PRISM Magazine On-Line  - December 1999
ASEE Today
2000 ASEE National Elections

Nominees for 2000 ASEE Elections

Presented on the following pages are candidates for officers to be voted on in the 2000 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 1999 ASEE Nominating Committee chaired by Lyle Feisel; the nominations were received by the executive director as required by the constitution. The ASEE Nominating Committee believes that the candidates offered here are eminently qualified and deserve the close consideration of the membership.

Members are reminded that additional nominations of eligible candidates may be made by petitions of at least 200 individual members. Nominees so proposed must indicate a willingness to serve before their names are placed on the ballot. Such petitions and agreements must be presented to the executive director no later than January 1, 2000.

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

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


     Lester GerhardtLester Gerhardt earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the City College of New York. He then joined Bell Aerospace Corporation, where he developed 'out of the window' displays for visual simulation of space flight for Apollo. He became director of avionics research, and won the Bell Outstanding Management Award. Gerhardt earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at SUNY.

    Thirty years ago, he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is a professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, as well as of computer science, and was recently named a professor of information technology. His publication record includes papers on pedagogy and advanced research, which characterizes his commitment to teaching and research. Gerhardt chaired the department of electrical, computer, and systems engineering for 11 years, during which it was rated the most improved department in the country by the National Academy of Engineering. He served as founding director of the Center for Manufacturing Productivity. He is now associate dean of engineering and director of the Center for Industrial Innovation.

    Gerhardt has been active in ASEE and IEEE, and was elected Fellow of the IEEE. He has served the NSF on its ECSE Advisory Board and the National Academy of Engineering on various technical committees. As an active member of ASEE, he has presented papers at the annual conference, run the Forum of the Engineering Research Council (ERC), and was elected to chair the ERC. He initiated the monthly Research column in Prism, initiated the ERC Summit, and had ERC define the need for establishing a research database. He served on the Board of Directors of ASEE from 1996-98.

    Gerhardt was instrumental in starting the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (GEEEP), which was established to promote international exchange opportunities for undergraduate engineering students. He was elected the founding chair of the executive committee of GEEEP and continues to hold that position. He has served as U.S. Delegate to NATO. In 1999, he was invited as the only U.S. participant and keynote speaker at the General Assembly of CESAER, the Consortium of Technical Universities in Europe, to discuss university/industry challenges for the 21st century. He holds several patents, the most recent of which won the Inventor of the Year Award in New York State in 1997.

Candidate's Statement

    I am honored and proud to have been nominated as a candidate for President-Elect of ASEE. In seeking your support, I have outlined some impressions of how I feel ASEE can become an even better organization and serve its members, as well as higher education, and society as a whole. Consider it a platform on which to build; consider it a vision. In either case, consider it my commitment to help ASEE escalate its visibility and role as we enter the next millennium. I offer you my experience, my dedication, my fundamental support for the health and well-being of higher education, and my sincere belief that ASEE can and should become the linchpin on which turns our supremacy in higher education that we enjoy today.

    I believe ASEE must serve its members in both a leadership and partnership role; if elected, I will promote aspects of both. I believe the key to future success for ASEE is enhancing and promoting partnerships. Partnerships directly involving ASEE with other entities, as well as ASEE serving as a liaison for establishing or enhancing partnerships between other constituencies, bring relevance to the mission of ASEE.

    The health of ASEE depends on the partnership established between the organization and the member. We need to improve the participation of members in ASEE activities, and increase opportunities to network, access resources, and enhance professional development. We need to promote interdisciplinary activities by working with organizations such as IEEE and ASME to encourage dual membership with ASEE. We must promote the partnership between the Board and Headquarters staff by a greater sharing of responsibilities, a greater engagement of the Board between meetings, and a greater knowledge of each other's functions and programs.

    The inherent and growing emphasis on interdisciplinary thrusts such as biotechnology, information technology, etc., mandate that various disciplines have a forum available to explore developing areas. ASEE must find ways to integrate them and, in many respects do so on a global basis.

    ASEE should continue to strengthen its role in data gathering and analysis of university-based research and in teaching activities, so that we are sought after as a partner by external organizations that perform various comparative evaluations and rankings. ASEE should also increase its role by partnering with ABET to help assure and evaluate the implementation of ABET 2000 criteria.

