responsible for revisions to the ERM bylaws, streamlining the administrative structure, election procedures, and committees, thereby allowing for a more efficient management of division affairs pertaining to the ASEE and Frontiers in Education conferences. He has also served as program chair and president of the ASEE Freshman Programs Division and as secretary/treasurer of the Northeast Section of ASEE. He is the recipient of the ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division 2006 Distinguished Service Award and received the Freshman Programs Division 2nd Place Best Paper Award at the ASEE 2005 conference. He is also a member of the IEEE Education Society and the IEEE Computer Society. His interests are in the areas of engineering education, student learning outcomes assessment, teaching and learning methods, human decision making, student success, numerical computing, and systems analysis.

Candidates for the Office of Chair, Professional Interest Council V

Lynette Krenelka Lynette Krenelka

Lynette Krenelka is director of the University of North Dakota’s (UND) Distance Degree Programs within the division of continuing education. UND has 25 degree programs delivered off campus in a variety of formats. One degree program Krenelka administers is the Distance Engineering Degree Program, one of the only ABET-accredited online engineering programs which offers a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Krenelka has been instrumental in the growth of all degree programs, but especially the Distance Engineering Degree Program. The program has over 350 enrollments each semester.

Prior to her role as director, Krenelka served as a grant writer. She has written a 250-page manual that is used at national and regional workshops she presents on grantsmanship. She also teaches an online course (BADM 395: Grant Writing: Getting the Results You Want) through UND’s Correspondence and Online Studies.

She is an active member of ASEE. She has been involved in the Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) of ASEE since 1999. She has served as program chair for the CIEC, secretary of the executive board for CPDD, director of the Executive Board, and currently chair of the Executive Board.

She received her master’s degree in research methodologies and her Ph.D. in educational administration through the University of North Dakota.

Pat Hall Pat Hall

Pat Hall is associate dean, continuing engineering & science education in the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences at The University of Tulsa, a private university in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has had 30 years of engineering education and training experience in the non-credit professional development area for domestic and international operations. Her unit offers up to 100 programs a year (public seminars, web-based courses, certificate programs and conferences) with over 2,000 participants annually. These programs have been conducted in 20 states and 20 countries.

She has also consulted with and conducted seminars/workshops on topics of professional development programs (marketing, working with faculty, course development and format, in-company and international programs) for many universities and associations across the U.S., including the University of Texas, the University of Florida, Auburn University, Association for Media-Based Continuing Education and others. Her strong suit is working with industry to deliver contract/customized training, delivering what they want and meeting their training needs. In addition, Hall worked in industry as marketing and business development manager for an engineering company.

Since 1988, she has been a member of ASEE, conducting workshops and sessions for the annual ASEE conference as well as the mid-winter CIEC. As a member of the Continuing Professional Development Division of ASEE, she has served on its Executive Board as Special Interest Group chair, program chair for ASEE, division secretary and division chair. CPDD honored her with the Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award in 2000. For CIEC, she served as the CIEC Executive Board chair for two years and as the 2004 General Conference chair for CIEC. She is currently the Site Selection chair for CIEC.

Candidates for the Office of Chair-Elect, Zone I

Stephanie Farrell Stephanie Farrell

Stephanie Farrell is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Rowan University. As an active member of ASEE for 12 years at both the section and national levels, she has served as section chair, awards chair, and newsletter editor in the Mid-Atlantic Section and has been a member of the section’s executive committee since 1999. She organized and hosted the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Meeting held at Rowan University, and in 10 years as an ASEE campus representative, she has been honored with both section and zone Outstanding Campus Representative awards. Also active in the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Farrell has been a leader in the Engineering Education Division for six years, serving as chair since 2005.

She received her B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.S. degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. from New Jersey Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. She has played a key role in the development of the chemical engineering program at the new college of engineering at Rowan University since joining in 1998. Previously, she was a faculty member in the chemical engineering department at Louisiana Tech University.

