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The Making of a President

By Bethany Halford


All successful presidents know that the ability to quickly adapt to different situations is critical to both success and survival. Sherra E. Kerns, ASEE's current president, is no exception.

Kerns says it's a lesson she learned on the first day of sixth grade. She had recently moved from rural Texas to suburban New York City, and wanted to make the best impression on her new schoolmates. So Kerns decided to wear her nicest outfit—a three-tiered white square dancing skirt with turquoise trim. Fashions in New York being somewhat different from those in rural Texas, it's safe to say that Kerns was the only girl in a square dancing skirt. She says a kind classmate took pity on her, pulled her aside, and asked in a thick New York accent, "Do you have any other clothes?" When Kerns said she did, the concerned little girl seemed relieved and said, "Good, change at lunch."

The story is one of Kerns' favorite anecdotes, but it's also a tale where she pinpoints the origin of what's become a hallmark of her career: a certain fearlessness with which she enters a totally new environment, adapts to it, and then masters it—whether it's a new hobby, a new field of study, or the ASEE presidency. "I think that if you have had experiences in which you are put into a really different environment and found out the world wasn't going to end," she says, "it helps make you adaptable, and you learn how to take opportunities that present themselves in your own life."

Kerns' carpe diem attitude led her to a distinguished career in engineering from the most unlikely of places—piano and poetry. Having always loved the creative arts, Kerns says that until she found science, she was trying to decide between pursing a music degree at Julliard or a creative writing degree at Mount Holyoke College. Going to school in the post-Sputnik era, Kerns's aptitude for math and science did not go unnoticed. She eventually decided upon physics—a field in which she earned a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of North Carolina, respectively.

After a decade of physics, Kerns decided to use her postdoctoral studies to move in a new direction. To determine what that direction would be, Kerns developed an exercise she recommends to all emerging scientists. She began asking her mentors two questions: Who is the smartest person within 50 miles of here? What is the most interesting unsolved problem in your field?

The answers she got led her to Duke University's department of biomedical engineering and to a position as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral trainee. "When I found engineering, it kind of all fit together," Kerns says. "It gives me a place where I can use any and all of the skills I have."

Sherra Kerns at VanderbiltSince that first step toward engineering in 1977, Kerns has distinguished herself as both a researcher and an educator. Her work enhancing the reliability and information integrity of microelectronic circuits has earned her a reputation as one of the world's leading experts on preserving data in harsh environments, like outer space. She's held faculty positions at Auburn University and North Carolina State University, and she was chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at Vanderbilt University. Kerns also served as director of the University Consortium for Research on Electronics in Space from 1989 to 1999.

These days, Kerns hangs her hat at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., where she's vice president for innovation and research—a job she says she has a real passion for. Olin, an independent undergraduate engineering college started from "scratch" less than 10 years ago, has been described as one of the boldest experiments in American higher education in decades.

Since signing on with Olin in 1999, Kerns has had a hand in the school's genesis, creating an environment for young engineers that she hopes will be "the best transforming experience we can provide through engineering education." It's a tall order, but Kerns says it's an engineering educator's dream, a rare opportunity that comes along less than once in a lifetime.

For the last year and a half, Kerns has been juggling that rare opportunity with another—the ASEE presidency. She's kept herself busy as president-elect during the 2003-2004 academic year, gearing up for her term at the society's helm. "You have a lot of learning to do so that you can arrive in context," she explains. "If you leave that learning until the president's year, then by the time you're prepared to be president, you're the past-president."

Her Agenda

As president, Kerns has chosen to focus on four goals for the society: expanding partnerships with industry and government, increasing ASEE's presence as a global leader in engineering education, building enthusiasm for engineering and engineering technology careers among K-12 students, and increasing opportunities for minorities and women to pursue engineering. It's an ambitious plan, but if her track record is any indication, it's one she'll handle with aplomb.

Nino Masnari, North Carolina State's dean of engineering, says Kerns has the same energy and enthusiasm she had when he hired her as an assistant professor more than 20 years ago. He says the students loved Kerns as an instructor and colleagues were always keen to work with her on research projects. "People connect with her quickly; she makes you feel comfortable," Masnari explains. In fact, if you'd never met Kerns and had to pick her out in a crowded room, Masnari says she'd be quite easy to identify, "just look for a crowd of people around someone who's talking."

Students and coworkers aren't the only ones who've taken notice of Kerns. Her efforts in teaching and research have been recognized with a number of awards. She says she's proudest to be recognized as a fellow of both IEEE, for her technical contributions, and ASEE, for her contributions to engineering education. "Those awards, in partnership, mean a great deal to me," Kerns says. Also, in 2003 Kerns says she was touched to learn that the Robot Chicks Union, a group that advocates young women's participation in the FIRST robotics competition, recognized her as an Illuminary, someone who, according to their website, has "made an impact in the RCU and/or female participation in FIRST."

Helping her daughter Sarah feed a Bengal tiger kittenKerns is humble when it comes to discussing her achievements, saying that much of her work has been part of collaborative efforts. "I look for people who have gifts where I lack gifts. I look for people who will complement my capabilities and inspire me to accomplish good things."

"I think Sherra is a person that exemplifies gracious professionalism," remarks colleague Woodie Flowers, a professor of mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He says that, among academic heavyweights who often wear accolades and awards like epaulets, Kerns "wears graciousness as an epaulet."

Having worked with so many engineering leaders, Kerns is reluctant to name any particular role model or influence, but she does say that her closest collaborator is her husband, Olin Provost David Kerns. "This isn't the story of the man behind the woman or the woman behind the man. This is a partnership," she notes, conscious of the common views that people have of dual career couples. "For the first 10 years we knew each other we Reaching out to a black leopardonly talked about transistor theory," she says. And it's these years of friendship and mutual professional respect that she thinks were crucial to creating a true partnership in their marriage.

Getting a handle on a person as complex and multifaceted as Sherra Kerns can be a little dizzying. In addition to her distinguished career as an engineer and educator, Kerns spent time as an internationally known cat breeder. In work that has certainly prepared her for administrative responsibilities, she's worked with tigers, leopards, and jaguars. She says the only cats in her life now are the strays she's adopted as pets.

She has three children and five grandchildren. And somehow, in the midst of her career, family, and feline-related activities, she found the time to design her own home—a mountainside retreat 90 miles outside of Nashville, in The mountainside retreat she designed outside of NashvilleTennessee's Cumberland Plateau. Kerns says she did not originally intend to design the four-story house, but her husband suggested she take a crack at it after they fired the third architect who said it would be impossible to put the kitchen and dining room on the same floor.

Architect and mother, educator and expert, visionary and president—Sherra Kerns certainly defies a facile description. But perhaps Flowers puts it best: "She's a kaleidoscopic onion. All the layers are fun and fascinating, and they're delightfully surprising."

Bethany Halford is a freelance writer based in Baltimore.

2005 Nominations for ASEE Officers

Presented on the following pages are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2005 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2004 ASEE Nominating Committee chaired by Eugene M. DeLoatch. The nominations were received by the executive director as required by the ASEE constitution. The ASEE Nominating Committee believes that the candidates are eminently qualified and deserve the close consideration of membership.

