Third-Class Ticket Holders
By Gerald S. Jakubowski
reading an article a few years ago that was written for a fraternity.
The article was entitled, Excuse Me, Are You Holding a Third-Class
Ticket? Since the article could apply to any volunteer organization,
I couldn't resist rewriting it for ASEE. Here goes.
fly I am always aware of the people sitting in the first-class seats,
probably because I have rarely had that opportunity. I think to
myself, how nice to be able to board at any time, to sit in the
wider seats, to have the added attention from the flight attendants.
If a first-class ticket were offered, who would turn it down?
read that when taking a stagecoach there were three types of tickets
a passenger could purchase: first-class, second-class, and third-class.
If you were a first-class ticket holder, you could ride inside the
coach, and if a wheel came off or the coach got stuck in the mud,
you would remain in the coach until the problem was fixed. If you
were a second-class ticket holder, you also rode inside the coach,
but if a problem developed, you were required to get off until the
problem was solved. You could stand in the distance, and if you
desired, you could lend advice that would help solve the problem.
If, however, you were a third-class ticket holder, you rode inside
the coach if there was room, and if a problem developed, you had
to get off and help fix it. This could mean holding up the coach
while the wheel was fixed, or pushing the coach out of the mud.
One can use
the stagecoach hierarchy as an analogy to ASEE membership. We have
those who are first-class ticket holders. They seem to be asking,
What's in it for me?' They never attend meetings
or volunteer their time. Quite simply, they're along for the
Then we have
the second-class ticket holders. They will attend a function and
might even offer advice as to where it should be held, what should
be served, and what the theme should be, but rarely volunteer to
help. Sometimes this group can be vocal with criticism, especially
if their suggestions are not followed.
are the third-class ticket holders, the members who are willing
to put their shoulders to the wheel. These are the members who step
forward to organize an event, to be an officer, to serve on a committee,
or to lend assistance in any capacity.
more third-class ticket holders. Members who are determined to be
part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Members who
want to give back to ASEE so that othersespecially the younger
membersmay know the joy and rewards of being an ASEE member.
summer the ASEE Board of Directors amended and approved a list of
goals. The goals state that ASEE will:
services to its members.
- Work with
educational institutions and industry to improve engineering education
and promote faculty development.
productive collaborations among industry, academe, and government.
the participation and success of underrepresented groups in the
the value of the engineering profession to society.
membership in ASEE in order to more completely serve the engineering
and engineering technology enterprise.
international cooperation in matters pertaining to engineering
The ASEE Board
of Directors needs the help and support of all members in order
to achieve the above list of goals. How can you help? Everybody
can help increase membership in ASEE. Ask your colleagues to join,
especially young assistant professors. Tell them about the advantages
of membership. Are you aware of the Dean's Program? This is
where first-time members of ASEE can get two years of free membership.
If the dean at the new member's school will pick up the tab
the first year, ASEE will pay the second year. Ask companies that
you interact with to join ASEE as corporate members. We need to
get industry actively involved in the engineering education enterprise,
and this can be facilitated once more companies join as corporate
These are just
a couple of ways in which each individual member can help. I am
certain you can think of other ways. The overriding factor, however,
is that I am asking all members to be stagecoach third-class
ticket holders. We must be willing to work to promote the
advantages of membership. We must each be willing to step forward
and offer what talents we have to strengthen our organization.
What kind of ticket are you holding?
By Michael Sanoff, ASEE Today Section Editor/Writer
a nine year run as vice chancellor and dean of engineering at
Texas A&M University, C. Roland Haden announced he
will step down from his position starting on August 31, 2002.
Under his leadership, the quality of the Texas A&M undergraduate
and graduate engineering programs steadily increased, and in 2001
the graduate program moved up to a No. 11 ranking in U.S. News
and World Report from a No. 20 ranking in 1994. Haden also
expanded the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to include
14 other universities, resulting in research alliances across
Texas. While he has made no detailed plans for life after retirement,
Haden has not ruled out a position in the private sector or a
return to the faculty.
ASEE President John A. Weese has been appointed the interim
de-partment head for the department of mechanical engineering
at Texas A&M University. Weese was the president of ASEE from
1999-2000 and joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1986 after working
at the National Science Foundation.
of Colorado at Boulder mechanical engineering professor Roop
L. Mahajan has been appointed to serve as interim dean of
the college of engineering and applied science. Recruited by the
University of Colorado at Boulder from AT&T Bell Laboratories
in 1991, Mahajan has accomplished much during his time there,
including founding the center for advanced manufacturing and packaging
for microwave, optical, and digital electronics as well as the
center for microelectronic devices in cardiovascular applications.
of Maryland professor emeritus and immediate past-chair of the
department of fire protection engineering, Steven M. Spivak,
will receive the 2001 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award for
widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system.
Spivak has been at the University of Maryland since 1970 and introduced
annual university courses on product standards and standardization
and product safety and quality. He has also written two books
on voluntary standards and standardization, including the forthcoming
Standardization Essentials: Principles and Practice,
with the late F.C. Brenner.
Armbrecht, Jr. has been selected as the next president of
the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) by its board of directors
to succeed the current president upon his retirement. Armbrecht
formerly served as the Voting Representative in IRI for the Witco
being accepted for ASEE's
Zone 1 Conference
on April 5-6, 2002, at the United States Military Academy at West
Point. The theme of the conference is Celebrating 200 Years of Engineering
Education. Suggested paper topics include:
engineering and engineering technology education
- Technology in engineering education
- Innovations in undergraduate engineering and engineering technology
- Client-sponsored projects and industry partnerships
- Revolutionary trends in engineering curriculum
program collaborations and issues
papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and cash
prizes of up to $300 will be given to the top three papers. One-page
abstracts must be submitted by December 15 and should be e-mailed
to Steve Ressler at email@example.com.
More information on the conference is located at http://www.usma.edu/
A call for
papers has been issued for the Symposium
on Radiation Measurements and Applications, to
be held at the University of Michigan on May 21-23, 2002. Abstracts
and summaries must be received by January 23, 2002, and should be
submitted through the Symposium's Web page located at http://rmasymposium.engin.
umich.edu/. Papers are welcome on a variety of subjects,
including radiation measurements with respect to detectors, sources,
spectroscopy, signal processing, and data analysis, as well as facilities.
Applications to astronomy, basic science, biomedicine, dosimetry,
environmental measurements, non-destructive examination, treaty
verification, and other related topics are also encouraged.
for Industry and Education Collaboration will be held in Sarasota,
Fla., on February 5-8 at the Hyatt Sarasota. The conference serves
as an annual midwinter meeting for four divisions of ASEE, including
the Cooperative Education Division, the College Industry Partnership
Division, the Continuing Professional Development Division, and
the Engineering Technology Division. The theme of this year's conference
will be "The New Economy: Meeting the Challenges." For further details
about the conference visit:
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) will host the
10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering on April 14-18,
2002, in Arlington, Va. Nuclear Engineering--''Engineering Today
the Power for Tomorrow"--will be the theme of this year's conference,
which will cover topics such as structural integrity, radwaste management,
and license renewal among others. For more information about the
conference, contact Mel Torre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 10-14,
the International Association for Management of Technology will
be hosting the 11th International Conference on Management Technology
in Miami Beach, Fla. The theme of the conference will be "Drive
Towards the Internet Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for Developed
and Developing Regions of the World." Topics discussed during the
conference will include the explosion expected in e-commerce as
well as supply chain logistics. Visit: http://www.iamot.org/IAMOT2002/submission.html
to find out more.
know that ASEE administers several fellowships? There are programs
for doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty research. For more information,
contact the ASEE Projects Department, (202) 331-3525; e-mail: email@example.com;
or see www.asee.org/fellowships.
of Defense sponsors the National Defense Science and Engineering
Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program. This program awards over 100
new three-year graduate fellowships each year. Fellowships are awarded
for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical,
physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences.
receive nearly $70,000 in stipends over a three-year period and
full tuition at the university of their choice. The NDSEG program
is open only to U.S. citizens and nationals pursuing their Ph.D.s
at U.S. graduate institutions. Applicants must have received their
baccalaureate degrees by Fall 2002. The application deadline is
January 16, 2002. For more information, including application
instructions, visit www.asee.org/ndseg.
Carr Fellowship Program
Under the auspices
of ASEE's Historically Black Engineering Colleges Committee, the
Helen T. Carr Fellowship Program provides up to $10,000 per year
to African-American students pursuing a doctoral degree in engineering.
Upon completion, the recipient must teach at a participating Historically
Black College or University (HBCU). Application deadlines are January
15, 2002 for students enrolling in Fall 2002 and May 15, 2002 for
those intending to enroll in Spring 2003.
institutions are Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama; Hampton
University, Hampton, Virginia; Howard University, Washington, D.C.;
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland; North Carolina A&T
University, Greensboro, North Carolina; Prairie View A&M University,
Prairie View, Texas; Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee; and Tuskegee University,
Tuskegee, Alabama. For more information, see www.asee.org/fellow.
Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Army Research
Laboratory (ARL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to
significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained
scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific
and technical areas that are of interest and relevance to the Army.
are received on an ongoing basis and can be submitted at any time.
