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It is a pleasure to address you, my friends and colleagues of ASEE. My term as president is now in the 10th month. It’s been a phenomenal year, filled with a lot of adventure and growth. It’s also been quite the challenge just keeping up with what has to be done. I have had the opportunity to work with many fine individuals, both at ASEE headquarters and within the rank and file of our volunteer organization. Let me tell all of you, I have enjoyed every minute serving you and the society.

I want to convey to you something that you may already know, or intuitively feel: ASEE is alive and very well, incredibly healthy during this time of ill-health for some other professional societies. You may know that IEEE, ASME, ASCE, and particularly AIChe have been wrestling with financial challenges. Recession, coupled with less-than-anticipated conference attendance, has contributed to the difficulties of these organizations. The American Association for Engineering Societies (AAES), the umbrella organization representing all of the engineering societies, has also been hit hard. It’s an organization whose membership is comprised of representatives from the engineering societies, but the number of societies participating has declined. AAES is a needed organization, with a presence in Washington, D.C. It’s a time when ASEE can step up and take more of a leadership role in shaping engineering through AAES and in engineering education in the United States and throughout the world.

Yes, ASEE is in great shape. Our books are in the black, our membership is growing, our success continues. I attribute this to sound leadership and good management of resources at the national level. Hats off to ASEE executive director Frank Huband, ASEE deputy executive director Bob Black, and the rest of the staff, who have not only kept ASEE alive but innovative as well. Our annual conference in Salt Lake City in June looks like it will be a smashing success both in attendance and numbers of papers presented.

In addition, the international stature of ASEE has risen significantly. Our next international colloquium will take place in Beijing in September. Our International Task Force, headed by Eleanor Baum, dean of engineering at Cooper Union, will bring its recommendations to the board in June. Our K-12 outreach effort is moving full speed ahead. Over 300,000 copies of Engineering, Go for It!, a publication aimed at getting high school students interested in engineering and technology, have been distributed throughout the country. The K-12 Constituent Committee now has well over 300 members, essentially guaranteeing success as a new division in PIC IV in the near future.

On another positive note, thanks to the efforts of ASEE staff, particularly Charlotte Watson, the organization was just awarded a major contract to administer the National Science Foundation Fellowship Program in its entirety. This is a five-year award and quite a feather in our cap.

At the same time all of these accomplishments are moving forward, there’s another major issue peeking over the horizon. There is no doubt that outsourcing of engineering jobs will be a significant challenge in the not-too-distant future. Outsourcing is not new; rather, it is the by-product of a free-market system—that of locating the most cost-effective manufacturing process available to an industry, most often across international boundaries. This is the global economy. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, in a February press release, said,

It is the failure to launch adequate educational training rather than outsourcing—that poses the greatest threat to future American prosperity. The better approach is to intensify efforts to increase the skills of the U.S. workforce.

Outsourcing is affecting engineering and all the facets that encompass engineering, including research, design, marketing, and service. This phenomenon hits right at the heart of our profession. Engineering education must respond. ASEE must respond. As with any change in the curriculum, this will take a great deal of thought and debate. This is a major revolution in engineering education. We must internationalize our curriculum, to include not only the study of mathematics and the sciences but intercultural interaction as well. We must mold our students to be entrepreneurs, and spirited international adventurers as well.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Salt Lake City in June. Somewhat regretfully (but also with a silent sigh of relief), I’ll hand over the gavel to President Elect Sherra Kerns. I am confident Sherra will continue the momentum. ASEE is a great organization. It’s been a great year. It has been a pleasure serving you as president of our society.

Duane Abata is the president of ASEE and the dean of the college of engineering and technology at Northern Arizona University.



Jerry R. Yeargan, distinguished professor and Texas Instruments Chair of Mixed Signal and Linear Microelectronics at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, recently won IEEE’s Haraden Pratt Award. The award recognizes a senior member or fellow who has rendered outstanding service to the institute. The award consisted of a bronze medal, illuminated certificate, and cash honorarium. Yeargan received both his B.S.E.E. (1962) and his M.S.E.E. (1965) from the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Texas-Austin.

Paul S. Steif, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University, won the 2003 Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty member’s excellence in engineering education. Steif received his Sc.B. in engineering mechanics from Brown University in 1979 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mechanics from Harvard University in 1980 and 1982 respectively.

Michael F. Walter, chair of Cornell University’s department of biological and environmental engineering, was recently elected a fellow of the American Society for Agricultural Engineers. Fellows must have at least 20 years of outstanding professional experience in agricultural engineering. Walter earned his B.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois in 1968, his M.S. in hydrology from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1970, and his Ph.D. in water resource engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.


