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Maintaining the Millennium Momentum

President's Message by Wallace T. Fowler

ASEE was organized and established more than 100 years ago, in 1893. Since that time, there has been a tremendous change in the material that is taught in our engineering programs, but there has been much less change in how that material is taught. In the next decade, we will probably experience more change in how we teach than ever before.

The Society, too, must change as education evolves. In the past year, ASEE has accomplished many goals—but there is still more to do. We must become more agile, more responsive to members' changing needs, and more proactive in promoting teamwork among our members to leverage resources and address problems. As my term as president comes to a close, I'd like to review some of the initiatives and challenges that are critically important to ASEE's mission.
One year ago, we completed a comprehensive review of the goals and objectives set forth in the ASEE Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 1994. We found that we had accomplished many of our goals, but that other goals still needed attention. Ronald Barr, ASEE Vice President for Member Affairs, chairs a strategic planning committee that will propose new strategic goals and activities for the society. Any ASEE member who wants to propose new goals is invited to submit them to me (fowler@csr.utexas.edu) or to Ronald Barr (rbarra@mail.utexas.edu). We will bring all suggestions to the attention of the strategic planning committee.

During the past year, ASEE has made great progress in updating and expanding its engineering educator database, restructuring it to make it a comprehensive database of all engineering faculty members nationwide.

One of our goals is to recognize trends earlier, and thereby provide better services for our members. For example, we find that the proportion of female members of ASEE is increasing significantly. While almost 22 percent of those who have joined ASEE in the past year are women, less than 2 percent of those who have been members for longer than 20 years are women. Today, women account for more than 35 percent of ASEE members who are younger than 35, and more than 22 percent of those in the 35 to 44 age group. Increasing the diversity within ASEE is one of our most important near-term challenges. The segments of society that are underrepresented in the engineering and engineering technology enterprise have many talented individuals who, given the chance, would make significant contributions to engineering and engineering technology. We must find ways to bring them into our profession.

The ASEE Engineering Deans Council (EDC) continues to increase its influence on national educational policies each year. At the EDC Public Policy Colloquium in February, the deans discussed engineering staffing problems, research funding, and other issues with congressional staffers.

Senator John Glenn, Representative Vernon Ehlers, and Representative Rush Holt addressed the deans, discussing ways to encourage students to study more mathematics and science in K-12, making them better able to pursue careers in engineering and science.

We have recently formed a task force to develop recommendations concerning how ASEE can coordinate and enhance efforts to promote science and mathematics among K-12 students. As a country, we need to graduate more engineers; to do this, we must have a larger pool of students graduating from high school with sufficient math and science skills to enter our programs. A major focus of this task force is on how to help minority K-12 students to be ready for our engineering programs.

ASEE is also increasing its international presence, and we are being asked to participate in and co-sponsor an increasing number of international meetings with engineering education organizations in Europe and Asia. In September 2001, ASEE will cosponsor a conference in Berlin with the European Society for Engineering Education and the Technical University Berlin, focusing on global changes in engineering education.

At the year 2000 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, a new multimedia session was introduced. Presenters in these sessions made short presentations augmented by various multimedia devices, and then were available to talk to interested participants after their presentations. These sessions were very popular, and their number has been increased for the year 2001 annual meeting in Albuquerque.

If you have never attended an ASEE annual meeting, you have missed a chance to meet others with teaching concerns similar to your own, to find out about innovative and effective ways to motivate students, to learn how to explain difficult concepts, to demonstrate principles, and to leverage your teaching and research efforts. I encourage every reader to attend this year's meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 24-27. Registration materials are available on the ASEE Web site at www.asee.org/conferences/annual2001

It has been an honor serving you as ASEE's president. I challenge you to maintain the Society's momentum into the new millennium, and to work with me to continue to strengthen ASEE's work on improving and enhancing engineering education.


