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2013 Nominations for ASEE Board Election

 

Presented below are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2013 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2012 ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Renata Engel. 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 petition 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 Jan. 1, 2013.

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 the office of President-Elect

Nick Altiero
Nicholas Altiero

Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Tulane University

Nicholas Altiero received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. Following postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan and at the Department of the Interior’s Twin Cities Research Center, he joined the faculty of the Materials Science and Mechanics Department at Michigan State University in 1975. In 1990, he was named 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 1998, he was named chair of the department of materials science and mechanics. In 2000, he joined the faculty at Tulane University as dean of the School of Engineering, the ninth dean in the school’s 112 year history. In 2006, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University was restructured and Altiero was named the inaugural dean of the integrated School of Science and Engineering.

Altiero has held visiting positions at the Polytechnic University of Milan as a Fulbright Scholar and at the Technical University of Aachen as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He has published extensively in the areas of computational mechanics, fracture mechanics, geomechanics, and biomechanics. and has received funding for research, teaching, and outreach projects from NASA, NSF, DOE, the CDC, and multiple industry sources. He has taught a wide range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and, in 1991, received the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He currently serves as Chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council and as a member of the ASEE Board of Directors. This is his second term on the ASEE Board of Directors; he served from 2000 to 2002 as chair of the ASEE Engineering Research Council. He also serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Louisiana Innovation Council, the Nominating Committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authorities, and the Board of Trustees of the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. He currently serves as vice president of Core Element, a New Orleans-area program that provides materials and training for hands-on science education to K-12 teachers.

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE president-elect. I have been active in ASEE leadership since 1990, first as a member of the Engineering Research Council and subsequently as a member of the Engineering Deans Council. I was elected to the Executive Board of the Engineering Research Council in 1994 and ultimately served as chair in 2000-2002. In 2005, I was elected to the Executive Board of the Engineering Deans Council, and I currently serve as its Chair. I have served on the ASEE Board of Directors twice and as vice president for Councils twice. I believe deeply in the mission of ASEE and the role that ASEE plays in advancing excellence in engineering and engineering technology education and, as president, I would endeavor to build on the strengths of our membership and to aggressively promote ASEE’s leadership role in STEM education.

ASEE has always emphasized that providing value to its members is a primary component of its mission. This has enabled ASEE to attract a large, diverse, dynamic membership that is the very source of its strength. Above all else, ASEE must continually develop and effectively offer services that attract new members, provide value to current members, and create an environment in which the membership can collectively address the major challenges facing engineering and engineering technology education. There are rapid changes occurring in education that are transforming the way that we teach, learn, and create. Not only must ASEE continue to provide programs and services that enable its members to stay current on the effective application of these new platforms and technologies; it must also continue to provide the forum for engineering and engineering technology educators to be the drivers of these innovations and their application.

The role of ASEE has never been more significant than it is today. As our nation and the world place more and more emphasis on the importance of STEM education and the development of innovation-driven economies, ASEE must clearly assume a leadership position in promoting public awareness and informing public policy. Significant challenges in K-12 STEM education, attraction to and retention in engineering programs, building partnerships that fuel innovation, and competing in a highly competitive global economy demand our attention and the authority of our collective voice. If elected, I pledge to work with the excellent leadership team at ASEE to make your organization even more member oriented and publicly recognized.

 

Pat Fox
Pat Fox

Associate Chair of Technology Leadership and Communication Department
Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Pat Fox, who has served as an associate and assistant dean for 20 years, is the associate chair of the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at
IUPUI, an urban public university with approximately 30,000 students. Fox has been a faculty member at IUPUI for 30 years and teaches courses in leadership, ethics, and sustainability, including two study-abroad courses on sustainability. She has authored and coauthored numerous papers on a variety of engineering education topics, including assessment, innovative teaching, industry collaboration, international partnerships, undergraduate research, sustainable development, globalization, and administration.

A member of ASEE since 1983, Fox has served the society in numerous leadership roles, including three terms on the ASEE Board of Directors as vice president for external relations (2009-2011), vice president for public affairs (2008-2009), and Engineering Technology Council chair (2004-2006). In addition to her Board appointments, she has extensive service and experience on the ASEE Board of Directors in other areas. She was appointed vice president for Institutional Councils (2004-2005) and was voted by her peers to serve as first vice president for four consecutive years (2008 through 2011). In addition, she served five years on the Board’s Executive Committee, four years on the Board’s Finance Committee, and four years on the Long-Range Planning Committee.