Farrell has received numerous grants from NSF for curriculum and laboratory innovation that have enabled her to incorporate experiential learning throughout the curriculum at Rowan University. A pioneer in the development of Rowan’s hands-on, multidisciplinary Engineering Clinic Program, she has led 20 industrially funded projects involving undergraduate students. She has shared her educational innovation and fostered academe-industry-government collaboration through many workshops, conference presentations, and journal publications. She has worked hard to cultivate the next generation of engineers through numerous outreach workshops for both students and teachers at the K-12 level. Her contributions as an engineering educator have been recognized with several ASEE awards, including the Mid-Atlantic Distinguished Teaching Award, Robert G. Quinn Award, and National Outstanding Teaching Award.

Bahram Nassersharif Bahram Nassersharif

Bahram Nassersharif has held the position of professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Rhode Island (URI) since 2003. He served as dean of the college of engineering from 2003 to 2007. Prior to URI, he held the position of department head and professor of mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) from 1997 through 2003. At NMSU, he also served as director of the graduate distance education programs in the College of Engineering and director of the University’s $1.4 million Title V grant funded by the US Department of Education focusing on diversity in engineering education. From 1991 to 1997, he was director of the National Supercomputing Center for Energy and the Environment and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was the founding director of the Texas A&M University Supercomputer Center and assistant professor of nuclear engineering and computer science at Texas A&M from 1986 through 1991. Prior to Texas A&M, Nassersharif held a scientific staff member position at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1988, he received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Nassersharif’s research activities have been concentrated in the area of intelligent system design, space power, automated diagnostics, high-performance computing, discovery based learning, and pedagogy in engineering education. Since 1986, he has received over $15 million in research funding support from the NSF, U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Air Force Systems Command, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Environmental Protection Agency, National Research Council, Department of Commerce, Cray Research, NASA, the Boeing Company, and the Champlin Foundations.

He is the author and co-author of over 100 technical publications and presentations, and lectured internationally on high-performance computing. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is an active member of several other professional societies including the ANS, ASME, IEEE, ACM, AAAI, and SIAM. He has been active in professional society activities as technical session organizer, conference co-organizer, and reviewer.

Nassersharif has been a member of ASEE since 1987. He has been active within ASEE both as a member and by participating in regional and national conferences and served as a reviewer for the Gulf-Southwest Section conference in 2000. He most recently served as the 2007 New England section chair organizing the Section’s regional conference.

Candidates for the Office of Chair-Elect, Zone III

Terrence L. Chambers Terrence L. Chambers

Terrence L. Chambers currently serves as an associate professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His research interests include engineering design and optimization, artificial intelligence, evolutionary computing, virtual reality, and engineering software development. He is the author of numerous technical and pedagogical papers, and has also been awarded, either as PI or Co-PI, over $930K in externally funded research grants. He currently teaches classes in the areas of 3D Solid Modeling, Numerical Methods, Finite Element Analysis, and Design Optimization. Chambers is a member of ASEE and ASME, and is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana.

He has been very active in ASEE since he began teaching. He has served as a campus representative for his university from 1997 to present. As a member of the Gulf Southwest (GSW) Section, he has served as vice chair and conference organizer, section chair, and past chair. He served as the first webmaster of the GSW Section from 2003 – 2006, and in that position created the inaugural website for the ASEE GSW Section, which included a searchable database of all papers published in the Section meetings. Chambers has been very active in ASEE, having attended ASEE meetings every year since 1995, and having published 19 papers in ASEE conferences.

In 2006, Chambers received the GSW Section Outstanding Service Award. He also received the Section Best Paper Award in 2006, and Honorable Mention in 1999. In 2001, he received the “Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award” from the Louisiana Engineering Foundation.

Charles McIntyre Charles McIntyre

Charles McIntyre is an associate professor and chair of the department of construction management and engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota. He received a B.S. degree from Springfield College in 1975, a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in 1989, and a M.Eng. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) from Penn State.

As an active member of the North Midwest Section of ASEE, McIntyre is currently the section chair and is a past secretary-treasurer. As a campus representative for NDSU, he has won a number of awards for recruiting and retaining faculty for membership in ASEE. He has several ASEE publications in the areas of active and cooperative learning. At NDSU, he is very active in a number of pedagogical programs, including the Teaching Academy, the Mentor Program, and the Peer Review of Teaching Program.

