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American Society for Engineering EducationNOVEMBER 2006Volume 16 | Number 3 PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
Fields of Fuel - By Bethany Halford
Higher Ambitions - By Alvin P. Sanoff
The Burden of Plagiarism - By Thomas K. Grose

REFRACTIONS: Identifying Ourselves - By Henry Petroski
LAST WORD: Gender Bias in Academe - By Alice Merner Agogino

Piecing It All Together: The Learning Factory provides engineering students with a more hands-on learning experience. By Lynne Shallcross
Book Review: The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology Is Changing Our Lives - Reviewed By Robin Tatu
YEAR OF DIALOGUE: A Conversation With a Center- By Karl A. Smith
On Campus: Winning Combination - By Lynne Shallcross


Presented below are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2007 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2006 ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Sherra E. Kerns. The nominations were received by the executive director as required by the ASEE constitution. The ASEE Nominating Committee believes that the candidates offered here are eminently qualified and deserve the close consideration of the 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, 2007.
Write-in votes will be accepted for all offices. In all cases, a simple plurality constitutes election. The official ballot, which will be furnished 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.


Candidates for President-Elect

Barbara M. OldsBarbara M. Olds

Barbara M. Olds is associate vice president for educational innovation and professor of liberal arts and international studies at the Colorado School of Mines, where she has served on the faculty since 1984. For the 2006-2007 academic year, she is also a visiting professor of engineering education at Purdue University. During her Colorado School of Mines career, Olds has been associate vice president for academic affairs, principal tutor/director of the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers and director of the EPICS (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) Program.

Olds recently returned to Colorado after spending three years at the National Science Foundation, where she served as director for the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. In addition, she was acting division director for Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education for one year.

Olds is a long-time member of ASEE and has been active in the organization in a number of capacities. She has held nearly every elected office in both the Liberal Education Division and the Educational Research and Methods Division. More recently, she served on the Board of Directors, representing PIC IV, from 2002-2004. Her interest in international engineering education is demonstrated by her membership on the ASEE International Advisory Committee and by her work as strand program chair for the 2005 ASEE Global Colloquium in Sydney, Australia, and as co-program chair for the 2006 Global Colloquium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her international experience was enhanced by her selection as a Fulbright lecturer/researcher in Sweden in 1999. She also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education and is an ASEE Fellow.

Olds received her B.A. degree from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, all in English. Her research interests lie primarily in understanding and assessing undergraduate engineering student learning. In her current research, she is working with colleagues to develop concept inventories for engineering topics and assessing engineering students’ abilities to resolve ethical dilemmas. She has participated in a number of curriculum innovation projects and has been active in the engineering education and assessment communities, consulting widely on those topics both nationally and internationally.

Candidate’s Statement
I am honored to have been nominated for the position of president-elect of ASEE. If elected, I will work hard to continue to move the organization forward. I believe that my experiences as a long-time faculty member at an engineering school, as an administrator and as a division director at the National Science Foundation have provided me with a unique perspective, both local and global, from which to address the goals of ASEE.

In my view, the role for ASEE in our “flat” world can be summed up in two words: leadership and partnerships. Through providing leadership and developing partnerships, ASEE can help assure a strong future for engineering and engineering technology education while supporting the faculty who prepare our students to become effective global engineers and technicians. Among the areas in which I would work to enhance leadership and partnerships are these:

  • One essential area of leadership and partnership is the field of engineering education research. As an associate editor, I applaud the recent change of emphasis in the Journal of Engineering Education. However, I am also fully aware that most members of ASEE do not devote their careers to education research. I believe that a partnership among education researchers, practitioners and industry is key to transforming engineering and engineering technology education. Without mutual respect and continued dialogue between scholars of discovery and scholars of practice, we will not advance the field.

  • We must also continue to foster the network of connections among engineering educators around the globe. ASEE has been a leader, through such activities as the International Division, the International Advisory Committee (on which I serve) and the annual Global Colloquia (for which I was this year’s co-chair). However, we can do even more to foster international partnerships, especially in the developing world.

