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President's Message

- By Gerald S. Jakubowski


This issue of Prism marks the last time that I'll be able to communicate to you as your president of ASEE. I would like to use this space to tell you about two things: the progress made on some of ASEE's priorities during the past year and the upcoming ASEE annual conference in Montreal.

Below is a list of things that I, the board of directors, and ASEE staff have worked on during the past year, along with a brief status report of each item.

Priority: Increase membership, including individual, institutional, and corporate memberships. Status: ASEE staff, led by membership manager Dwight Wardell and the board of directors, have developed new initiatives and worked hard this past year on a membership campaign. Professional membership has increased 4 percent since last year, reversing a recent trend. However, more needs to be done, especially to bring in more younger members. This will continue to be a high priority item in the future.

Priority: Increase the involvement of industry in the engineering and technology education enterprises. Status: This past year, under the leadership of Tom Sigafoos, chair of the Corporate Member Council, ASEE has made great progress at reaching out to industry and getting it involved in our society. A special industry day was held at this year's CIEC conference, which I attended. In addition, a special industry day will be held at this year's ASEE annual conference. Frank Huband and I personally visited a few companies and successfully solicited their future involvement and support of ASEE.

Priority: Improve services to members. Status: A survey developed by past president Wally Fowler and the board was sent via e-mail to all ASEE members in order to determine benefits and services that members use and those that are desired. The results of the survey will be used by next year's president, Gene DeLoatch, and the board of directors as the basis for setting new directions and initiating new member benefits and services.

Priority: ASEE needs to get involved with improving the quality of K-12 education, especially as it relates to science and mathematics education. Status: Great progress has been made on this front. First, an ASEE K-12 task force, chaired by past president Wally Fowler, is in place to survey and assess what is currently being done. Second, a Center for Best Practices in K-12 Science and Mathematics Education has been launched (visit the Web site at As the Center further develops, it is hoped that common threads of proven effective methods in improving K-12 education will emerge and that these methods will be shared among those involved in science and math education.

Priority: ASEE needs to facilitate international cooperation in matters pertaining to engineering and technology education. Status: ASEE, along with our European counterpart, the European Society for Engineering Education, and the Technical University Berlin, planned to hold the first ever International Colloquium on Global Changes in Engineering Education in Berlin, in September 2001. Unfortunately, because of the events of September 11th, this conference had to be cancelled. However, the conference has been rescheduled for October 1-4, 2002, in Berlin. Furthermore, ASEE will continue to make its presence known at other international conferences and will continue to promote its international online memberships.
Priority: ASEE needs to increase its efforts in promoting research and graduate education. Status: The officers of the Graduate Studies Division have risen to the challenge of helping ASEE meet this priority. Sessions that address this topic have been scheduled for this year's annual conference. In addition, plans for a mini-plenary for the 2003 annual conference are underway.

I believe the above priorities are all important for the future of ASEE. Accordingly, I ask you to maintain the Society's momentum in these areas and to support the future presidents and boards of directors of ASEE as we continue to move forward on each of these fronts.

Regarding the annual conference, I encourage every reader to attend this year's meeting in Montreal, June 16-19. This year's PIC chairs, council members, program chairs, authors, exhibitors, and ASEE staff have collaborated to develop an outstanding conference, featuring workshops, technical sessions, multimedia sessions, networking opportunities, an industry day, and an exciting exposition. In order to get the most out of the conference, I urge you to immerse yourself fully in the many activities that have been planned. Attend the annual picnic to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends; go to the main plenary session to hear about future trends in engineering; visit the exhibition area to explore new laboratory equipment and to pick out that perfect textbook for next year's classes; participate in a workshop to hone your skills; stop by the technical sessions to learn recent trends in engineering education; observe some of the sessions during industry day to get business viewpoints and to hear thought provoking discussions on engineering education led by representatives from industry; and attend the closing banquet to celebrate the successes of several of your colleagues who have distinguished themselves in engineering education.

It has been a true honor serving you as ASEE's president. The year has gone by fast and the demands on my time were greater than ever imagined or expected. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute and I have several fond memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

Call For Nominations

The ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Most Immediate Past President Wallace T. Fowler, requests member participation in nominating board officers for the 2003 ASEE elections. Officers to be nominated for society-wide positions are: president-elect; vice president, public affairs; vice president, finance; 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 society-wide 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 30. For nominations for the office of president-elect, please include an advocacy statement. Mail nominations to Wallace T. Fowler, Chair, ASEE Nominating Committee, ASEE, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.


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 2002 are:

Ross B. Corotis, chair, department of civil engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, was selected for his application of probabilistic modeling in design, new methods of reliability assessment and optimization of structures, and innovations in engineering education.