    ASEE could be more instrumental in forming interdisciplinary educational and research consortia. We need to attract a more diverse mix of universities, ranging from the colleges offering undergraduate two- and four-year educational programs, to the Carnegie Class I doctoral research universities. The goal of integrating teaching and research programs can be better met with diversified membership, and can assist in recognizing that both teaching and research are part of academia.

    We need to act as a catalyst to bring university and industry together; ASEE needs to increase its industrial membership in this regard. The combination of increased numbers and diversification of university and industrial members will bring ASEE to the forefront in academic, industrial, and government circles. ASEE has provided many opportunities to encourage such partnerships. For example, the Public Policy Forum has been a key element in helping to bring together the academic and government communities; but we need to do more.

    ASEE will find itself at the boundaries of research and pedagogy, needing to integrate them functionally and philosophically, thereby making the boundaries disappear. ASEE must be a proactive participant in helping universities, industry, and government effectively cross these interdisciplinary boundaries.

    Finally, ASEE and its membership will find themselves operating at the boundaries geographically. We must seek to be more global in our membership. We can hardly advocate the education of the global engineer without being a strong advocate in our membership roles. I foresee the opportunity for ASEE to promote and sponsor international student exchanges with the aid of its constituents. Overall, we need to configure ASEE to meet our action agenda for the next year, in concert with the longer-term goals for the next millennium.

    As president, I will do my best to see that these goals are set, and take the steps necessary to assure their realization. I believe my experience in both industry and academia, coupled with my international and ASEE activities, provide me with a diversified and in-depth background to serve as your president. I hope you agree. 

    Gerald S. JakubowskiGerald S. Jakubowski became dean of the college of science and engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Loyola Marymount University in 1989. Previously, he held the positions of interim dean and associate dean of research and graduate studies in the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis, and assistant dean of engineering undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo.

    Active in ASEE for 20 years, Jakubowski currently serves on the ASEE National Board of Directors as First Vice President and Vice President of Member Affairs, on the ASEE Projects Board, and on the Pacific Southwest Section Board of Directors. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors from 1994-96 as Chair of Zone IV. He has held numerous positions in ASEE units.

    Jakubowski currently serves as commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and is on the board of trustees of the SAE Foundation and ASME's Council on Education. He is also a program evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET for ASME. He served on the board of directors of SAE and chaired both the ABET Relations Committee and the Engineering Education Board for SAE. He serves on the board of directors, and served as president of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, and as national president of Triangle Fraternity, a fraternity of engineers, architects, and scientists.

    Jakubowski is a Fellow Member of ASEE. He received the ASEE Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award (1984), the ASEE Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award (1987), the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (1985), the SAE Excellence in Engineering Education Award (1998), and the Triangle Service Key (1996), the highest award given by Triangle Fraternity. He was named a NASA Faculty Fellow in 1983 and 1984, and was inducted as a fellow into the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (1993).

    Jakubowski received his B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toledo. In addition to his academic experience, he worked in industry as an assistant plant engineer for Interlake, Inc.

Candidate's Statement

    For more than 100 years, ASEE has had a proud tradition of providing services to individuals and institutions in engineering and engineering technology education. The society has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and information to those interested in the improvement of engineering and technical education. As such, we are the premier organization for providing leadership on issues relating to engineering and engineering technology education.

    ASEE is a diverse organization. Our individual members include faculty from engineering and engineering technology, from community colleges as well as baccalaureate- and doctoral-granting institutions. Our institutional members include engineering and engineering technology institutions, four-year and two-year institutions, corporate members and governmental agencies. If we are to be "the voice" of engineering and technical education, we must communicate with one another and offer services that meet the needs of everyone in this large and diverse organization.

    Technology is changing at an alarming rate. As we enter the next millennium, it is imperative that engineering and engineering technology faculty stay current with the changing times and properly educate the future classes of engineers and technologists. ASEE is uniquely positioned to assist faculty and institutions with this task. Therefore, more can be done, and must be done, by ASEE.

    Your next president-elect will serve on the ASEE Board of Directors during the first three years of the next century. This is an excellent time to set new directions. If elected president of ASEE, here's how I would like to focus our collective efforts for the future of ASEE and its members.