Most research opportunities at ARL are open only to U.S. citizens.
The selected participants will work in an Army laboratory with senior
ARL scientists and engineers. Fellowships are awarded for one year
but may be renewed for a second and third year based upon the recommendation
of the fellow's advisor and availability of laboratory funds. Stipends
range from $45,000 to $55,000 based on experience and research interests.
Higher stipends are available for senior appointments. The program
provides participants with family health insurance and life and
disability insurance. Travel and relocation funds are also available.
For more information, visit www.asee.org/arl.
Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship program
at a number of Navy R&D centers and laboratories. The program
is designed to increase the involvement of creative and highly trained
scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific
and technical areas that are of interest and relevance to the Navy.
There is also a special initiative to increase the number of female
postdoctoral participants in the program.
The ONR Postdoctoral
Fellowship Program provides up to 40 new postdoctoral appointments
per year. Fellows are selected on the basis of their overall qualifications
and technical proposals. The selected participants will work in
a unique Navy laboratory environment with senior Navy scientists
and engineers. There are four deadlines per year: January 1, April
1, July 1, and October 1.
for one year and are renewable for a second and third year, given
satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Competitive
stipends, based upon research experience and direction, are offered.
A group health insurance program is provided for participants (paid
for by the fellowship) with optional coverage for dependents (to
be paid for by the participant). Travel and relocation allowances
are also available.
selected for support under the ONR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
must be U.S. citizens and eligible for a Department of Defense security
clearance of "Secret." For more information, visit www.asee.org/onr.
Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program
of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program provides
science and engineering faculty the opportunity to participate in
research at Navy laboratories for a ten-week period during the summer
break. Summer research is defined in advance through correspondence
and an optional pre-program visit to the research site.
have the opportunity to establish continuing research relations
with the R&D personnel of the host laboratories, which may result
in sponsorship of the participants' research at their home institutions.
Faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
and Minority Institutions are especially encouraged to apply. The
application deadline is January 16, 2002.
from $1,350 to $1,850 per week. An optional pre-program visit to
the research site is funded through the program. Pre-program visits
may be made in April, May, or June. For applicants who relocate
their residence for the ten-week period of appointment, a travel
and modest relocation allowance will be provided. For more information,
Naval Research Sabbatical Leave Program
of Naval Research Sabbatical Leave Program provides science and
engineering faculty the opportunity to conduct research at Navy
laboratories while on sabbatical leave from their institutions.
Participants in the Sabbatical Leave Program receive a monthly stipend
making up the difference between their salary and sabbatical leave
pay. Participants also receive reimbursement for travel to and from
the laboratory site and a relocation allowance for those who must
relocate their residence during their sabbatical leave tenure. Appointments
are for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of one year.
This is a residential
sabbatical and participants must conduct research on site. Applications
are accepted on a continuing basis, but should be submitted at least
six months prior to the proposed starting date. For more information,
National Model Design
For the third
consecutive year, ASEE's Two Year College Division (TYCD) held the
National Model Design Competition at the ASEE Annual Convention
this past June in Albuquerque, N.M. The competition was open to
engineering students attending two-year colleges as well as freshmen
and sophomores attending four-year colleges. The objective was to
build a battery powered vehicle from scratch that could climb a
designated inclined track as quickly as possible. With remote controls
prohibited from competition, each car had to navigate the track
without input from team members. Other constraints included a $300
price limit as a well as a maximum size of 5x7x15 inches for the
from all over the country spent months designing electrical and
mechanical systems that they hoped would lead them to victory. Of
the dozen teams initially registered, however, only three were capable
of meeting the competition's demands and brought their cars to Albuquerque.
The winner of the competition, Cedarville University, rode to victory
through the use of optical sensors which navigated by following
black electrical tape placed on the track to guide the cars. Cedarville's
car was able to overtake the incumbent Tidewater Community College
car, which came in third. Tidewater's car used infrared photo sensors
for navigation, while Broome College's second place vehicle was
programmed to race a specified distance forward before switching
into reverse at the edge of the track to finish the last leg of
the race backwards.
have yet to be given for the 2002 competition at ASEE's annual conference
in Montreal. According to Tide-water engineering program head Paul
Gordy, the track is reported to be some sort of a maze. If you would
like further information on this as well as past competitions, visit
the competitions Web site at http://www.tc.cc.va.us/studorgs/vbeng/ASEECAR/.
teams for the 2001 TYCD National Design Competition are:
Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio)
Robert "Bobby" Casity
Michael Walker (presented at the competition)
Dr. Clint Kohl
Broome Community College (Binghamton, N.Y.) Student team members:
Jason Riesbeck (captain)
Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach, Va.) Student
Robert Sereno (captain)