  • We also need to continue to collaborate across the educational spectrum. The recent efforts of ASEE in the K-12 arena and the formation of the K-12 Engineering Constituent Committee are commendable, but there is still much to be done. For instance, we need to develop much stronger partnerships with community colleges, a group that has traditionally not been well represented in ASEE. We are missing important voices: According to the National Academy of Engineering, 40 percent of the recipients of engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1999 and 2000 attended community colleges.

As a non-engineer who considers herself an engineering educator, I have spent my career working to form strong partnerships and to champion the cause of engineering education research, learning and teaching. I look forward to continuing this work with ASEE staff and membership.

Sarah A. RajalaSarah A. Rajala

Sarah A. Rajala is currently professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. She joined the faculty in 1979 and has served as director of the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Computing and Communication from 1993-1996, associate dean for academic affairs from 1996-2002, and in her current role as associate dean since 2002. From 1987-1998, she held a visiting appointment in the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. On Dec. 1, 2006, she will become the department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering and James W. Bagley Endowed Chair at Mississippi State University. During her career, Rajala conducted significant research on the analysis and process of images and image sequences with application to the areas of color imaging, image coding/compression, motion estimation and target acquisition and tracking. She has directed 17 master’s theses and 16 Ph.D. dissertations. She has authored and co-authored over 100 papers in these areas and has had contributions published in 13 books.

Rajala has received numerous awards for her research and professional contributions, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 2000 and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2001. She has an extensive record of leadership to professional and volunteer organizations including ASEE, IEEE, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi. She is a member of the IEEE Committee on Women in Engineering and has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and IEEE Circuits and Devices Magazine.

Within ASEE, Rajala served as PIC IV chair (2004-2006) and as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee. She has served as chair and program chair of the Women in Engineering Division and served on and/or chaired the ASEE Frederick Terman Award Committee, Sharon Keillor Award Committee and the Chester F. Carlson Award Committee. She is actively involved in engineering accreditation and represents ASEE as a member of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. She also serves on the ASEE Accreditation Activities Committee and the IEEE Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities.

She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University (1974) and M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. She was recognized by Michigan Technological University as the 1986 Outstanding Young Alumni and was elected to the Council of Alumnae and Academy of Outstanding Electrical Engineers in 1996.

Candidate’s Statement
I am deeply honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE president-elect. My 27 years as an electrical engineering faculty member, university administrator and volunteer for nonprofit organizations have provided me the opportunity to develop the leadership skills needed to serve in this position. As director of an industry/university cooperative research center, industrial consultant and associate dean for academic affairs, research and graduate programs, I have worked collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals to achieve common goals.
ASEE is in a unique position over the next decade to provide leadership for all disciplines in engineering and engineering technology education through what I view will be a time of great opportunity and change. To do so, our society must focus attention in two areas: leading the transformation of engineering education and promoting the values and societal impact of the engineering profession.

  • Educational institutions continue to be challenged to produce a diverse workforce capable of meeting the rapidly changing demands of engineering practice in a global environment. ASEE can and should take a leadership role in meeting this challenge. In June 2006, ASEE launched a year of dialogue focused on advancing scholarship in engineering education. Through this process, we have the opportunity to critically review what a modern engineering or engineering technology degree should contain. In addition, we need to ask how we can create the best teaching/learning environment to implement those curricula. The year of dialogue is just the beginning. ASEE must engage our membership not only in the dialogue but in developing and implementing a plan of action that leads to real change.

  • The engineering profession continues to have a profound impact on the quality of life, economic development and education of citizens around the world. However, as a profession, we are often misunderstood and undervalued. With divisions and councils focused on K-12, minorities, women, new faculty, corporate members, international, technical disciplines, etc, ASEE has a diversity of talent to find new solutions. We must work together and with government agencies, policy makers and other professional societies in the United States and abroad to broaden the availability of engineering in K-12 education and to develop means for enhancing the public awareness of the impact of engineering on society.