    • Review our current strategic plan and set new objectives that mirror the needs of individual and institutional members.
    • Improve our services to individual and institutional members. For example, we need to develop opportunities for faculty to gain relevant industrial experience through faculty fellowship programs; we need to assist young faculty with becoming established in teaching, researching, and attracting funding; we need to develop partnerships with industry; we need to develop a mechanism for sharing data, especially as it relates to assessment and ABET's Engineering Criteria 2000.
    • Expand our base of membership so that every person and organization that is involved in the education of engineers and technologists will want to join. We must reach out to faculty, administrators, and students, to research institutions as well as to community colleges; and to engineering as well as to engineering technology programs. Expanding our base of membership is possible by providing services that meet the need of this large prospective membership pool.
    • Improve and expand our activities at the section level. We need to improve our section annual meetings in order to provide a forum for members to exchange ideas and information at this level. In addition, we need to assure that at least one member of the Board of Directors is present at each section annual meeting to hear the concerns and suggestions of members at the grassroots level.
    • Move carefully and strategically into the international arena. Periodically, engineering educators from countries outside of North America have expressed interest in joining ASEE and forming ASEE chapters. Recently the Board approved a process for establishing ASEE international branches and approved a pilot program for members outside of North America called the "Global Online Membership" project. The global market serves as a vast potential resource for members, but it is one that needs to be reviewed carefully before delving into it quickly.

    I have been an active participant in ASEE since attending my first ASEE annual conference in 1979. At that time, I joined the New Engineering Educators Committee and was impressed with the people I met and the things I learned. As a result of my initial positive exposure, I immersed myself in the organization. I have been fortunate to participate actively in ASEE in three different geographic sections, in several of the divisions, and on the Board of Directors for four years. My participation in ASEE has been nothing but positive. I have enjoyed my involvement with ASEE and I am proud to say that I am a member. Quite simply, I believe in ASEE.

    If elected, I will look to you for your help and will listen to your ideas. Together with the existing ASEE leadershipóour campus representatives, our section, zone, division, and committee officers and our council chairsówe can make a difference. In conclusion, let's look ahead and set new directions for an already great organization. I would be honored to serve as your president.

Vice President, Member Affairs

    Ronald E. Barr Ronald E. Barr received his B.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University in 1969 and 1975, respectively. He is currently professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1978. Previously, he taught in the engineering design graphics department at Texas A&M University from 1975-78. Barr served five years as graduate advisor for mechanical engineering and six years as graduate advisor for biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1980, he has supervised to completion five doctoral dissertations and 46 master's theses.

    Barr has served ASEE as a division, section, and zone chair. He was the 1987-88 chair of ASEE's Engineering Design Graphics Division and the 1993-94 chair of ASEE's Gulf-Southwest Section. He has served as chair of Zone III of ASEE and was a member of the ASEE Board of Directors from 1997-99. Barr has been the ASEE campus representative at UT-Austin since 1981, and won Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Awards in 1984 and 1988. Barr is the founding faculty advisor for the ASEE student chapter at UT-Austin. Recently he was named director of student chapters for ASEE.

    Barr is on the editorial boards of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal and the international Journal for Geometry and Graphics. He has received numerous grants from NSF for curriculum innovation in engineering education, and has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings on educational topics. During his career, Barr has won three first place and two second place best paper awards at meetings he has attended. Barr received the AT&T Foundation Award (1990) for Excellence in Engineering Teaching and the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award (1993) for Innovation in Engineering Education. In 1998, he was one of six faculty members to receive the Halliburton Excellence Award for overall program development from the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, Barr became the 50th annual recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE.

Candidate's Statement

    The vice president of member affairs represents the national membership. Duties include working with the zone and section chairs to ensure that ASEE members' concerns are heard and adequately addressed, and working to sustain, develop, and expand membership in the society. The VP of member affairs is a position of major responsibility in the society, and it would be my dutiful honor and privilege to serve if elected.

    ASEE membership is on solid footing due to the hard work of society leaders. Members number more than 11,000 and the society is reaching out to a broadening array of constituents. Yet we must not become complacent, as change is the one constant. Members are concerned with changes in modern teaching strategies, curriculum re-engineering, and ABET 2000 outcome assessments. Our society should find ways to bring these issues to a national focus for discourse and action.

    New technology has not only impacted our research and teaching endeavors, but also the way we share ideas. ASEE's Web site conveys a wealth of information on engineering education; we can expand this treasury of knowledge even further. We have gone to a Web-based paper submission process for the annual conference, and feedback from the membership will fine-tune that process.

