PRISM Magazine Online - May-June 2000
ASEE Today

see also the ASEE Calendar of Events

May 14-17

    American Consulting Engineers Council Annual Convention, Buffalo, NY. Contact ACEC: (202) 347-7474; fax: (202) 898-0068; or see

May 15

May 18

May 21-24

May 5­8

    Society for Experimental Mechanics IX International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL. Contact Michelle Skurat, (203) 790-6373; e-mail:, or see

May 15­19

May 18­21

June 19-21

    World Engineers' Convention
    Engineers from all over the world are going to discuss their visions and solutions for EXPO 2000's central theme "Man - Nature - Technology" at the forthcoming World Exposition in Hanover, Germany.

July 1

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application deadline (1 of 4 in year). For more details, see

July 24­27

    The Ninth Annual Applied Reliability Engineering and Product Assurance Institute for Engineers and Managers, San Diego, CA. Contact Dimitri Kececioglu: (520) 621-6120; e-mail:; or see

August 1

    Deadline for abstracts for ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Meeting theme: Engineering Graphics Education for the New Millennium. Send abstracts to: Ronald E. Barr, Mechanical Engineering Dept., University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712; fax (512) 471-7683; e-mail:



Gerald S. Jakubowski, dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, has been elected as ASEE President-Elect for 2000-2001; he is currently First Vice President and Vice President, Member Affairs on the 1999-2000 Board of Directors. Jakubowski will assume his new office during the 2000 Annual Conference and become president the following year.

Other ASEE officers elected by members on ballots postmarked by March 31 are:

  • Vice President, Member Affairs: Ronald E. Barr
  • Chair, Professional Interest Council I: Sherra E. Kerns
  • Chair, Professional Interest Council IV: Daniel C. Davis
  • Chair, Professional Interest Council V: William L. McMahan
  • Chair-Elect, Zone I: Renata S. Engel
  • Chair-Elect, Zone III: David Kauffman

The constitutional amendments were accepted in their entirety.

About People

Reza Abbaschian , chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida, has been named the Vladimir A. Grodsky Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.


Enrique Ainsworth, director of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA has received the Golden Torch Award for Minority Engineering Program Directors from the National Society of Black Engineers.

Arthur J. Bond, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Alabama A&M University, has received the Golden Torch Award for Academic Visionary from the National Society of Black Engineers.


Alexander N. Cartwright, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at SUNY-Buffalo, is a recipient of the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award.


Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the Golden Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement in Academia from the National Society of Black Engineers.

Y.A. Liu, a chemical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Richard H. Stanley, chair and president of the Stanley Foundation, has received the Award for Citizen Diplomacy by the National Council for International Visitors.


    Bernard R. Sarchet, professor emeritus of engineering management at the University of Missouri-Rolla, died February 26. He was the founder of UMR's engineering management department, an ASEE Fellow member, and the first national president of ASEM.

International News


    INTERTECH 2000, United States
    The 6th InterAmerican Conference on Engineering and Technology Education (INTERTECH 2000) will be held in Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A. on June 14-16. This conference will provide attendees with opportunities to network with colleagues from around the world. For more information, see:

    ICEE 2000, Taiwan
    On August 14-18, the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2000) will be held in Taipei and Tainan, Taiwan. Conference session topics will include multimedia teaching tools, global engineering practice, integration of basic sciences, and distance learning. See: for more details.

Call for Papers

    IACEE 2001, Canada
    The 8th World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education, to be held May 12-16, 2001 in Toronto, has issued a call for papers. Abstracts should be in English and be sent before May 30, 2000.  Abstract topics include: knowledge management, changing needs of industry, and quality issues in continuing engineering education. To view more topics and submission details, see:


    Fulbright Scholar Program
    The Fulbright Scholar Program's annual competition opened March 1 for lecturing and research grants in more than 130 countries. These awards are available for lecture opportunities in Europe, Canada, Russia, and Asia. For more information, see:

To submit items for International News, please send information at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to: ASEE Today, fax (202) 265-8504; e-mail: To read about all events listed, see the ASEE Web site at:


IT Federal Funding Top EDI Agenda

IT Federal Funding Top EDI Agenda

South Carolina skies broke out in brilliant sunshine during the first day of proceedings and lasted through the rest of the March 19-22 Engineering Deans Institute on Hilton Head Island. Program Chair Nino Masnari of North Carolina State University and his planning committee put together a wide-ranging slate of presentations under the title "Engineering Education in a Changing World" for the 130 deans in attendance. Highlights included a panel called "IT Workforce Development and Industry Practices," chaired by Michael Rappa, also of N.C. State, that featured fascinating presentations by Selby Wellman of Cisco Systems and William Nussey from iXL, Inc., who talked about industry-university partnerships designed to stock the education pipeline with IT-savvy graduates.

A blue-ribbon group of federal agency officials offered varied perspectives on funding for engineering research and education. Robert Price, Department of Energy; Wendy Baldwin, NIH; Robert Trew, Department of Defense; and Eugene Wong, NSF, addressed issues ranging from the history of technological innovation to recent trends in federal earmarking for universities. Other presentations examined methods of integrating IT and engineering education and ABET's new accreditation process.

Attendees' educational experiences extended beyond engineering to include a tour of historic Savannah and a lesson in Low-Country cooking. A three-hour cruise on a replica of an 18th-century Coast Guard Revenue cutter, a scenic spin through Harbour Town, and several challenging golf courses also drew appreciative deans and their spouses.

    --Eric Iversen

Call for Nominations

The ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Most Immediate Past President Ernest Smerdon, requests member participation in nominating board officers for the ASEE elections for the Society year 2001. Officers to be nominated for societywide positions are: President-Elect, Vice President Finance, Vice President Public Affairs, Chair PIC II, and Chair PIC III.

All nominees must be individual members or institutional member representatives of ASEE at the time of nomination and must maintain ASEE membership during their term of office. Nominating Committee members are not eligible for nomination. The slate of candidates selected by the committee will not exceed two candidates per office.

Candidates for President-Elect must be active members who have served or are serving on the Board of Directors. Candidates for Vice President, Public Affairs are restricted to those members who have served at least two years on the Projects Board.

Candidates for Chair of the Engineering Deans Council, Chair of the Corporate Member Council, and Chair-Elect for Zone II and Zone IV will be nominated and selected by their respective councils and zones, as the ASEE Constitution stipulates.

For each proposed candidate for a societywide office, submit a biographical sketch of fewer than 400 words that documents career contributions, ASEE offices held, awards and recognitions received, and educational background. Include comments on leadership qualities, ability to cooperate with others to achieve objectives, and willingness to serve if elected. A listing of members who meet constitutional eligibility requirements for the offices of President-Elect and Vice President Public Affairs is available from the Executive Director's office at ASEE headquarters.

Send nominations in writing, marked confidential, by May 15. For nominations for the office of President-Elect, please include an advocacy statement. Mail nominations to Ernest Smerdon, Chair, ASEE Nominating Committee, ASEE, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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