Fox’s extensive service also includes other positions within ASEE. For example, she has worked with the Engineering Technology Division and Council, the Corporate Member Council, the International Division, and the Student Division in various capacities (program chair, reviewer, committee member, adviser). She served as chair of the CMC’s Special Interest Group for Engineering, Technology, and Society Liaison. During her work with CMC and with others, she was instrumental in bringing together the four Institutional Councils (EDC, ERC, ETC, and CMC) and the College Industry Partnership Division to establish an ASEE national award for collaborative work between industry and engineering education. She has also been active at the grass-roots level of ASEE and was one of the founding members who worked with engineering students to establish the ASEE Student Division. She is the ASEE campus representative at IUPUI.

Fox was the first woman to be awarded ASEE’s Frederick J. Berger Award in 2003 and James H. McGraw Award in 2008. Among other awards she has received, she was selected by her peers in 2007 to be an ASEE Fellow for her career accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to ASEE.

Candidate’s Statement

I am passionate about ASEE and dedicated to its mission. I am honored to be nominated as president-elect and will continue to serve you to the best of my abilities, if elected. My leadership and administrative experience, coupled with my vision and energy, make me an excellent fit for this position. In addition, my steadily increasing responsibilities on various committees and the ASEE Board have prepared me well to lead ASEE at this particularly challenging point in time.

We live in a very complex and ever-changing global environment where educating engineering and engineering technology students has never been more important for the world. Many significant issues currently face us in engineering and engineering technology education, including accreditation, continuous improvement, diversity, globalization, industry relations and collaboration, K-12 education, recruitment, research, retention, scholarly activities, STEM education, workforce education, etc. Arguably, the most important concern for all of us today is the financial challenges that are facing higher education. ASEE has the same issues that we face each day in our own institutions, including financial challenges and a rapidly changing landscape. I served four years on the Finance Committee, and I am aware of the need for ASEE to continue to work toward making sure that the society is financially sound now and in the future. I am very optimistic, and I see a wealth of talent, knowledge, abilities, and dedication in our society, which includes individuals like you, who solve problems and redesign challenges into opportunities to make institutions and ASEE excel in all areas of their core mission.

As president, I will help the divisions, councils, chapters, sections, and zones work together to move ASEE to a higher level in regional, national, and international arenas. One of my strongest attributes is my ability to work successfully with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including engineering faculty, engineering technology faculty, university and college administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, and industry leaders. As a result of my 30-year career in engineering and engineering technology education, I will effectively lead ASEE and chart a sustainable future direction for the organization.

I ask that you give me the opportunity to represent you and ASEE by voting for me as your next president-elect. Together we can bring to fruition the goals and aspirations of the core values, mission, and vision of ASEE. Thank you for your time and vote.



Candidates for the office of Vice President,
External Relations


Grant Crawford
Grant Crawford

Director, Mechanical Engineering Program,
Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department
U.S. Military Academy

Grant Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., is a colonel in the United States Army, an associate professor, and director of the Mechanical Engineering Program in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. He has served in this capacity since July 1, 2008, and is responsible for leadership of the mechanical engineering faculty, curriculum development, and management of the program budget and resources. He has taught courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal-fluid systems I and II, heat transfer, fixed-wing aerodynamics, helicopter aeronautics, computer-aided design, mechanical engineering design, aerospace systems design, and military science. He also advises senior cadets in the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design course.

Crawford was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1985. Following initial military assignments to Korea and Germany, he earned his master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, and taught at West Point as an instructor and assistant professor. From 1998 to 2001, Crawford again served in an operational assignment with the Army until his selection to return to the West Point faculty as a senior faculty member. He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas in 2004 and returned to West Point as an assistant professor and director of the Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics Group. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and assumed his current position as Director for the Mechanical Engineering Program. In this capacity, he has taught numerous engineering education seminars, both in the United States and in India. He served as a mentor to the engineering department faculty at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan in the summer of 2009.

Crawford has served in a variety of national-level positions and is currently the ASEE Zone I chair (pro tem), chair of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and a mechanical engineering program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Crawford holds commercial pilot ratings in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft and has been a registered professional engineer in the commonwealth of Virginia since 1998.

