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By Michael Sanoff, ASEE Today section editor/writer


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JERRY EDWARD STONEKING, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, passed away at the age of 59 on Friday, November 16, 2001. Stoneking joined the University of Tennessee's faculty in 1975 and became dean of the College of Engineering in 1993. During his time as dean, Stoneking's efforts led to raised test scores, increased fundraising, and research funding. He also worked with engineering educators and corporate leaders to develop partnerships for the university and for the placement of its graduates. Stoneking's recent innovative freshman engineering program, Engage, won a Best of Show award from the National Science Foundation at the ASEE annual conference in Albuquerque in 2001. Stoneking was an active participant in ASEE, ASME, ASCE, and NSPE, for which he served as vice president.

University Professor Emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University EDWIN C. JONES was recently awarded ABET's highest honor, the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award on November 1, 2001. Jones was selected to receive this honor for his contribution to the program evaluator selection process and for his service as a distinguished program evaluator, team chair, EAC commission member, and member of the ABET Board of Directors. Among his many contributions to ABET, the "Ed Jones Procedure" was his creation designed to ensure a balance between industry and academe when choosing program evaluators.

On November 3, 2001, University of Arkansas Distinguished Professor and Texas Instruments Chair for Linear and Mixed-Signal Microelectronics in Electrical Engineering JERRY YEARGAN was installed as ABET's president. Yeargan served as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET from 1992 to 1997 and chair of the EAC Criteria Committee from 1995 to 1997. Yeargan is also a Fellow of both ASEE and IEEE.

Gardener-Zemke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico PETER DORATO has been named director of the center for Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE). The new center is funded by a NASA grant and will support minority graduate student research in NASA-related areas, including cooperative satellite arrays, cooperative robotics, and intelligent biomedical engineering. As part of the University of New Mexico's School of Engineering, the center will involve students and faculty from the electrical and computer, mechanical, and civil engineering departments.


International Conferences

The 30th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (ICC&IE) will be held June 29-July 2, 2002, in Tinos Island, Greece. This conference will allow industrial engineering researchers and practitioners to share their research results, experiences, and proposals in the area of information processing in industrial engineering as it applies to modern real life problems. Track covered by the conference will include information technology and engineering, data mining and knowledge discovery, manufacturing systems and processes, networking/communications, and environmentally-conscious manufacturing. Visit for more information.

On August 18-20, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Engineering Management Society will hold its 2002 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference (IEMC-2002) at St. John's College in Cambridge, UK. IEMC-2002 will offer a useful platform for the sharing of experiences, presentation of new results, and the review of recent developments from some of the leading experts in technology management. The conference will address emerging areas in technology acquisition, assessment, and development, highlight critical factors for managing technological organizations, provide insights into innovative and radical solutions to current issues in industry, and identify new opportunities for future research. For more information, go to

The 2002 International Symposium on Active Control of Sound and Vibration (ACTIVE) will be held July 15-17 at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southhampton, UK. ACTIVE 2002 seeks to review the current research and application areas in the active control of sound and vibration and to highlight future directions for this technology. Topics covered by the conference will include: structural acoustic control, control of sound in vehicles, control of outdoor sound, vibration control, feedback control, hardware for active control, and smart materials and structures. More information can be found at



The Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education will be hosting the fourth hands-on workshop in a series titled, Bringing Theory and Practice Together in Engineering Classrooms on March 21-23, 2002, at Auburn University. The workshop is designed for engineering faculty interested in developing effective strategies to prepare students for real world problem-solving situations and train them in team building, interaction, and interdisciplinary skills. Visit for more information.



The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) scholarship program encourages students to enter the field of naval engineering and provides support to naval engineers seeking advanced education in the field. Programs of study include naval architecture, marine, mechanical, civil, aeronautical, electrical and electronic engineering, and the physical sciences. Candidates must either be applying for the last year of a full-time or co-op undergraduate program or one year of graduate study leading toward a designated engineering or physical science degree at an accredited college or university. This year's application deadline is February 15, 2002. For more information go to



The Maintenance and Reliability Conference 2002 (Marcon 2002) will be held May 5-8, 2002, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Marcon 2002 will be a forum for all specialists, practitioners, educators, and students to exchange information on new emerging technologies as well as on tried and proven methods and techniques in the area of maintenance and reliability engineering. Topics will include new technologies for effective maintenance and reliability engineering and practices, best practices and case studies of successful reliability and maintenance applications, and asset management strategies and approaches. Go to for more information.


Call for Papers

A call for papers has been issued for the Sixth International Conference on Mechatronic Design and Modeling to be held in Cappadocia, Turkey, on September 4-6, 2002. Papers concerning methods, application, case studies, and software development in the following areas are invited: development and structure of mechatronic design, sensors, actuators, artificial intelligence in mechatronic design and production, system modeling, analysis and control, education for mechatronic design, and other similar topics. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2002. Check out for more details.

Authors are invited to submit case studies and research articles for publication in the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research. The journal promotes high-quality undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and math through peer reviewed real-world case studies and articles on educational research, assessment studies, policy issues, accomplishments by funding agencies, and industry needs. Articles and case studies are used by faculty members in universities, four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and high schools. For more information visit


Robert Rules

Only a few steps from ASEE headquarters in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. is a memorial dedicated to noted engineer and writer Henry Martyn Robert (1837-1923). Henry Robert's memorial is located at 1812 N Street, where he lived from 1890-1891 while serving as Engineer Commissioner of the District of Columbia. During his prolific career, Henry Martyn Robert served in a number of government engineering posts and was ultimately named Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army in 1901. However, Robert is far better known as an author than as an engineer.
After attempting to preside over a church meeting that became a disorderly mess while living in Massachusetts, he developed a deep interest in parliamentary procedure. This interest lead Robert to write his famous guidebook on parliamentary law, a book that came to be known as Robert's Rules of Order. Robert's book was initially self-published in 1876 and to this day is often referred to as the authority on deliberative matters. Thanks to Robert's heirs, who have continued to update the book, Robert's Rules of Order is now in its 10th edition. While the building in place of his former home now includes ASEE as one of its tenants, Henry Martyn Robert's name will forever be included on the list of great engineers whose wide range of contributions have improved our way of life.