DELOATCH VOTED PRESIDENT-ELECT

ASEE members elected Eugene M. DeLoatch, dean of engineering at Morgan State University, as ASEE President-Elect for 2001-2002; he is currently Vice President, Public Affairs. DeLoatch will assume the position at the 2001 Annual Conference and become president the following year.
Other ASEE officers elected by members on ballots postmarked by March 31 are:

  • Vice President, Finance:
    Arthur T. Murphy, DuPont Fellow Emeritus, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.

  • Vice President, Public Affairs:
    Carolyn W. Meyers, vice chancellor for academic affairs, North Carolina A&T State University

  • Chair, PIC II:
    John J. McDonough, professor of civil engineering technology and associate dean of engineering, University of Maine

  • Chair, PIC III:
    Nancy L. Denton, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, Purdue University

  • Chair-Elect, Zone II:
    J.P. Mohsen, associate professor of civil engineering, University of Cincinnati

  • Chair-Elect, Zone IV:
    Kenneth L. “Larry” DeVries, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, University of Utah

 

Calls for Papers

ASEE/SEFI/TUB, Germany

ASEE, the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and the Technical University Berlin (TUB) invite papers for the inaugural ASEE/SEFI/TUB International Colloquium, “Global Changes in Engineering Education,” September 15-18, 2001, in Berlin, Germany. Conference topics will be: educating engineering students in entrepreneurship, national accreditation/global practice, and technology in learning systems.

Prospective presenters are invited to submit an abstract on one of the above topics. Abstracts should be 200-300 words long and in English. Abstracts will be accepted either via e-mail or fax on or before May 15. All abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Program Planning Committee, and accepted authors will be asked to submit a paper for publication on the ASEE and SEFI Web sites. All accepted authors will present their papers in a poster session on Tuesday, September 18, at Berlin Technical University. Authors should submit their abstracts to Michael Dingman at m.dingman@asee.org or fax to (202) 265-8504. For more information on the conference, see www.asee.org/conferences/international/default.cfm.

29th ICC&IE, Canada


The 29th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering has issued a call for papers for their conference to be held November 1-3, 2001 in Montreal, Canada. Abstract topics may include production planning, productivity analysis, decision analysis, simulation modeling, neural networks, and ergonomics/human factors engineering. The abstract submission deadline is May 15. Please submit abstracts to Claude Olivier, 29th ICC&IE Conference Co-Chair, Département de génie de la production automatisée, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure, Université du Québec, 1100 West Notre-Dame Street, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 1K3. For more information, please see www.umoncton.ca/cie/.


Conferences

SEFI 2001, Denmark

The SEFI 2001 Conference in Copenhagen, September 12-14, will focus on the changing paradigm of engineering education. Topics discussed will include new engineering competencies, information and communication technology, and motivating teaching and evaluation methods. For more information see www.sefi2001.dk.

 

EDA 2001, Las Vegas

The 5th International Conference on Engineering Design and Automation (EDA 2001) will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., August 5-8. Topics will include academic education issues in engineering and technology, industrial training and upgrading technical skills, Web-based courses, and distance learning. For more information, see www1.gantep.edu.tr/~dereli/conf.html.

 

NEF 2001, Australia


The National Engineering Forum 2002 will be held May 15-17 in Brisbane, Australia, with the theme of “Urban Infrastructure.” For more information, contact the secretariat at: NEF2002, P.O. Box 1280, Milton, Queensland, 4064, Australia; or e-mail: nef2002@im.com.au.

 

To submit items for the International News section, please send information at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to Jennifer Johnson, ASEE Today, j.johnson@asee.org; fax (202) 265-8504. International events are also listed on ASEE's Web site at www.asee.org/international.

 

about people

Charles Adams is the new dean of natural sciences at Dordt College.

Barry Butler has been named dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa.

Barry Farbrother is the new dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University.

Paul Fleury is the new dean of the faculty of engineering at Yale University.