The World Engineers Convention will be held in Shanghai, China, Nov. 2-6, 2004. Entitled "Engineers Shape the Sustainable Future," the conference brings together engineers from around the world to discuss technological solutions to the pressing global problems of illiteracy, sanitation, poverty, and civil strife. Organizers are looking for papers on the following topics: network engineering and information technology, biological engineering and healthcare, transportation and sustainable megacities, environment protection and disaster mitigation, agricultural engineering and food security, resources and energy, ecological material and green manufacturing. The submission deadline is July 31, 2004. For more information, visit


ASEE members elected Ronald E. Barr as ASEE President-Elect for 2004-2005. Barr is a professor of mechanical engineering and current holder of the Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship (No.1) at the University of Texas-Austin. He will assume the position of ASEE President-Elect at the 2004 annual conference and become President the following year.

Other ASEE officers elected by members are:

Vice President, Member Affairs:
Renata S. Engel,
Professor of Engineering Design and Engineering Science and Mechanics and the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching Excellence at Pennsylvania State University

Chair, PIC I:
J. P. Mohsen,
Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville

Chair, PIC IV:
Sarah A. Rajala,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University

Chair, PIC V:
Ray M. Haynes,
Director of University Alliances and Development at Northrop Grumman Space Technology

Chair-Elect, Zone I:
Nelson A. Macken, Howard N. and Ada J. Eavenson
Professor of Engineering at Swarthmore College

Chair-Elect, Zone III:
Amir Karimi,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas-San Antonio

Research Advocacy

By Ted Okiishi

I would like to draw your attention to a council within ASEE that can help you be a successful engineering researcher. The Engineering Research Council (ERC) wants to advocate for actions that will promote research as a vital component of engineering education and I urge you to associate with the council and its activities. The ERC is described in detail at Find out who your institutional representative to the ERC is and work with that person to learn more about how you can get engaged and “weigh in.”

To encourage engineering researchers 40 and younger as of June 30 of any award year, the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 and is bestowed annually. ( The ERC currently selects this honoree from a number of nominees to recognize early, high-quality achievement by young engineering college researchers and to encourage the continuation of such productivity. The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and an additional $500 to defray the cost of travel to the annual ERC forum banquet, where the presentation is made. This award is an excellent opportunity for more senior engineering researchers to honor their younger colleagues who deserve recognition.

The ERC also sponsors the Research Administration Award ( to honor: achievement in developing and supporting programs that lead to substantial engineering research success by colleagues; distinction in design and implementation of a major engineering research initiative that has a substantial positive institutional impact; effective promotion of engineering research and development excellence; and major innovation in the administration of engineering research excellence. This award is an excellent means for senior engineering academic leaders (e.g. deans) to honor their research administrators and the good work they do.

Numerous brief columns authored by ERC members have appeared over the years in PRISM ( ) From the following titles alone, you can tell these articles are thoughtful and thought provoking: “Marketing Your Research Strengths,” March 1998; “Writing Your First Grant Proposal,” October 1998; “Embracing Industry,” February 1999; “A Little Help From Your Friends,” January 2000; “The Tenure Track Years,” September 2000; “Tapping Uncle Sam's Coffers,” December 2000; “Intellectual Property: A Boon or a Pain?” April 2001; “An Underutilized Option,” March 2002; “A Better Way to Measure,” September 2002; “Faculty First Financing,” December 2003; “Mentors Wanted,” April 2004.

Each year, ERC organizes and provides for registrants a forum and a workshop. In addition, a summit is added to the event on a two-year cycle. The forum focuses on federal agency research funding trends with presentations by and discussion with leaders from important sponsors of university research, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office on Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Department of Energy (DOE), and NASA. In addition the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is relied on for an overview of national engineering and science research funding trends.

The workshop and summit are opportunities to bring together a keynote speaker, panelists, and a lively audience to discuss key issues in leading engineering research in universities.

At the ASEE annual conference, the ERC normally sponsors a research proposal writing workshop featuring leaders from key federal funding agencies. The ERC also partners with the Graduate Studies Division to offer a session related to research and graduate education.

If after reading this column, you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them to me at

Ted Okiishi is the chair of the ASEE Engineering Research Council and associate dean of the college of engineering at Iowa State University.

