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Diversity and International Relations in Engineering

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

Monday, June 15
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Austin Convention Center – Ballroom D, E, F, & G

The Main Plenary is traditionally the most highly anticipated session at the ASEE annual conference, with over 2,000 attendees enjoying this important keynote address. This year’s plenary will be held in two sessions. at the first, ASEE is pleased to have the participation of two dynamic, visionary leaders.

Executive Director
National Society of Black Engineers

In two decades as an engineer, Carl Bernard Mack has used his recognized leadership and organizational skills to increase the active involvement of minority students and youth in engineering while advancing the cause of civil rights.

Since Mack’s arrival in March 2005 as executive director, the National Society of Black Engineers has grown in numbers, financial strength, and visibility. Membership leapt in three years from 12,842 to 31,118, cash reserves increased from $3.5 million to $9 million, and the society secured a $1 million grant from Battelle, the science and technology enterprise. NSBE, whose mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community,” is one of the nation’s largest student-governed organizations. Mack has led the expansion of NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative program to the elementary school level by founding the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Academy. Designed to expose African-American youth early to science, technology, engineering, and math, SEEK grew from 250 children to nearly 700 participants in its first two years. Mack has appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight and on ABC’s Good Morning America. In May 2008, he was named one of the top 150 black leaders in America by Ebony magazine.
During his 18 years as an engineer with the King County Metro transportation system in Seattle, Mack coordinated the county’s award-winning Minority Engineering Internship Program. From 2003 through 2004, he also served as president of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP. While Mack led the branch, it grew from 600 to 2,000 members and won the 2004 Class 1-A Thalheimer Award as the top branch in the country. Seattle magazine listed him as one of the metropolitan area’s 25 most influential people. When he announced he was leaving the area, both the city of Seattle and the King County government honored him by naming Feb. 12, 2005, Carl B. Mack Day.

Born in Jackson, Miss., Mack received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University, which in 2006 made him a Distinguished Engineering Fellow.

Tsinghua University

As head of a premier Chinese university, Gu Binglin has championed collaboration with institutions in the United States and around the globe while contributing to China’s ascendance in science and technology.

Responsible for training many top scientists, engineers, and officials, Beijing’s Tsinghua University has alumni in 40 countries and maintains links with scores of universities worldwide. It is becoming a key destination for American university administrators visiting China and has hosted such luminaries as Nobel laureates David J. Gross, a physicist, and economist Joseph E. Stiglitz. Tsinghua coordinates student exchange programs with nine schools in the United States and has strong ties in science, technology, and the social sciences with the University of California-Berkeley. Last fall, the executive director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, hailed the school’s “pioneering” AIDS research center.

Gu’s own international ties go back many years. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and has been a senior visiting scholar at Notre Dame University and a visiting professor at Tohoku University in Japan.

A physicist and materials scientist with a research interest in the properties of complex materials, including carbon nanotubes, Gu has published more than 200 papers and received a number of awards, including a Second-Class Prize in China’s National Natural Science Award; a First-Class Prize of the Natural Science Award for Chinese universities; and the Advancement of Science and Technology Award sponsored by the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation of Hong Kong. Elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999, he is also a member of China’s National Academic Degree Appraisal Committee and the standing committee of the Chinese Society of Physics. He is a member of the board of the Chinese Society of Materials Science and the director of the Steering Committee for Education of Physics and Astronomy under China’s Ministry of Education.

A native of Harbin, in Heilongjiang Province, Gu entered Tsinghua as a student in 1965, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and engineering physics. He has been part of the university for most of his career, as a professor, chair of the physics department, dean of the graduate school, vice president, and, since 2003, president.

Please note: In light of the current economic situation, the ASEE board has decided that the preplenary breakfast will not be offered at the 2009 Annual Conference. We invite you to join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Focus on Exhibit food and beverage events, which are complimentary for all registered attendees.