Members are reminded that additional nominations of eligible candidates may be made by petitions of at least 200 individual members. Nominees so proposed must indicate a willingness to serve before their names are placed on the ballot. Such petitions and agreements must be presented to the executive director no later than Jan. 1, 2005.

Write-in votes will be accepted for all offices. In all cases, a simple plurality constitutes election. The official ballot, which will be provided to each individual member by March 1, must be returned by March 31.

Editor's note: Due to space limitations and in the interest of fairness to all candidates, the biographies and statements may have been edited to fit the allotted space. For the uncut biographies and statements, please visit our website at


John J. McDonoughJohn J. McDonough
John J. McDonough is a professor of civil engineering technology, co-operating professor of civil engineering, and associate dean of engineering for academics at the University of Maine. He has served on the faculty of the University of Maine since 1976, and was director of the school of engineering technology from 1983 to 2000. He completed his undergraduate work at Northeastern University and his graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. He is a registered professional engineer in Maine and Wisconsin. Prior to joining the University of Maine, he worked as a structural engineer in Ohio and Wisconsin. He has also taught at the University of Cincinnati and in university settings in Afghanistan and Algeria.
McDonough is an ASEE fellow and a recipient of the James H. McGraw Award in Engineering Technology Education. He is past chair of the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute, a member of the ASEE Engineering Technology Council (ETC) (1983-2000) and chair (1994-1996). He is a member of the ASEE Continuing Professional Development and Engineering Technology Division (ETD), having served as secretary/treasurer of the ETD in the early 1990s and from 1998 to 2000. He served on the Board of Directors of ASEE in his capacity as chair of the ETC, as chair of Professional Interest Council II (2001-2003), and on the Executive Committee as vice-president of Professional Interest Councils (2002-2003). He was chair of the ASEE New England Section (2002-2003) and program chair of the 2003 New England Regional Conference. He has served as chair of the ASEE Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award Committee and the Frederick J. Berger Award Committee, and a member of the Ad Hoc ASEE Accreditation Relations Committee and the James H. McGraw Award Committee.

McDonough is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) fellow and is a program evaluator to the ABET Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) on behalf of ASCE. He served a six-year term as an ASCE/TAC commissioner, and as an ABET ASCE/TAC, TC2K program evaluator trainer. He served on the National Society of Professional Engineers' Board of Governors of Professional Engineers in Education, and as a national director. He was also president of the Maine Society of Professional Engineers.

His community activities include six years as an elected member of the Town of Orono School Committee; six years as an elected member of the Orono Town Council; and president of the Orono Economic Development Corp. McDonough is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Candidate's Statement
I am proud and honored to be nominated to serve you, the membership, as president of ASEE. I have been an active member of ASEE, beginning with my first ASEE conference in 1977. Since then I have seen a considerable amount of change. The society has grown tremendously, both in membership and recognition around the world. I am particularly impressed with the strides we have made in increasing the membership and involvement of women and minorities.

My two terms on the Board of Directors has also given me insight into the support the society receives from the professional staff. They are as dedicated and competent as any staff I have ever had the pleasure to be involved with.

The President-elect will serve for three years on the Board of Directors, but only one year as president. The actual time that I will have a direct impact in the leadership position is relatively short. Therefore, it is important to have a clear focus on my goals.

The priorities that I will have during my term of office include the following:

Even though we have made great strides in increasing the involvement of women and minorities, more needs to be done. I am confident that the K-12 program will be one of the leading factors in not only bringing the brightest and the best to engineering and engineering technology, but will also increase these numbers and their diversity. It is imperative that we continue to build on this program.

We need to continue to improve the excellent services to our individual, industrial, and institutional members, and to continue to assess their needs.

It is imperative that we continue to improve the interaction and cooperation between engineering and engineering technology.

Our industrial members are a key to the vitality of the society. We must do all we can to maintain our current members and to foster new and emerging companies through our Corporate Member Council.

I feel that my background of 18 years in engineering technology leadership, followed by my present position as associate dean of engineering, give me a diverse background that covers a broad area of the society. That, coupled with my service on the Board of Directors, affords me the insight and experience needed to lead this organization.

If elected, I will solicit your help and listen to your ideas. Thank you for this honor.


David WormleyDavid Wormley
David Wormley is dean of the college of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his appointment as dean in July 1992, he served as associate dean of engineering (1991-1992) and head of the department of mechanical engineering (1982-1991) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from MIT.

An ASEE fellow, Wormley has served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Engineering Education, and currently serves on the ASEE Board of Directors as chair of the Engineering Deans Council. As chair, he has appointed task forces to study future engineering workforce needs and to enhance diversity.

Wormley has served as chair of the Deans Group in the National Science Foundation (NSF) ECSEL Coalition and serves as chair of the Advisory Board of the NSF Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education at the University of Washington and on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Higher Education's EC2000 ABET study. During his tenure as dean, faculty members associated with the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education have developed new minors in entrepreneurship and leadership and have initiated curriculum renewal efforts centered around the concept of the World Class Engineer. He has served on engineering college and departmental advisory committees at six universities.

Wormley is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he has served as vice-president of the Systems and Design Group. He is also a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the National Society of Professional Engineers; has served as chair of the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee; has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the National Research Council Transportation Research Board; and is a member of the Committee on Assessing the Capacity of U.S. Engineering Research, formed by the National Academy of Engineering.

Wormley has supervised 23 Ph.D. and 72 master's research theses and his research is described in more than 100 papers and reports. He is co-author of the textbook System Dynamics: An Introduction. He has received the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division's Education Award, a NASA Certificate of Recognition, and twice received graduate teaching awards from the MIT's department of mechanical engineering.

Candidate's Statement
ASEE has both significant opportunities and important obligations to serve the engineering and engineering technology education communities at this time when changes in engineering practice are driven by rapid technological advances and globalization. To realize ASEE's potential, I believe two areas should receive special attention:

  • To more fully engage and serve our members ASEE needs to engage an increasing number of engineering educators.

    A critical factor in extending ASEE membership is identifying the key role ASEE can play in helping faculty members in their professional and personal development. This is particularly true of new faculty members who, currently under the ASEE Deans' Program, can be provided an initial complimentary two-year membership. For these faculty members and others to continue in ASEE, they must be able to clearly realize the important impact of ASEE in their careers. Thus, a key component of ASEE's activities should be the continued development of new and experienced faculty in their careers, by providing appropriate workshops, conferences and opportunities for growth. Additionally, ASEE has an increasing opportunity to engage students through student chapter activities. Both student and faculty efforts need to be centered in our local and regional, as well as our divisional, activities. As part of these efforts, it is important to engage faculty members and students from underrepresented groups and to continue emphasizing building a supportive environment for diverse groups.

    The new K-12 Division has actively engaged K-12 teachers in ASEE and has significant potential to impact future engineering students. Continued support of the K-12 initiative will be important for ASEE's long-term success.

  • To promote the engineering profession and its role in advancing society. To effectively promote engineering and the importance of engineering education both in the United States and abroad, ASEE must work with other professional societies, industry, and government organizations both in the United States and abroad. One important effort, in concert with the National Academy of Engineering's study of the Engineer of 2020, is to facilitate significant advances in engineering education that need to be accomplished in collaboration with industry and government. A second key effort is the continued building of international collaborations.

If elected, I will look forward to working with ASEE members and staff to further advance ASEE's engagement of its members and to advance engineering education and the profession in its contributions to society.



Albert L. McHenryAlbert L. McHenry
Albert L. McHenry received his B.S. in electronics engineering technology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and his M.S. in technology and Ph.D. from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Ariz. He presently serves as dean of the college of technology and applied sciences at Arizona State University East. McHenry has also served as professor and chair of the department of electronics and computer technology and director of the School of Technology at Arizona State University.

Prior to beginning his tenure at ASU, McHenry was a 12-year faculty member at Southern University. His area of technical specialization is digital electronics. He has industrial experience with the Boeing Co., 3M Co., Motorola Inc., and Minority Engineers of Louisiana. McHenry is recognized nationally as an expert and leader in engineering technology education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In June 2002 he was honored with the ASEE James H. McGraw Award and in 1995 he received the ASEE Frederick J. Berger Award.

As a member of ASEE since 1966, McHenry has served the society in various leadership positions including chair of the Engineering Technology Council; member of the ASEE Board of Directors (1996-98); and member of the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (1999-2003). He was elected as an ASEE Fellow in 2001. He has served on the ASEE Publications Committee and is presently a member of the ASEE Projects Board.

McHenry has been actively involved in baccalaureate and master's level engineering technology education programs for over 39 years, during which time he has accumulated a long list of publications in both refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has written two books and two chapters in other books. For many years, McHenry has been an active National Science Foundation Principal Investigator. These efforts are focused on enhancing the success of young people in STEM education at the baccalaureate level and then through doctoral study, with mentoring for the professorate.

Candidate's Statement
I am tremendously honored by having been nominated for ASEE vice-president for Public Affairs. Throughout my long career, I have held my membership in and service to ASEE to be among the major factors in my professional development. The consistent contribution that ASEE makes to its members in terms of enabling intellection fusion in the entire engineering education community is unparalleled. As a result of my personal experience of service on the Board of Directors, I understand that the society's success is not an accident. It is due to the professional integrity of colleagues who focus their expertise, love, and energy on ASEE as volunteers. It is their leadership that guides and moves ASEE to the next goal, with fidelity, to the values of our community.

The vice-president for Public Affairs chairs the ASEE Projects Board and serves as a regular member of the ASEE Board of Directors. The mission of the Projects Board is to provide oversight of the development, approval, management, and operation of all projects in which ASEE is formally involved. A mission component is to develop new projects that provide opportunities to improve and promote engineering and engineering technology education as an embedded force that makes a significant contribution to our nation's economic well being.

I will continue to lead the Projects Board in efforts that reach out to the ASEE membership to collect leads on new project opportunities. At present, the national fellowship programs form a strong core that is stable and synchronized with ASEE's values and direction, and a platform that has enabled ASEE to expand to other activities, with the approval of the ASEE Board of Directors. The possible ROI that can be generated by leveraging the core project staff provides great potential for additional projects. As a sitting member of the current Projects Board, this process is underway and the evidence shows that the potential is great. If chosen to serve you in this position, I will personally collect input from the council chairs and improve our responsiveness to opportunities for engineering and engineering technology educators. As vice-president for Public Affairs, I will work harmoniously with the ASEE board to improve opportunities for funding and increase ROI by seeking to broaden the project inventory. I will seek to focus the types of projects on the theme, values, and overall direction of ASEE as a whole. Finally, I will continue to enjoy my opportunity to serve this great organization with my time, energy, and intellect to the best of my ability.


Timothy L. SkvareninaTimothy L. Skvarenina
Timothy L. Skvarenina received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. (EE) from Purdue University. He served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of engineering and educational positions and has taught at Purdue University since 1991, currently as a professor of electrical engineering technology. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in electrical power for the school of technology and conducts research in the modeling and simulation of electric power systems.

At Purdue, he has been the lead in his department for assessment of student learning and continuous quality improvement. He chaired the University Educational Policy Committee in 2003-2004 and is currently vice-chair of the University Senate. He has authored or co-authored over 25 papers, many of which were presented at the annual ASEE and Frontiers in Education (FIE)conferences. He is the primary author of a textbook, now in its second edition, was an area editor for the CRC Comprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, and is editor-in-chief of the CRC Handbook of Power Electronics.

He has been an active member of ASEE since 1991, holding all of the offices in the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (ECCD) and serving as its Web page editor since 1997. He served on the ASEE Board of Directors as chair, PIC III, from 1999-2001 and vice-president, PICs, from 2000-2001. He has actively participated in the (FIE) conference, as the exhibits chair from 1995-1997; as a program chair for 1999 and 2004; and as a member of the FIE Steering Committee from 2002-2005. He has been a member of the Projects Board from 2002-2005 and the Awards Policy Committee since 2000, which he has chaired since 2003.

Skvarenina is a senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an associate editor of its Transactions on Education. He is also active in the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) at the local level, where he held several offices including chair of the Central Indiana PES Chapter, and at the national level as a subcommittee chair for the Education Committee. A member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, he is a registered professional engineer in Colorado. He received the Meritorious Service Medal in 1985 for curriculum development at the Air Force Institute of Technology, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 for contributions to the IEEE Education Society, and the 2004 ECCD Best Paper Award.

Candidate's Statement
I am honored to be nominated for the position of vice-president for Public Affairs (VP-PA) and thank the nominating committee members for the nomination. The primary role of the VP-PA and the Projects Board is to assist the ASEE staff in developing projects that benefit the society and help achieve its strategic goals, as expressed in the ASEE vision statement:

  • Enhance services to its members
  • Work with educational institutions and industry to improve engineering education and promote faculty development
  • Facilitate productive collaborations among industry, academe, and government
  • Increase the participation and success of underrepresented groups in the engineering profession
  • Promote the value of the engineering profession to society
  • Increase membership in ASEE in order to more completely serve the engineering and engineering technology enterprise
  • Facilitate international cooperation in matters pertaining to engineering education.

Historically, most of the projects pursued by ASEE have been in the area of administering fellowships and summer positions for various government agencies. These projects have greatly benefited the society financially, as well as helping achieve some of the society goals, particularly in the areas of service to members, faculty development, and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups. Now that the projects staff members have secured a solid base of contracts, they have begun to expand their role by writing proposals in partnership with universities and other organizations. I believe the Projects Board can be instrumental in helping the ASEE staff find partners and opportunities to further the ASEE mission. In particular, as VP-PA, I would attempt to work with ASEE division leaders and the Board of Directors to explore possible areas of collaboration, especially in areas such as teaching methods and technology, distance learning, K-12 preparation including outreach programs to encourage members of underrepresented groups to plan for a career in engineering, and promoting the engineer's role in society. By developing such new initiatives, the Projects Board and the ASEE staff can improve the value of ASEE membership, which can help attract new members, further strengthening the society.