Engineering Educators Look Ahead at EDI Meeting


Engineering deans gathered in New Orleans last month for great food and interesting discussions on the changing dimensions of engineering at the 2004 Engineering Deans Institute. Topics included the broadening of the scientific base to include the life sciences, the ability to design at the nanoscale, the expansion of industries to encompass the globe, and the ever-increasing complexity associated with sustainability. Speakers at the three-day meeting came from the National Science Foundation (NSF), academia, and industry. Particularly interesting were Arden L Bement, acting director of NSF and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and John Brighton, assistant director for engineering at NSF. Both talked of the "endless possibilities" engineering can provide. Representatives from a wide range of industries spoke of the importance of educating enough engineers to fill new avenues of growth, such as bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Engineering Deans and Policy Officials Exchange Ideas


I n the difficult political climate of rising deficits and the war on terrorism, passing a federal budget will be very tough. Unfortunately, that was the message many deans received regarding science and technology considerations in the FY 2005 budget during the 2004 Engineering Deans Council (EDC) Public Policy Colloquium. More than 100 deans of engineering from 35 states and the District of Columbia convened in Washington, D.C., on February 24 and 25 for the Colloquium, where they heard from a member of Congress and administration officials on the scarcity of federal funds for the coming fiscal year. The event, entitled “Securing the Nation’s Future,” afforded deans the opportunity to learn how their institutions can impact the nation’s homeland security efforts.

Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) delivered the congressional keynote address. He urged the deans to stay in touch with the member of Congress from their district, who employs legislative assistants and caseworkers to handle visa and immigration issues. He reminded the deans that they have influence as a group on funding decisions on Capitol Hill. Gordon's speech also affirmed his commitment to science and technology funding. However, administration officials warned the deans that next year's federal budget will see little to no increases for most agencies.

The deans discussed engineering's role in homeland security, defense R&D, and workforce issues during breakout sessions. The workforce briefing, with John F. Sargent from the Office of Technology Policy in the Commerce Department, was perhaps the most thought-provoking. Sargent used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to point out that current market forces suggest that the United States supplies plenty of engineers to meet the market demand.

Deans traveled to Capitol Hill in the evening to present Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), Chair of the Senate Energy Committee, with the EDC Award for his contributions to national engineering and science policy, research, and education. Unfortunately, the senator was unable to attend the reception. Peter Lyons, a staff member of the Senate Energy Committee, accepted the award on the senator's behalf, noting that Domenici is “proud of the research and accomplishments of America's engineers, which is a direct result of the outstanding training they receive.”

On February 25, the deans headed back to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and congressional staff from their states. Most policymakers were “supportive” of science and technology funding in general, but cautious about the difficult budget climate.

“I was extremely pleased with the level of participation and high-quality discussions in this year's colloquium,” said David Wormley, dean of engineering at Penn State University and chair of the Engineering Deans Council. “Over time, our visits to the Hill will continue to build a strong relationship between Congress and the engineering academic community.”

Joshua Douglas is a public affairs associate at ASEE.

2004 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


For the most current program, please visit



Saturday, June 19, 2004

Noon - 5:00 p.m. Registration (Salt Palace)

Sunday, June 20, 2004

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Workshops and Business Meetings
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration (Salt Palace)
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Greet the Stars (First Timers Orientation)
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Society-Wide Picnic

Monday, June 21, 2004

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Pre-Plenary Breakfast/Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration (Salt Palace)
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Main Plenary
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exposition
10:30 a.m. - Noon Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Business Meetings/Luncheons/
Technical Sessions
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Focus on Exhibits/Poster Sessions
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
6:00 p.m. Business Meetings/Banquets
6:30 p.m. Emerging Trends in Engineering Education (Poster and Oral Sessions)

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Meet-the-Board Breakfast/
Technical Sessions/
Business Meetings
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Industry Day
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration (Salt Palace)
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exposition
10:30 a.m. - Noon Distinguished Lectures
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Business Meetings/Luncheons/Technical Sessions
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
6:00 p.m. Business Meetings/Banquets

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Breakfasts/Technical Sessions/
Business Meetings
8:00 a.m. - Noon Registration (Salt Palace)
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
9:00 a.m. - Noon Exposition
10:30 a.m. - Noon Distinguished Lectures
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings/Luncheons
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Technical Sessions/Business Meetings
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 2004 ASEE Annual Awards Reception
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 2004 ASEE Annual Awards Banquet



Salt Palace Convention Center
Room 254 A & C
Sunday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Heritage Park
Sunday, June 20, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$35 for registered attendees
$45 for nonregistered attendees
$18 for children 6-12 years

Woodie Flowers
Salt Palace Convention Center
Grand Ballroom A & F
Monday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Salt Palace Convention Center

2301 - Tom Burbage
Grand Ballroom A & C
Tuesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

2303 - Dr. James Pellegrino
Grand Ballroom B & D
Tuesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

2305 - Roy Tennant
Grand Ballroom E & G
Tuesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

2390 - Dr. Jacquelyn Sullivan
Grand Ballroom F & H
Tuesday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

3305 - Dr. Thomas Edgar
Grand Ballroom B & D
Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

3301 - Dr. Kristinia Johnson
Grand Ballroom A & C
Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

3390 - Dr. Judith Ramaley
Grand Ballroom F & H
Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

3391 - Dr. John Schneiter
Grand Ballroom F & H
Wednesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Salt Palace Convention Center
Grand Ballroom A & C
Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary for all conference registrants