    Annual section meetings should have a better connection with the annual conference. It has been suggested that best papers from section meetings be included in the best paper contest at the annual conference. We can find ways to make that happen.

    The ASEE campus representative program has always been an excellent idea. We need to have a national forum for campus representatives' ideas to be heard and acted on by ASEE. The "Spread the Word" campaign, in which campus representatives are encouraged to promote ASEE activities on local campuses, continues to have great potential. We need to work with ASEE headquarters to expand participation in this activity.

    A recent development in ASEE is the emergence of student chapters. Recruiting student members who will be future engineering educators is a logical extension of this effort. As engineering educators, we must recognize that these students will be our replacements in the future, as we retire and pass on.

    Ronald S. KaneRonald S. Kane is dean of graduate studies and assistant vice president for academic affairs at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from City College of New York and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. He previously served as dean of graduate studies, research, and continuing professional education at Stevens Institute of Technology, and as chair of the mechanical engineering department at Manhattan College.

    He currently serves as president of the Association of New Jersey Graduate Schools, and is immediate past president of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. Kane also continues to serve on a number of NRC and NSF associateship and fellowship committees, chairing the NSF doctoral panel for mechanical engineering for the past three years. He has been active with ASME and served as an accreditation visitor for ABET. In 1998, he became an ASME fellow. He also chairs the national advisory council of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the national honorary and leadership society for graduate students.

    Kane has been active in ASEE since 1975, and since 1985 has held many Graduate Studies Division offices. He was Professional Interest Council (PIC) IV chair, a member of the ASEE Board as PIC Vice President from 1994-1996, and chaired the ASEE Awards Policy Committee from 1996-1999. He served as an ASEE campus representative, and is a regular attendee at ASEE regional meetings. He received the Graduate Studies Centennial Certificate in 1993.

    Kane has been an active practitioner in industry, working on aerospace, advanced energy, and environmental projects, and has received several teaching awards. He is a strong advocate of diversity in engineering education and service to the engineering profession, and gives many public service talks to students and community groups about advanced study, continuing education, and career planning.

Candidate's Statement

    After a number of years as a working engineer during the heady days of the Apollo program and the expansion of the energy industry, I selected engineering education as a career and have never regretted the decision. I have found that working with engineers, technologists, and engineering educators has been a privilege. Their intelligence, integrity, and a continuing optimistic view of the future has served to sustain ASEE and a positive perception of engineers and technologists.

    Early in my academic career as an assistant professor at Manhattan College, I was invited to join ASEE by the dean of engineering and began regular attendance at national and regional meetings. This is how ASEE begins and establishes its membership base. Personal contact is, of course, still the most effective means of attracting new members and developing interest in ASEE.

    The reality of cyber-communications, however, requires ASEE to look to the future and potential constituencies through a variety of methods. While walking into a colleague's office is still an effective means of talking about engineering and technology education, how many of us now find that we are carrying on simultaneous multiple, yet still personal, conversations with colleagues through e-mail and the Internet? We have all become more involved with our students and colleagues (throughout the world) because of the electronic revolution. It is this opportunity that ASEE now has to move ahead in its section, zone, and national programs, in its service activities, and in growth of its membership base in both academia and industry. Development of a multitude of access points and electronic interest groups, at various academic levels and positions, for various geographic components (state, regional, national, international), in specific academic areas, would add to the attractiveness of ASEE to current and prospective members. Those would be most useful for the sections and zones.

    ASEE can also expand its linkages with other professional and educational organizations whose members would have a natural interest in working with ASEE membership. This would not only impact membership and activity with ASEE but also affect public support for technological development and education in the United States. As vice president for member affairs, I will focus my attention on the member level of engineering and technology education. These are the people who are the role models for young faculty, the people who are seen by our students, and the people who keep ASEE vital.

Chair PIC I


    Sherra E. Kerns (A.B. Mt. Holyoke; M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) is vice president for innovation and research at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. In this position, she is on the leadership team forming a new college of engineering focused on utilizing and developing best practices in curricular design and delivery and in an educational infrastructure. Kerns has served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University since 1987, and chaired its department of electrical and computer engineering from 1993-1998. Previously, she served on the faculties of North Carolina State University and Auburn University.

