Prism Magazine - February 2003
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Eugene M. DeLoatch, Morgan State University's dean of engineering and ASEE president, will receive the prestigious Pioneer Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference held in Baltimore this month. DeLoatch helped found the awards conference with his colleague Tyrone Taborn 17 years ago. It was during a luncheon meeting in Baltimore at the Engineering Club of Maryland that Taborn and DeLoatch began talking about how to encourage minority participation in science, engineering, and technology. "One idea led to another," DeLoatch remembers, and they came up with the idea to showcase people who are successful in these fields.


Leroy S. "Skip" Fletcher recently garnered dual honors as the recipient of the AAAS's International Scientific Cooperation Award and ABET's Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award. AAAS and ABET praise Fletcher for his decades of service to engineering education—he has been involved with ABET for 25 years and has worked in the international arena for 45 years, collaborating with engineers, universities, and governments on almost every continent. Currently, Fletcher holds both the Regents and Thomas A. Dietz professorships of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University and is the director for aerospace at NASA Ames Research Center.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit papers for review to the Journal of Engineering Technology. Refer to,, or the latest issue for complete manuscript requirements, a style guide for authors, and a list of topics of interest. Submit 11 copies of the printed manuscript with abstract to: Paul J. Wilder, Manuscript Editor, Indiana Institute of Technology, 1600 East Washington Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46803, email:

Section Meetings

ASEE section meetings have been scheduled for 2003. These meetings are excellent opportunities to network with other engineering educators in your area and to discover new engineering technology. All members are encouraged to attend.

Zone 1

New England Section
May 2-3
University of Maine and the University of Southern Maine, Orono
Theme: Expanding the Boundaries of Engineering Education ASEE/
New England ASEE.htm

Mid-Atlantic Section
April 11-12
Kean University, Union, N.J.
Theme: Global Impact of Internet on Education

Saint Lawrence Section
October 24-25
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Theme: Integrated Learning
Contact: Barrie Jackson,, (613) 533-3130


Zone 2

Illinois-Indiana Section
April 4-5
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.
Contact: Doug Tougaw,

South-East Section
April 6-8
Mercer University, Macon, Ga.
Theme: Bringing Reality into the

North Central Section
April 13-14
Ohio State University, Columbus
Contact: Frank M. Croft,


Zone 3

Midwest Section
September 10-12
University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla
Theme: The Three Es: Engineering, Education & Expectations
Contact: Ralph Flori,, (573) 341-4588

Gulf Southwest Section
March 19-21
University of Texas, Arlington
Theme: Celebrating Our Successes—Facing Our Challenges

Contact: Lynn Peterson,, (817) 272-5503


Zone 4

Pacific Southwest Section
March 20-21
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Contact: Louise Yates,, (213) 740-4530

Pacific Northwest Section
April 24-26
Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Contact: Gary Erickson,

Rocky Mountain Section
April 10-12
Park City, Utah
Site of the 2002 Winter Olympics
Contact: Verne Hansen, Weber State University,,
(801) 626-7205



The engineering education coalitions SUCCEED, Greenfield, and Foundation are sponsoring the fourth in a series of workshop-based conferences on engineering education. "Share the Future IV" will be held in Tempe, Ariz., on March 16-18. The focus of the conference is approximately 25 two-hour interactive workshops where participants will have opportunities to explore in-depth many of the exciting and innovative developments in engineering education. More information about the conference can be found at
events/conferences/ share_the_future/index.html

The 17th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference will be held February 13-15 in Baltimore. The conference, hosted by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, the Council of Engineering Deans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Lockheed Martin Corporation, will honor successful modern-day black inventors, technical innovators, gifted scientists, budding engineers, high-level managers, and executives whose careers are "Going Beyond the Limits." The event will bring together students, college administrators, recruiters, engineering and IT professionals, scientists, and high-level decisionmakers from the corporate, government, and military communities, in an effort to broaden diversity in this country's technical and scientific workforces. For more information, go to


The American Society of Naval Engineeers (ASNE) offers scholarships to encourage undergraduate students to enter the field of naval engineering and to provide 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. To qualify for the awards—currently $2,500 for undergraduates and $3,500 for graduate students —candidates must either have applied for the last year of a full-time co-op undergraduate program or one year of a master's program leading to a designated engineering or physical science degree at an accredited college or university. This year's application deadline is February 15. For an application, go to

National Engineers Week

Engineers have given society everything from electricity to aerospace travel, so celebrate your profession February 16-22 during National Engineers Week. This year's National Engineers Week activities feature the launch of the "New Faces in Engineering Program," which will spotlight the outstanding contributions of America's youngest engineering professionals, and the return of the popular ZOOM into Engineering, a program based on the PBS television show ZOOM, that brings together engineers and elementary school students. Event organizers have also put together a planning kit (available online at or by calling 412-741-1393) that features more than 50 ways to participate in National Engineers Week. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic first flight, the kit includes fun activities that teach kids about aviation and engineering, such as how to control the flight of a paper airplane and how to build an air-powered car that kids can race across their desks.