Edward L. Cussler, Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, was elected based on his pioneering research on membrane transport in chemical and biochemical separation, and for inspirational teaching.

Adib K. Kanafani, Edward G. and John R. Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering and chairman, department of civil and environmental engineering, University of California, Berkeley. He is being honored for his significant contributions to national and international air transportation, the development of U.S. research on intelligent transportation, and the education of transportation professionals.

Brij M. Moudgil, professor of materials science and engineering, and director, Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology, University of Florida, Gainesville. His election is based on his advances in mineral processing through innovations in selective polymer and surfactant coatings, and for professional leadership.

Thomas M. Murray, Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, was selected for his leadership in developing criteria for floor serviceability and major contributions to structural steel design engineering practice.

Buddy D. Ratner, professor and director, Engineered Biomaterials Center, University of Washington, Seattle. The NAE is honoring Ratner for his contributions to the understanding of the surface interactions of biological molecules and cells with medical implants.

William A. Sirignano, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, University of California, Irvine. He has made significant contributions to the science and technology of spray combustion systems for propulsion.

Moshe Y. Vardi, professor, department of computer science, Rice University, Houston. Verdi was selected for his contributions to the formal verification of hardware and software correctness.


2003 ASEE Annual Conference - CALLS FOR PAPERS

The following calls for papers are for the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference scheduled to be held in Nashville, Tenn., June 22-25. Abstracts will start being accepted in late July or early August and will be collected electronically via the CAPS online submission system.

The Graduate Studies Division requests abstracts for papers in the following topic areas that are under consideration for the conference: measures of graduate program quality; needs/trends in life-long learning; innovative professionally oriented graduate programs; mentoring graduate students; graduate student 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 Management at the University of St. Thomas, OSS101, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105; (651)962-5750; e-mail:

The Civil Engineering Division invites submissions of papers on topics relevant to civil engineering education. General topic areas include the use of instructional technology to enhance civil engineering education, civil engineering toys in the classroom, professional practice issues, and innovations in civil engineering teaching methodology and curriculum development. For more information, contact Stephen Ressler, Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, U. S. Military Academy, West Point, NY 10996; e-mail:

The Minorities in Engineering Division seeks papers and presentations concerned with programs to improve preparation, recruitment, and retention of students at pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate levels in science, mathematics, and engineering (SME). Papers and presentations that address the need to increase the number of minority SME faculty are welcome as well. For more information, please contact John C. Chen, Associate Professor, Rowan University; e-mail:

The Construction Engineering Division seeks papers on topics related to construction engineering education and practices. Topics include advances in construction engineering education/curriculum, 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, Program Chair, Construction Engineering Division; (816) 271-4562; e-mail:

The Engineering Libraries Division seeks papers on topics including, but not limited to: Web-accessible full-text resources, information delivery for distance education, the influence of consortia on local collections, the integration of information literacy with engineering curricula, innovations in reference service, and the impact of digital resources on hard copy collection development. For more information, contact Larry Thompson, Engineering Librarian, Virginia Tech, PO Box 90001, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001; (540) 231-8693, e-mail:

The Entrepreneurship Division seeks abstracts for presentation at the conference and publication in the ASEE proceedings. Submissions are invited from all engineering disciplines for sessions on: technological entrepreneurship and innovation; involving undergraduates in entrepreneurship; business incubation in the university setting; entrepreneurship in civil, environmental, and materials engineering; technology transfer and intellectual property; assessment of technological entrepreneurship curriculum (metrics, best practices, longitudinal assessment); and pre-conference workshops. For more information, contact Phil Weilerstein, ENT program chair, National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance; (413) 587-2172; fax (413) 587 2175; e-mail:

The Manufacturing Division seeks abstracts relevant to planned session topics at the annual conference. Session topics will include materials and manufacturing processes; process, assembly, and product engineering in manufacturing; manufacturing competitiveness; manufacturing systems design; and manufacturing laboratory experience. The division also seeks abstracts for additional sessions that will advance manufacturing education through a focus on contemporary issues and opportunities in manufacturing education. Depending upon response, the following topics may form the basis for additional sessions: the TAC of ABET Technology Criteria 2000(TC2K), strategies for model programs, coalitions and partnerships for manufacturing education, faculty development issues, and bringing manufacturing research into the classroom. Please specify in the abstract which session the paper is intended to address. For more information, contact program chair Hakan Gurocak at Washington State University, Manufacturing Engineering, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686; (360) 546-9637 fax (360) 546-9438; e-mail:

The Architectural Engineering Division seeks papers that relate academia and industry to engineering, architecture, construction, building, and engineering technology. Topics may include cooperative efforts between education and industry, innovative teaching methods and curricula, international education and teaching experiences, integrating design into the curriculum, using new technology in the classroom, co-ops and internships, case studies, capstone projects, research, and professional and teaching areas. For more information, contact Gouranga C. Banik, Ph.D., P.E., Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 S. Marietta Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30060; (770) 528-3711; fax (770) 528-4966; e-mail:

The Engineering Economy Division seeks papers on relevant topics including 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 FE and PE examinations. For additional information, please contact Ed Wheeler, ASEE-EED Program Chair, Department of Engineering, 113 Johnson EPS Building, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN; 38238; (731) 587-7265; fax (731) 587-7375; e-mail:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Division seeks abstracts on: curricular and design innovations; laboratory development and innovation; asynchronous and Web-based learning networks and techniques; undergraduate research; assessment of teaching and learning; novel methods for implementing ABET engineering criteria 2000; globalization of engineering education; entrepreneurship in ECE programs; trends in computer engineering and electrical engineering education, bioengineering and life sciences; information engineering/technology; wireless and broadband communications; teaching and learning with technology; and optoelectronics. Other topics of general interest in electrical and computer engineering and computer science education/research also will be considered. 200-3000 word abstracts must be submitted electronically through the ASEE CAPS system. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a full paper, which will be peer-reviewed, for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. Proposals for special paper sessions or panel discussions should be submitted no later than October 15, 2002. Individuals interested in organizing/moderating a session or participating in the peer review process should contact the program chair for more information at Dr. Stanley G. Burns, 2003 ECE Division Program Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, 271 MWAH, 1023 University Drive, Duluth, MN; 55812; (218) 726-7506 or (218) 726-6147; fax (218)726-726; e-mail: sburns@d.umn.eduor

The Continuing Professional Development Division is interested in receiving submissions of abstracts that address innovative programs for educating the technical workforce. The CPD division is particularly interested in topics that deal with simulations and virtual reality in professional development programs, training partitioning engineers in bioinformatics, use of technology to deliver content to the workforce, and evaluating the impact of continuing education on corporate viability. For more information, contact Eugene Rutz via email at

The Information Systems Division is a cross-disciplinary group with common interests in the applications of information technology and systems in education. The ISD division seeks detailed papers for the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference on the following cutting-edge topics: measuring the effectiveness of new technologies in teaching, peer-to-peer collaboration, intelligent agents, artificial intelligence, enterprise computing and e-commerce, networking, Web programming, live math on the Web, automated language translation, multimedia courseware, Internet-based laboratories, database applications, and other areas of related interest. For more information, contact 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:

The Mechanical Engineering Division seeks papers in all areas of mechanical engineering education. This includes: innovative teaching and learning strategies; course and curriculum assessment and improvement; laboratory courses, experiments, and hands-on projects; capstone design programs and design throughout the curriculum; integrating humanities, mathematics, science, electrical engineering, materials engineering, etc., in mechanical engineering courses; integrating research and education; faculty career management; industry involvement in academia; outreach programs; national competitions; and other trends in mechanical engineering education. Instructional areas of interest also include, but are not limited to, thermo-fluid and energy systems; mechanical systems; smart materials and structures; MEMS; mechatronics; nano- and bio-mechanical systems; computers and information technology; sustainable design; and motor sports.

The Educational and Research Methods Division seeks papers and workshop proposals on topics related to ERM's primary objectives. These objectives include the dissemination of knowledge on learning and teaching; the encouragement of efforts to improve instruction through development of innovative materials and techniques, sound instructional design, and improved evaluation methodology; and the enhancement of the status of teaching in the university. Papers are invited on topics such as active and cooperative learning, advanced classroom technologies, attracting and retaining a diverse population of students, the design of learning environments and technologies, evaluation and outcomes assessment, historical perspectives and lessons learned, integrated and non traditional curricula, new learning models and applications, lifelong learning, and teaching the art and science of teaching. Acceptance of a peer-reviewed abstract leads to the invitation to submit a full paper. Acceptance of the final paper will again depend on a successful peer review of the full paper. In summary, peer review occurs for both abstracts and papers. Workshop proposals are handled separately from papers. These should not be submitted through CAPS. They must be sent directly to the program chair. Only four workshops can be accommodated each year. The workshop decisions are made before the abstracts are reviewed. Thus, it is essential that anyone wishing to present a workshop contact the ERM Program Chair directly. For more information, contact Sandra Shaw Courter, ASEE 2003 ERM Program Chair; (608) 265-9767; fax (608) 265-9768.


ASEE's Cooperative Education Division Turns 75

In 1906, 27 young men majoring in electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering combined academic course work at the University of Cincinnati with practical work experience at the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company in the nation's first cooperative education program. Following Cincinnati's success, other engineering colleges, including Northeastern (1909), Pittsburgh (1910), and Georgia Tech (1912), adopted similar programs. Building on this growing momentum, ASEE established the Cooperative Education Division (CED) in 1927 with the help of Dean Herman Schneider, who started the program at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering. This year the CED celebrates its 75th birthday.