McIntyre’s industry experience includes nine years as a department supervisor and manager in the area of water and wastewater systems. He also headed his own consulting firm from 1985-90. He has a number of publications in ASCE journals and has served on the ASCE Land Development and Standards Committee. He has also been involved in the ASCE Construction Congress conferences and served on the ASCE Engineering Education Task Committee for Construction Congress VI. He is also a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Lamda Chi.

McIntyre has been involved with the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for many years. He has presented several workshops at the International Builders Show in the areas of computer technology, risk management, and scheduling. He is also advisor to the NAHB Student Chapter at NDSU. He currently serves on the philanthropic Home Builder Care Committee and the Education Committee for the Fargo-Moorhead Homebuilders Association.

Prior to entering the construction and engineering industry, he was involved in the educational profession as an elementary and high school teacher. He has taught in a variety of areas, including physical education, mathematics, and science. McIntyre has taught at every level from K-12 and has work experience in both the U.S. and Canada.

He is a recipient of the prestigious Robert Odney ‑ Excellence in Teaching Award and the Peltier Award for Innovative Teaching, both sponsored by NDSU Development. He has won numerous awards and citations for teaching from the College of Engineering and Architecture at NDSU.

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2007 ASEE Awards

Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award

This award was initiated by the Campus Liaison Board to honor outstanding Zone Campus Representatives. Each award winner receives a plaque.

Zone I

Harry Hess
College of New Jersey

Zone II

Donald P. Visco
Tennessee Technological University

Zone III

Christi L. Patton Luks
University of Tulsa

Zone IV

Marilyn Dyrud
Oregon Institute of Technology

Section Outstanding Teaching Award

This award, given by each ASEE section, recognizes the outstanding teaching performance of an engineering or engineering technology educator. The award consists of a framed certificate and an appropriate honorarium presented by the local section. Following are this year’s award recipients.

Gulf Southwest Section

Roger V. Gonzalez
LeTourneau University

Middle Atlantic Section

Jerry Samples
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

New England Section

Yiannis A. Levendis
Northeastern University

North Central Section

Gregory M. Wierzba
Michigan State University

Pacific Northwest Section

Shane Brown
Washington State University

Pacific Southwest Section

John Tester
Northern Arizona University

St. Lawrence Section

Mark Campbell
Cornell University

Southeast Section

Michael Meadows
University of South Carolina

Section Outstanding Campus Representative Award

ASEE’s Campus Liaison Board initiated this award to recognize those ASEE campus representatives who have demonstrated staunch support for ASEE on their campuses. The award consists of a framed certificate of recognition and is presented at each section’s annual meeting. Following are this year’s award recipients.

Gulf Southwest Section

James Farison
Baylor University

Middle Atlantic Section

Harry Hess
College of New Jersey

Midwest Section

Christi L. Patton Luks
University of Tulsa

North Central Section

Paul C. Lam
University of Akron

North Midwest Section

Charles McIntyre
North Dakota State University

Pacific Northwest Section

Marilyn Dyrud
Oregon Institute of Technology

Southeast Section

Donald P. Visco
Tennessee Technological University

Other Section Awards

Gulf Southwest Section

Conference Person-Mile Award
Texas A&M University, College Station

Faculty

1st Place Award

Stephen Crown and Arturo Fuentes, University of Texas-Pan American
“Student Learning Through Teaching”

2nd Place Award

Benito Flores, University of Monterrey
“Successful Students: Explaining and Promoting Their Existence”

3rd Place Award

Kenneth Van Treuren, Baylor University
“Addressing Contemporary Issues, Life-long Learning, and the Impact of Engineering on Global and Societal Issues in the Classrooms”

Student

1st Place Award

David Erwert, Baylor University
“Flow Separation on the Suction Surface of a Pak-B Low Pressure Turbine Blade”
Advisor: Kenneth Van Treuren

2nd Place Award

David Heffley, Baylor University
“Aerodynamic Characteristics of a NACA 4412 Airfoil”
Advisor: Kenneth Van Treuren

3rd Place Award

Justin Fronz and Steven Cortinas, University of Texas-San Antonio
“Vertical Displacement Manipulator”
Advisor: Dr. Chunjiang Qian

