Prism - January 2002
Open For Business
Finally, A little R&R
The Man Behind Merced
Fast Track for Trains
Teaching Toolbox
ASEE Today
Last Word
Back Issues


Entrepreneurship is Still Alive and Well

Frank HubandThis month's cover article, “Open for Business,” notes that entrepreneurship programs have proved a continuing draw despite the dot-com meltdown. Although fewer students are involved in the programs, these students' motivation appears focused on how to conceptualize a product, develop it, and sell it. The students participating in these programs seem truly interested in principles of entrepreneurship—building a great company and pursing new opportunities—and continue to embrace entrepreneurship education.

In “Finally, a Little R&R,” four great engineering deans—now ex-deans—Ernie Smerdon (University of Arizona, 10 years), Lyle Feisel (SUNY Binghamton, 17 years), J. Ray Bowen (University of Washington, 15 years), and Earl Dowell (Duke University, 16 years) tell what it's like to give up the dean's job. Each has a good story and a different scenario, but all are thoughtful, upbeat, and inspiring. Return to teaching, yes, but also writing and studying, travel, tennis, and snorkeling. If retirement is in your future, you may find some interesting ideas here.

Right now the University of California Merced is just a field of dreams
sandwiched between a golf course and a recreational lake and marked by a
modest wooden sign. But UC officials, including David Ashley, former dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, have major plans for UC Merced, which is to be the 10th campus of UC's string of prestigious universities that stretch from Berkeley in the north to San Diego in the south. The challenge is not just to create a new university but to reverse the poor economic health of the state's Central Valley, which boasts a large Hispanic population. Formidable challenges include a population growing 30 percent faster than rest of California with historically the highest high school dropout rate, lowest college graduation rate, and lowest median income in the state. Plans are to build a school that places special emphasis on science and engineering in order to draw industries to the area by providing a much larger skilled labor pool. Can UC Merced develop the local economy by creating applied research professions that will attract new industries? Read “The Man Behind Merced,” and decide what you think the chances are.

We at Prism are constantly updating the publication to better meet our
readers' needs. Be sure to take a look at our newly revised On Campus section, which covers more schools than ever before.

As always, I welcome your comments and thoughts.

Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher


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