Salt Palace Convention Center
Grand Ballroom B & D
Wednesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$65 per person



8201 - Kennecott Copper Mine and Refinery
Tuesday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. - Noon.
$27 per person

8202 - Utah Department of Transportation Commuterlink and Traffic Operations Center Tour
Tuesday, June 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
8204 - Utah Department of Transportation Commuterlink and Traffic Operations Center Tour
Tuesday, June 22, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$27 per person

9001 - Up, Up, and Away Hot Air Balloon Ride (includes continental breakfast)
Sunday, June 20, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
$170 per person

9002 - Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Red Butte Garden
Sunday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$30 per person

9101 - Shaking the Family Tree - A Genealogical Experience
Monday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
9103 - Shaking the Family Tree - A Genealogical Experience
Monday, June 21, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$15 per person

9102 - Salt ‘N Copper and Lunch Cruise
Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$65 per person

9201 - Sample Salt Lake City Tour
Tuesday, June 22, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$30 per person

9202 - Gardner Village
Tuesday, June 22, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$45 per person (includes lunch)

9301 - Experience the Mountains of Utah
Wednesday, June 23, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$75 per person


EXHIBITORS (as of 4/14/04)

Addison-Wesley Computing 704
Agilent Technologies 329
Amatrol, Inc. 130
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 401
Armfield Inc. 109
ASEE 623
ASEE Corporate Development 702
ASM International 619
ATE Resource Centers 223
Autodesk 332
Avatech Solutions 235
Axiom Manufacturing 622
Axis Analytical 224
Bentley Systems, Incorporated 504
Comsol, Inc. 518
Colorado Satellite Services 436
Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration - CIEC 221
CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) 335
Delmar Learning 500
Delmia Corp. 419
DesignSoft 522
Dimension 507
Educational Benchmarking 421
Electronics Workbench 200
Elsevier, Engineering Information 103
Emona Instruments 204
Famic Technologies Inc. 324
Feedback Inc. 609
Frontiers in Education Conferences 229
German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD 129
Granta Design LTD. 617
Great Lakes Press/Engineering Your Future 400
Greenfield Coalition 237
Hampden Engineering Corporation 523
Hewlett Packard 429
Huntron Inc. 635
IEE/Inspec 516
IEEE 217
IAESTE United States 700
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 201 606
Kaplan AEC Engineering 624
Knovel Corporation 425
LPFK Laser and Electronics 337
Mastercam/CNC Software, Inc. 316
Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. 423
The MathWorks 517
McGraw-Hill Higher Education 409
Microsoft 207
Minitab Inc. 601
Morgan and Claypool Publishers 125
Motorola 537
MSC Software 116
National Academies Press 718
National Design Graphics Competition 134
National EPICS Program 219
National Instruments 529
National Science Foundation 629
Northrop Grumman Corporation 608
NSF Higher Education Centers for Teaching and Learning (CIRTL and CAEE) 716
Oxford University Press 225
Pasco Scientific 637
Patent & Trademark Depository Library Program 110
Portland Oregon Visitors Association (ASEE 2005 Annual Conference) 124
Prentice Hall 117
Professional Publications, Inc. 309
PTC 417
Quanser 631
SAE International 524
Sandia National Laboratories 328
Silicon Chalk 520
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) 509
SolidWorks Corporation 406
SpectraQuest, Inc. 231
Sun Equipment Corp. 434
Tech Ed Concepts, Inc. 318
TECQUIPMENT Incorporated 301
Texas Instruments 405
Thomson Engineering, part of the Thomson Corporation 330
Turbine Technologies, LTD. 603
UGS PLM Solutions 501
US Didactic 120
Vernier Software & Technology 101
Vishay Micro-Measurements 728
Visual Numerics, Inc. 108
Weber State University 128
Z Corporation 320



Floor Plan - updated 4/14/04



There are three ways to register for the annual conference

1. Online at Please note: Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX) and purchase orders are the only acceptable forms of payment online. If a purchase order is used as payment, a copy must be faxed to the registrar’s attention,(202) 265-8504.

2. Fax with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX) /information or purchase order (copy required) to the registrar’s attention, (202) 265-8504.

3. Mail check or credit card information to:
ASEE 2004 - Convention & Seminar Corporation
P.O. Box 75218
Baltimore, MD 21275-5218
Please see page C35 for purchase order payment information.

Registration Rates
Online Registration Rates
3/18 - 6/2
Registration type Advance
Member $407
Nonmember $528
Retiree Member $204
Life member $50
Student member $0
Student nonmember* $50
Spouse/Guest $70
Industry Day $200
Child (ages 6-16) $30
Children (ages 5 and under) Free

*Special discounted online student registration rate not available.

