PRISM - American Society for Engineering Education - Logo FEBRUARY 2006 - VOLUME 15, NUMBER 6 - SPECIAL ISSUE: 2006 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
President's Letter: Spanning the Globe - Thanks to strong leadership and the active exchange of ideas, ASEE's presence is increasingly felt throughout the world.  BY RONALD BARR

of globalization, ASEE is making strides to become an international leader in engineering education. Last September, I attended the fourth Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (GCEE) in Sydney, Australia. The global colloquia are a series of international conferences that ASEE has been organizing over the past four years in conjunction with societies like ours in other countries to exchange worldwide ideas on engineering education. In Sydney, ASEE hosted exploratory meetings with representatives from more than 40 international organizations concerning the establishment of an International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). The goal of IFEES would be to provide a forum for communication, cooperation and coordination of activities among the engineering education societies of the world. The fifth global colloquium is scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro in October 2006. At the Rio meeting, we believe that IFEES will be officially established and an inaugural governing board will be elected. And if things go as planned, the sixth GCEE and IFEES meetings will be held in Istanbul. I invite you, my fellow ASEE colleagues, to attend these meetings, so start saving your international travel money.

In October, I attended the 35th annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) meeting in Indianapolis. The conference’s “Indy 500” theme appropriately underscored the fast-track nature of the papers and innovative ideas presented at FIE. In conjunction with FIE was the second annual CASEE symposium. CASEE is the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education, and it was founded by the National Academy of Engineering in 2002 to foster a climate of continuous improvement in engineering education, focusing on educational research. It was gratifying to see so many ASEE members involved in leadership positions at both the FIE and CASEE activities in Indianapolis.

The week following FIE, I was at the ABET annual meeting in San Diego. The highlight of this year’s ABET meeting was the unveiling of the Penn State report on the influence of EC 2000 in engineering education over the past 10 years. The report included a press release titled Engineering Graduates in 2004 (are) Better Prepared Than Graduates of a Decade Earlier. The report represents the starting point for vital discussions on the effects of outcomes-based assessment in engineering education, discussions in which we must all participate. By my count, five past ASEE presidents, as well as Executive Director Frank Huband, were in attendance at this year’s ABET meeting. And of course, ASEE is now a Lead Society in ABET, so our leadership will have even greater influence on the accreditation processes that make our engineering programs better.

In December, I participated in several panel discussions at the ASIBEI meeting in Morelia, Mexico. ASIBEI, the Ibero-American Association of Engineering Schools, represents all the engineering programs in Central and South America. At ASIBEI, the panel discussions focused on five common themes: engineering programs, accreditation, new teaching paradigms, curricula and educational research. While engineering is becoming a global enterprise, it is interesting to note that many international organizations still look to the United States and ASEE for leadership and guidance on these key engineering education issues. I am proud of the hundreds of ASEE member and staff member volunteers who are providing leadership in these many capacities.

On a final and different note, the ASEE elections for national offices are coming soon. I encourage each of you to vote for the candidates of your choice. Your participation in ASEE elections is one way to have a voice in the future leadership of ASEE as we span the globe and America, too.

Ronald Barr is president of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Section Meetings for 2006, by Zone


New England Section
March 17- March 18
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
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St. Lawrence Section
November 3- November 4
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
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Middle Atlantic Section
April 28 - April 29
New York City College of Technology/ CUNY
300 Jay St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
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Southeastern Section
April 2 - April 4

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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North Central Section
March 31 - April 1

Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Joint Conference with the Illinois-Indiana Section
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Illinois-Indiana Section
March 31 - April 1

Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Joint Conference with the North Central Section
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North Midwest Section
October 5 - October 6

University of Wisconsin, Stout; Menomonie, Wis.
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Midwest Section
Kansas City, Mo.

Gulf Southwest Section
March 15 - March 17

Southern University and A&M College; Baton Rouge, La.
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Pacific Northwest Section

Rocky Mountain Section
April 7 - April 8

United States Air Force Academy
USAFA, Colo.

Pacific Southwest Section
April 20 - April 21

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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2006 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education

Bor JangASEE’s third annual Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education will be held on June 17 in Chicago. Open to Chicago-area K-12 teachers, ASEE members and others interested in K-12 engineering, the workshop will provide participants with hands-on opportunities to learn how to implement K-12 engineering education activities in the classroom. Attendees will participate in interactive technical sessions led by providers of K-12 engineering education products and services. They will also have the opportunity to network with their colleagues in K-12 engineering education.

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Bor JangBor Jang, formerly the Walter Booth Distinguished Professor and head of mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University, is now dean of the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Mohammad N. Noori Mohammad N. Noori has taken the post of dean of the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. Before moving to Cal Poly, Noori held the endowed R.J. Reynolds Professorship at North Carolina State University and served as head of mechanical and aerospace engineering at N.C. State and head of the mechanical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Robert A. BrownFormer Massachusetts Institute of Technology Provost Robert A. Brown has become the ninth president of Boston University. Brown, who also held the Warren K. Lewis Professorship in chemical engineering at MIT, joined the MIT faculty in 1979 as assistant professor and rose through the ranks to department head and dean of engineering before becoming provost.

David K. CampbellDavid K. Campbell, dean of Boston University’s College of Engineering and since July 1, 2004, provost ad interim, has been named provost at Boston University.


Call for Student Papers

Call for Student PapersThe 23rd International Bridge Conference (IBC) is proud to sponsor a student paper competition. Papers are being solicited from students at every college and university in the United States offering a civil engineering major. The competition is open to all graduate and undergraduate students. Papers should be submitted to the department chair at the applicant’s school.

The department chair will select one finalist from the graduate and undergraduate levels and submit those to the International Bridge Conference Students Award Committee, which will make the final selections.

The author of the winning graduate paper will receive a $1,000 IBC fellowship from the conference, along with complimentary registration, hotel accommodations and travel to the 2006 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. The author of the winning undergraduate paper will receive a $250 IBC fellowship, along with complimentary one-day registration. Both winning papers will be eligible to be included in the published proceedings.

The IBC is the most comprehensive, broad-based and authoritative forum in the world on bridge topics. Its mission is to encourage and promote the interchange of information, procedures and techniques related to bridge projects among owners, researchers, practicing engineers, suppliers and contractors. For more information, visit


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