 

Lyle D. Feisel has been re-elected by IEEE to serve a second one- year term as vice president of Educational Activities. Feisel is currently the Dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the State University of New York-Binghamton. He is the founding dean of the school, and will be retiring at the end of May. While dean, Feisel initiated the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, and helped to facilitate the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and EngiNet programs.
Steven K. Howell has been named chair of mechanical engineering at Lawrence Technological University.

Dimitris C. Lagoudas, professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the title of Class of 2000 University Faculty Fellow from Texas A&M.
Zuhair Munir has become dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California Davis.
Nagi Naganathan is the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo.

 

Erich Serpedin, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University, has won a $300,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation for his wireless communications research.

Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the title of Class of 2000 University Faculty Fellow from Texas A&M.
Charles R. Westgate has been selected as the new dean of the Watson School of Engineering at SUNY-Binghamton, effective June 1. Westgate is currently a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Carl E. Wick, an associate professor of weapons and systems engineering at the United States Naval Academy, was awarded the IEEE Citation of Honor.

 

In Memoriam


Nataraj Nataraj, an ASEE member and engineering technology professor, died January 24. Nataraj taught at Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, OH. He posthumously received IEEE's Citation of Honor in February.


ASEE Members Elected to NAE

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has announced its newest members. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer, and honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice.” ASEE members elected to NAE in 2001 are:

  • Frank S. Barnes, director of interdisciplinary telecommunications program, electrical and computer engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Rafael L. Bras, Bacardi and Stockholm Water Foundations Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and head, department of civil and environmental engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Shirley A. Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Paul S. Peercy, dean, college of engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • H. Vincent Poor, professor of electrical engineering, Princeton University

  • Gerald B. Stringfellow, dean, College of Engineering, and distinguished professor of materials science and engineering and electrical engineering, University of Utah

  • James M. Tien, professor and chair, department of decision sciences and engineering systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Books By Members


Analysis Methods for RF, Microwave, and Millimeter-Wave Planar Transmission Line Structures. By Cam Nguyen. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., New York, NY; 2000, 240 pp., $74.95.

Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. By Hong Xiao. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ; 2001, 647 pp., $92.

Quality Planning and Analysis (4th edition). By Frank M. Gryna, McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, NY; 2001, 730 pp., $102.19.


announcements

Human Potential Tops the Agenda at EDI

Old-world charm combined with the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest to give the 2001 Engineering Deans Institute in Victoria, British Columbia, a memorable cast. Program chair Denice Denton of the University of Washington and her planning committee assembled a distinguished group of speakers from industry and academia to address topics related to this year's theme, “Maximizing Human Potential in Engineering Education.” Over lunch one day, the 130 deans in attendance heard Nicholas Donofrio, Senior Vice President of Technology and Management at IBM, describe his company's efforts to attract and retain world-class talent. Donofrio emphasized the continuities between math and science schooling at the youngest ages up through the development of a technology-literate U.S. workforce.

Speakers from a range of Fortune 500 companies explored various perspectives on university and industry relations. Microsoft, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Cisco, and Ford sent representatives, who discussed topics like strategic partnerships, workforce training, and the role of new technologies in the workplace and education. Deans also heard from university personnel who specialize in human resource issues, such as attracting and retaining women and minorities, developing faculty, and mentoring students.

Greater Victoria offered a dazzling array of sights and attractions for attendees and their guests. The world-famous Butchart Gardens drew appreciative visitors, a cooking competition provided an interactive education in the culinary arts, and an abundance of antique shops, fine restaurants, and dramatic natural scenery filled out the remaining recreation hours.

— Eric Iversen

16th Annual NEW:Update

For the 16th year, the National Educators' Workshop: Update (NEW:Update) series will offer a workshop on new and evolving topics in engineering materials, science, and technology, to be held October 14-17 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The workshop emphasizes gathering experiments and demonstrations for use in materials lab courses as well as a presentation of topics on emerging technology. For more information, contact Jim Jacobs, NEW:Update 2001, School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504-8060; e-mail: dplaclaire@nsu.edu; or see http://MST-Online.nsu.edu/new01.