If elected, I pledge to engage ASEE members and staff to implement an action plan to reform engineering education and to advance the engineering profession in this global environment.


Candidate for Vice President for Finance

Joseph T. O’BrienJoseph T. O’Brien

Joseph T. O’Brien is a university relations program manager for the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. He leads the integration of HP’s interaction with a number of universities in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Washington around the company’s ongoing programs in research, recruiting, marketing and sales, continuing education, philanthropy and public advocacy.

O’Brien is responsible for HP’s activities with the American Society for Engineering Education and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He focuses on issues around accreditation, global quality assurance of engineering programs and the use of technology in learning. He is currently the ASEE vice president of finance and a member of the Corporate Member Council (CMC) and College Industry Partnership (CIP) executive boards. O’Brien is also a member of two industrial advisory boards. He has participated on grant review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

O’Brien was an R&D engineer in the Manned Space Flight Program and the commercial application of space technology. During his 33 years with HP, he has been a sales representative, sales manager, marketing manager, higher education program manager and university relations program manager.


Candidates for Vice President for Public Affairs

Pat FoxPat Fox

Pat Fox is the associate dean for administration and finance in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), an urban public university with approximately 30,000 students. She teaches ethics, leadership and sustainable development courses to engineering and technology students, as well as first-year courses to freshman technology students. Fox also directs and co-facilitates a multidisciplinary study abroad course on sustainable development, globalization and German culture. She has authored and co-authored numerous chapters, articles and papers on a variety of aspects of engineering education, including administration, assessment, innovative teaching, industry collaboration, international partnerships, undergraduate research and sustainable development.

As a member of ASEE since 1983, Fox has served the society in numerous leadership roles, including: vice president, Institutional Councils; chair, past chair, chair elect and director of Engineering Technology Council (ETC); member of ASEE Board; member of Corporate Member Council; program chair and vice chair of programs of Engineering Technology Division (ETD); ETD program chair for CIEC Conference; program chair of ASEE Multimedia Session; ETC school representative; and IUPUI ASEE campus representative.

Along with her leadership roles in ASEE nationally, Fox has contributed to three ASEE section conferences and a recent Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference held in Indianapolis in the following roles: ASEE Illinois-Indiana Section Conference, co-chair (2006-07), co-chair (1996-97), secretary/treasurer (1988-89); and FIE – member IUPUI Planning Committee (2004-05). She has served on the following ASEE committees: ASEE Executive Committee; ASEE Publication Policy Committee; ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award Committee; ASEE Long Range Planning Committee; and ASEE Projects Board. In addition to ASEE, she was recently invited to join the steering committees of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research Conference and the International Conference on Engineering Education.

Fox also works closely with the Corporate Member Council (CMC) and currently chairs the CMC Special Interest Group for Engineering, Technology and Society Liaison. In this capacity, she serves as the liaison and advocate for CMC to promote the development and implementation of joint programs and partnerships with ASEE, ASEE councils and other engineering societies, including ABET.

She is a recipient of the ASEE Frederick J. Berger Award (2003) and ASEE Campus Representative Award (1998-1999); ETD Best Moderator Award CEIC Conference (2000); ETD Best Session Award (2000); IUPUI Prestigious External Award Recognition (2004); IUPUI Edward C. Moore Top Administrator Award (2000); Doris H. Merritt Outstanding Leadership Award (1998); and University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (1998).

Candidate’s Statement
I am honored to be nominated for the position of vice president, Public Affairs. I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability in this capacity if elected. I have both the leadership and administrative skills that would be beneficial for this position. In my administrative and teaching positions, I use teamwork, strategic planning, human behavior and financial management skills. I have 19 years of experience in assisting faculty with various aspects of acquiring and managing grants and contracts, as well as managing the school’s multi-million dollar budget.