Fax or Mail Registration Rates
3/18 - 6/2 After 6/2
Registration type Advance On-site
Member $442 $475
Nonmember $563 $596
Retiree Member $239 $272
Life member $85 $85
Student member $0 $0
Student nonmember $50 $50
Spouse/Guest $105 $125
Industry Day $235 $235
Child (ages 6-16) $30 $30
Children (ages 5 and under) Free Free


Registration Conditions

All registration rates
All mailed registrations must be postmarked by the deadline date to be eligible for the applicable rate.

Retiree Member rate
The ASEE Retired Member rate is a one-year experiment with the 2004 Annual Conference and may not be available at future conferences. To be eligible for this rate you must be both (1) a current ASEE member in good standing and (2) you must have been in the Retired Member membership category as of Dec. 31, 2003.

Student rate
Students must present their current student ID at registration check in. Students registering online are not eligible for reduced registration rate.

Spouse/Guest rate
Spouses/guests and children must be registered for the conference to participate in any conference event. The only exception is the Society-Wide Picnic (tickets for nonregistered individuals are $45). Another faculty member or peer is not considered a spouse/guest and must be registered as a full registrant.

Industry Day rate
The Industry Day rate is available only to members of industry who otherwise would not have attended the ASEE Annual Conference. ASEE members are not eligible.

Bring-a-Student Program
Give a student at your university the chance to experience the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Each full conference registrant will have the opportunity to bring one student to the conference at no additional charge. This complimentary student registration includes admission to the technical sessions and the exposition, allows students to register for all tours, and includes the conference proceedings and a ticket to the annual reception. To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Be registered on a full conference registrant's form
  • Accompany the full conference registrant to registration with their current student ID.

Note: Only one student may be registered as
bring-a-student per full conference registration.

Purchase Order Payments

If you submit a purchase order number as payment for your registration (including guests and tickets), a check must be received by ASEE within 30 days of the date submitted. Registrations with purchase orders older than 30 days will be cancelled. If you wish to re-register for the conference after your registration has been cancelled, the current applicable rate will apply.


A confirmation will be sent via fax or e-mail for mailed or faxed registrations within three to five days of receiving the registration form. Online registrations will have an immediate confirmation. Please be sure to bring a copy of your confirmation with you to on-site registration.

Ticket Sales

To order tickets for workshops, meal functions, professional tours, special events, and family tours, complete the ticketed event section of the conference registration form. There will be a $10 surcharge on all tickets purchased on-site. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that on-site ticket sales close at noon on the day before the event takes place. Be sure to register early as space is limited.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of registrations and all ticketed events must be received in writing via mail at ASEE 2004, ASEE - Convention & Seminar Corporation, P.O. Box 75218, Baltimore, MD 21275-5218, e-mail at or fax at (202) 265-8504 ON OR BEFORE JUNE 2, 2004. A $50 processing fee will apply to all registration cancellations. Refunds will not be made for no-shows or for requests received after June 2. No exceptions will be made.

On-Site Registration

On-site conference registration will be in the South Foyer of the Salt Palace. Attendees for Sunday morning workshops should check-in at registration Saturday afternoon.

Registration Hours
Saturday, June 19 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 20 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 21 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 23 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Local Information Desk

A Salt Lake City information desk will be located in the South Foyer of the Salt Palace. Stop by for suggestions on restaurants, sightseeing, and transportation while you’re in Salt Lake City.

Registration Questions

If you have questions about registration, please e-mail the ASEE Registrar, Charla Copp, at or call (202) 331-3517.



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The following Calls for Papers are for the 2005 ASEE annual conference in Portland, Ore., to be held June 12-15, 2005. All submissions must be submitted electronically via the CAPS program. Abstract submission will open on August 2, 2004.


The Architectural Engineering Division seeks papers from academia and industry related to architectural and construction engineering, engineering technology, and building science. Topics may include: cooperative efforts between education and industry, innovative teaching methods ("outside the box"), curricula, international education and teaching experiences, integrating design into the curriculum, using the new technology in the classroom, co-ops and internships, case studies, capstone projects, research, and assessment. Purely technical papers that have no educational component or application will most likely not be accepted. The Architectural Engineering Division has a publish-to-present requirement. For more information, contact Joseph A. Betz, R.A., ASEE annual conference Architectural Engineering Division Program Chair, c/o State University of New York-Farmingdale, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735; (631) 420-2024; e-mail:


The Chemical Engineering Division invites submissions of papers for the ASEE annual conference. Papers may be on topics relevant to all aspects of chemical engineering education. Topic areas include, but are not limited to: course and curricular assessment; novel classes; innovative classroom and laboratory demonstrations; new instructional methods; recruitment and outreach to high schools and community colleges; support for developing programs in the United States and abroad; and life sciences in chemical engineering. Of special interest are contributions that address the evolution of the chemical engineering field and the subjects we teach, including molecular processes, biological processes, and multiscale phenomena.