Engineering Education Innovation: A New Paradigm

Tuesday, June 16
8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Austin Convention Center – Ballroom D, E, F, & G

Two leading educators will deliver a call to action as they present a series of recommendations to better prepare U.S. engineering graduates for the global economy. The recommendations were developed by ASEE, with support from the National Science Foundation, through a research-based paradigm for engineering education innovation. They build upon and respond to the many national and international reports on the future of engineering and engineering education, including ASEE’s Year of Dialogue. They result from more than a year of work by 70 project volunteers, with extensive review and comment by many stakeholders in the engineering and engineering education communities.

John A. Edwardson Dean, College of Engineering, and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Purdue University

In addition to a distinguished record of service to professional organizations, Leah H. Jamieson has won acclaim as a teacher and engineering education innovator. She cofounded Engineering Projects in Community Service, an engineering design program in which teams of undergraduates undertake multiyear, multidisciplinary projects, solving engineering- and technology-based problems for community-service and education organizations. Begun at Purdue in 1995, EPICS has been adopted at 18 additional universities and is being initiated in high schools in five states. Featured in a PBS documentary, Communities Building Community, this program has won several awards for innovation, including the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering and ASEE’s Chester F. Carlson Award.

Jamieson was one of the first seven recipients of the National Science Foundation Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, was inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers, and was named 2002 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

An active volunteer in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, she was 2007 president and CEO, leading initiatives in strategic planning and public visibility.

Jamieson is a member of the NAE’s Committee on Engineering Education and served on the Steering Committee for the academy’s 2006-08 project “Developing Effective Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering.” She served on the Advisory Committee for the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Prior to her current position at Purdue, she was director of the Graduate Program in Electrical Engineering, director of Graduate Admissions, interim head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and associate dean of engineering for undergraduate education. She has an S.B. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.

Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Development and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

A fellow of ASEE and editor of the society’s scholarly periodical, the Journal of Engineering Education, Jack R. Lohmann is recognized for his leadership in educational innovation and efforts to improve education through sound research.

At Georgia Tech, his principal responsibilities include institutional development, review, and accreditation of academic programs. He previously served as associate dean in the College of Engineering and has held appointments at the National Science Foundation, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, and l’École Centrale Paris in France.

Lohmann’s research and teaching interests are in the field of capital budgeting and economic decision analysis. He has provided leadership for a number of educational initiatives involving accreditation, globalization, and engineering education research. External sponsors of his work include AT&T, Continental AG, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft Research, Motorola, the National Science Foundation, Procter & Gamble, the Sloan Foundation, and the United Engineering Foundation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, ASEE, and the European Society for Engineering Education. In 2007, he received the John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award from ASEE for his international contributions.

Lohmann earned a B.S.M.E. from Oklahoma State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering and engineering management at Stanford University.


Wednesday, June 17
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Investing in the Engineering Education Infrastructure: A Sustainable Stimulus Package


President and CEO,
National Instruments

James Truchard cofounded National Instruments with Jeff Kodosky and Bill Nowlin in 1976 while working at the University of Texas’s Applied Research Laboratories, where he was managing director of the acoustical measurements division. What started in Truchard’s garage has grown into a global organization that produces critical components for an array of applications, from the conception and design of more efficient automobiles to the prototyping of next-generation medical devices. A recognized industry leader, Truchard has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He has been named one of the 50 most influential industry innovators by In Tech magazine and has been cited three times by Worth magazine as one of the nation’s 50 best CEOs. Truchard received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and a doctorate in electrical engineering from UT-Austin and has been honored by the university as a distinguished engineering graduate. He continues to work closely with UT-Austin as a member of the Chancellor’s Council. He is also a member and former chairman of the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council and a member of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Advisory Council on the Digital Economy. Truchard was tapped by Perry in 2005 to chair the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Industry Advisory Council, which directly addresses the declining interest and preparation of young people to pursue careers in technical fields.

Educating Engineers for Global Innovation – Is Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning a Strategy?