Southeast Section

Outstanding New Teacher Award

Zhaoxian Zhou
University of Southern Mississippi

New Faculty Research Award

Paul H. Ziehl
University of South Carolina

Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award

Guoquing Zhou
Old Dominion University

Professional and Technical Division Awards

Aerospace Engineering Division

John Leland Atwood Award

Helen Reed
Professor & Head, Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

Electrical Engineering Division

Frederick Emmons Terman Award

R. Jacob Baker
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Boise State University

Mechanical Engineering Division

Ralph Coats Roe Award

William Sharpe, Jr.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Nuclear Engineering Division

Glenn Murphy Award

Belle Upadhyaya
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Other Division Awards

Architectural Engineering Division

Best Conference Paper Award (2006)

David Jan Cowan
Indiana University-Purdue University,
Indianapolis

Best Conference Presentation (2006)

Edmond P. Saliklis
California Polytechnic State University

Outstanding Service Award for Program Chair (2005-2007)

John J. Phillips
Oklahoma State University

Outstanding Service Award for Division Chair (2005-2007)

Joseph A. Betz
SUNY-Farmingdale

Biomedical Engineering Division

Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award

Robert Linsenmeier
Northwestern University

Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award

Jenna Rickus
Purdue University

Chemical Engineering Division

CACHE Award

Lorenz T. Biegler
Carnegie Mellon University

William H. Corcoran Award

Joseph A. Shaeiwitz and Richard Turton
West Virginia University

Dow Lectureship Award

Theodore Randolph
University of Colorado

Ray W. Fahien Award

David Silverstein
University of Kentucky

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Chemical Engineering Pedagogical Scholarship

John W. Prados
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Civil Engineering Division

Gerald R. Seeley Fellowship

Chris Ramseyer
University of Oklahoma
Paper: “An Experiment in Undergraduate Research”

George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award

Col. Stephen J. Ressler
U.S. Military Academy

Glen L. Martin Best Paper Award

Col. Stephen J. Ressler, U.S. Military Academy
Paper: “Progress on Raising the Bar – New CE Accreditation Criteria”

College/Industry Partnership Division

CIEC Best Session Award

Presenter: Brad Armstrong, University of Texas
“The Matchmaker: Creating a Wonderful Relationship between Industry and Education”

CIEC Best Speaker Award

Danielle McNeillie, Mi-Co
Session: “Engineering Entrepreneurs Program: A Bridge from Student Imagination to Industry Innovation”

CIEC Best Moderator Award

Moderator: Lynn Boyd, Georgia Institute of Technology
Session: “Creating a Wonderful Relationship Between Industry and Education”

Lifetime Service Award for Promoting Excellence within Engineering Education

Paul Parker
University of Illinois

Continuing Professional Development Division

Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award
CIEC - Best Presenter Award

Nancy Kruse, University of Tulsa

CIEC Best Moderator Award

Patricia Hall, University of Tulsa
“Market Assessment: How to Do It Well for New Programs”

CIEC Best Session Award

Presenters: Linda Krute, North Carolina State University and Patricia Hall, University of Tulsa
Moderator: Paul Jewell, Iowa State University
“Trends and Issues in Continuing Engineering Education”

Certificate of Appreciation

Joe Greenberg (CPDD Board of Directors)
Louisiana State University

Kim Scalzo (Program Chair, 2007 CIEC)
Rensselaer Polytechnic University

Paul Jewell (2006 Program Chair)
Iowa State University

Certificate of Merit

Helene Demont (CPDD Board of Directors)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cooperative Education Division

Alvah K. Borman Award

Robert Tillman
Northeastern University

Lou Takacs Award

Dick Johnson
Gulfstream Aerospace
Patrick Skelly
IBM

CIEC Best Session Award

Presenter: Phil Gardner
Michigan State University
“The Futurist”

CIEC Best Speaker Award

Chris Plouff, Grand Valley State University
Session: “Socialization of Undergraduate Engineering Students into Professional Industrial Settings Through a Cooperative Education Program”

CIEC Best Moderator Award

Daphene Cyr Koch, Purdue University
Session: “Collaborative Teamwork with Industry II – Joint Session with Engineering Technology Division”