I have been involved in ASEE activities for the past 13 years and have served on the Board of Directors of ASEE as a PIC chair and vice-president for PICs, so I understand how ASEE operates. I believe I am well qualified to serve as your VP-PA, and I request your support.



David KauffmanDavid Kauffman
David Kauffman has been a member of ASEE for over 25 years. He served as Gulf-Southwest Section program chair, vice chair, and chair; as chair of Zone II and member of the ASEE Board of Directors for two years; as the local arrangements chair and Chemical Engineering Division program chair for the 1991 annual meeting in Albuquerque; and fourteen years as ASEE's campus representative at the University of New Mexico. He has given numerous papers and chaired many sessions at annual, section, Collaboration of Industry and Education Conference and Frontiers in Education conferences. He chaired the workshop for associate deans at the annual meeting nine times.

Kauffman recently retired from the University of New Mexico, where he was a faculty member in the chemical and nuclear engineering department for 26 years and associate dean for 15 years. As associate dean, he was responsible for academic programs and had fiscal and personnel responsibilities for several support organizations, some funded internally and some funded from external grants.

Responsibilities, in addition to the numerous day-to-day tasks of an associate dean, included developing major scholarship and support programs for minority and women students, managing distance education programs, and coordinating three, six-year ABET accreditation reviews. As a faculty member, he did research in alternative energy systems, air and water pollution control, micro-gravity heat transfer, and process plant safety and reliability. His principal teaching interests were in areas related to process plant design, operations, safety, and reliability.

Prior to joining academia, Kauffman was an engineer for eight years with Shell Oil Company, working in chemical process design, environmental engineering, and oil field production processes. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a project officer in the space program dealing with spacecraft electrical power systems. His B.S. and M.S., both in chemical engineering, were earned at the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. was earned at the University of Colorado. He is a registered professional engineer in New Mexico and was on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers for three years, serving one year as vice-president for finance. He just completed a two-year term as president of the New Mexico Engineering Foundation, a charitable organization that provides scholarships for engineering students.


Joseph T. O'BrienJoseph T. O'Brien
Joseph T. O'Brien is a University Relations Program Manager for the Hewlett-Packard Company. He is responsible for relationships with a number of universities in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He leads the integration of Hewlett Packard's interaction with these universities around the company's ongoing programs in research, recruiting, marketing and sales, continuing education, philanthropy, and public advocacy.

O'Brien is engaged in Hewlett Packard's activities with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) on issues of accreditation, global quality assurance of engineering programs, and the use of technology in learning.
During his 30 years with Hewlett Packard, O'Brien has been a sales representative, sales manager, marketing manager, and a higher education program manager. Prior to joining Hewlett Packard in 1973, he worked in the research and development of control systems for vehicles in the manned space flight program and the commercial application of space technology.

O'Brien received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the California State Polytechnic University. He is currently a campus-recruiting manager, chair emeritus of the Executive Board of the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section, member of the Corporate Member Council Executive Board of ASEE, and serves on the planning committee for the 3rd ASEE International Colloquium on Engineering Education.



Gary R. CrossmanGary R. Crossman
Gary R. Crossman is professor and chair of the department of engineering technology at Old Dominion University, where he has been a faculty member for 34 years. He received his B.S.M.E. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1964. He served one year as an engineering officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine before working for Newport News Shipbuilding and Pratt-Whitney Aircraft during the next two years. Upon completion of his M.S.M.E. degree through Old Dominion University in 1970, he joined the engineering technology faculty. He served as mechanical engineering technology department chair (1979-1988), associate dean of the college of engineering technology (1998-1994), and MET program director (1998-2003). He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He has been very active in the Engineering Technology Division of ASEE, serving as vice chair for newsletters (1991-1992), vice chair for programs (1992-1993), and chair (1993-1995). He is active in ASEE annual conferences and the Collaboration of Industry and Education Conference, regularly presenting papers and moderating sessions. He is also active in the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI), hosting two conferences at Old Dominion University (1989 and 2002) and currently serves on ETLI's executive board. He was host and program chair of the 1992 ASEE Southeast Section Meeting, where he received the Section Outstanding Campus Representative Award. He has been Old Dominion University's representative to ASEE's Engineering Technology Council and has served on the council as director and on several council committees. He served on the ASEE Board of Directors as PIC II chair from 1997 to 1999.

He is also active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), having served as section officer (including chair), and nationally on ASME's Board of Engineering Education and Council on Education. He is currently chair of the Council's Ben Sparks Award Committee. He recently completed his 11th year as a commissioner on the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET), serving both as a representative of ASME and ASEE.

Professor Crossman has received several awards for his contribution to engineering technology education including ASEE's Frederick J. Berger Award in 1993, the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1992, ASME's Ben Sparks Award in 1997, and ASEE's James H. McGraw Award in 1998. He was elected a fellow of ASEE in 2000.


Mark A. PalmerMark A. Palmer
Mark A. Palmer is an associate professor of manufacturing engineering at Kettering University (formerly GMI) in Flint, Mich. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and is a professional engineer. From 1997 to 2001 he was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

He has been active in ASEE since 1995, when he was awarded an ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant. He served the Materials Division as both program chair and division chair. During that time, the division established a "publish-to-present" policy, increased activity at the annual meeting, and developed a special session where the best experiments from the National Educators Workshop are actively demonstrated. For the past two years he has served as program chair of the Emerging Trends (formerly Multimedia) Session of the ASEE conference. An average of 150 authors participate annually in this session. As chair, he ensured that every author's paper was peer-reviewed and restructured the session so that posters were assigned numbers, grouped according to subject matter, and listed in the program by number.

Palmer is also active in The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS). He was a Young Leader Intern and served as chair of the Young Leaders Committee. He served as chair of the Solidification Committee from 1999-2001. While a member of the Student Affairs Committee, he chaired a group that redeveloped the Undergraduate Student Design Competition and served as design competition chair for three years. He has been on the Education Committee since 1999, serving as chair of the Education Committee between 2001 and 2004. He joined the Professional Registration Committee in 2003, and in 2004 began to represent TMS as a member of the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. He is being considered for membership on the Accreditation Committee.

Palmer has received NSF funding to support course development and research in lead-free solder. Three master's students and over 20 undergraduates have been his co-authors in technical presentations or journal articles. One student recently nominated him for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He has been awarded the Rodes Professorship at Kettering University to support these activities during the 2004-05 academic year.



Michael MagillMichael Magill
Michael Magill is a professor of mechanical engineering at George Fox University in Newberg, Oreg. He received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to George Fox University, he was on the faculty at Purdue University. There he served as department head of mechanical engineering technology from 1998 to 2002. Prior to Purdue, he was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University from 1984 to 1995. He is a registered professional engineer in Oregon, Indiana, and Oklahoma and has approximately five years of industrial experience in structural inspection and computer systems.

Magill has been active in ASEE, primarily through the Mechanics Division and the Engineering Technology Division. In the Mechanics Division, he served as division chair and program chair. In the Engineering Technology Division, he served as division secretary. He has been a regular presenter, session moderator, and paper reviewer in both divisions.