Candidate’s Statement

It is an honor to be nominated to serve as your representative for external relations. This position requires a broad set of skills and abilities, and requires communication with entities external to ASEE as well as communicating our external activities to those within the organization. There is also a responsibility to serve as a member of the Finance Committee and to chair the society’s Projects Board. I believe I possess the interpersonal and financial skills that will enable me to be an effective representative for you in this capacity.

I enjoy working with teams. My service in the Army has taken me to a variety of places in the United States and around the world, from the Philippine Islands and Korea to Germany, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In all instances, a major aspect of my responsibilities has involved working with people in a manner that reflects understanding and respect for their country and culture. One of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life was the two months in the summer of 2009 that I spent working with and mentoring my colleagues on the faculty of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan. I believe that I learned as much from my associates as they did from me. Each and every experience has served to hone my ability to work with a broad range of people in pursuit of a common goal.

My financial and resource management experience is vast and varied. It runs the gamut from small budgets in the tens of thousands of dollars to oversight of multimillion-dollar programs and spans over two decades. It includes extensive experience in budgetary management in government organizations as well as budgetary supervision for an academic program. In many instances, I have worked with multiple accounts and lines of funding from multiple sources. I believe I am amply prepared for the financial responsibilities inherent in this position.

This is an exciting time for ASEE and STEM initiatives in our country and around the world. From our focus on student retention to STEM outreach and international engagement, the vice president of external relations will play a critical role in ASEE’s leadership of engineering and engineering technology education initiatives. I appreciate your consideration for this position and, if elected, will do my utmost to fulfill your trust and expectations.


Bevlee Watford
Bevlee Watford

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor, Engineering Education
Virginia Tech

An active member of ASEE since 1986, Bevlee Watford has served the organization in multiple capacities. She has held elected office in both the Women in Engineering and the Minorities in Engineering Divisions. She chaired the Diversity Task Force that resulted in the creation of the ASEE Diversity Strategic Plan as well as a standing Diversity Committee, which she chairs (2010-2013). She is currently chair of Professional Interest Council IV (2010-2013) and serves as vice president of the PICs on the ASEE Executive Committee. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Advances in Engineering Education. In 2010, she was elected a Fellow of ASEE.

Watford is a professor of engineering education in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her B.S. degree in mining engineering, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial engineering and operations research from Virginia Tech. Since 1992, she has been founding director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at the College of Engineering. She has secured more than $6.5 million in funding and support for the CEED and other undergraduate initiatives from a variety of sources. Her research activities have focused on the recruitment and retention of students in engineering, with a particular emphasis on under-represented students. The CEED office has implemented nationally recognized programs that have enhanced the success of all students. These include freshman peer mentoring, summer bridge programs for incoming freshmen, and residential living-learning communities. CEED was awarded the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In 2011, CEED received the NSBE-ExxonMobil Impact Award for implementing successful research-based efforts to improve retention. In 2008, Watford received the Women in Engineering ProActive Network
WEPAN Founders Award in recognition of her service to WEPAN and her efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession.

Watford has served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering since 1997, responsible for all undergraduate activities from recruiting to commencement. From 2010-2011 she served as interim department head of engineering Education. From 2005 to 2007, she served as a program manager in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.

Watford was the 2004-2005 president of WEPAN and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA). She is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl Website Committee.

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE vice president, external relations. This is an exciting time, as we are experiencing a global emphasis on STEM education. At local, state, and federal levels, the imperative to increase the number of STEM graduates, particularly engineering and engineering technology graduates, is highly visible. Numerous organizations and corporations are focusing their efforts on building the engineering pipeline. ASEE is in a prime position to collaborate with others to achieve a major positive impact on enrollment and graduation numbers. I see the vice president for external relations having a key role in transforming partnerships with strategic organizations to achieve real and lasting change.

With oversight responsibility for the Projects Board, this position is heavily vested in ensuring that ASEE is involved in external projects that enhance the organization, both internally and externally. Some external projects, such as managing fellowship review processes, help ASEE to thrive financially. Others, such as educational workshops, enable ASEE to provide leadership on issues of global importance. Regardless of the type of project, each serves to raise the visibility of ASEE as a leader in engineering education.

