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- By Bethany Halford    


The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) will hold ANSE Day 2003, the society's annual meeting, exhibition, and conference, March 24–25 in Arlington, Va. Attendees and exhibitors will have the opportunity to see the latest products on display and listen to military and industry leaders discuss issues critical to naval engineering and national defense in conjunction with the meeting's theme, "Integrating Technologies for Joint and Coalition Operations." Conference highlights include an address by keynote speaker USN Commander Timothy W. LaFleur of the Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander LaFleur will explain the rationale for developing the Surface Ship Technology Process or SURFTECH. More information can be found on the ASNE Webpage:

Essential Teaching Seminars for Engineering Faculty has announced two upcoming seminars. The first will be held March 27–29 at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, and the second will be May 15–17 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. These three-day seminars are designed specifically for early-career faculty members and those who are nonnative English speakers. Participants will prepare and teach actual classes in small-group settings, with each class videotaped and assessed by the group's faculty mentors and other participants. Essential Teaching Seminars for Engineering Faculty is funded by the United Engineering Foundation and presented by ASME International, IEEE, and AIChE. To register or find additional information go to

The Women in Seamless Engineering (WISE) programs of Mountain View and Weatherford Colleges will host their inaugural conference April 3–4 at Mountain View College in Dallas. The event will address emerging trends and issues in the engineering profession and will feature a special pre-career conference track for engineering students. Leading industrial companies looking to hire engineering professionals will be at the conference's career fair. This event is funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

North Carolina State University's Inaugural Undergraduate Assessment Symposium will be held April 7–8 on the Raleigh campus. The symposium will focus on assessment-based program review. Invited speakers will discuss student development programs, discipline-based programs, cultural-based programs, as well as programs within the community college system. Program materials can be found at

Gonzaga University, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will host the 2003 Conference on Ethics and Social Responsibility in Engineering and Technology, October 15–17 in New Orleans. This year's meeting focuses on "Building Ethics into Professionalism" and will feature papers and presentations on discovering ethical dilemmas and communicating ethical resolutions, ethics in competitive bidding and contracting, shareholder ethics and social responsibility, integrating ethics into the classroom and workplace, and establishing an ethical organization. Featured speakers include Texas Instruments' Carl Skooglund and Gonzaga University's Robert Spitzer. For more information call (800) 986-9585, ext. 3575 or visit the conference Web site at

International Conferences

"Engineering Education in the World of No Frontiers" will be the theme for the 2003 International Conference on Engineering and Computer Education (ICECE) March 16–19 in Santos and Sao Vicente, Brazil. This conference will provide a major international forum for the exchange of information on research and recent developments in the improvement of education in all engineering and computer fields. Curriculum guidelines as well as the integration between the worldwide market and engineering and computer education will be discussed in the conference's workshops, plenary, oral presentations, panels, and round-table meetings. A multilingual affair, the official conference languages will be English, Spanish, and Portuguese. To find out more, go to

The city of Sao Jose dos Campos in Brazil and the Universidade do Vale do Paraiba will host the 2003 Ibero American Summit on Engineering (IASEE) March 24–26. Integration of the Spanish-speaking Latin American countries in international efforts towards the development of engineering education provides the driving force behind IASEE. The conference will present lecturers from industry, as well as professors and specialists from Latin America, North America, and other regions. Participants will be able to present papers that reflect their personal experiences or those of their countries. Visit for more information.

The 5th International Conference on New Educational Environments (ICNEE) will be held May 26–28 at the University of Applied Sciences Central Switzerland in Lucerne. The event is part of e-education 2003—the first comprehensive Swiss event dedicated to technology-enhanced learning and teaching. ICNEE focuses on the results and experiences of international research in methodology and technology related to blended learning, teaching, and distance collaboration. Further emphasis is on the implementation, application, and impact of these learning concepts in educational institutions and on the identification of their future potential. Conference organizers will provide different platforms for presentations. Alongside the traditional paper presentations, poster sessions, and tool demonstrations, new forms of communications such as open space, workshops, and discussions will be encouraged. For detailed information see

Fourteen international conferences will be held in conjunction with the 2003 International Multiconference in Computer Science and Computer Engineering June 23–26 at the Monte Carlo Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Conference attendees have access to all 14 conferences, which will include parallel and distributed processing techniques and applications; imaging science, systems, and technology; artificial intelligence; Internet computing; embedded systems and applications; wireless networks; machine learning, models, technology, and applications; mathematics and engineering techniques in medicine and biological sciences; communications in computing; engineering of reconfigurable systems and algorithms; VLSI; information and knowledge engineering; software engineering research and practice; and security and management. Conference organizers anticipate that more than 2,000 computer science and engineering researchers will attend this year's meeting. For more detailed descriptions of each conference visit

The European Society for Engineering Education, or SEFI, will hold the SEFI Annual Conference 2003, September 7–10. The Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto in Portugal serves as the event's host. This year SEFI, the largest network of higher engineering institutions and individuals involved in engineering education in Europe, celebrates its 30th anniversary with the conference theme, "Global Engineer: Education and Training for Mobility." For more information, visit the conference Web site at

On November 26–28, the 1st International Conference on Computational Methods in Fluid Power Technology will be held in Melbourne, Australia. The conference theme, "Methods for Solving Practical Problems in Design and Control," aims to provide an opportunity to exchange high-quality information on development, design, and research in the field of software analysis and design of fluid power technology. The conference will cover IT-tools and advanced computational methods for solving practical problems in this area. Additional information can be found on the conference Web site:


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