    Throughout her career, Kerns has demonstrated focused interest in engineering education. She is an award-winning undergraduate teacher and textbook author, and is presently at work on a joint MIT-Olin project to develop a novel freshman course on information and entropy. She has served as secretary/treasurer, vice-chair and chair of the ECE Division of ASEE, and as vice president, president, junior and senior-past president of the National Electrical Engineering Department Heads Association (NEEDHA). She was program chair of the ECE division for the 1998 ASEE Annual Conference. She is very involved in engineering accreditation as an ABET evaluator and as an IEEE/EAC/ ABET Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities member. Kerns was the founding chair of NEEDHA's Committee on Accreditation Issues and instrumental in initiating the annual workshops for programs seeking accreditation. Kerns has served on the visiting committees of many engineering schools, on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education, the University Advisory Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. She has served on program committees for international technical conferences including IEDM, NSREC, ECS, ASEE, and FIE. Kerns is a Fellow of the IEEE. Her work in both technical and educational areas has been recognized by local, national, and international awards, including three for research excellence and three for teaching excellence conferred by student vote.

    Kerns has published more than 100 technical journal papers. She made the original contributions to enhance the reliability and information integrity of microelectronic circuits, and has extensive professional experience in the design and development of highly reliable circuits and technologies. Her recent technical research has also characterized silicon optical sources and developed sensor and MEMs technologies for harsh environments.

    Taggart Smith is associate professor in the department of organizational leadership and Supervision, School of Technology, Purdue University. At Purdue since 1988, Smith teaches conference leadership and an advanced training management course. Degrees include a B.S. from Indiana State University, an M.A. from the University of South Florida, Tampa, in information systems, and an Ed.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, in instructional systems technology.

    Smith is past chair of the Engineering Management Division, having served as chair in 1999. As EMD program chair for the 1998 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, Smith organized a distance education mini-plenary. Prior to this time, Smith served as Illinois/Indiana Section Chair for two years, representing this section at Zone II Executive Board meetings. She won the Outstanding Campus Representative Award in 1997 for her support of the 1995 Illinois/Indiana Section Annual Spring Conference held at Purdue (attendance of 200). Serving as chair was preczeded by the positions of newsletter editor, secretary/treasurer, and vice chair, followed by awards and nominating chair positions.

    Other ASEE participation has been in the College/Industry/Education Conference, where she won the Best Paper Award in 1992. In Frontiers in Education, Smith served as Ben Dasher Best Paper Award Chair at the 1994 Conference in San Jose, California. A committee of 19 engineering educators from all over the United States judged 200 sessions. At the 1997 International Conference on Engineering Education in Chicago, Illinois, Smith organized and chaired a session on "Empowering Students." Serving as paper reviewer and session chair is part of participating in ASEE conferences, and Smith has also been a reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Technology.

    Other professional associations include Epsilon Pi Tau, an international honor society for technology education, and the American Society for Engineering Management. Prior to Purdue, Smith held federal and state government positions for five years and taught in public schools and colleges for eleven years, including two years of teaching foreign nationals in the Republic of the Philippines. She is currently writing a book on meeting management.


    Eugene F. Brown is professor of mechanical engineering and associate provost for program development in research and graduate studies at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, instrumentation, gas dynamics, turbomachinery, and aircraft and missile propulsion. As associate provost for program development, he is responsible for sponsored research funding and enhancing the graduate student recruiting activities of the university, including increasing the diversity of the graduate student population.

    He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and his graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. He has considerable international experience, including service as a postdoctoral student and the Heineman Foundation Visiting Professor at the von Karman Institute in Belgium, and service as the liaison scientist for fluid mechanics for Europe and the Middle East at the Office of Naval Research European Office (ONREUR) in England.

    Brown is the immediate past chair of the Graduate Studies Division (GSD) of ASEE and has been an ASEE member for more than twenty years. He has served the Graduate Studies Division as session chair, vice chair, program chair, and chair from 1994-99. His GSD leadership focused on increasing the role played by graduate students in the society. In this connection as division chair he founded the GSD Graduate Student Paper award, and as program chair he was responsible for doubling the number of sessions sponsored by the Division at the annual conference.