Those interested in proposing workshops should contact the program chair directly. For more information, contact the program chair, Jim Henry, Chemical Engineering Dept. MS 2503, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 37403; (423) 425-4398; fax (423) 425-5229; e-mail:


The Computers in Education Division (CoED) invites papers for the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference. The program committee has identified the focus areas listed below, but outstanding papers on other topics related to computers in engineering education will also be considered:

    • Computer science education for engineers, especially curricula and first-year courses
    • Instrumentation and laboratory systems, including data acquisition
    • Mobile robots, impacts on engineering and computer science education
    • Mobile computing (PDA, laptop, tablet PC, et cetera.) applications and ramifications in education
    • Embedded computing, including microprocessor and microcontroller selection and applications
    • Software packages, including symbolic computing and equation solvers
    • Digital signal processing, including hardware/software for embedded systems
    • Simulation and animation, including algorithms and artificial intelligence
    • Computer architecture, including hardware descriptive languages
    • Internet applications in classroom and lab, including automated evaluation systems
Criteria for selection/publication:
The two-step review process will consist of an abstract review followed, if favorable, by a full manuscript review. Acceptance of the work at both stages of review is necessary for presentation in CoEd sessions. Abstracts are judged on level of innovation, technical merit, demonstrated outcomes, and relevance to engineering, science, and technology education. Complete manuscripts will be judged on these same criteria as well as on accuracy, completeness, readability, and rigor of presentation. The CoED Program will consist of conventional technical sessions as well as one or more poster sessions. The Computers in Education Division uses the publish-to-present rule for the annual conference. All presenters are expected to register for and attend the conference.
Every paper accepted for publication and presentation at a CoEd session is eligible for one or more of the following awards:
  • Woody Everett Poster Session Award
  • John A. Curtis Lecture Award
  • Each award consists of a plaque, a certificate, and a cash prize. For more information or to suggest a workshop, contact R. Stephen Dannelly, Ph.D., Computers in Education Division Program Chair, Dept. of Computer Science, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412; (361) 825-5877; e-mail:


    The Construction Engineering Division seeks papers on topics related to construction engineering education and construction practices. Topics include advances in construction engineering education/ curriculum, pedagogy and delivery methods, undergraduate student research/projects, innovations in construction engineering and construction technology subject matters, international collaborations in construction projects, and other topics of interest to construction educators. For abstract submission dates, refer to the ASEE conference Web site. Questions may be addressed to Virendra K. Varma, Ph.D, P.E., Program Chair, Construction Engineering Division; (816) 271-4562; e-mail:


    The Continuing Professional Development Division is interested in receiving submissions of abstracts that address innovative programs for educating the technical workforce. The division is particularly interested in the following topics:

  • International and cultural perspectives
  • Innovative use of technology to deliver education to the workforce
  • Creative curriculum development
  • Evaluating return on investment for program development
  • Other topics of interest are always welcome.
  • For more information, contact Program Chair Sally Szydlo, University of South Florida, College of Engineering, 4202 East Fowler Ave., ENB-118, Tampa, FL 33629; (813) 974-3783; e-mail:


    The Engineering Economy Division (EED) is seeking papers for the annual conference. Topics of interest to EED include: current trends in teaching engineering economy, innovative teaching methods for engineering economy, integrating engineering economy research into the classroom, international aspects of engineering economy, and the role of engineering economy in F.E. and P.E. examinations. The EED requires that all presented papers are reviewed and accepted for publication in the conference proceedings. For additional information, contact Scott E. Grasman, ASEE-EED Program Chair, Engineering Management Dept., University of Missouri, 1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO, 65409-0370; (573) 341-7011; fax (573) 341-6567; e-mail:


    The Engineering Management Division (EMD) seeks papers for presentation at the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference. Although session themes will depend upon the papers submitted, papers about any area of engineering management education will be considered. EMD is a publish-to-present division

    Suggested Topics

      • Success stories involving engineering management education, including development of graduate programs, courses, or innovative teaching practices.
      • The state of the art in educational technology, asynchronous learning networks, distance education, and other emerging areas with application to engineering management education.
      • Approaches to outcome assessment and program/course effectiveness.
      • Workplace applications of engineering management skills and concepts with educational implications.
      • Changes in engineering management
      • Classroom techniques
      • Students and learning

    Questions should be directed to the engineering management program chair, Kate D. Abel, Stevens Institute of Technology, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Dept., Hoboken, NJ 07030; (201) 216-8647; fax (201) 216-5541; e-mail:


    Members of the engineering technology community—it’s not too soon to begin thinking about your plans for the summer of 2005. The Engineering Technology Division (ETD) and the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) are seeking papers on educational activities in all engineering technology disciplines for the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference. Now is the time to begin thinking about and drafting abstracts for your planned publications. Abstracts for the conference must be submitted via ASEE’s Web-based Conference Abstract/Paper Submission system (CAPS). Abstracts should be 300-500 words and should clearly indicate the relevance of the proposed paper to engineering technology education.

