PRISM Magazine Online - May-June 2000
ASEE Today
Reaching Out to Industry

By Tom Sigafoos

One of the longstanding goals of ASEE and the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) has been to "increase industry involvement." While no one disagrees with that goal, it has been a challenge for the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) to develop programs that attract and retain industrial participation. Despite direct calls by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology and the National Science Foundation for more industry input to engineering education, corporate ASEE memberships are few, and industrial participation in conferences remains sparse.

In exploratory discussions with ASEE board members, CIEC officers, and ASEE staff members at the CIEC 2000 Conference in Orlando, several promising strategies have been suggested:

1. The ASEE CMC should organize and propose plenary and mini-plenary events with industrial participants of national stature for ASEE and CIEC conferences. The CMC should also organize corollary events, including luncheons and topical sessions, to attract and involve industrial participants before and after the plenaries.

2. The CMC should create opportunities for organizations with an interest in engineering education like IUGREEE (Industry-University-Government Roundtable for Enhancing Engineering Education) to present their views and reports to the ASEE and the CIEC.

3. The CMC should develop criteria and solicit funding for national and regional awards from its member firms and from other organizations.

4. Organizationally, the CMC should partner with the College-Industry Partnership division to organize and implement these and other programs. The CMC should employ the full range of communications technologies for planning and program-development activities throughout the year.

5. ASEE Board and staff members should maintain flexible membership policies to attract and involve industrial partners in CMC activities.

To stir up interest around events like the CMC-sponsored mini-plenary on "Intellectual Assets and Technology Transfer" at ASEE 2000 in St. Louis, the CMC is sending a series of invitations to deans, campus attorneys, and the attorneys of Corporate Member organizations. Similar plans are being developed to boost industrial attendance at CIEC 2001.

ASEE Board and staff members have agreed to offer no-fee one-year corporate memberships to any IUGREEE organization that hasn't been a member of ASEE in the past five years. ASEE has also agreed to extend Corporate Membership status to all firms that fund any combination of sponsorships, exhibits, and advertising in excess of $5,000 per year.

Tom Sigafoos is manager of university relations at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation and 1999-2000 chair of the Corporate Member Council.

Campus Rep News

Campus Rep Program Honors Top Recruiters

ASEE's successful "Spread the Word" membership promotion continued for the sixth year, and the campus representatives from ASEE's geographical sections who recruited the most new members during the last year will receive awards at the 2000 Annual Conference and Exposition in St. Louis. ASEE headquarters will host a complimentary reception at the conference, session 1712, in their honor on Monday, June 19, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. All ASEE campus representatives and their deans are invited to attend this free event.

Overall Awards

    Highest Number of Faculty Members Recruited:
    John Weese, Texas A&M University

    Highest Percentage of Faculty Members Recruited:
    Kanti Prasad, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Section Awards

    Gulf Southwest:
    John Weese, Texas A&M University***

    Alan Sahakian, Northwestern University***

    Middle Atlantic:
    Wayne Whiteman, United States Military Academy*
    C. Stewart Slater, Rowan University**

    Charles Bissey, Kansas State University-Manhattan*
    Donald Buchwald, Kansas State University-Salina**

    New England:
    Kanti Prasad, University of Massachusetts-Lowell***

    North Central:
    George Staab, Ohio State University*
    John Grode, Pennsylvania State University-Erie**

    North Midwest:
    Loren Zachary, Iowa State University*
    Sudhir Mehta, North Dakota State University**

    Pacific Northwest:
    Marilyn Dyrud, Oregon Institute of Technology***

    Pacific Southwest:
    Peter Crouch, Arizona State University*
    Sima Parisay, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona**

    Rocky Mountain:
    Larry K. DeVries, University of Utah*
    Joseph K.C. Cheng, University of Southern Colorado**

    Stephen Melsheimer, Clemson University*
    J.P. Mohsen, University of Louisville***