Global engagement is also a focus within the engineering education community. Academic leaders are developing strategic goals to increase the number of engineering students engaging in a global experience. ASEE is involved in several global initiatives that promote education, discussion, and strategic partnerships with the international engineering education community. As the world becomes increasingly “flat,” the value of these and future global initiatives to our community can only increase. With oversight of this area, the vice president for external relations can have a large impact on the success of these collaborative efforts.

Within ASEE, I have served as vice president of PICs and program chair and then chair of the Women in Engineering Division. My experiences working with the ASEE senior leadership as chair of the Diversity Task Force resulted in the ASEE Diversity Strategic Plan and a standing Diversity Committee. That effort solidified my perception of ASEE’s ability to contribute to and influence an important national agenda.

I understand and appreciate the volunteer nature of ASEE, and I have been successful in bringing people together to accomplish a stated goal. I believe that my experiences in leadership and management, coupled with my enthusiasm for engineering education and ASEE, will enable me to effectively serve the organization and its membership. I hope that I will have the opportunity to do so.


Candidates for the office of Vice President, Finance

John Mason
John Mason

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost
Auburn University

John Mason serves as vice president for research and associate provost at Auburn University. He is President of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides research program development, technology transfer, and commercialization initiatives. As chief research officer, he is a member of the president’s cabinet and provides leadership for strategic planning for the university research enterprise. Mason is a professor of civil engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University.

Prior to joining Auburn University, Mason was an associate dean in the College of Engineering at Penn State University. He also had served as director of the Thomas D. Larson Transportation Research Institute and executive director for the multi-state consortium of the Mid-Atlantic University Transportation Center.

Mason has been an active member and leader in ASEE, serving on the Engineering Research Council (ERC) as a member of the Board of Directors, secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair. He also served on the Nominating Committee for both ERC and ASEE, the ASEE Executive Director Search Committee, the Projects Board, the Data Standardization Committee, the ASEE Board of Directors, and as a panelist for the SMART/Department of Defense Fellowship program.

He has considerable public and private financial management experience. Mason is responsible for a $20 million operating budget and administration of a research enterprise of $130 million. As president of a non-profit organization, he provides oversight for budgetary responsibilities to build, market, and operate a 150-acre research park, a public-private partnership. He has served on various public and private-sector boards. He is currently a member of the Finance and Audit Committee for Oak Ridge Associate Universities, trustee member for the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and board member for a private-sector engineering firm.

Mason holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University, an M.S. degree from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A & M University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

 

Terri Morse
Terri Morse

Engineering Operations & Technology Program Director,
The Boeing Co.

Terri Morse is program director for engineering, operations and technology, global technology - external technical affiliations (ETA) at the Boeing Co. ETA is an enterprise-level initiative aimed at defining and overseeing the strategy and investment levels for companywide external industry technical affiliations. Execution includes providing clear strategy, guidance, and processes connecting diverse Boeing Business Unit activities and people to internal and external technical opportunities (domestic and international) in order to maximize R&D yield, ensure technology readiness, and be the catalyst of innovation. She manages Boeing’s relationships with more than 200 external technical organizations.

Morse began her career at The Boeing Co. in aerodynamics. She has held engineering and management positions developing flight controls, autopilot/auto throttle, flight management systems, flight deck systems, mechanical/hydraulic, environmental control, and electrical wiring systems. She has been part of the original design teams for the 757/767, 737-300, 747-400, 777, and 787 airplanes. In addition, she has been a leader of the Engineering Define Lean & Efficient (L&E) program responsible for developing the next-generation processes and design tools for use across the Boeing Co. Focus programs for L&E have included 787, Unmanned Combat Vehicles, Boeing Satellite Services, and Future Combat Systems. She graduated summa cum laude from Central Washington State University.

Morse is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She currently serves on the National Engineers Week Foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Industrial Research Institute’s External Technical Director’s Network, and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Engineering Women Advisory Committee, and is chair of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Corporate Member Counsel, vice president of the ASEE Institutional Councils, and member of the ASEE College Industry Partnership Division.