    Please note that ETD is a publish-to-present division. Acceptance of abstracts in the division does not ensure publication in the conference proceedings or presentation at the conference. A final, peer-reviewed paper, based on the abstract, must be approved before it can be included in the proceedings and before it can be presented at the conference.

    Watch this space in coming issues for more details. Until then, questions may be addressed to the ETD program chair, Ronald (Ron) E. Land, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, School of Engineering Design, Technology, & Professional Programs, Penn State University-New Kensington Campus, 3550 Seventh St. Rd., Upper Burrell, PA 15068; (724) 334-6730; fax (724) 334-6111;


    The Energy Conversion and Conservation Division invites papers on educational issues related to the following topics: renewable sources; energy storage; energy conversion and co-generation systems; efficiency improvement; advanced computer applications for teaching, research, and management; industrial and commercial energy conversion and conservation; aerospace power; and energy research and management. Papers should focus on teaching and learning and may cover such areas as course organization and content; laboratory equipment and experiments; student projects; and co-op/intern programs.

    All accepted abstracts are eligible for presentation. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for peer review and possible inclusion in the conference proceedings.

    For more information, contact Program Chair Craig W. Somerton at Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering Dept., 2555 Engineering Building, East Lansing, MI 48824; (517) 353-6733;


    The Graduate Studies Division requests abstracts for papers dealing with the problems and issues to improve engineering graduate education for the U.S. engineering and scientific workforce.

    The session topics under consideration include:
      • Graduate student papers reflecting the needs and experiences of graduate students
      • Professional graduate education relevant to the needs of engineering practice in industry to enhance technological innovation and competitiveness
      • Faculty reward system reform relevant to creative professional scholarly work of engineering practice for technology development, technology leadership, and innovation as a creative activity
      • Recruiting and building diversity for women and minorities in engineering
      • Mentoring graduate students
      • Innovative graduate programs and methods
      • Emerging trends in engineering graduate education

    For more information, contact Program Chair Don Keating, College of Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; (803) 777-7155; fax (803) 777-0106; e-mail:


    The International Division seeks papers for the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference. Papers are being solicited with a special emphasis on the international aspect of engineering education and technology exchange. The division sponsors a best paper award.

    Each abstract should be between 300-350 words. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Exchange/Joint Programs within the International Communities/Universities
      • Multimedia and Distance Education Tools for Engineering Education
      • Outcome Assessment and Accreditation
      • Accreditation Issues in Distance Learning Programs
      • Web-based Education
      • The Environmental Challenge: Its Importance to Developing Countries
      • Engineering and Development: International Initiatives
      • Science, Technology, and Economic Growth in the 21st century
      • Implications of Technology Transfer
      • Foreign Language and Cultural Understanding in Engineering Curricula
      • The Role of Industry in Engineering Education
      • Relationships between Engineering Education Organizations in Countries throughout the World
      • Distance Learning Courses/Programs
      • Industry and Engineering Education Collaborations
      • New Approaches to Engineering Curricula
      • Academic Standards and Grade Inflation
      • Accreditation
      • Digital Divide in the World
      • Effective Uses of Technology to Teach Engineering
      • Assessment of Engineering Courses and Programs
      • International Collaboration
      • Successful Engineering Graduates
      • Retention and Recruitment of Faculty
      • Professional Development for Engineering Faculty
      • Retention and Recruitment of Engineering Students
      • Faculty Changing Roles and Faculty Promotion Issues
      • Student Cross-Disciplinary Projects and Student Design Teams/Projects
      • Engineering Web-based Instructional Courses and Web Uses in curriculum
      • Institutional Collaboration in Distance Learning Courses/Programs
      • Innovative Curriculum Development in Engineering Discipline
      • Enhancing Problem Solving Skills in Engineering
      • International Collaborations, Experiences, Partnerships
      • Diversity: Women and Minorities in Engineering
      • Critical Thinking, Communication, and Teamwork in Engineering
      • K-12 Projects to promote Engineering among High School Students Internationally
      • Enrollment trends in Engineering across the Globe
      • Engineering Capstone Design Courses
      • Potpourri (anything that does not fit above and any related areas of your interest)

    Your participation, along with other engineering educators from institutions around the world, will enrich our conference with an international perspective. Abstracts should be 300-350 words. The abstracts can only be accepted via the Conference Abstract/Paper Submission system (CAPS).

