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PRISM - American Society for Engineering Education - Logo MARCH 2006 - VOLUME 15, NUMBER 7
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Lending a Hand

Frank L HubandThe theme of this month’s cover story, “The Incredibles,” is that engineers are heroes. Perhaps even superheroes. The story is about engineering students using their skills to help solve the problems of the developing world, designing low-cost medical devices, for example, that save lives. A number of organizations have formed to connect engineers with those who need their help. The engineers-as-heroes theme is a recurring one in Prism. Past stories include engineers going into Sri Lanka immediately following the tsunami, looking for ways to mitigate death and destruction the next time one strikes. Next month, we’ll be looking at engineers who are evaluating why the levees failed in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the historic city. Engineers help society in so many ways, and it’s a theme we return to again and again.

The House That Kim Built,” which begins on page 38, refers to the gleaming new Jeong H. Kim engineering building at the University of Maryland. The state-of-the-art center was made possible in part by a generous donation from Bell Labs President Jeong H. Kim, who earned his Ph.D. in engineering from Maryland. Kim is part of a growing breed of entrepreneurs who help fund high-tech centers in engineering schools that foster innovation. Be sure to check out the photographs accompanying the story. You can see just how dramatic and inviting the new Jeong H. Kim center is.

When we think of Ireland, for many of us, it’s about how the country was so poor that our ancestors had to pack up and leave that bonny land and come to America to earn a living. That’s no longer the case. Between 1995 and 2003, the Irish economy expanded at an average annual rate of 8.1 percent, and yearly growth is still strong. Ireland is the world’s leading exporter of software—an industry valued at $16.8 billion—and as a result, the country requires more scientists and engineers than it can graduate. In “On the Move,” we look at what Ireland is doing to ensure that it will have the technological workforce it needs.

It is always our goal to provide you a choice of interesting and thought-provoking articles. I hope you enjoy this month’s selections. If you have comments or suggestions, I would be pleased to hear from you.


Frank L Huband
Executive Director and Publisher
f.huband@asee.org

 

 

FEATURES
TO THE RESCUE - By Anna Mulrine
ON THE MOVE - By Thomas K. Grose
THE HOUSE THAT KIM BUILT - By Mary Lord
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DATABYTES
REFRACTIONS: Being Mistaken - By Henry Petroski
TEACHING TOOLBOX
A GOOD FIT - Co-op education, which celebrates its 100th anniversary, has become an increasingly important learning tool. - By Barbara Mathias-Riegel
ON CAMPUS: A Different World - By Lynne Shallcross
BOOK REVIEW: Merging Arts and Science - By Robin Tatu
TEACHING: A Nation of Techies - By Phillip Wankat and Frank Oreovicz
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LAST WORD: The Terrible Two's - By Clive L. Dym
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