She has received the SWE Distinguished Service Award, the Hewlett-Packard Innovation Award, and the ASEE Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award for her work in establishing a Boeing-sponsored national student competition with SWE called Team Tech, in which she still serves as National award coordinator. More than 50 university campuses and 1,400 students have participated in the competition over a 20-year history. Morse has been recognized in Cambridge Who’s Who, Who’s Who In the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

 

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Candidates for the office of Chair, Professional Interest Council I

Gene Dixon
Gene Dixon

Associate Professor,
Department of Engineering
East Carolina University

Gene Dixon is a tenured associate professor at East Carolina University, where he teaches aspiring engineers at the undergraduate level. Currently, he teaches the senior design capstone course and project management. He is responsible for securing industry projects for the experiential learning component of the course. Previously, he held positions of responsibility in industry with Union Carbide, Chicago Bridge & Iron, E. I. DuPont deNemours, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom, and Washington Group. Positions include project engineer, program assessor, senior shift manager, TQM coach, and production reactor outage planner. He also has experience as a corporate trainer and motivational speaker.

Dixon received a Ph.D. degree in industrial and systems engineering and engineering management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a master’s of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a B.S. degree in materials engineering from Auburn University. He has authored several publications on the follower component of leadership and has been active in research concerning nuclear waste management, energy conservation, engineering education, and leadership-focused processes. He has served as newsletter editor/secretary, program chair, division chair, and awards chair (or equivalent) in both the Engineering Management and Engineering Economy Divisions of ASEE.

Dixon is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Management and serves as secretary of the Society and will be president in 2015. He also serves on the Eugene L. Grant Award Committee for the Engineering Economy Division of ASEE. His recognitions include the Franklin Woodbury Award for Special Service by the ASEM in 2003 and the 2002 Merle Baker Award for Best Conference Paper by the ASEM. He was instrumental in the founding of the CSRA Section of the ASEM and is listed as the chartering president. He was a founding officer of the Lee-Metro Jaycees when he was an undergraduate engineering student at Auburn, and was an active member of the Oak Ridge (TN) Jaycees, also while an undergraduate.


Adrienne Minerick
Adrienne Minerick

Associate Professor,
Chemical Engineering Department
Michigan Technological University

Adrienne Minerick is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University. In this role, she leads a research group, the Medical microDevice Engineering Research Laboratory (MD-ERL), teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, and is active in chemical engineering educational pedagogy as well as women in engineering
programs.

Minerick received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University in 1998. She began as an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Mississippi State University in 2003 and was promoted/tenured in 2009 before transitioning back to her alma mater in 2010 as an associate professor. Minerick’s research interests include electrokinetics, predominantly dielectrophoretic characterizations of cells, and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned an NSF CAREER Award (2007), has published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover. She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within MD–ERL also inspires Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities. (See www.mderl.org.)

Minerick is a recipient of the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division’s Raymond W. Fahien Award (2011) and Michigan Tech’s Fredrick D. Williams Instructional Innovation Award (2012). Within ASEE, she has earned five awards for papers and research, including the New Engineering Educators Division’s Best Paper Award (2010); the Southeast Section’s Thomas C. Evans Instructional Paper Award (2007 and 2009), New Faculty Research Award (2008), and Outstanding Paper Award (2006). At Mississippi State, she earned the Bagley College of Engineering’s Engineering Educator Award (2009) and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2009). At Michigan Tech, she was inducted into the Academy of Teaching Excellence (2012).

Minerick has been a representative, treasurer, webmaster, newsletter editor, and programming and division chair in ASEE’s Women in Engineering Division, Chemical Engineering Division, New Engineering Educators, and Southeast Section division leadership teams since 2003. She has contributed to 33 ASEE conference proceedings articles and five educational journal publications. She presently serves as president of the American Electrophoresis Society and is a member of ASEE’s Diversity Committee.


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Candidates for the office of Chair, Professional Interest Council IV

Maura Borrego
Maura Borrego

Associate Professor,
Engineering Education
Virginia Tech

Maura Borrego is an associate professor in the department of engineering education at Virginia Tech. All of her degrees are in materials science and engineering. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Stanford University, and her B.S. degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Borrego earned a College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence two years after joining Virginia Tech, for her teaching in the first-year engineering program. She was instrumental in getting the Ph.D. in Engineering Education approved at the state level in 2007. Borrego developed four new graduate courses in assessment and research methods. She directed the graduate program for 18 months, before accepting a 2010 Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is currently serving as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation.