He has also served the engineering community through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Through ASME, he is currently serving on the Board on Engineering Education; has served as chair of the ASME Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Head's Committee; served as a member of the Committee on Technology Accreditation; and is currently faculty adviser for the local ASME student chapter. He has served as a program evaluator for ABET and has served as faculty adviser for the local student chapter of SME.

Magill was awarded the 1995 ASEE Outstanding Teacher Award for the midwest region and the 1995 Effective Teaching Award for the midwest region. At Purdue University, he was awarded the 1997 and 1998 Mechanical Engineering Technology Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher, 1997 School of Technology Outstanding Nontenured Faculty Member, and the 1997 Mechanical Engineering Technology Outstanding Nontenured Faculty Member. At Oklahoma State University, he received the 1994 Excellent Teacher Award and the 1991 Excellent Young Teacher Award for the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology.

His technical interests include solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, applied structures, and computer-aided analysis/finite elements. Currently, his primary focus is participating in the exciting challenge and opportunity in the startup of a new B.S. engineering program at George Fox University.


Shirley B. PomeranzShirley B. Pomeranz
Shirley B. Pomeranz is an associate professor of mathematical sciences in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, at the University of Tulsa (TU). She has been on the faculty of TU since 1987. She received her B.A. in physics from Barnard College (1971), M.S. in physics from New York University (1973), M.S. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut (1978), and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts (1987). Her research and academic interests are numerical methods, including the finite element method; engineering applications of mathematics; and issues relating to women in science, mathematics, and engineering. Her publications range from research articles involving finite elements to teaching applications of Mathematica®.

Pomeranz has been active in the Mathematics Division of ASEE since 1988 and is currently a member of the Mathematics Division and the Women in Engineering Division. She has reviewed papers, presented papers, and had papers published in several ASEE conference proceedings. Currently the Mathematics Division program chair, she served twice as both the Mathematics Division chair and program chair. In 1999, she was part of a team of ASEE representatives that was sent to the Joint Mathematics Meetings—Mathematical Association of America (MAA)/American Mathematical Society (AMS)—to develop closer ties between ASEE and these organizations. As Mathematics Division chair, she established the officer position Liaison to the MAA, and established the Mathematics Division Distinguished Educator and Service Award.

She is a co-author (with Robert Lopez, Constant Goutziers, Douglas Meade, Donna Farrior, and Dale Doty) of Instructor's (Student's) Technology Resources and Solutions Guide that accompanies the Robert Lopez text, Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Addison Wesley Longman). Together, with other faculty at TU, she helped to develop high school math days for women students and summer math workshops for middle school girls.

Pomeranz is a member of the MAA, AMS, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN), and Association for Women in Mathematics, among other organizations. She is on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE) and has co-edited a special IJEE issue, "Special Issue on the Mathematics Education of Engineers," (vol. 15, no.6, 1999). Currently she is principal investigator for an NSF-funded project at TU, "Enhancing Interdisciplinary Interactions in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences."



Dennis J. FallonDennis J. Fallon
Dennis J. Fallon is presently the dean of the School of Engineering and holds the Louis S. LeTellier Chair at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He received his B.S.C.E. from Old Dominion University in 1970 and his M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 1972 and 1980, respectively.

An active member of the Southeast Section of ASEE, Fallon has held numerous positions within the organization, including the chair of the Civil Engineering (CE) Division and the Administrative Unit; conference site coordinator; newsletter editor for three years; technical program chair and instructional unit chair from 1994 to 1995; and president of the southeast section from 1996 to 1997. He has just completed his second term as president of the southeast section (2003-2004). He has also served for three years as the national campus representative and has recently begun a three-year term as director of the CE Division of ASEE. In addition, he served a three-year term as newsletter editor of the CE Division.

Fallon's industrial experience includes seven years at Carolina Power and Light Co. in Raleigh, N.C.; two years as chief structural engineer with a consulting firm; and three years with the Underwater Explosion Research Division in Portsmouth, Va. He is a professional engineer in the state of South Carolina. His academic career includes six years as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University and 16 years at the Citadel, where he served as head of the CEE department for 10 years. Fallon has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he has achieved the grade of fellow. He has also served as president of the eastern branch in Charleston, S.C., and as secretary, vice-president, and president of the South Carolina section of ASCE.

Fallon is a recipient of the Cumberland Gap Chi Epsilon Award for Teaching Excellence; the James Grimsley Citadel Teaching Excellence Award; Thomas Evans Best Instructional Paper at the Southeast Section of ASEE Conference in 1990; and a Section Leadership Award from the South Carolina Section of ASCE. He is also a five-time recipient of the Outstanding CE Professor at Old Dominion University. Fallon is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, and Phi Kappa Phi.


John J. Uhran, Jr.John J. Uhran, Jr.
John J. Uhran Jr. is a senior associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University, he joined the electrical engineering department at Notre Dame. In 1990, he was a founding member of the computer science and engineering department at the university. He had served as the director of both graduate and undergraduate studies in both departments before assuming his present duties. In addition to several years of industrial experience, he has spent a 15-month sabbatical at MIT Lincoln Laboratories. Uhran has been an ASEE member for over 38 years and has served the society in various capacities at the section, division, zone, and national levels. As program chair of the ASEE Indiana-Illinois Section, he organized and hosted a successful conference at Notre Dame in 1992, and was chair of the section (1992-1994). He has also been active in the Instrumentation Division for many years and served as its chair (1994-1996) as well. He continues to be active in both the section and the division. In 1996, he completed a two-year term as Zone II chair.

Over the years, Uhran has organized, chaired, and presented papers at many ASEE section and national conferences and was a co-recipient of the ASEE Fluke Award for Instrumentation in 1998. As the ASEE campus representative at the University of Notre Dame, he has won several zone and section campus representative awards over the past decade. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications for over a decade, and served as co-guest editor for two special issues on engineering education for the IEEE Communications Magazine. A recipient of several Lilly, Hewlett Packard, and National Science Foundation grants, he has helped revise various parts of the curriculum in the electrical and computing engineering departments and, most recently, in the college, particularly the first year for engineers. Several of the NSF grants were for faculty workshops to further curriculum development. Over the years, he has also helped organize, chair, and present papers at a number of IEEE conferences and, most recently, has made contributions to the ASEE, Frontiers in Education, and ICEE national conferences.

Currently, he is serving a term as a CSAB visitor and previously was an ABET visitor. Other activities include being the faculty advisor for the Technical Review—the Notre Dame student engineering magazine—and chief advisor for the Indiana, Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.



Lyle B. McCurdyLyle B. McCurdy
Lyle B. McCurdy is a professor emeritus of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) program in the Department of Engineering Technology at Cal Poly-Pomona. His primary teaching interests include analog and digital electronics, analog and digital control systems, and programming in C, C++/OOP, and Windows.