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

    Daniel C. Davis has served with the Minorities in Engineering Division as treasurer, program chair, vice chair, and chair in ASEE. He is currently a member of the Minorities in Engineering Award Committee. During his leadership period, the Minorities Division became more viable within ASEE, having grown in membership, having important sessions of interest at the national meetings, and increasing members' interactions with other divisions of the Society. Davis also led the MIND co-sponsorship of two Forums on Minority Faculty Development held at the 1995 and 1997 ASEE national meetings. Davis departed the Minorities Division chair in 1998 after developing and conducting a leadership retreat for MIND to establish directions for the future and the 21st century.

    Davis obtained a B.S. at Pennsylvania State University, M.S. at Union College, and Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in engineering mechanics. He was employed for a number of years with the General Electric Company in engineering design, analysis, research, and management positions. In academia, Davis was on the faculties in mechanical engineering at Temple University, engineering mechanics at Pennsylvania State University and as associate dean of engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. At Penn State, he was the founding director of the minority engineering program, where he established a number of programs that over the years mentored and financially supported hundreds of pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students toward careers in engineering and the sciences. Davis served as ECSEL Coalition coordinator for minority issues and initiated the Forum on Minority Faculty Development and the Directory of Minority Engineering Faculty.

    His engineering research contributions have been in creep, fatigue, and thermal mechanical fatigue of metallic alloys. In collaboration with Professor S.Y. Zamrik and others, this research was well supported by the National Science Foundation and other organizations. He is active in the materials division of ASME and currently serves on the executive committee. Additionally, Davis served with the Engineering Directorate of NSF as program officer for human resources development and materials engineering. In human resources at NSF, he managed new faculty development and undergraduates in research programs and two engineering education coalitions. Presently he is the program officer of materials where he monitors fundamental research in mechanics and materials for the Engineering Directorate.



    William L. McMahan, P.E., received his B.S. (1966) and his M.S. (1967) in engineering from Southern Illinois University. McMahan has been active in engineering organizations, and was chair of the ASEE group at SIU in 1966-67. Following graduation, he worked for Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for approximately 10 years, during which time he completed the E.I.T. and P.E. license in 1972. He was selected as Outstanding Engineer for NSPE for the State of Tennessee, in 1975 for his engineering work activities with the NSPE chapter in Oak Ridge.

    McMahan moved to Exxon as a staff engineer and then into various supervisory and managerial jobs. He became active in the Continuing Education Division of ASEE in 1986 and has been involved continuously since that time. During these years, he has done numerous presentations and work efforts for CED, including winning best session award in 1995. McMahan served on the CED Board from 1996 through 1999.


    Renata S. Engel is an associate professor with a joint appointment with the engineering design and graphics division and the engineering science and mechanics department at Pennsylvania State University. She received a B.S. in engineering science from Pennsylvania State University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of South Florida in 1988.

    Dr. Engel has developed a research program in fiber-reinforced polymer composites with an emphasis on developing and modeling novel processing methods and designs. In addition to teaching courses in mechanics and engineering design, she has conducted education research in the areas of spatial visualization, instructional software development, and implementation and assessment of design projects in freshmen and sophomore courses.

    She is the recipient of various teaching awards, including the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 1992, the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and was a member of the winning team for the 1998 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award. Engel has served on various departmental, college, and university committees with leadership roles in the faculty senate, Society of Women Engineers' student section, and the university committee on student computer ownership. Recently she was named a Fellow in the Academic Leadership Program for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big Ten Universities, plus University of Chicago). She has served ASEE as program chair for the Middle Atlantic Section Meeting (Fall 1992), chair of the Middle Atlantic Section (1995-1996), program chair of the Mechanics Division (1996-1997) and chair of the Mechanics Division (1997-1998). Currently, she is chair of the ASEE Minorities in Engineering Award Committee.

    Joseph I. Goldstein has served as dean of engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since September 1, 1993. He received his Sc.D., S.M., and B.S. degrees in metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964, 1962, and 1960 respectively. For 25 years prior, he served on the faculty at Lehigh University, where he compiled a record of research and educational contributions in the area of materials engineering and science. He has authored more than 200 articles in scholarly journals along with several books, and has served as editor for several journals. He is the recipient of a number of national honors and awards, and was elected to the grade of Fellow of the American Society for Metals in 1986.

    From 1983-90, Goldstein was vice president for graduate studies and research. He started Lehigh's electron microscopy program in 1968. Accompanying this, he developed a series of Lehigh short courses in electron microscopy. In 1990, he became the R.D. Stout Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

    Since his arrival at MIT, he has developed, with UConn and URI, an ARPA manufacturing education grant ($12.4 million over two years). This grant will allow the introduction of manufacturing throughout the curriculum. He received an NSF infrastructure grant ($2 million total) for the renovation of laboratory space in the chemical engineering department. Two other NSF infrastructure grants were obtained, one for scanning electron microscopes and one for remote vehicle simulation equipment. He developed the funding for a new building for engineering and computer science ($31.5 million) through a state bond issue. He initiated the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center. He has also completed the strategic plan for the college. A number of goals, including moving the college into the top 25 engineering schools, were set out.

    Goldstein's participation in ASEE activities includes being an active member of the Engineering Research Council for more than 20 years, a member of the Engineering Deans Council since 1993, chair of the New England Section of ASEE for 1997-98, and conference chair for the New England Section's spring 1998 meeting. In addition, he has made numerous presentations at ASEE national and regional meetings.

    Goldstein is the co-director of the Engineering Academy of Southern New England and a member of the NSF Engineering Education Consortium.


    David Kauffman is professor of chemical and nuclear engineering and associate dean of the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico, where he has responsibility for undergraduate education programs, student support activities, and internal administration. He currently teaches or co-teaches five courses per year. He has received both schoolwide and university-wide teaching awards, and has been selected four times by the graduating seniors in his department for the "Students' Faculty Recognition Award." His degrees, all in chemical engineering, are from the California Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S.) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (Ph.D.). Prior to joining academia, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked eight years for Shell Oil Company. For five years, he was the associate director for education of the Waste-management Education and Research Consortium. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of AIChE, ACS, NSPE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

    Kauffman has been an active member of ASEE since 1977. He served as vice chair, and then chair, of the Gulf Southwest Section and was an organizer of their 1992 annual meeting. He has served as the section awards chair for four years. He has chaired sessions and presented papers at ASEE annual, FIE, and CIEC conferences. Kauffman has organized workshops for associate deans at seven annual conferences and acts as the unofficial secretary of this group. He has been an active ASEE campus representative for thirteen years, receiving an Outstanding Section Campus Representative Award in 1989 and recognition for recruiting new members in 1991. He is slated to be the local arrangements chair and Chemical Engineering Division program chair for ASEE's 2001 Annual Conference in Albuquerque.

    Kauffman's major areas of technical interest are chemical and petroleum plant design and operations, especially as they relate to safety and environmental issues; energy utilization; and geothermal energy systems. He has published and taught short courses in these areas. In addition, he has published a number of papers on innovative approaches to engineering education, mostly in the area of chemical engineering design.


    Sudhir Mehta is an active member of ASEE both regionally and nationally. He is currently the North Midwest Section campus representative and was the section chair in 1996-1997. He has served on the executive committees of the New Engineering Educators and Graduate Education Divisions. He has presented papers in eight of the last nine national conferences, and has participated in seven of the last eight regional meetings.

    Mehta is a professor of mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU). His areas of interest are enhancing student learning, measurements, automatic controls, mechanics, computer vision, robotics, and design optimization. He has coauthored two CD-ROMs on instrumentation and communication multimedia modules, and this project was selected for the NSF showcase in 1997. He also developed methods for active learning and instant classroom assessment. He has received several grants from NSF, 3M, and HP for enhancing engineering education and has authored or co-authored more than fifty refereed papers. Mehta and his colleagues received the Best Paper Award from the ASEE Division of Experimental Laboratory Oriented Studies in 1995.

    Mehta was named 1997 North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. In 1999, he was the recipient of the HP award for excellence in laboratory instruction. Mehta was named Outstanding Section Campus Representative in 1997 and 1999. He also received awards for promoting membership in the North Midwest Section in 1998 and 1999. He has received the Carnot (departmental teacher of the year) Award four times from the students of Pi Tau Sigma Society. In 1999, his peers inducted him into the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

    Mehta is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the NDSU Research Foundation, on three universitywide committees related to technology and distance education, and is the chair of the Bush Foundation Proposal Sub-Committee on the Next Generation Interactive Classroom. He is the founder of the E-cube (Exploring Excellence in Education) Club in the College of Engineering and Architecture at NDSU. He has conducted seminars and workshops on the scholarship of teaching, active learning, funding opportunities in education, and how to make classes exciting and rewarding. Mehta received his B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his M.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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