Cooperative education has become an international practice with programs across various disciplines at over 900 colleges and universities. CED often acts as the field's guiding force. Companies or schools interested in cooperative engineering usually turn to CED for guidance. The organization holds assessment workshops to help new programs understand the common attributes all quality co-op programs possess.

With an ever changing economy, corporate participants within cooperative education can change at the drop of a hat. Another of CED's responsibilities is to recruit new companies into the fold. Workshops like “Employer Orientation” and “How to Initiate and Maintain a World Class Co-op Program,” held at the Industry and Education Collaboration conference in February, are geared toward attracting employers to co-op programs and providing them with direction. A major benefit for participating companies is that they get to try out potential employees before making a permanent commitment. And student can find out what the company would be like to work for before taking the plunge. CED is also at the forefront of quality control, research, upgrading skills, and legal issues, as well as government regulations within cooperative education.

Throughout its existence, CED members have been committed volunteers working to promote cooperative education. CED is as active as ever in helping to build quality cooperative education programs, and it continues to maintain the same dedication to co-op education as during its first meeting at the University of Cincinnati three quarters of a century ago.

More information on the CED can be found at For a copy of CED's 75th Anniversary Celebration Magazine contact Maureen Barcic at


About People

Vijay K. Dhir, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named interim dean of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dhir, who joined the faculty in 1974, most recently served as an associate dean for academic and faculty issues. From 1994 to 2000, Dhir served as chair of the UCLA Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

After serving as interim vice president for academic affairs since last June, Arthur Western has now been selected as the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In 1988, Western was promoted to professor of physics and applied optics at Rose-Hulman and served as head of the department for seven years before becoming associate dean of the faculty.



Margaret Ernst, wife of longtime ASEE member and former editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Ed Ernst, passed away at the age of 78 in February. Margaret and Ed attended nearly every ASEE annual conference and Frontiers in Education conference since their marriage in 1975. She developed lasting friendships with many of those attending these meetings. The Margaret and Ed Ernst awards were established to recognize excellence by undergraduate electrical engineering students at two schools, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of South Carolina, and attest to her interest in encouraging excellence in the engineering education. She is survived by her husband, Ed, four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.



The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the 2002 North Midwest Section Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education October 10-12, 2002. The overall theme of the conference will be Technology Enhanced Learning, and the keynote speaker will be Director of Learning Tools and Solutions for Cisco Systems, Inc., Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. For more information, visit, or e-mail

The Individual Development Educational Assessment Center (IDEA) and Kansas State University will host the June IDEA Seminar June 2-4, 2002, at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The theme of the seminar will be Changing Practices in Evaluating Teaching. At the seminar, participants will learn the latest research and practical tips, engage in stimulating discussion, receive extensive resource material, learn current national practices, and experience facilitators modeling the best practices in teaching and professional development. Topics discussed during the conference will include successful use of student ratings and teaching portfolios, effective classroom observations with focused feedback, and use of effective performance counseling to improve teaching. For more information, contact Peter Seldin at, (914) 773-3305, or visit www.idea.ksu. edu/workshops/colorado/index.html.

From June 24 through July 27 the Pacific Northwest Field Center of the Chautauqua program will hold a series of short courses designed to introduce new modules and subjects to current and future engineering faculty and also help enhance their current courses. Courses include Helping Students Learn Engineering Design, Making Ethics Relevant for Engineering Majors, and Improving Student Learning Using Classroom Assessment Techniques. All courses are to be held at the University of Washington's main campus in Seattle, Wash. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call (206) 543-2600.

Abata Is New ASEE President-Elect

Duane L. Abata has been selected as ASEE president-elect for 2002-2003; he will assume the position at the 2002 annual conference in Montreal and become president the following year. Abata is a program director in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers at the National Science Foundation and is on temporary leave from Michigan Technological University, where he is a professor of mechanical engineering/engineering mechanics.

Other ASEE officers elected by members are:

Vice President, Member Affairs
Tom C. Roberts, assistant dean of engineering, Kansas State University

Chair, PIC I
John S. Lamancusa, professor of mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Chair, PIC IV
Barbara M. Olds, associate vice president for academic affairs, Colorado School of Mines

Chair, PIC V
Lawrence H. Hare, vice president of operations and chief operating officer, Johnson Controls World Services

Chair-Elect, Zone I
Harold N. Knickle, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean of engineering, University of Rhode Island

Chair-Elect, Zone III
John L. Ballard, professor of industrial and management systems engineering and associate dean of engineering and technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Books By Members

Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer
By Henry Petroski
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY; 2002,
384 pp., $25.00