McCurdy is involved in a number of national, regional, and statewide professional activities. He has served as a board member of the ASEE Engineering Technology Council, and as editor of the Engineering Technology Division Newsletter and the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section (PSW). He has also served as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association, chair of the Engineering Liaison Council in California, and chair of the IEEE Foothill Section. He is currently serving as treasurer of the IEEE Los Angeles Council, acting Webmaster of the PSW section, and board member of the IEEE Committee on Technology Accreditation Activities. Throughout his academic career, McCurdy has continuously worked to enhance the image and acceptance of engineering and engineering technology graduates by industry and other academic units throughout the country, including articulation between two- and four-year programs in engineering and engineering technology.

McCurdy earned his B.S. and M.S. in engineering technology (electronics emphasis) from Arizona State University in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in technical education from Texas A&M University in 1986. Prior to his current position at Cal Poly-Pomona, he was a full-time professor of electronics and computer engineering technology at Arizona State University for about 13 years, along with one year at Texas A&M University as a visiting professor while he was working on his Ph.D. McCurdy has over 30 years of full-time teaching and administrative experience in electronics and computer engineering technology.


William R. WellsWilliam R. Wells
William R. Wells has served the engineering education profession for more than three decades in the roles of professor, department chair, and dean. Currently, he is professor of mechanical engineering and mathematical sciences at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Before entering academe he worked as an aerospace research engineer at NASA.

Wells received his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Georgia Tech, M.S. and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and his M.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University. As a teacher and researcher, Wells has supported and directed the education programs of many graduate students from grants awarded by NASA, NSF, DOE, and the AFOSR. Several of these students went on to become engineering educators at various U.S. universities. He has received outstanding educator awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers and ASEE, and is frequently asked to serve as a reviewer for various science and engineering programs within the Department of Education.

Wells has been active in ASEE since 1968. His current interests reside in the Aerospace Engineering, Liberal Education, and Mathematics Divisions of ASEE. As a long-time member of the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section (PSW), Wells has provided leadership in many roles, including treasurer, chair-elect, chair, past chair, and conference chair. Currently, he serves as secretary to the PSW. He is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and holds membership in the National Society of Professional Engineers and International Council of Systems Engineers, among others.

Paper & Section Awards

Best Paper Awards

This award recognizes high-quality papers presented at the 2004 annual conference. One paper was selected from those submitted by each of the Professional Interest Councils (PICs) and one overall conference paper.

Best Paper PIC I
An Undergraduate MEMS Course for Everyone
Thomas M. Adams
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Session 3566

Best Paper PIC II
Preliminary Results from a NSF-ATE Funded Distributed Hybrid Instructional Delivery
James J. Houdeshell
Gilah Pomeranz
Sinclair Community College
Session 1648

Best Paper PIC III
A Course in Flow Visualization: The Art and Physics of Fluid Flow
Jean Hertzberg
Alex Sweetman
University of Colorado-Boulder
Session 2480

Best Paper PIC IV
Tailoring Cooperative Learning Events for Engineering Classes
Steven Zemke
Donald Elger
University of Idaho-Moscow
Jennifer Beller
Washington State University
Session 2131

Best Paper PIC V
Fundamentals of a First-Year Engineering Design and Communication Course: Familiarization, Functionality, and Testing
Clifton Johnston
Daryl Caswell
O. Rod Fauvel
Diane Douglas
Marjan Eggermont
University of Calgary
Session 1793

Best Conference Paper
Tailoring Cooperative Learning Events for Engineering Classes
Steven Zemke
Donald Elger
University of Idaho-Moscow
Jennifer Beller
Washington State University
Session 2131

Best Zone Paper
Using Robots to Increase Interest of Technical Disciplines in Rural and Under Served Schools 
Eric Matson
Scott DeLoach
Kansas State University   
Session 1601

Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Awards

This award was initiated by the Campus Liaison Board to honor outstanding zone campus representatives.

Zone I
Beverly W. Withiam
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Zone II
Richard O. Mines, Jr.
Mercer University

Zone III
James B. Farison
Baylor University

Zone IV
Phillip L. Thompson
Seattle University

Section Outstanding Teaching Award

This award, given by each ASEE section, recognizes the outstanding teaching performance of an engineering or engineering technology educator.

Gulf Southwest Section
James W. Farison
Baylor University

Illinois-Indiana Section
Douglas Stamps
University of Evansville

Middle Atlantic Section
Ronald W. Welch
U.S. Military Academy

New England Section
Michael F. Ruane
Boston University

North Central Section
Nathan W. Klingbeil
Wright State University

North Midwest Section
Charles McIntyre
North Dakota State University

Pacific Northwest Section
Leroy Friel
Montana Tech University

Rocky Mountain Section
Steven F. Barrett
University of Wyoming

Southeast Section
Rebecca Toghiani
Mississippi State University

Section Outstanding Campus Representative Award

ASEE's Campus Liaison Board initiated this award to recognize those ASEE campus representatives who have demonstrated staunch support for ASEE on their campuses.

Gulf Southwest Section
James W. Farison
Baylor University
Middle Atlantic Section
Beverly Withiam
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

New England Section
Kanti Prasad
University of Massachusetts-Lowell

North Midwest Section
Ronald A. Perez
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Southeast Section
Richard O. Mines, Jr.
Mercer University

Section Best Paper Awards
Gulf Southwest Section

1st Place Award
Students' Cognitions When Using an Instructional CD for Introductory Thermodynamics
Roman Taraban, Arne Weigold, Edward E. Anderson, and M. P. Sharma
Texas Tech University

2nd Place Award
4D Campus Model: Learning Tool for Construction Planning
Julian H. Kang and Narendra Nigudkar
Texas A&M University

3rd Place Award
Transforming Passive Listeners to Active Listeners in the Engineering Classrooms
M.M. Darwish and M.H. Akram
Texas Tech University

New England Section
Ali Touran
Northeastern University

North Midwest Section
Edward F. Mikol Best Paper Award
Charles McIntyre
North Dakota State University

Other Section Awards

Gulf Southwest Section
Best Student Paper Awards
Puneet Bhatia
Terence L. Chambers
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
David G. Johnson
Jessica D. Sanders
Gregory S. Mowles
University of New Mexico

Section Outstanding Service Award
J. Paul Giolma
Trinity University

Council Awards

Engineering Deans Council
Award for Promoting Engineering Education and Careers
Celeste Baine, Founder, Engineering Education Service Center

Engineering Research Council
Curtis W. McGraw Research Award
Mark R. Prausnitz
Georgia Institute of Technology

ASEE Professional and
Technical Division Awards

Aerospace Engineering Division
John Leland Atwood Award
Joseph A. Schetz
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Electrical Engineering Division
Frederick Emmons Terman Award
Keshab Parhi
University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineering Division
Ralph Coats Roe Award
William J. Wepfer
Georgia Institute of Technology

Nuclear Engineering Division
Glenn Murphy Award
Nolan E. Hertel
Georgia Institute of Technology

Other Division Awards

Biological and Agricultural
Engineering Division

Award for Excellence in Teaching Materials & Methods in Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Paul D. Schreuders
University of Maryland

Biomedical Engineering Division
Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award
Susan Blanchard
North Carolina State University

Chemical Engineering Division
J. D. Seader
University of Utah

William H. Corcoran Award
David L. Silverstein
University of Kentucky-Paducah

Joseph J. Martin Award
S. Scott Moor and Polly Piergiovanni
Lafayette College

Dow Lectureship Award
John F. Brady
California Institute of Technology

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Chemical Engineering
Pedagogical Scholarship

Philip C. Wankat
Purdue University

Civil Engineering Division
Gerald R. Seeley Fellowship
Andrew T. Rose
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Glen L. Martin Best Paper Award
Creativity in Design: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach
Kamyar C. Mahboub
Yinhui Lui
Susantha Chandraratna
Margaret B. Portillo
University of Kentucky

College/Industry Partnership Division
CIEC Best Session Award
Session: Creating a Consistent Industry Message for Colleges and Universities
Presenters: Ray Haynes, Northrop Grumman; David Quick, Rolls-Royce; Joe Tidwell, Boeing; Isadore Davis, Raytheon
Moderator: Joe O'Brien, Hewlett-Packard

CIEC Best Paper Award
Speaker: Kevin Doody, University of California-Los Angeles
Session: Building a Successful Employer-Education Model

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Moderator: Ray Haynes, Northrop Grumman
Session: Building a Successful Employer-Education Model

Computers in Education Division
CIEC Best Session Award
Session: Common Co-op Challenges
Presenters: Robert Musgrove, NASA-Johnson Space Flight Center; Lisa Jones, California State University-Fullerton; Debbie Pearson, Georgia Institute of Technology

CIEC Best Presenter
Presenter: Bernadette Friedrich, Michigan State University
Session: Diversity Gets Results

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Moderator: Maureen Barcic, University of Pittsburgh
Session: Common Co-op Challenges

John A. Curtis Lecture Award
Title: Just-In-Time Teaching (JiTT): Using the Web to Enhance Classroom Learning
Andrew Garvin
Jeff Watt
Kathleen Marrs
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indiana
Robert Blake
Texas Tech University

Woody Everett Award
Enhancements of an Undergraduate Mechanisms Course
William Cleghorn
Nikolai Dechev
University of Toronto

Harden-Simons Prize
The Use of Numerical Regression Analysis
in Modeling Various Types of Experimental Friction
John Nydahl
Nancy Peck
Scott Morton
University of Wyoming

Continuing Professional Development Division
Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award
Linda Krute
North Carolina State University

CIEC Best Session Award
Session: Learning Styles of Engineers—Implications for Professional Development Programs
Moderator: Linda Krute, North Carolina State University
Presenter: Eugene Rutz, University of

CIEC Best Paper Award
The Genesis Connection
John English
Otto Loewer
John Schemmel
Melissa Tooley
Robert Wardlow
University of Arkansas
William Thomas
Cross County Economic Development Corp

CIEC Best Workshop Award
Title: Genuine Leadership: An Interactive Approach
Moderator: Luke Fennis, PAON, the Netherlands
Presenters: Lennaert Cassee, Management Consultant
Luke Fennis, PAON, the Netherlands
Tony Vandeputte, Management Consultant

Certificate of Appreciation
Nancy Felts, University of Tulsa—CPDD Program Chair (CIEC 2004)
Pat Hall, University of Tulsa—General Conference Chair (CIEC 2004)
Karen Fornaciari, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Retired)—CPDD Honors & Awards Chair (2001-2003)

Certificate of Merit
Chuck S. Elliott
Retired Emeritus Professor
Arizona State University

Cooperative Education Division
Alvah K. Borman Award
Walter N. Odom
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Lou Takacs Award
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.—Wayne Fontaine and Hugh Wyles

CIEC Best Speaker Award
Bernadette Friedrich
Michigan State University

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Maureen Barcic
University of Pittsburgh

CIEC Best Session Award
Robert Musgrove, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Lisa Jones, California State University-
Debbie Pearson, Georgia Institute of

Educational Research & Methods Division/WEE
Distinguished Service Award
Michael Pavelich
Colorado School of Mines

Ronald J. Schmitz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Frontiers in Education
Larry Richards
University of Virginia

Engineering Design Graphics Division
Distinguished Service Award
Edward Galbraith
California State Polytechnic Institute

Chair's Award
Ronald Barr, Tom Kreuger, and Theodore Aanstoos
University of Texas-Austin

Editor's Award
Qiuli Sun and Kurt Gramoll
University of Oklahoma

Oppenheimer Award
Dennis Lieu
University of California-Berkeley

Engineering Economy Division
Eugene L. Grant Award
Valuation of Learning Options in Software Development Under Private and Market Risk
The Engineering Economist, Volume 47(3)
Hakan Erdogmus

Best Paper Award
Distance Tutoring in Engineering Economics: Equivalence Modeling
John Ristroph
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Engineering Libraries Division
Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award
Mel DeSart
University of Washington

Best Reference Work Award
Comprehensive Structural Integrity
Edited by Milne, Ritchie, and Karihaloo
Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 2003

Best Paper Award
The Informed Engineer
Maliaca Oxnam
University of Arizona

Engineering Management Division
Bernard R. Sarchet Award
Paul Kauffman
Old Dominion University

Merl Baker Award
John Farr
Stevens Institute of Technology

Best Paper Award
Keith Buffinton and Elise Barella
Bucknell University

Engineering Technology Division
CIEC Best Session Award
Session: Emerging Programs in Computer Engineering Technology and Information Technology
Moderator: Barry Lunt, Brigham Young University
Presenters: Joseph Ekstrom
Brigham Young University
Frank Gourley, Jr.
West Virginia University Tech
Richard Helps
Brigham Young University
Andrew Phelps
Rochester Institute of Technology

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Session: An Academic Win-Win Scenario: Optimizing Industrial Collaborations for Capital Investments
Moderator: Craig Downing
Southeast Missouri State University

CIEC Best Presenter Award
Session: New Initiatives to Enhance Academe-Industry Cooperation
Presenter: Michael Jones, Public Works Department

CIEC – Best Workshop
Workshop: TAC/ABET Program Evaluator Workshop
Moderator: Michael Robinson, Bechtel Bettis Inc.
Presenter: Tony Brizendine, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Information Systems Division
Richard B. Wadsworth Multimedia Award
Hugh Jack
Grand Valley State University

International Division
Service Award
Nick Safai
Salt Lake City Community College

Best Paper Award
Authors: Nick Safai, Holly Moore, and David Richardson
Salt Lake City Community College
JoAnn Lighty
Univeristy of Utah

Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award
Muthar Al-Ubaidi
University of Cincinnati

Mathematics Division
Distinguished Educator and Service Award
Charles W. Haines
Rochester Institute of Technology

Mechanics Division
Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award
Robert L. Norton
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
Bogdan I. Epureanu
University of Michigan

James L. Meriam Service Award
Elliot R. Eisenberg
Pennsylvania State University-Hazleton

Best Paper Award
Paper: Interactive Web Examples for Dynamics Developed Using Dazzlermax
Author: Phillip Cornwell, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

ASEE Fellowships

Did you know that ASEE administers a number of fellowships? There are programs for doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty research. For more information, contact the ASEE Projects Department at (202) 331-3525 or visit

Graduate Fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG), sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force

  • Application opens: Sept. 1, 2004
  • Intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science and/or engineering programs
  • Approximately 180 new awards in 2005
  • Three-year fellowships that include a personal stipend ($30,500 the first year, $31,000 the second, and $31,500 the third), full tuition and fees, and a health insurance allowance
  • Application deadline: Jan. 7, 2005
    For information and to apply online, go to

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP)
Intended for U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies

  • $30,000 a year for three years, plus a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance and
    one-time $1,000 travel allowance
  • Awards in all NSF-supported fields
    For information, go to or to apply online visit

Helen T. Carr Fellowship Program
Awards yearly fellowships to African-American faculty members or students in pursuit of a doctoral degree. For more information, visit

Tech Interns
Your gateway to internships and research opportunities in science and engineering fields. For more information, visit

Future Truck
This competition challenges more than a thousand of the best and brightest engineering students from the United States and Canada to re-engineer a sport utility vehicle to improve fuel economy by 25 percent and reduce emissions, all while maintaining the vehicle's performance, utility, and safety. For more information, visit

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Application

  • Accepted anytime
  • One- to three-year postdoctoral fellowship program designed to increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy
  • Open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents
  • Offers a competitive stipend as well as insurance, relocation, and travel allowances
  • Visit to learn more about the program

Faculty Research Opportunities

NASA Faculty Fellowship Program (NFFP)

  • Application opens: Oct. 4, 2004
  • 10-week summer research residencies at participating NASA research centers for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Offers a competitive weekly stipend along with a travel allowance
  • Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2005
  • For information and to apply online, visit

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave Program

  • Application opens: Sept. 1, 2004
    Intended for U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments relating to science and/or engineering at U.S. academic institutions
  • Offers a competitive stipend, relocation and travel allowances, as well as a two-day pre-program site visit
  • Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2004
    For information and to apply online, visit


Engineers Week 2005, February 20-26, will bring initiatives that celebrate the engineering community and share its positive message around the world. Engineers Week will launch a partnership with Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA), a nonprofit humanitarian organization that delivers environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects to communities worldwide. More information is available at or

Engineers Week logoThere are many programs that underscore the profession's commitment to the world and the future. "Connecting the World to Engineering" brings together engineering undergraduates and young professionals with business leaders through Internet forums and live teleconferences. "New Faces of Engineering" will showcase rising stars in America's and the world's engineering profession. "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" allows thousands of male and female engineers to mentor and share firsthand experiences of engineering with more than 1 million girls and young women each year. The Future City Competition returns to provide insight into potential careers in engineering, math, and science through hands-on applications and teamwork. Students build computer and 3-D scale models of the cities of tomorrow under the guidance of teachers and volunteer-engineer mentors. They defend their designs before engineer-judges at regional competitions in January. First-place regional teams win a trip to Washington, D.C., for National Finals, Feb. 21-23, 2005. Visit for more information.

Visit for information on all Engineers Week 2005 programs and events.

American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarships

American Society of Naval Engineers ScholarshipsThe American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) sponsors a scholarship program to encourage college students to enter the field of naval engineering. The program also provides support to naval engineers seeking advanced education in the field.

The eligible programs of study are naval architecture, marine, mechanical, civil, aeronautical, ocean, electrical and electronic engineering, and the physical sciences. Naval engineering encompasses the design, construction, and repair of ships and their installed systems and equipment, as well as research, logistics support, and the management of acquisition and maintenance.

Currently, one-year scholarship awards are $2,500 for undergraduate students and $3,500 for graduate students. The award may be used for payment of tuition, fees, and expenses for students who meet the following requirements:

Application must be to support the last year of a full-time or co-op undergraduate program or for one year of full-time graduate study leading to an engineering or physical science degree at an accredited college or university. Doctoral candidates and those already having an advanced degree are ineligible.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. He or she must have demonstrated or expressed a genuine interest in a career in naval engineering.

All graduate student candidates must be members of ASNE or the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).

Selection criteria will be based on the candidate's academic record, work history, professional promise, and interest in naval engineering, extracurricular activities, and recommendations of college faculty, employers, and others. Financial need may also be considered.

Winners will be notified by letter in May. Applications and supporting documents must be received by Feb. 15. For more information, visit or e-mail

ASEE Grand Prix

Design competition winners from The 6th Annual ASEE Model Design Competition was held on June 21, 2004, at the ASEE annual conference. This design/build competition is for freshman and sophomore engineering students at two- and four-year colleges and typically involves building an autonomous, battery-powered vehicle to navigate some sort of challenging track. The recent competition in Salt Lake City required vehicles to complete two laps around a figure-8 track with peaks and valleys. Scoring for the competition was based on speed in completing the course as well as on a presentation by student team members before a panel of judges.

Eight teams registered for the competition, but half of them dropped out just before the event, as they were unable to produce vehicles to complete the course (a common problem in this challenging event). The four teams that competed were well prepared and brought impressive vehicles to the event. The results were:

  • autonomous, battery-powered vehicle1st Place: Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • 2nd Place: Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, N.C.
  • 3rd Place: Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y.
  • 4th Place: LeTorneau University, Longview, Tex.

The next competition will be held on June 13, 2005, at the annual convention in Portland, Ore. For more information, contact Paul Gordy at or (757) 822-7175, or John Wadach at or (585) 292-2488. Visit

Third International Colloquium a Success

ASEE's International Colloquium in Beijing logoIn September, ASEE held its Third International Colloquium in Beijing with Tsinghua University. Over 300 participants from 34 countries attended. An invited group of participants led by ASEE president Sherra Kerns and John Brighton of NSF met with the Chinese government official in charge of the Ministries of Education, Health, Science, and Technology. Thanks partly to the success of this meeting, our global membership now tops 500. Next year's international colloquium will be held in Sydney, Australia.

National Scholar Award for Workplace Innovation and Design

NISH, formerly the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped, has established the National Scholar Award to encourage students to design creative technological solutions to barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace. This competition is open to any student or team of students at the graduate or undergraduate level. NISH will accept the following types of workplace technology designs:

  • Computer access
  • Environmental accommodations
  • Functional control and access
  • Communication assistance

Both hardware and software designs are accepted. Prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 will be awarded. For information, visit


New Book by ASEE Member

Reversible Logic Synthesis: cover

Reversible Logic Synthesis:
From Fundamentals to Quantum
By Anas N. Al-Rabadi;
Springer-Verlag, 2004;
427 pp.


Above the Fray - By Thomas K. Grose
The Water Guy - By Pierre Home-Douglas
Storm Riders - By Stephen Budiansky
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Refractions: Answering Mail - By Henry Petroski
Bioboom: Bioengineering has become one of the fastest-growing majors. - By Margaret Loftus
On Campus: Learning is Legion - By Robert Gardner
Teaching: Necessary Evil - By Phillip Wankat and Frank Oreovicz
Faculty's Finest: Charley Johnson - By Thomas K. Grose
ASEE TODAY: The Making of a President - By Bethany Halford
LAST WORD: Too Late for Remediation - By Irving Kott


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