By Gerald S. Jakubowski
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 www.asee.org/k12smet_ed). 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
Education Division Turns 75
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.
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.
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.
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.
on the CED can be found at http://www.coop.msstate.edu/ced/.
For a copy of CED's 75th Anniversary Celebration Magazine contact Maureen
Barcic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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 www.engrweb.winona.msus.edu/asee/,
or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
(914) 773-3305, or visit www.idea.ksu.
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 www.depts.Washington.edu/chautaq/,
or call (206) 543-2600.
Abata Is New ASEE
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.
ASEE officers elected by members are:
President, Member Affairs
Tom C. Roberts, assistant dean of engineering, Kansas State University
John S. Lamancusa, professor of mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania
Barbara M. Olds, associate vice president for academic affairs, Colorado
School of Mines
Lawrence H. Hare, vice president of operations and chief operating officer,
Johnson Controls World Services
Harold N. Knickle, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean
of engineering, University of Rhode Island
John L. Ballard, professor of industrial and management systems engineering
and associate dean of engineering and technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Books By Members
Confessions of a Future Engineer
By Henry Petroski
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY; 2002,
384 pp., $25.00