year's annual conference will be held in Nashville, and I look
forward to seeing you there. Best known for its country music, Nashville
has been home to entertainer greats like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton,
and Patsy Cline. Even if country music isn't your thing, there's
plenty to enjoy and savor in this sophisticated southern city. This
month's article, "Hitting a High Note in Nashville," provides
excellent information about where to go and what to see. It gives a
good listing of restaurants (casual to upscale), as well as noting
fine art museums, historic sights, and shopping for every pocketbook.
Nashville offers just the right mix for the times—easy to get
to, reasonably priced, plenty for the whole family to do, and down-home
ease. Consequently, we are expecting a strong turnout. The annual conference
will be held right after ASEE's second international colloquium,
which also takes place in Nashville—in partnership with the World
Federation of Engineering Organization's 6th World Congress on
Engineering Education, June 20-22. There is a discounted registration
package for those who attend both the annual conference and the international
colloquium. These events are a great opportunity to meet and network
not only with old friends but with international colleagues as well.
In the first half of the May-June Prism, you'll find the usual
mix of timely and interesting articles. "The Graduate" confirms
that today's business world is looking for the multifaceted engineer
who has both science and soft skills. Engineering graduates getting
the top jobs are the ones who can communicate effectively, have strong
organizational skills, and understand the impact of engineering solutions
in a global and societal context. Schools are feeling pressure to incorporate
changes to the technical curriculum so that they graduate well-rounded
engineers. The challenge is how to fit nontechnical courses into an
already packed engineering curriculum.
NASCAR has becomes big business, and race teams are looking for every
advantage. We learn in "Engineers, Start Your Engines" that
engineer-led teams can provide the winning edge. Additionally, a few
engineers have from moved out of the garage to behind the wheel as
race car drivers.
Other stories include "Magnetic Fields," which looks
at how Canadian engineering schools are working to boost the number
of women graduating in engineering.
Finally, there is a delightful profile of Rose Hulman president,
Sam Hulbert, who retires next year after 28 years at the helm.
If you have thoughts you'd like to share about any of the articles,
I would enjoy hearing from you. And again, I look forward to seeing
you in Nashville.
Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher