PRISM - American Society for Engineering Education - 2006 Annual conference - June 18-21 FEBRUARY 2006 - VOLUME 15, NUMBER 6 - SPECIAL ISSUE: 2006 Annual conference
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Conference Highlights
The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition features numerous professional, educational and networking opportunities. Here are some of this year’s conference highlights.

Monday, June 19, 2006
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom
8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Advancing Scholarship in Engineering Education:
Launching a Year of Dialogue

Where are we? Where are we going?
How are we going to get there? Is it worth the trip?

Joe DiGregorio
University of California, Riverside
Norman Fortenberry
National Academy of Engineering
Jim Pellegrino
University of Illinois, Chicago
Elaine Seymour
University of Colorado, Boulder
Gary Gabriele
National Science Foundation
David Radcliffe
University of Queensland, Australia
Sheri Sheppard
Stanford University
Jeremy Noonan
Purdue University, West Lafayette
Juan Rivera
Northrup Grumman

The U.S. engineering education enterprise is challenged to produce a diverse engineering workforce with the capability to meet the rapidly changing demands of global engineering practice and national competitiveness and security—it must develop the capacity for continual renewal rather than engaging in periodic reforms. The approach must mirror the broad research strategies successfully applied to other engineering challenges. Many within the enterprise are now engaged in defining, developing and institutionalizing scholarship in engineering and engineering technology education. As the lead society for engineering and engineering technology education, ASEE is responsible for promoting the broad recognition of engineering and engineering technology education as a scholarly field.

This Socratic session brings together a panel of experts to discuss, debate, agree and disagree on the key issues and concerns associated with advancing scholarship in engineering and engineering technology education. Led by a moderator, the panel members will share their unrehearsed insights and opinions based on their experience and expertise on the topic. The moderator will engage the audience in participating in the dialogue. The plenary session will set the tone for the remainder of the conference and launch a year of dialogue in the engineering and engineering technology education community.



Distinguished Lectures

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Tuesday, June 20
10:30 a.m. -Noon

2305 - Globalization, Leadership and Diversity in Engineering Education

Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado at Boulder

Frank Barnes received his B.S.E.E. in 1954 from Princeton and his M.S., Engineer and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford in 1955, ’56 and ’58, respectively. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1958 and joined the University of Colorado in 1959 where he is currently a Distinguished Professor. He has served as chairman of the department of electrical engineering and cofounded the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program in 1971.

He has served as chair of the IEEE Electron Device Society and editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education, and he is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE and the International Engineering Consortium and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Barnes received the Curtis McGraw Research Award from ASEE, the Leon Montgomery Award from the International Communications Association, the 2003 IEEE Education Society Achievement Award, the 2002 ECE Distinguished Educator Award from ASEE and the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering for Innovations in Engineering Education 2004.

Professor of Science and Technology Studies
Virginia Tech

Gary Downey is professor of science and technology studies and affiliated faculty in the department of engineering education at Virginia Tech. He is 2005-06 Boeing Co. Senior Fellow in Engineering Education at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and was keynote lecturer on the engineer as problem definer at the seventh World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Glasgow, Scotland. Trained as a mechanical engineer (B.S., Lehigh University, 1974) and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981), he is winner of Virginia Tech’s 1997 Diggs Teaching Scholar Award for scholarship in teaching, the 2003 XCaliber Award for instructional technology and the 2004 William Wine Award for career excellence in teaching. He is principal investigator on three NSF-funded projects: Engineering Cultures: Building the Global Engineer; Engineers and the Metrics of Progress; and Engineering Education in the Middle East. He is author of “The Machine in Me: An Anthropologist Sits Among Computer Engineers” (Routledge 1998) and codeveloper of Engineering Cultures® multimedia courseware.

Associate Professor
Colorado School of Mines

Juan Lucena is associate professor in liberal arts and international studies and affiliated faculty member in the Center for Engineering Education at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He is also 2005-06 Boeing Co. Senior Fellow in Engineering Education at the National Academy of Engineering and was keynote lecturer at the 2004 National Conference on Engineering Education in Colombia. Trained in mechanical and aeronautical engineering (B.S., Rensselaer, 1987, 1988) and science and technology studies (Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 1996), he is principal investigator of the NSF-funded projects Global Engineers: Ethnography of Globalization in Engineering Education; Hiring, Practices and Designs; and Enhancing Engineering Education Through Humanitarian Ethics, which is developing a graduate curriculum in humanitarian engineering at CSM. He is author of “Defending the Nation: U.S. Policymaking in Science and Engineering Education from Sputnik to the War Against Terrorism” (University Press of America 2005) and codeveloper of Engineering Cultures® multimedia courseware.
Sponsors: Engineering & Public Policy Division, Professional Interest Council III

2390 - Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship - Uniquely Bridging the Engineering and Business Realms to Produce the Engineers of 2020

Carmo D’Cruz
Associate Professor
Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Carmo D’Cruz is associate professor in the department of engineering systems at Florida Tech. He has also served as member of the adjunct faculty in the College of Engineering and the College of Business at the University of Central Florida and in the Engineering Management Program at Florida Tech. A 20-year veteran of the electronics and semiconductor industry, his previous experience ranges from R&D at Bell Labs, engineering at AMD, production management at Hitachi, operations management at RF Monolithics, worldwide operations planning at Harris, technical marketing at Tantivy Communications, strategic planning/business development at Chip Supply, Inc. and founder/CEO of NanoDynamo, Inc. D’Cruz’s current research and teaching focus is in technopolis creation, engineering management, product strategy, technology commercialization, technical marketing, systems engineering entrepreneurship and wireless data technologies. He has an M.S.E.E. from Drexel University, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in engineering management from Southern Methodist University.
Sponsors: Entrepreneurship Division, Professional Interest Council IV

2391 - The Unleashed Human Mind: Liberating Education for the 21st Century

Lewis Duncan
Rollins College

Lewis M. Duncan was elected 14th president of Rollins College in March 2004. He is former dean and professor of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and was previously provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Tulsa.

Dr. Duncan received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and his master’s and doctorate in space physics from Rice University in Houston. As a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, he conducted research at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico. He subsequently joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research scientist and later became a section head in the Division of Earth and Space Sciences.

Following a year as a Carnegie Science Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Arms Control, he joined the faculty of Clemson University as associate dean of the College of Sciences. He was founding director of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium and remains a fellow of Clemson’s Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs. His current research interests include experimental space plasma physics, radiophysics and technology and public policy.
Sponsors: Liberal Education Division, Professional Interest Council III

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Wednesday, June 21
10:30 a.m. -Noon

3305 - Critical Issues Facing Engineering Education and Research

Arden Bement
National Science Foundation

Arden L. Bement Jr., became director of the National Science Foundation on Nov. 24, 2004. He had been acting director since Feb. 22, 2004.

He joined NSF from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he had been director since Dec. 7, 2001. As head of NIST, he oversaw an agency with an annual budget of about $773 million and an onsite research and administrative staff of about 3,000, complemented by a NIST-sponsored network of 2,000 locally managed manufacturing and business specialists serving smaller manufacturers across the United States. Prior to his appointment as NIST director, Bement served as the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He has held appointments at Purdue University in the schools of Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Krannert School of Management. He was director of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium and the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electrical Power Grid.

Bement came to the position as NIST director having previously served as head of that agency’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, the agency’s primary private-sector policy adviser; as head of the advisory committee for NIST’s Advanced Technology Program; and on the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry, government and academia. These positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965).

Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctoral degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, an honorary doctoral degree in engineering from Cleveland State University, an honorary doctoral degree in science from Case Western Reserve University and an honorary doctoral degree in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sponsor: Engineering Research Council

3390 - Present and Future Challenges for Education and Research in Europe

Claudio Borri
Professor of Computational Mechanics of
University of Florence

Claudio Borri, professor of computational mechanics of structures at the University of Florence (Italy), is the president elect of SEFI for 2005/2007, vice dean for international relations of the School of Engineering, University of Florence and vice president of the CRIACIV (Interuniversity Research Centre on Building & Environmental Aerodynamics). He is the author or coauthor of approximately 120 scientific publications on structural mechanics, computational methods in structural engineering, wind engineering, nonlinear problems in structural design, stochastic dynamics and shell structures, and he has edited the following books: “L’ Ingegneria del vento in Italia,” “Structural Dynamics,” and “The Renaissance Engineer of Tomorrow.” Professor Borri was awarded in 1994 with the M. Plank Research Award in structural mechanics by the von Humbold Foundation in Germany and in 2001 with Honorary Doctor Degree in Engineering Sciences by the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering & Geodesy (UACEG) of Sofia, Bulgaria.

From 1992 to 1996 he was project manager for the research network BEATRICE (Building and Environmental Aerodynamics) and academic expert for CRE/EUA (European University Association, former Conférence des Recteurs Européènnes, Ginevra).

He has been deputy rector for the SOCRATES program at the University of Florence since 1996. From 2001 to 2003, he was scientific coordinator of the national research project WINDERFUL (MIUR-COFIN) and chairman of the COST action C14 on Urban Wind Engineering (EC-DG XII, Brussels) in 2003.

Professor Borri has been the president and legal representative of the Socrates E4 Thematic Network (Engineering Education in Europe) and is currently president and legal representative of the Socrates Thematic Network TREE (Teaching and Research Engineering in Europe).

Professor Borri’s activity in the engineering education field is related to his multiannual membership in SEFI. He took part in all its annual conferences during recent years, devoting special attention to the continuing education, accreditation and motivation to engineering studies. He has attended seminars and organized working group activities in the context of European programs.
Sponsors: International Division, Professional Interest Council IV

3391 - Engineering and History

Henry Petroski
Professor of Civil Engineering
Duke University

Henry Petroski is the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. He has written on many aspects of engineering and technology, including design, success and failure and the history of engineering and technology. His books on these subjects, which are intended for professional engineers and general readers alike, include “To Engineer Is Human,” which was adapted for a BBC-television documentary, and “Design Paradigms,” which was named by the Association of American Publishers as the best general engineering book published in 1994. His “Engineers of Dreams” is a history of American bridge building. He has also written books on commonplace objects, including “The Pencil,” “The Evolution of Useful Things,” “The Book on the Bookshelf,” and “Small Things Considered,” and has published collections of essays on engineering subjects under the titles “Remaking the World” and “Pushing the Limits”. A memoir about delivering newspapers in the 1950s and about what predisposed him to become an engineer is entitled “Paperboy.” His books have been widely translated, into such languages as Chinese, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and Turkish.

Before moving to Duke in 1980, Petroski was on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and on the staff of Argonne National Laboratory. He is a professional engineer licensed in Texas and a chartered engineer registered in Ireland. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. Among his other honors are the Ralph Coats Roe Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from Clarkson University, Manhattan College, Trinity College (in Hartford, Conn.) and Valparaiso University, as well as distinguished engineering alumnus awards from Manhattan College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (whose History and Heritage Committee he chairs), the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an honorary member of the Moles and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Sponsors: Mechanical Engineering Division, Design in Engineering Education Division, Civil Engineering Division, Construction Engineering Division, Professional Interest Councils I & II

2006 ASEE Picnic: Roar Into the ’20s!

Navy Pier
Sunday, June 18

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$35 for registered attendees
$45 for nonregistered attendees
$18 for children 6-12 years old

Join your friends and colleagues as we kick off this year’s annual conference in style! Big band, swing and all that jazz is what’s waiting for you at ASEE’s Great Chicago Speakeasy. Travel back in time, where Gangsters were “Untouchable,” Flappers reigned and Gatsby was all the rage. Grab your fedoras and pearls and come be part of ASEE’s newly revamped picnic. Enjoy delicious food and more as we “Roar Into the ’20s” at the world-famous Navy Pier. Complimentary round-trip transportation will be provided from the Hyatt Regency.


Give a student at your university the chance to experience the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Each full-conference registrant will have the opportunity to bring one student to the conference at no additional charge. This complimentary student registration includes admission to the technical sessions and the exposition, allows students to register for all tours and includes the conference bag/proceedings and entry to the annual reception. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Be registered on a full-conference registrant’s form
  • Accompany the full-conference registrant to registration with their current student ID

Note: Only one student may be registered as “Bring-a-Student” per full-conference registration.

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center
Monday, June 19

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The ASEE Program Planning Committee would like to invite you to join us on Monday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency for “Emerging Trends in Engineering Education.” This session will feature cross-disciplinary and innovative papers presented as both poster and short oral presentations. All papers in this session will be peer reviewed and published in the conference proceedings.

Papers in the Emerging Trends session will be limited to 200 papers and will be grouped by topic.

National Design Competition

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center
Monday, June 19

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come and watch the exciting finals of the eighth annual Two Year College Division National Design Competition starting at 2:15 p.m. This year’s competition is to design and build a zero-emission robot that deposits as many ping-pong balls as possible in each of four triangular pockets located on an 8’-by-8’ track in less than 60 seconds. The oral presentation component of the competition is held earlier in the day. See the program listing for more details.

Greet the Stars (First Timers Orientation)

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Sunday, June 18

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This is an orientation for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees. This session provides an overview of the conference and ASEE as an organization. Take advantage of hearing from the ASEE president, ASEE vice president of member affairs and other ASEE leaders. ASEE staff members will also be available to discuss member services. Don’t miss the opportunity to become familiar with your association. Anyone interested in learning more about ASEE and the annual conference is welcome to attend.

Meet the Board Breakfast

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Tuesday, June 20

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
$15 per person

This is your opportunity to meet the ASEE Board of Directors. Enjoy breakfast and discuss key issues, ask questions and share your opinions with ASEE’s governing body.

2006 ASEE Annual Awards Reception

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Wednesday, June 21

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary for all conference registrants

All conference attendees are invited to the ASEE Annual Awards Reception, preceding the Awards Banquet. This is the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues and toast the 2006 award winners.

2006 ASEE Annual Awards Banquet

Hyatt Regency Chicago
Wednesday, June 21

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$65 per person

Dine and celebrate with the recipients of ASEE’s society awards and the 2005 Annual Conference Best Paper Award at the 113th ASEE Annual Awards Banquet.

Division and Council Receptions and Banquets

Many of ASEE’s divisions and councils are hosting receptions and banquets throughout the conference. Be sure to check the ASEE conference Web site at, or the Ticketed Sessions section of this program on page 29.

ASEE Annual Conference Best Paper Award Program

For the ninth consecutive year, ASEE will recognize five outstanding conference papers from each of the professional interest councils and a Best Zone Paper. One of these six papers will also be awarded the overall Conference Best Paper Award.

For the most current program please visit


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Conference at a Glance
Conference Highlights

Distinguished Lectures

2006 ASEE Picnic: Roar Into the ’20s!


Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

National Design Competition

Greet the Stars (First Timers Orientation)

Meet the Board Breakfast

2006 ASEE Annual Awards Reception

2006 ASEE Annual Awards Banquet

Division and Council Receptions and Banquets

ASEE Annual Conference Best Paper Award Program

2006 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition - June 18-21, 2006 - Chicago
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