Professor, Aalborg University
President-elect of SEFI

Anette Kolmos is a professor of engineering education and holds the UNESCO chair in problem-based learning at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. She received a Ph.D. in gender, technology and education in 1989. During the past 20 years, she has researched the following areas, primarily within engineering education: change to PBL curriculum, development of transferable skills, and faculty development. She is actively involved in developing the profile of engineering education research in Europe, as well as internationally. Currently president-elect of the European Society for Engineering Education, she will assume the presidency this year. She also chairs the SEFI working group on engineering education research and is president-elect for SEFI 2008-2009, becoming president in 2009.

Kolmos is an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and of the European Journal of Engineering Education. She also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field. She has served as a member of Programbeirat für Hochschuldidaktik, für alle Universitäten in Baden Württemberg, Germany, and is a member of the External Advisory Board for the European Union’s seventh framework program, People.

She is coordinator of the EU’s Socrates project, PBL-Engineering, which is developing a master program, Problem-Based Learning in Engineering and Science. She has given more than 20 keynotes at international conferences and has run workshops on PBL and engineering education throughout the world.
Sponsored by ASEE

Things I Have Learned, in Spite of Myself


Dorsey Professor of Engineering (Emeritus)
University of Texas at Austin

James E. Stice is Bob R. Dorsey professor of engineering (emeritus) at the University of Texas-Austin. A fellow and life member of ASEE, he has been active in the Educational Research and Methods and Chemical Engineering divisions and has received the Chester F. Carlson and Donald E. Marlowe Awards from ASEE, the Distinguished Service Award from the Educational Research and Methods Division, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogical Scholarship from the Chemical Engineering Division.

He is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Arkansas and of its College of Engineering, and received the Professional Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Sponsored by Educational Research and Methods Division

The Sky Is No Limit: Observations and Lessons From a Teacher in Space


Distinguished Educator in Residence
Boise State University

Astronaut and educator Barbara R. Morgan joined Boise State University as the distinguished educator in residence in August, 2008. Her role is to provide vision and leadership to the state of Idaho on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. As NASA’s first educator astronaut, Morgan flew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in August 2007.

Through a dual appointment to Boise State’s Colleges of Engineering and Education, Morgan leads and represents the university in its policy development, advocacy, and fundraising in STEM-related programs, scholarships, and initiatives. Morgan directs Boise State’s efforts to bring NASA education programs to area school districts and serves as a guest lecturer and student mentor in departments across campus.

Morgan joined NASA in the 1980s as part of the Teacher in Space program and served as the backup to Christa McAuliffe for the ill-fated mission of the space shuttle Challenger. She later worked as a mission specialist astronaut for NASA. As an elementary-school teacher from 1974 to 1998, she taught at the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, at the Colegio Americano de Quito, in Quito, Ecuador, and at the McCall-Donnelly School District in Idaho.

Morgan graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in human biology from Stanford University in 1973, earned her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Boise State University. She has received many awards and recognition for her work as an educator and as an astronaut.
Sponsored by K-12 Engineering and Pre-College Outreach Division

How “Her Story” in History Has and Will Influence Women in Engineering


Jill S. TietjenJill S. Tietjen
Technically Speaking

An author, speaker, and electrical engineer, Jill S. Tietjen recently co-authored the book, Her Story – A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. Her other published books include the Setting the Record Straight series, which explores the history of women in accounting, engineering, and professional achievement. Tietjen is one of the top historians in the country on women in scientific and technical fields. She is the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving opportunities for women and girls to have more career options in technology. She served as the 1991-1992 national president of the Society of Women Engineers.

Tietjen has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2001 Woman in Technology Award from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Subaru, and News4, and Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumna Award. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte as well as a licensed professional engineer in Colorado.
Sponsored by Women in Engineering Division

Liberal Education as Reflective Space: the Challenge of Technological Education


William M. Sullivan William M. Sullivan
Senior Scholar
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

William M. Sullivan is senior scholar in the Preparations for the Professions program at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The program is conducting a multiyear study comparing education across the professions, including engineering. Sullivan recently authored A New Agenda for Higher Education: Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2008), in which he and coauthor Matthew Rosin offer an approach to higher education grounded in an interdependent relationship between professional training and the liberal arts.

The author of Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America and a coauthor of Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, Sullivan has examined the link between formal training and practical reflection in effective education. Prior to his work at Carnegie, Sullivan was professor of philosophy at La Salle University. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University.
Sponsored by Liberal Education Division

Jane Marcet: Inventing the Technical Textbook Two Centuries Ago


John LienhardJohn Lienhard
M.D. Anderson Professor Emeritus of Mechnical Engineering and History
University of Houston

John H. Lienhard, author and voice of The Engines of Our Ingenuity, is M.D. Anderson professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and history at the University of Houston. He has published six books and hundreds of papers. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State College and the University of Washington, his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, and two honorary doctorates, from the University of Houston and Sacred Heart University, Fairfield. Conn. He is known internationally for his research in the thermal sciences as well as in cultural history. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of ASME and a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

For his work on Engines, Lienhard received the ASME Ralph Coates Roe Medal for contributions to the public understanding of technology, the 1991 Portrait Division Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, and the 1998 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Engineer-Historian Award, other ASME honors, and two 2005 Crystal Microphone Awards.

Lienhard’s other awards include the ASME Pi Tau Sigma-Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award, the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Portrait Division Award, the ASEE Ralph Coates Roe Medal (for teaching), the ASME Engineer Historian Award, the ASME Edwin F. Church Medal, and the Freedom Foundation Award. Lienhard has been a member of the ASME Distinguished Lecturer Bureau since 1986. In 1996, a John H. Lienhard Award was created by Region X of ASME to honor contributors to a public understanding of engineering.
Sponsored by Mechanical Engineering Division

Sunday, June 14


ASEE Educational Funding Workshop
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This workshop highlights the various government-sponsored scholarship, fellowship, and internship funding opportunities from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the National Science Foundation administered by ASEE — ranging from the high school to postdoctoral and faculty levels. In total, ASEE handles some 14,000 applications per year associated with these programs, resulting in about 1,800 awardees, who receive more than $60,000,000 of support annually, much of it paid out by ASEE. At this workshop, faculty and students are introduced to ways in which they can be more successful in their award applications, bringing additional funding and prestige to their institutions.

Greet the Stars
First-Timers Orientation
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This is an orientation for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees. The session provides an overview of the conference and ASEE as an organization. Take advantage of hearing from the ASEE leadership. ASEE staff members will be on hand to discuss member services. Don’t miss the opportunity to become familiar with your society. Anyone interested in learning more about ASEE and the annual conference is welcome to attend.

2009 ASEE Picnic – Texas BBQ
Presented by National Instruments
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
$35 for registered attendees
$45 for unregistered attendees
$18 for children 6-16 years old

See old friends and colleagues and make some new ones at the 2009 ASEE Picnic – Texas BBQ – presented by National Instruments. Join us as we kick off the ASEE Annual Conference 2009 at the legendary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q restaurant. You’ll enjoy delicious, authentic Texas BBQ food and entertainment. Don’t miss it!

Due to the generous participation of our sponsors, the ASEE Picnic tickets are subsidized by over 50 percent. We are delighted to be able to offer our attendees these discounts; we hope to see you there.

Monday, June 15


ASEE Meet the Board Forum
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Complimentary for all conference registrants

Back by Popular Demand! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discuss important issues facing engineering and technology education stakeholders. Participants have the chance to network with members of the ASEE Board of Directors and industry leaders. Join us to discuss key issues, ask questions, and share opinions with ASEE’s governing body. This event will take place in the Go Global Pavilion on the Exhibit Hall Floor, during the Focus on Exhibits Happy Hour. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, June 17


2009 ASEE Annual Awards Reception
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 colleagues and toast the 2009 award winners.

2009 ASEE Annual Awards Banquet
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ticketed Event
$75 for registered attendees
$85 for unregistered attendees

Dine and celebrate with the recipients of ASEE’s Society Awards and the 2008 Annual Conference Best Paper Award at the 116th ASEE Annual Awards Banquet.


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