Student of the Year Award

Marvin Barnes
University of Alabama-Huntsville

Educational Research & Methods Division

Distinguished Service Award

Eric P. Soulsby
University of Connecticut

FIE Helen Plants Award

Presenter: Ruth A. Streveler
Purdue University
Session: “Best Non-Traditional Session at FIE 2005: Cognitive Legos: Helping Your Students Construct Scientifically Accurate Mental Models”

FIE Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award

Paper: “In-class Active Learning and Frequent Assessment Reform of Nuclear Reactor Theory Course”
Authors: Gregory A. Moses and Michael Litzkow
University of Wisconsin-Madison

FIE Ronald J. Schmitz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Frontiers in Education Conference

Jane Chu Prey
Microsoft Research

Electrical and Computer Engineering Division

ECE Distinguished Educator Award

Sarah A. Rajala
Mississippi State University

ECE Meritorious Service Award

Hossein Mousavinezhad
Western Michigan University

Engineering Design Graphics Division

Distinguished Service Award

Frederick D. Meyers
Ohio State University

Chair’s Award

Nicholas Bertozzi
Daniel Webster College
For: Best Paper at the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference
Paper: “Implementation of a Three-Semester Concurrent Engineering Design Sequence for Lower Division Engineering Students”

Oppenheimer Award

Marie P. Planchard
SolidWorks Corporation
For: Best Paper Presentation at the 61st Midyear Conference of the Engineering Design Graphics Division
Paper: “3D CAD: A Plus for STEM Education”

Engineering Economy Division

Eugene L. Grant Award

Pameet Singh
University of Maryland, College Park
Peter Sandborn
University of Maryland, College Park
Paper: “Obsolescence Driven Design Refresh Planning for Sustainment-Dominated Systems” (pp 115-130, Volume 15, Number 2, The Engineering Economist)

Best Paper Award

Joseph Hartman
Lehigh University
“Testing the ‘Art’ of Engineering Economic Decision-Making”

Engineering Libraries Division

Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award

John M. Saylor
Cornell University

Best Reference Work Award

Virginia Kay Williams and Christine Lea Fletcher, Mississippi State University
Article: “Materials Used by Master’s Students in Engineering and Implications for Collection Development: A Citation Analysis,” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 45 Winter (2006)

Engineering Management Division

Bernard R. Sarchet Award

William R. Peterson
Arizona State University

Merl Baker Award

Susan L. Murray
University of Missouri-Rolla

Engineering Technology Division

CIEC Best Session Award

Presenter: Raymond Lepore, Edison Community College
“Collaborative Teamwork with Industry II”

Entrepreneurship Division

Kauffman Award for Excellence in Engineering or Technology Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Nichols
University of Texas at Austin

Environmental Engineering Division

Meritorious Service Award

Kauser Jahan
Rowan University

Industrial Engineering Division

Best Paper Award

Sharon A. Jones, Lafayette College
Kristen Tull, Durham, N.C.
Alok Bhandari, Kansas State University
Timothy LaPara, University of Minnesota
Donna E. Fennell, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Lee W. Clapp, Texas A&M University

Early Career Award

Ann Brady, Michigan Technological University

International Division

Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award

Jack Lohmann
Georgia Institute of Technology

Service Award

Muthar Al-Ubadi
University of Cincinnati

Liberal Education Division

The Sterling Olmstead Award

Rachelle Hollander
National Science Foundation

Mathematics Division

Distinguished Educator and Service Award

Phillip R. Smith
New Mexico State University

Mechanics Division

Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award

Brig. Gen. Cary A. Fisher
U.S. Air Force Academy

Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award

Adrian J. Lew
Stanford University
Junlan Wang
University of California, Riverside
Wenbin Yu
Utah State University

Best Presentation Award (2006 ASEE Annual Conference)

Thomas Nordenholz
California Maritime Academy
“Animation as the Final Step in the Dynamics Experience”

Best Paper Award (2007 ASEE Annual Conference)

Author: Kurt Gramoll, University of Oklahoma
“A Web-based Electronic Book (EBook) for Solid Mechanics”

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ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE BEST PAPER AWARDS

This award recognizes high-quality papers that are presented at the ASEE Annual Conference. Papers awarded are from those that were presented at the Annual Conference the previous year. Six outstanding conference papers are selected: one from each of the five ASEE Professional Interest Councils (PICs) and one overall conference paper. The award consists of $1,000 for each PIC paper and $3,000 for the best conference paper.