    St. Lawrence:
    William Beston, Broome Community College***

*Highest number of faculty members recruited
** Highest percentage of faculty members recruited
***Highest number and highest percentage of faculty members recruited

Call for Papers

ASEE divisions, sections, and publications are welcome to publish calls for academic papers in ASEE Prism. Please submit your calls at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication and try to keep them under 200 words. All calls will also be published on ASEE's home page. Send submissions to: ASEE Today, fax (202) 265-8504; e-mail:

ASEE Prism seeks opinion pieces on topics related to engineering or engineering technology for its Last Word column. Please send your submissions to: ASEE PRISM, 1818 N St., NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036; e-mail:

Authors are invited to submit papers for review for the Journal of Engineering Technology. Refer to the latest issue for complete manuscript requirements, a style guide for authors, and a list of topics of interest. Submit 11 copies of the printed manuscript with abstract and disk to: Timothy Zeigler, Southern Polytechnic State University, 100 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30060; (770) 528-5495; fax (770) 528-5455; e-mail:; or see

The Journal of Engineering Education accepts unsolicited manuscripts based upon their contribution to engineering and technology education, development of new ideas, and appeal to a broad readership of engineering educators and others. For review, send six copies to: John Prados, Chemical Engineering Dept., 419 Dougherty Engineering Bldg., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996; (615) 974-2421; fax (615) 974-7076; e-mail:

The Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) is looking for engineering problems to use in its Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS), an academic competition for high school students. TEAMS problems reflect the level of rigor found in first semester engineering courses. See for the required problem format and examples. For more information, contact Joe Essman, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ohio University, 334 Stocker Center, Athens, OH 45701; (614) 593-1574; fax (614) 593-0007; e-mail:; or see

The North Midwest Section is seeking abstracts pertaining to emerging and vital aspects of teaching and learning in engineering education for the 21st century. Topical themes will include student-centered learning, international education, and design education. An intent to submit a paper, and submission of papers, can be sent up to June 2000. Send an e-mail letter of interest, or fax your proposed title, author(s), and contact information for the lead author to Frank Kulacki at e-mail: See: for more details.

The Engineering Design Graphics Division invites papers for their 55th Annual Midyear Meeting, to be held on January 6-9, 2001, in San Antonio, Texas. The theme of the meeting is "Engineering Graphics Education for the New Millennium." Abstracts of approximately 300 words are due on August 1, 2000. Final papers will be due October 1, 2000. Mail abstracts to: Ronald E. Barr, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712; fax (512) 471-7683; e-mail:

2001 ASEE Annual Conference

The following Calls for Papers are for the 2001 ASEE Annual Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be held June 24-27. Submission dates will be posted on the ASEE Conferences Web page,, as soon as they are available.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Division (ECE) seeks abstracts for papers to be presented at the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference on the following topics: curricular/design innovations, laboratory development and innovation, asynchronous and web-based learning networks and techniques, undergraduate research, assessment of teaching and learning, novel methods for implementing ABET 2000, entrepreneurship in ECE programs, and trends in computer and electrical engineering education. Other topics of general interest in electrical and computer engineering education also will be considered. Individuals interested in organizing/moderating a session, or participating in the peer review process, should contact: Joseph Hughes, 2001 ECE Division Program Chair; (404) 894-2930; e-mail:

The Energy Conversion and Conservation Division seeks papers on all division-related subjects for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. Topics of interest include energy curricula, student projects, and the impact of changing technology. A technical session, entitled "New Ideas for Old Courses," will target innovative teaching strategies for traditional energy-based courses. Questions may be addressed to: William J. Hutzel, (765) 494-7528; fax (765) 494-6219; e-mail:

The Engineering Technology Division and the Engineering Technology Council seek papers on educational activities in all engineering technology disciplines for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the following: co-op experiences, distance education, outcomes assessment, innovation in education, technology in education, international experiences, professional development, software, and industry partnerships. Questions may be addressed to: ETD 2001 Program Chair, Pat Fox, IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology, 799 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5160; (317) 274-0807; fax (317) 274-4567; e-mail:

The Freshman Programs Division seeks papers on educational activities associated with first-year engineering students for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. Topics will include: instructional use of computers and computer software, advising and orientation programs, creative problem-solving courses, and integrating design in the freshman year. Questions may be addressed to: Kenneth P. Brannan, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; (843) 953-7685; fax (843) 953-6328; e-mail:

The Graduate Studies Division requests abstracts for papers at the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. The following topical areas are being considered for sessions: innovative programs, new instructional methods and assessment tools, combining research and education, recruitment methods, university-industry partnerships, combining breadth and depth of education, integration of cross-disciplinary skills, graduate student chapters, and graduate education for a changing environment. Please address any questions or comments to the program chair: Mel I. Mendelson, Loyola Marymount University, Engineering and Production management, 7900 Loyola Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045-8145; (310) 338-6020; fax (310) 338-5896; e-mail:

The Liberal Education Division (LED) seeks proposals for complete sessions as well as individual papers for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. LED provides a forum for considering the ways in which the humanities and social sciences can contribute to engineering education, and encourages all scholars interested in the interaction of science, technology, and society to explore the ways that the major insights of their fields can be used to shape the education of engineers. All topics pertinent to liberal education for engineering students will be considered. Papers are especially welcome on the following topics: ABET 2000, communication, assessment of liberal education, gender and technology, engineering ethics, service learning, and technology and the arts. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sarah Pfatteicher, Wisconsin Engineering Education Laboratory, 333 North Randall Ave., #313, University of Wisconsin--Madison, Madison, WI 53715; (608) 265-5925; e-mail: Please include the paper title(s), institutional affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses, and fax/phone numbers.

The Mechanics Division seeks abstracts on all division-related subjects. Suggested topics include basic mechanics in the integrated curriculum, design projects and project-based courses, innovative teaching methods including software development and multimedia tools, and laboratory and experiment developments. For more information, contact: Michael A. Magill, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 1417 Knoy Hall, West Lafayette, IN 47907; (765) 494-7514; fax (765) 494-6219; e-mail:

The New Engineering Educators Division seeks papers for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference. Topics will include: proposal writing, teaching and educational hints inside and outside the classroom, do's and don'ts for new faculty, tenure and promotion issues, life after tenure, and balancing professional and personal activities. Questions may be addressed to: Albert Lozano, Penn State university, Wilkes-Barre Campus, P.O. Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18627; (570) 675-9245; fax (570) 675-7713; e-mail: or

For the 15th year, the National Educators' Workshop: Update (NEW: Update) series will offer a workshop on new and evolving topics in engineering materials, science, and technology. The workshop emphasizes gathering experiments and demonstrations for use in materials lab courses as well as a presentation of topics on emerging technology. NEW: Update will be held on October 29-November 1 at the National Composite Center in Kettering, Ohio. For more information, or to submit abstracts of experiments or demonstrations by June 1, 2000, contact: Jim Jacobs, NEW:Update 2000, School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8060; e-mail:

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has issued a Call for Papers for the 2000 Fall MRS Meeting, to be held in Boston on November 27-December 1. The meeting will highlight recent and significant advances in the understanding, processing, and synthesis of materials, and will also include a special cluster of symposia dedicated to biomedical materials. The abstract submission deadline for materials sent by fax is June 5; the deadline for abstracts submitted via the Web is June 19. For more information, please see:

The American Society of Civil Engineers is seeking submissions for their journal, Natural Hazards Review. Articles should provide insights into actual projects, programs and/or proposed policy changes as well as innovations in natural hazards loss and cost reduction. For complete manuscript preparation instructions, pleas contact ASCE at: (703) 295-6290; fax (703) 295-6339; e-mail:


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