- ASEE Needs You
Founded in 1893 as the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education,
ASEE has continued to evolve and thrive throughout the past 109 years.
The Society has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, population
swings, events in Korea and Vietnam, economic recessions, and the
Cold War. This resilience speaks well of the vision of the founders
and for the numerous volunteers who have stepped forward to assume
leadership roles year after year.
In the existing constitution it is stated that, "the purpose
of this Society shall be the advancement of education in all of its
functions which pertain to engineering and allied branches of science
and technology, including the processes of teaching and learning,
counseling, research, extension services and public relations."
To fulfill this purpose, the constitution directs the Society to serve
its members as a common agency of stimulation and guidance in the:
a. Formulation of the general goals and responsibilities
of engineering education for the service of individuals and the advancement
of the general welfare.
b. Adjustment of curricula and educational processes to changing conditions;
methods of personnel practices and of administrative usages.
c. Development of effective teachers, counselors, and administrators.
d. Improvement of instructional materials and methods of personnel
practices and of administrative usages.
e. Enhancement of professional ideals and standards.
f. Fostering of research as a function collateral to teaching.
g. Coordination of institutional aims and programs, both among schools
and colleges and in their joint relations with professional, educational,
and public bodies.
h. Cultivation of a kindred spirit among teachers, counselors, researchers,
administrators, practitioners, and corporate and government representatives.
As president of ASEE and chairperson of the Board of Directors,
I am committed to the concept of service to those who have placed
their faith in our Society through the exercise of their option to
become members. Through the organizational structure that has all
constituent groups represented on the board, it is my desire to have
each member feel that they have a way to participate in the exiting
and future program direction of ASEE. At the first meeting of the
2002-2003 Board of Directors held in Montreal in June 2002, the board
members spent a considerable amount of time addressing this issue.
They did so by taking time to look inwardly at what we are today and
what we are to become in the future. In holding this session it was
and is our goal to have the constitution and thus our Society become
forward reaching and living entities. The questions used to generate
the dialogue were as follows:
- Do the various programs of ASEE meet member expectations?
- Does the membership of ASEE fairly represent the engineering education
- Are the program elements of ASEE relevant to national needs for
engineers and to the time in which we live?
- Are the programs of ASEE attractive to all existing and potential
- Are ASEE program elements connected?
The discussion that ensued was both lively and productive. However,
one has to wonder, as we continue this examination, whether we are
capturing the true sense and sentiments of our members. As the questions
imply, we need to capture the concerns of every member. It is for
that reason that I appeal, through this column, that the each member
take the time to let us know how we might answer these questions.
All Board of Directors members are fair game as a source of providing
your input. Please assist in making ASEE thrive and grow through you.
- By Michael Sanoff, ASEE Today Section Editor/Writer
Cars jumping barriers, a broken gearbox, and fierce competition
were all part of the fourth annual Model Design Competition at ASEE's
2002 annual conference in Montreal. Held by ASEE's Two-year
College Division (TYCD), the contest featured nine battery-powered
vehicles created from scratch by teams of enthusiastic engineering
students from two-year colleges, as well as freshmen and sophomores
from four-year colleges. With remote controls prohibited, a $300 price
limit, and a maximum size of 5 X 7 X 15 inches, each vehicle had to
navigate a maze-like track as quickly as possible without input from
First place finisher Cedarville University's "Tortoise"
bypassed the track's maze altogether and successfully climbed
over the separating barriers of the maze with a microprocessor-controlled
car that utilized ramps to climb over barriers. Victorious for the
second year in a row, Cedarville narrowly defeated second place finisher
Illinois Central College, whose car was also designed to drive over
the barriers. Tidewater Community College's third place "Car
Team" chose precision over power and used optical sensors to
guide its car around barriers by following the path of black electrical
tape placed the length of the track. For Tidewater's other competing
vehicle, "Team Tank," a broken gearbox and bad timing
proved too much to overcome, as the only tank of the competition got
stuck on a barrier during its run. Other schools that participated
in the competition were Purdue University, Monroe Community College,
Broome Community College, and Central Carolina Community College.
Next year's competition will feature a rectangular track layout
with numerous shortcuts. For photos, videos, and rules of the 2002
model competition, as well as additional guidelines for the 2003 competition
in Nashville, visit www.tcc.vccs.edu/studorgs/vbeng/aseecar/
or contact Paul Gordy, ASEE TYCD vice chair at email@example.com.
The winning teams of the 2002 TYCD National Design Competition are:
First Place Team
College: Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio)
Student Team Members: Michael Walker (captain), Dave
Bartlett, Silas Gibbs, and Tim Linden
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Clint Kohl
Second Place Team
College: Illinois Central College
(East Peoria, Ill.)
Student Team Members: Robert Warden (captain), Dale
Johnson, Bryan McIntosh, and Shaun Woolard
Faculty Advisor: Robert Bloompott
Third Place Team
College: Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach,
Student Team Members: Craig Byl
(captain), Robert Sereno, Michael French, Jennifer Martin, Josh Dart,
Jayson Humrich, and Brett Byers
Faculty Advisors: Paul Gordy and Steve Ezzell.
Did you know that ASEE administers several fellowships? There are
programs for doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty research. For more
information, contact the ASEE Projects Department at (202) 331-3525;
or see www.asee.org/fellowship.
NDSEG Fellowship Program
The Department of Defense sponsors the National Defense Science
and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program. This program
awards over 100 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.
Recipients receive in excess of $70,000 in stipends over a three-year
period and full tuition. The Fellow selects the university he or she
wishes to attend. 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 the fall
2003. The application deadline is January 6, 2003. For more information,
including application instructions, visit www.asee.org/ndseg.
Helen T. 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 of the doctoral degree requirements,
a fellow is committed to return to one of the HBEC institutions to
teach for a year. A candidate must be sponsored by the dean of engineering
from one of the participating institutions. Applications from sponsoring
deans should be submitted to ASEE by May 1 each year.
Participating institutions are Alabama A&M University, Normal,
Ala.; Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; Howard University, Washington,
D.C.; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md.; North Carolina A&T
University, Greensboro, N.C.; Prairie View A&M University, Prairie
View, Texas; Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.; Tennessee State
University, Nashville, Tenn.; and Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.
For more information, visit www.asee.org/fellowship/hbecc.cfm.
Army Research 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. Applications 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 $46,000 to $57,000 based
on experience and research interests. Higher stipends are available
for senior appointments. The program provides parti-cipants with health,
life, and disability insurance. Travel and relocation funds are available.
For more information, visit www.asee.org/arl.
Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship
program 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.
The NRL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides up to 30 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. Deadlines are the first of each month.
Awards are 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
at around $55,000. A group health insurance program is provided for
participants. Travel and relocation allowances are available.
Participants 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,
Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research Program
provides science and engineering faculty the opportunity to participate
in research at Navy laboratories for a 10-week period during the summer
break. Summer research is defined in advance through correspondence
and an optional pre-program visit to the research site.
Participants 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
Stipends range from $1,400 to $1,900 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 10-week period of appointment, a travel and
modest relocation allowance will be provided. For more information,
Office of Naval Research Sabbatical Leave Program
The Office 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 change 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, visit www.asee.org/summer.
A call for papers has been issued for the 32nd International Conference
on Computer and Industrial Engineering, hosted by the Department of
Manufacturing and Operations Engineering at the University of Limerick,
Ireland, August 11-13, 2003. "Sustainability, Globalization—The
Engineering Challenge" is the conference theme, and papers are
invited on: information technology and engineering; data mining and
knowledge discovery; computational intelligence; multi-criteria decision
making and decision analysis; engineering economy and value analysis;
and discrete optimization, among many other topics. Paper abstract,
tutorials, workshops, and panel discussion proposal submissions are
due December 2, 2002. More information is available at www.ul.ie/cie/call_for_papers.htm.
The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)
is hosting the Eighth International Conference on Recent Advances in
Structural Dynamics at Southampton University, UK, during July 14-16,
2003. The conference will be a forum for researchers and practicing
engineers to discuss the latest advances in structural dynamics. There
will be five keynote lectures and parallel technical sessions. For more
information, visit www.isvr.soton.ac.uk/sd2003/