Borrego has been an active member of ASEE since 2000, coauthoring 30 ASEE national conference papers. She is a member of the Educational Research and Methods (ERM), K-12 and Pre-College Engineering, Graduate Studies, Minorities in Engineering, and Women in Engineering Divisions. She is current chair of the ERM Division (2011-2013), which has 1,350 members. In ERM, she also served as an elected board member (2006-2008), Nominating Committee chair (2007), Best Paper Committee chair (2008-2009), and program chair for the 2010 Frontiers in Education Conference that ERM cosponsors with IEEE’s Education and Computer Societies. In the Graduate Studies Division, she served as an elected board member (2011-2012) and conducted a membership survey. Borrego is looking forward to using the leadership skills she developed in ASEE and her administrative positions to increase collaboration among divisions and ensure communication between ASEE’s Board of Directors and its divisions.

Borrego has earned the NSF CAREER Award and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her engineering education research. Her results are published in 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Engineering Education and Advances in Engineering Education.

She is a recipient of two Outstanding Research Publication awards from different divisions of the American Educational Research Association. Borrego guest-edited one of the first special issues of Advances in Engineering Education and currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Education. She is also a 2010 State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Member in the Rising Star category.

Beth Holloway
Beth Holloway

Director, Women in Engineering Program
Purdue University, West Lafayette

Beth Holloway is director of the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University, where she initiates, manages, evaluates, and promotes comprehensive activities and programs that recruit and retain women in engineering from kindergarten through faculty ranks. She received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in engineering education, also from Purdue. Her research areas include women and leadership, particularly in male-dominated careers; differential retention issues for women across engineering disciplines; and engineering admissions practices. Holloway recently co-led a cross-disciplinary team of faculty and staff in the creation of a minor in engineering leadership development as part of the Purdue College of Engineering’s strategic plan.

She has been a member of ASEE since 2002, reviewing abstracts and papers, attending regional, national, and international conferences, and presenting posters, papers, and workshops. She is currently the program chair of the Women in Engineering Division. She served on the ASEE Diversity Committee from 2010 to 2012. In each position held, she has worked to increase the collaboration across ASEE to make a greater impact and leverage resources.

Holloway also has been president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), 2006-07, served on WEPAN’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008, and was cochair of the 2003 WEPAN National Conference. She believes in student engagement, and currently serves as adviser to the Purdue Society of Women Engineers, which has more than 400 members. Under her guidance, Purdue SWE has continued its long tradition of excellence and leadership development, winning numerous awards at the university, regional, and national levels. Holloway has served on numerous other boards and committees, both locally and nationally.

Prior to joining Purdue, Holloway was a research and development engineering group leader at Cummins Inc. While at Cummins, she was a recognized corporate engine lubrication system expert, with specialties in piston cooling nozzle and lubrication pump performance.

 

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Candidates for the office of Chair, Professional Interest Council V

Linda Krute
Linda Krute

Director,
Engineering Online Program
North Carolina State University

Linda Krute is director of distance education programs for the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. She has been active in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the College-Industry Partnerships (CIP) Divisions of ASEE, two of the three divisions in PIC V.

In 2004 and again in 2009, the Continuing Professional Development Division awarded her the Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award for her contribution to continuing engineering education and to the division. She was honored in 2011 to be selected as an ASEE Fellow.

Krute is also serving on the executive committee of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) as vice president for membership. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University, her M.A.C.E. degree from Morehead State University, and her B.S. degree from Harding University. Her areas of study have been related to teacher education, adult education, and the administration of adult and continuing education programs. Krute also has held teaching positions on the high school, community college, and university levels in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Prior to joining North Carolina State in 2002, she served as associate director of the Office of Continuing Engineering Education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

 

Lea-Ann Morton
Lea-Ann Morton

Assistant Vice Chancellor,
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Lea-Ann Morton has been working at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri, Rolla) for 11 years and has held numerous positions. Most recently, she was named assistant vice chancellor for university advancement. Previously, Morton was director of the Career Opportunities and Employer Relations office, where she led the department to numerous national rankings for five consecutive years (including ranking 11th in the nation for career services). She also held the position of assistant director at two four-year institutions, managing the cooperative education and internship programs.