Collegiate Inventors Competition

This national competition is designed to encourage college students who are active in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and creative invention, while stimulating their problem-solving abilities, and is open to full-time and part-time students in every course of study. This year's deadline is June 1; for more information, or to download an application form, see: www.invent.org/collegiate. The awards will be presented during the National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, on September 14.


Fulbright Offers Lecturing/Research Awards

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/research awards in some 140 countries for the 2002-2003 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty members and administrators, professionals from business and government, scientists, and many others. Traditional Fulbright awards—with an application deadline of August 1 or November 1, 2001—are available in lengths ranging from two months to an academic year or longer. A new short-term grants program, the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, offers two-to-six week grants in a variety of disciplines and fields and has a rolling deadline. For more information or to get an application, see: www.cies.org.

 

2002 Annual Conference


The following Calls for Papers are for the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, to be held June 16-19. Submission dates will be posted on the ASEE Conferences Web page, www.asee.org/conferences, as soon as they are available.

The Biomedical Engineering Division asks biomedical engineers in academia and industry to consider submitting a paper focusing on education. The topics have yet to be determined; they will be identified at the 2001 Annual Conference. Individuals are invited to be part of this committee. For more information, contact John D. Gassert, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1025 Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202; e-mail: gassert@msoe.edu.

The Chemical Engineering Division invites submissions of papers on topics relevant to chemical engineering education. Topic areas include, but are not limited to: bright ideas in chemical engineering, teaching “outside the box,” time management for faculty and students, cultivating professional (soft) skills, the international scene, the rebirth of industrial chemistry, the modern chemical engineering laboratory, assessment processes for large and small programs, and mentoring effective teaching assistants. For more information on the topics or serving as a session chair, please contact Daina Briedis, 2527 Engineering Building, Department of Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1226; (517) 353-3861; fax (517) 432-1105; e-mail: briedis@egr.msu.edu.

The Construction Engineering Division seeks papers on topics related to construction engineering and construction technology. Topics include: advanced teaching methods in construction engineering, innovations in construction curriculum design, case studies in construction engineering, future directions in construction education, faculty-student research projects, and other topics of interest to construction educators. Questions may be addressed to Virendra Varma, program chair, at (816) 271-4562 or e-mail: varma@griffon.mwsc.edu.

The Design in Engineering Education Division (DEED) invites papers on any topic related to the role of design in engineering education, including (but not limited to): the relationship between design, assessment, and ABET EC2000; design for product life cycle; interdisciplinary and industrially sponsored design projects; design for manufacture, design for assembly; and applying information technology in design education. For more information, or to volunteer to review papers and moderate sessions, contact Keith Sheppard, DEED Program Chair, Associate Dean, Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030; (201) 216-5260; e-mail: ksheppar@stevens-tech.edu.

The Division of Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies seeks abstracts in the following subject areas: novel and innovative instructional procedures for laboratory-oriented classes and laboratory instruction utilizing current research; industrial projects or new technology; and introducing students to engineering and technology through lab-oriented studies and experimental measurements. For more information, please contact Ted Fahlsing, Electrical Engineering Technology Dept., Purdue University, Knoy Hall of Technology, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1415; (765) 494-6915; fax (765) 494-1354; e-mail: fahlsing@purdue.edu.

The Educational Research and Methods Division seeks papers on topics including: active and cooperative learning, advanced classroom technologies, attracting and retaining a diverse population of students, evaluation and outcomes assessment, learning technologies, historical perspectives and lessons, integrated and nontraditional curricula, lifelong learning, new learning models and applications, research and the classroom, and teaching the art of teaching. Questions may be addressed to: Larry G. Richards, University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 209B Mechanical Engineering Building, P.O. Box 400746, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4746; (804) 924-3191; fax (804) 924-7674; e-mail: lgr@virginia.edu.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Division (ECE) seeks ab-stracts for papers on topics including: curricular and design innovations, laboratory development and innovation, asynchronous and Web-based learning networks and techniques, novel methods for implementing ABET EC2000, entrepreneurship in ECE programs, and trends in computer engineering and electrical engineering education. Questions, or proposals for special paper sessions or panel discussions (no later than September 15, 2001), should be sent to Hossein Mousavinezhad, 2002 ECE Division Program Chair, at h.mousavinezhad@wmich.edu. Individuals interested in moderating a session or participating in the peer review process should contact the program chair for more information.

The Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (ECC) invites papers on topics including, but not limited to: curriculum development; course organization and content; laboratory equipment and experiments; student projects; co-op/intern programs; renewable sources; energy storage; energy conversion and co-generation systems; efficiency improvement; industrial and commercial ECC; deregulation; advanced computer applications for teaching, research, and management; and aerospace power and energy research and management. Please address questions to Herb Hess,
ECC Program Chair, e-mail: hhess@uidaho.edu.

The Engineering Design Graphics Division invites abstracts on topics including theoretical graphics, graphics education, program development, relationships with industry, and media- and Internet-based instruction. Closing date for abstract submission is November 1, 2001. Details for abstract submission will be posted on the ASEE Web site in the near future. For further information, contact EDGD/ASEE 2002 program chair Holly K. Ault at e-mail: hkault@wpi.edu.

The Engineering Economy Division is seeking papers—from all engineering disciplines—on topics including, but not limited to: bringing engineering economy research into the classroom, innovative teaching methods for engineering economy, integration of engineering economy and design, international aspects of engineering economy, and the role of engineering economy in FE and PE examinations. Persons interested in organizing/moderating a session should contact: Heather Nachtmann, ASEE-EED 2002 Program Chair, 4207 Bell Engineering Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701; (501) 575-5857; fax (501) 575-8431; e-mail: hln@uark.edu.

The Environmental Engineering Division invites papers on topics including, but not limited to: innovative approaches in teaching environmental engineering courses; laboratory development in environmental engineering; outreach to elementary, middle, or high school students; integration of research with teaching; interdisciplinary projects; technology-enhanced learning and distance education; and global environmental issues. Questions may be addressed to Philip J. Parker, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818; (608) 342-1235; fax (608) 342-1566; e-mail: parkerp@uwplatt.edu.

The Freshman Programs Division seeks papers on educational activities associated with first-year engineering students. Topics will include, but are not limited to: instructional use of computers and computer software, creative problem-solving courses, innovative approaches to first-year engineering education, project-based learning and hands-on courses, retention programs, pre-college programs and linkages with K-12 education, recruitment programs, integrating design into the freshman year, and integrated curricula for 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; ken.brannan@ citadel.edu.

The Graduate Studies Division requests abstracts in the following topical areas that are being considered for sessions: needs/trends in lifelong learning, novel professionally-oriented M.S. programs, graduate student chapters and teaching experiences, combining research and graduate education, graduate recruitment methods, university/industry graduate partnerships, integrating cross-disciplinary skills, and graduate studies for a changing environment. Please address any questions or comments to the program chair: Ronald J. Bennett, Director, Programs in Engineering and Technology Manage- ment, University of St. Thomas, OSS101, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105; (651) 962-5750; e-mail: rjbennett@stthomas.edu.

The Information Systems Division (ISD) is a cross-disciplinary group with common interests in the applications of information systems in education. The division seeks papers on topics including: using the Internet for teaching and laboratories, teaching applications of databases, advanced applications of the Web to teaching, multimedia courseware and techniques, electronic video production and delivery, and future challenges and opportunities of the Internet. The division will also consider papers in other areas of related interest. Additional questions may be directed to: Hugh Jack, ISD Program Chair, Padnos School of Engineering, Grand Valley State University, 301 West Fulton St, Suite 718, Grand Rapids, MI 49504; (616) 771-6755; fax (616) 336-7215; e-mail: jackh@gvsu.edu.