    Please, when possible, indicate three choices at the top of your abstract for your prioritized session topic where you feel your paper will fit best. Please note that Division 60 requires submission of the full, final version of the paper in order for a paper to be accepted for presentation at the conference, in either a technical or poster session, as well as for publication in the proceedings. A minimum of four papers in a topic area is needed to justify a session on that topic, otherwise it may be put in potpourri. Also, a poster session might be used to accommodate papers that do not fit into a session but are worthy of publication in the proceedings.

    I strongly recommend that you submit your abstract early as I will be reviewing them as they come in. Early submission will allow time to revise and resubmit your abstract if it is rejected initially. Questions may be addressed to Nick M. Safai, Ph.D., International Division, Division 60, Program Chair, Chair of Engineering Dept., Salt Lake Community College, 4600 S. Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84123; fax (801) 957-4960; e-mail:


    The Mathematics Division is seeking papers on the interrelationship between mathematics and engineering education. Topics include any subject pertinent to both mathematics and engineering education, such as: integrating math, science, and engineering; freshman programs; outreach and K-12 mathematics education; recruitment and retention of women and minorities; multidisciplinary projects; facilitating communication between math, science, and engineering educators; advanced mathematical problem-solving techniques; methods to better prepare students for the technical professions; and integrating math into engineering curricula. Questions may be addressed to the 2005 Mathematics Division Program Chair Shirley Pomeranz, Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, the University of Tulsa, 600 S. College Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104-3189; (918) 631-2990; e-mail:


    The Mechanical Engineering Division seeks papers in all areas of mechanical engineering education. Papers are invited that involve the following topics: innovative teaching and learning strategies; course and curriculum assessment and improvement and ABET strategies; laboratory courses (including experiments) and hands-on projects; capstone design programs and design throughout the curriculum; integrating research and education; integrating mathematics into the mechanical engineering curriculum; faculty career management; and industry involvement in academia, outreach programs, national competitions, and other trends in mechanical engineering education (TIME). Papers involving the integration of the humanities, the fine arts, the social-behavorial sciences, the physical sciences, electrical engineering, materials engineering, and other topics in mechanical engineering courses and curricula are also appropriate. Instructional areas of interest also include, but are not limited to: thermal/fluids and energy systems, mechanical systems, smart materials and structures, MEMS, mechatronics, nano- and bio-mechanical systems, computers and information technology, and sustainable design. Papers will be peer reviewed, and all papers to be presented must be accepted for publication (publish-to-present) in the conference proceedings. For more information, contact Program Chair John C. Chen, Rowan University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 201 Mullica Hill Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701; (856) 256-5345; fax (856) 256-5421; e-mail:


    The Mechanics Division is soliciting papers for the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference. Papers and presentations related to mechanics education, practice, and assessment in all areas of engineering mechanics and vibrations/acoustics will be considered.

    Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

      • Projects, laboratories, experiments, or demonstrations
      • Innovative teaching methods or practices
      • Assessment of teaching and learning in mechanics
      • Horizontal or vertical curricular integration of mechanics
      • Integrating emerging topics in core mechanics

    Abstracts, papers, and final papers, if accepted, will be submitted via CAPS. Please check the CAPS Web site or ASEE PRISM for submission deadlines. CAPS may be accessed through the conference link of the ASEE Web site, The Mechanics Division awards best session presentation for each division session, overall best division presentation, and overall best division paper.

    Questions may be directed to the 2004-05 Mechanics Division Program Chair Dr. Jennifer Kadlowec, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028; (856) 256-5344; e-mail:


    The Multidisciplinary Engineering Constituent Committee (MECC) invites abstracts for papers for the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference on subjects of particular interest to those involved with multidisciplinary engineering programs, including general engineering and other engineering programs not currently covered by ABET-program criteria, and other multidisciplinary engineering educational initiatives. Subjects of particular interest are:

      1. Multidisciplinary engineering programs and curricula
      2. Innovations in multidisciplinary courses
      3. Issues or experiences related to ABET accreditation of multidisciplinary engineering programs
      4. Views of program constituents (campus complications, placement and employers' perspectives, students, alumni, et cetera).

    Submissions on other relevant subjects will also be considered, including potential initiatives for MECC. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit a full paper for review and acceptance in order to be included in the MECC program at the conference and in the conference proceedings (publish-to-present). For further information, prospective authors or those interested in serving in the review process may contact the MECC program chair, Dr. Jim Farison, at


    The Physics and Engineering Physics Division seeks abstracts of proposed papers on topics of broad interest to the physics and engineering physics community. Possibilities include: ABET-accreditation issues, how to teach engineers physics, recruitment and retention in physics and engineering physics, engineering aspects of engineering physics programs, the teaching of introductory physics (to majors and nonmajors), K-12 outreach programs, innovative teaching and assessment methods, as well as other topics.


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