Best Paper - PIC I

2007-2036: TEACHING THE BOK - CHALLENGES FOR FACULTY AND PROGRAMS
Mark Evans
Decker Hains
Stephen Ressler

Best Paper - PIC II

2007-919: STEM-RELATED K-12 OUTREACH THROUGH HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON PROGRAM COLLABORATIONS
Claude Kansaku
Linda Kehr
Catherine Lanier

Best Paper - PIC III

2007-2476: RETAINING FRESHMAN ENGINEERING STUDENTS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN A FIRST-YEAR LEARNING COMMUNITY: WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T
Janet Meyer
Nancy Lamm
Joshua Smith

Best Paper - PIC IV

2007-1106: LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGINEERING OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR GIRLS: A CONTROLLED STUDY
Jeanne Hubelbank
Chrysanthe Demetry
Shelley Errington Nicholson
Stephanie Blaisdell
Paula Quinn
Elissa Rosenthal
Suzanne Sontgerath

Best Paper - PIC V

2007-1283: ADDRESSING THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT NEEDS OF EXPERIENCED PROJECT PROFESSIONALS
James Plemmons
Ray Jones

Best Overall Paper

2007-919: STEM-RELATED K-12 OUTREACH THROUGH HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON PROGRAM COLLABORATIONS
Claude Kansaku
Linda Kehr
Catherine Lanier

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Where East Meets West

Where East Meets West

ASEE’s Global Colloquium in Istanbul drew a diverse group of speakers and a range of new ideas. By Spencer Potter

From October 1 to 4, engineering education stakeholders from around the world gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, for the 6th ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Shaping the Future through Global Partnerships. The meeting, hosted by the prestigious Boğaziçi University, succeeded in reinvigorating ongoing collaborations and providing a forum for the generation of new ones.

Istanbul straddles the windy shores of the Bosporus strait—the narrow stretch of water partitioning Europe and Asia—endowing the location of this year’s Global Colloquium with a metaphor for the conference’s purpose. With more than 50 invited speakers and 200 contributed papers, the meeting crossed cultural barriers and drew innovative ideas in engineering education from every corner of the Earth.

This year’s Colloquium had a greater geographical diversity than any to date. ASEE hosted an eight-person delegation from the newly-formed Kazakhstan Society for Engineering Education, led by Professor Mutanov Galimkair Mutanovich of the East-Kazakhstan State Technical University. ASEE also welcomed two new globally-focused corporate sponsors: MeritTrac and Bosch. Additionally, a handful of key leaders from Africa joined the meeting, anticipating next year’s Global Colloquium in Cape Town, South Africa.

A well-attended socio-economic panel on contemporary Turkey was particularly popular. This interactive discussion, led by two distinguished Turkish political scientists, focused primarily on the proposed Turkish membership in the European Union. This session typified an ASEE commitment to continued professional development, to educating ourselves about the local context of our international partners, and to supporting active dialogue on critical international issues.

The International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) held its first annual Global Summit on the campus of Boğaziçi University in affiliation with ASEE. IFEES also held its second annual Assembly of Members, approved the broad outlines of a strategic plan, and endorsed the implementation of several concrete initiatives spearheaded by member societies, such as the implementation of a Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), and the Indo-US Collaborative for Engineering Education (IUCEE).

Students are now incorporated into every aspect of ASEE’s and IFEES’ international work. Student colleagues participated and presented in both the Global Colloquium and IFEES Global Summit this year and were enthusiastically received by educators, corporate partners, and society representatives.

A Global Colloquium Task Force has been commissioned to develop a strategic plan to ensure the series’ successful continuity over time. Chaired by Barbara Olds of the Colorado School of Mines, the task force is developing evaluative instruments to measure progress and identify avenues for improvement.

Spencer Potter is ASEE's International Program's Associate.

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