The Instrumentation Division seeks abstracts on all relevant topics, including: instrumentation applications, data acquisition and processing, PC-based control applications, online measurements, virtual instrumentation in the laboratory, innovative course development, remote sensing and telemetry, upper-level laboratory design projects, and related educational methods. The division sponsors a best paper award. Please direct questions to Peter J. Shull, Department Head, Mechanical Engineer- ing Technology, Penn State University, Altoona, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601; (814) 949-5698; e-mail: pjs@psu.edu.

The Liberal Education Division seeks proposals for complete sessions as well as individual papers. The division encourages papers that examine the intellectual and practical dimensions of bringing liberal education into full membership in the community of engineering educators. Papers are especially welcome on: assessment of liberal education, gender and technology, engineering ethics, nature of design and engineering practice, and philosophy of engineering knowledge. Questions may be directed to: W. Bernard Carlson, Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, 351 McCormick Road, P.O. Box 400744, Thornton Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744; (804) 924-6113; fax (804) 924-4306; e-mail: wc4p@virginia.edu.

The Manufacturing Division invites papers relating to all aspects of manufacturing education. Topics include: manufacturing of nontraditional products; laboratory education: innovations, Web/virtual delivery—the debate on hands-on vs demo vs simulation; manufacturing enablers: GD&T, automation, sensors, controls, systems, integration, ERP; innovative partnerships: MEP program, learning factories, coalitions, alliances; and curricular trends: competency-based curricula, models for undergraduate research, EAC/TAC criteria, assessment and accreditation. Questions should be directed to Devdas Pai, North Carolina A&T State Univ., 602 McNair Hall, Greensboro NC 27411-0001; (336) 334-7620 x316; fax (336) 334-7417; e-mail: pai@ncat.edu.

The Mathematics Division is seeking papers on the interrelationship between mathematics and engineering education. Topics include any appropriate subject pertinent to both mathematics and engineering, such as: advanced mathematical problem solving techniques, instructional use of computers and computer software, methods to better prepare students in mathematics for the technical professions, interdisciplinary aspects of mathematics education of engineers, etc. Questions may be addressed to the 2002 Mathematics Division program chair: Jenna Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University, Academic Director of Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Computer Science, P.O. Box 10348, Ruston, LA 71272; (318) 257-2101; fax (318) 257-2562; e-mail: jenna@coes.latech.edu.

The Mechanical Engineering Division (ME) is seeking papers in all areas of mechanical engineering education. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: assessment of learning, curriculum improvement—the intent of ABET2000, hands-on project and laboratory experiences, SAE projects to augment ME education, capstone design programs, faculty career management, industry involvement in academia, integrating design throughout the curriculum, and computer integration into curricula. For more information, contact John Lamancusa, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Pennsylvania State University, 314 Leonhard Building, University Park, PA 16802; (814) 863-3350; fax (814) 863-7222; e-mail: jsl3@psu.edu.

The Mechanics Division seeks abstracts on all division-related subjects. Suggested topics include basic mechanics and vibrations 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: Ralph E. Flori, 2001-02 Program Chair, Basic Engineering Dept, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409-02010; (573) 341-4588; fax (573) 342-6593; email: reflori@umr.edu.

The Nuclear and Radiological Engi-neering Division (NRE) is seeking papers that address issues in nuclear engineering, radiological sciences, and radiation sciences and technology. Topics of particular interest include innovative teaching techniques in NRE, education curriculum improvement and revision, broadening of traditional nuclear engineering discipline to include applied radiation sciences and technologies, and nuclear engineering education's role in addressing the emerging energy crisis. For more information, contact Nolan Hertel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 3749 Allenhurst Drive, Norcoss, GA 30092-2428; e-mail: nolan.hertel@me.gatech.edu.


Call For Nominations

The ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Most Immediate Past President John A. Weese, requests member participation in nominating board officers for the 2002 ASEE elections. Officers to be nominated for societywide positions are: President-Elect; Vice President Member Affairs; Chair PIC I; Chair PIC IV; and Chair PIC V.

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 Technology Council, Chair of the Engineering Research 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 John A. Weese, Chair, ASEE Nominating Committee, ASEE, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.