there was ever a competition for the best director of administrative
services, Sandra Wingate-Bey would definitely win the award.
want to know who was ASEE's first president back in 1893 or how to launch
a national award, Sandra Wingate-Bey is the person to ask. Serving as
ASEE's unofficial historian at headquarters is just one of the responsibilities
of the organization's Manager of Awards and Administrative Services.
With its numerous departments, committees, and members, ASEE is a diverse
organization, and with such an assortment of parts, a connecting force
is necessary. "Bey," as she is known, oversees all of ASEE's
administrative functions, making sure that the 40-person office runs
smoothly. She coordinates the national awards program and ASEE's national
elections. A 14-year veteran, Bey has served the organization longer
than any other current employee. "Bey was here when I came,"
says executive director, Frank Huband, "I relied heavily on her
then, and today she is even more valuable to me and to the organization."
Bey's most important responsibilities is supervising ASEE's national
awards program. Last year, Agilent Technologies chose ASEE to administer
the Robert G. Quinn award, which is given for excellence in experimentation
and laboratory instruction. Bey worked closely with company vice president
Marsh Faber to launch this prestigious award, which carries a $5,000
honorarium. When it was presented for the first time at the annual conference
in Albuquerque, Faber singled Bey out for praise. Each November, ASEE
members submit nominations for 14 national and society awards that the
organization offers. Once the awards selection committees have decided
the winners, it is up to Bey to coordinate the process. Every award
honors different achievements and has different requirements. It used
to be that during awards time, you could hardly get into Bey's office
because of all the mail and express packages containing material supporting
the nominations. But now, because most nominations are submitted online,
that is no longer the case. Bey also supervises four divisional awards
that are administered by ASEE-the Atwood, Terman, Roe, and Murphy awards,
plus the Section Outstanding Teaching Award.
ASEE's national elections also falls under Bey's supervision. More than
anyone else on staff, Bey knows the complicated requirements of running
for office. She works closely with the chair of the nominating committee
and supervises the process through the final tallying of votes. The
winners are announced in the April issue of Prism. Unlike this past
U.S. presidential election where leaking by election officials was a
daily occurrence, Bey's discretion is legend. She would like to see
an increase in the number of members participating in the selection
of the organization's officers.
personal interests are every bit as diverse as her job responsibilities.
Two of her greatest passions are Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese form of
internal martial arts, and Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese physical art,
which strengthens and energizes the body. She's also an avid reader,
particularly anything having to do with history or healthcurrently
"The Power of Natural Healing," by Hua-Ching Ni. Oh, and who
was ASEE's first president? You'll have to ask Bey. She can be reached
2002 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition will be held June 16-19
in Montréal, Quèbec. The ASEE annual conference and exposition
is the premiere event for engineering educators. It provides more than
2,000 engineering educators the opportunity to exchange ideas, affect
curriculum changes, enhance teaching methods, and network with peers
and others dedicated to furthering engineering education. The meeting
features more than 200 technical sessions, workshops, panel discussions,
professional tours, interactive poster and multimedia sessions, and
an exposition for major companies to display the latest technology in
the field of engineering education. Visit www.asee.org/conferences/annual2002
for more information.
Third International Conference on Composites in Infrastructure will
be held on June 10-12, in San Francisco, (ICCI). The ICCI '02 follows
two earlier successful conferences that were held in 1996 and 1998.
The conference offers a great opportunity to learn about the latest
advances in design and construction of civil structures with fiber composites.
ICCI '02 will cover a wide range of topics including material characterization,
design of new structures and repair or rehabilitation of existing ones,
construction practices, and nondestructive evaluation, as well as case
studies. In addition, a two-day short course that will focus on design
and retrofit of typical engineering structures with fiber composites
will be offered on the weekend preceding the conference. Attendees for
this course can earn 1.6 continuing education credit hours. See www.az-icci.org/
for more information.
Engineering Foundation will hold a conference entitled E-Technologies
in Engineering Education: Learning Outcomes Providing Future Possibilities
in Davos, Switzerland, on August 11- 16. The conference will include
discussions on e-technologies that improve engineering student learning
and exhibits on current and emerging e-technologies used in engineering
education. For more information visit www.engfnd.org/2bb.html.
Ninth Concurrent Engineering Conference and Exhibition will be held
at Cranfield University, UK, on July 27-31. Sponsored by the International
Journal of Concurrent Engineering: Research & Applications and the
International Society for Productivity Enhancement, the conference will
provide a forum for the international scientific exchange of multidisciplinary
and inter-organizational aspects of concurrent engineering. The focus
will be on the use of integrated enterprise processes, collaborative
work, information sharing, co-locating resources, and integrated frameworks
and tools. To learn more about the conference visit http://184.108.40.206/ceconfcom/ce2002/home.htm.
9-13, the 30th IAHS World Congress on Housing will be held at
the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal. Topics covered by the
conference will include architectural developments, urban planning,
urban facilities, and construction management, as well as quality issues.
Check out www.iahs30.com
to learn more.
Institute of Technology (WIT) will be hosting the Seventh International
Conference on Application of High-Performance Computers in Engineering
on September 23-25 in Bologna, Italy. Conference topics will include
algorithms for parallelization, performance and benchmarking, distributed
computer systems and networking, industrial applications, and applications
in fluid flow. More information can be found at www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2002/computing02/.
will be hosting the Third International Conference on Data Mining
Methods and Databases for Engineering, Finance, and other Fields
in Bologna, Italy, on September 25-27. The conference aims to bring
together participants from academia and research, industry, and government
organizations. The meeting will allow participants to learn about the
many different applications of data mining and how these techniques
can be applied in their fields. Some of the topics covered will be data
warehousing and databases, fraud detection, knowledge discovery and
data mining, along with genetic algorithms and parallel processing techniques.
for more information.
By Bruce Carlson, Paul Crilly, and
McGraw-Hill, New York, NY; 2001,
850 pp., $113.60