Morton has been an active member of ASEE since 2009 and has been involved with CIEC through various activities. She holds membership in all three divisions that the PIC V board member will represent, as well as being on the board of directors for two of them. She secured and coordinated the plenary speaker for 2012, nominated the recipient of the 2010 Lou Takacs Award, and even involved her husband as 2011 companion chair. Morton is actively involved with the CPD and CIP Divisions and served as program chair in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Additional activities within CIEC include conference program reviewer, assisting with numerous conference sessions as a moderator, serving as exhibitor chair and AV person, and assisting with Red Star events. She has assisted with recruiting new professionals and increasing membership, as well as obtaining new session and preconference workshop presenters. She also secured funding for various sponsorship levels and involved corporate partners in presentations and other CIEC activities.

Morton holds a doctorate in educational administration and policy analysis from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and national certification in dining and business etiquette as well as international protocol. At Missouri S&T, she has participated in ABET accreditation meetings and data collection processes, assisted with creating the Corporate Relations Team – a campuswide initiative to manage corporate relations, strengthen partnerships, and maintain key school status – and served on many other campus and chancellor-appointed committees. Recognitions include recieving the Inspirational Woman Award, Outstanding Staff Award, Recruitment and Retention Award, and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the College of the Ozarks. Morton has been published and has presented at several national conferences, including CIEC, National Association of Colleges and Employers, the American Educational Research Association, the National Cement Employers Association, and the Alcoa Technology Forum.

 

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Candidates for the office of Chair-Elect, Zone II

Ruby Mawasha
Ruby Mawasha

Assistant Dean,
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Wright State University

Ruby Mawasha is assistant dean at Wright State University and director of engineering and computer science programs at the Lake Campus. He received his B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from the City University of New York at City College in 1990. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering in 1993 and 1998, respectively, from the University of Akron. He is associate director of the NASA/Ohio Space Grant Consortium, whose mission is to advance the nation’s capability in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) development of a diverse workforce through NASA-related collaborations. Mawasha is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Ohio, and a PE Examiner under the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

As an active member of the North Central Section (NCS) of ASEE, Mawasha is a former section chair and vice chair. As a campus representative for WSU, he successfully served as the 2008 conference chair of the NCS; In addition, he won the Campus Representative Award in 2008 and 2012 for making substantial efforts recruiting and retaining faculty and students for the ASEE membership. At WSU, Mawasha is very focused on engineering education issues and in 2011 was appointed to initiate and direct a new bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing engineering at the WSU-Lake Campus.

Mawasha has demonstrated leading change through capabilities by spanning the realms of classroom instructor, mentor, classical engineer, and professional administrator. He has participated in programs geared toward improving the status of engineering research and education through targeted research funding and as a panel reviewer for national, state, and local agencies, reviewer of peer journals and conference proceedings, and student advising. He served as director of diversity in engineering and science while at the University of Akron, to increase recruitment and retention of minorities in STEM, and currently serves as director of the Wright STEP Program at WSU to promote STEM awareness in K-12 education. He continues to explore efforts of improving technical literacy and teaching and has published more than 50 engineering/education journal articles or proceedings.

Mawasha has received numerous awards and honors, including People’s Key to the City Award (STEM); Phi Beta Delta (International Scholars); Dean’s Commendation, Senior Design Project; Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership); ASME Young Engineers Program Award; Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics); and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering).



Gary Steffen
Gary Steffen

Associate Professor and Chair,
Computer & Electrical Engineering Technology and Information Systems & Technology
Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Gary Steffen is chair and associate professor in the Computer, Electrical, and Information Technology Department (CEIT) at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) in Fort Wayne, Ind. Starting at IPFW in 1989, he has taught a variety of courses in digital systems, networking, and computer security, as well as serving in administrative positions. He is recognized as an outstanding educator, receiving the IPFW ETCS Excellence in Teaching Award (2003) and the Indiana Council for Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year Award (2001). He currently shares his passion for teaching by serving the greater campus community as an elected member to the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), and as the ASEE campus representative to IPFW.

Steffen was granted his B.S. degree in electrical engineering technology and A.S. degree in supervision in 1989 from IPFW, his M.S. degree in computer science from Ball State University in 2001, and an Information Assurance and Security graduate certificate from Purdue University in 2003. His industrial experience includes 10 years of administering electrical and networking laboratory facilities in addition to heading his own consulting firm. His unique background brings a combination of technical skill, industrial application, management practice, and subtle humor to his classroom. Student projects directed by him have been recognized by his institution and by ASEE. His keen insights and nomination of a student’s outstanding accomplishments led to the student’s selection to the USA Today Academic All American Team.

Steffen has been a member of ASEE since 2002 and is active both on the local and national levels of the organization. At the local level, he initiated the first joint section conference (2006) between the Illinois-Indiana and North Central sections. The conference, held at IPFW and chaired by Steffen, brought together several hundred educators, resulting in a profit for ASEE. He went on to hold the positions of Illinois-Indiana section chair (2007-2009) and Past Chair (2009-2011). Nationally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology Honor Society (2006-2008). Bringing his conference experience to the national stage, he was appointed the Engineering Technology Division program chair for the 2011 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) held in San Antonio, Texas. He currently sits on the executive board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA). His years of dedication were acknowledged by his acceptance of the 2009 Illinois-Indiana Service Award.


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Candidates for the office of Chair-Elect, Zone IV

Amellito Enriquez
Amelito Enriquez

Professor,
Engineering and Mechanics
Science and Technology Division
Cañada College

Amelito Enriquez is a professor of engineering at Cañada College – a federally designated Hispanic-serving community college in Redwood City, Calif. He received his bachelor’s degree in geodetic engineering from the University of the Philippines, her master’s degree in geodetic science from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Since joining Cañada College in 1995 as the only full-time engineering faculty member, he has developed a number of federally funded programs to increase the participation, retention, and success of under-represented students in engineering: the Summer Engineering Institute (a summer engineering camp for high school students), Math Jam (a math bridge program), Physics Jam (an intensive program for students preparing to take physics), the NASA Creating Opportunities for Minorities in Engineering, Technology, and Science (COMETS) program (a summer research internship program for community college engineering students), and an NSF scholarship program for Cañada STEM students. He has also developed programs for engineering faculty, including the Summer Engineering Teaching Institute (a summer workshop on effective use of technology in engineering education), and the Joint Engineering Program (a collaboration to help strengthen community college engineering programs throughout California). Additionally, he developed the Bridge to Engineering Program for veterans supported by the Veterans’ Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP).

He has received a number of awards related to engineering education, including the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section (PSW) Outstanding Community College Educator Award, the Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Award, and the League of California Community Colleges Out-Of-The-Box Thinkers Award. In December 2011, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring presented by President Obama at the White House.

Being from a community college where the main focus is on teaching, Enriquez has made ASEE his main professional organization. Enriquez is currently chair of the ASEE PSW Section, after previously serving on the PSW Executive Board as vice chair, community colleges for four years. He is also currently vice chair of the ASEE Two-Year College Division, a position that he has held for the last two and a half years. He regularly attends ASEE section and national conferences, and has received the ASEE Zone IV Best Paper Award twice (2009 and 2010), and Best Paper awards from both the ASEE Mathematics Division and the Two-Year College Division in 2011.



Eric Wang
Eric Wang

Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Nevada, Reno

Eric Wang is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he has taught a wide variety of courses, including Introduction to Engineering Design, since 1995. He is a recipient of several teaching awards, including the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2001), UNR’s Distinguished Teacher Award (2003), and the Nevada Regent’s Teaching Award (2009). In 2008, he was awarded the ASEE Merl K. Miller Award for best journal paper in the Computers in Education Journal.

Wang has been actively involved in engineering education since 1994, and in ASEE since 1999. He was recently chair of the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section (2011) and has served on the Pacific Southwest Section’s Board of Directors since 2007. He has served on several ASEE conference planning committees, including the 2007 ASEE Pacific Southwest Section and the 2010 ASEE Zone IV conferences, both of which were hosted by UNR. He has presented more than 25 papers and posters at educational conferences, including 14 at ASEE national, zone, and section conferences.

Each summer, Wang runs a series of LEGO robotics summer camps for 100 middle school students. He has authored four books on engineering with LEGO bricks and has conducted workshops for more than 1,000 K-12 teachers on teaching with LEGO bricks in the United States, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia.

Wang’s interests include dynamic systems and controls, robotics, and engineering education. He has been principal investigator on numerous educational grants and has graduated one Ph.D. and four M.S. students in the area of engineering education.

 

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