One of my strongest attributes is my ability to work successfully with engineering and technology faculty, administrators, students and industrial leaders. During my appointment as vice president, Institutional Councils two years ago, I established a goal to have the four councils work closer together for the benefit of furthering the mission of ASEE. This initiative is beginning to develop with a number of joint council activities (e.g. the four councils are working on establishing a joint national award; council chairs are participating in other councils’ executive meetings; and council chairs are participating in other councils’ leadership meetings). All of these positive collaborative activities are the direct result of this initiative.

The vice president, Public Affairs chairs the Projects Board, which reviews new and existing projects. ASEE has been successful in managing projects (e.g. fellowship programs for governmental agencies) and, by doing so, more opportunities have opened up for our association. The vice president, Public Affairs, the Projects Boards and ASEE staff would work together to decide which projects to accept, making sure that they fit the mission of ASEE to promote excellence in engineering education, research, public service and practice. The decisions of the Projects Board are important because they can positively impact the financial health of ASEE.

The vice president, Public Affairs also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. My education, experience and passion for ASEE all equip me with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve all of these roles. I hope that you will give me the opportunity to represent you and ASEE by voting for me as your next vice president, Public Affairs. Thank you for your consideration.

Ted H. OkiishiTed H. Okiishi

Ted H. Okiishi is currently associate dean of engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), where he has been on the faculty since 1967. From 1990 to 1995, he chaired the ISU ME department. His rich research and educational experiences with colleagues in academe, government, industrial laboratories and undergraduate and graduate students have resulted in two of their technical papers being recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Melville Medal for best current original paper society-wide (1989 and 1998). Their fluid mechanics text (5th edition in 2006) has been adopted worldwide.

Okiishi served as a U.S. Army officer assigned to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio (1965-1967). There, he teamed up with others in space shuttle main engine nozzle heat transfer research. Later, he was assigned to the Combined Intelligence Center in Saigon, Republic of South Vietnam, where he led studies of the impact of seasonal river flooding on important interpersonal relationships in that region of the country.

He served as chair of the ASEE Engineering Research Council (ERC) (2002-2004) and ASEE vice president for Institutional Councils. He also served as ERC board vice chair (2000-2002). He is currently a member of the ASEE Projects Board, which oversees administration of multi-million dollar fellowships for faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, as well as other opportunities from a number of federal agencies.

In other activities, he served on the Board of Directors of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute (1988-1993 and 2001-2003), becoming board chair (1992) and ASME vice president (2001). He was the editor of the ASME Journal of Turbomachinery (1993-2003) and is a fellow of ASME.

Okiishi’s service activities at ISU include being current vice chair of the ISU Research Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the University Research Council and the Economic Development Council. He is also the ISU representative to the National Academies Government University Industry Research Roundtable, University Industry Demonstration Project, which is dedicated to improving the university/industry research collaboration environment in the United States.

Okiishi is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa and Ohio. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and ISU. He received his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics from ISU. He is recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award (2005), ISU Alumni Association Faculty Citation (1994), ISU Engineering College Superior Teaching Award (1987) and ISU ME Department Professor of the Year (1990, 1986 and 1977).

Candidate’s Statement
I deeply appreciate being nominated for this important office. Thank you. I would like very much to use what I have experienced over my career (including past service through ASEE) to advance engineering and technology education even further forward into a very challenging future.

It seems like only yesterday, but actually years ago, I was a first-generation college student at the University of Hawaii majoring in engineering. Between then and now, I received many sobering and useful lessons. I know the wonderful power of a technical education, and I am eager to use what I have learned and what you know to increase the favorable impacts of ASEE. We can do it together.

Through experience in a variety of ASEE leadership roles for over a decade, I am confident that I can bring value to the important core activities of ASEE. If elected, I will serve you in ways including the following:

As their leader, I will focus the talents of the members of the ASEE Projects Board to achieve greater good from ASEE projects. Available are millions of dollars of federal funding that address grand challenges including, for example, future technical workforce quality and quantity, sustainability of energy, environment and security, advances in information science and technology and breakthroughs in bioengineering. Note the numerous programs that are administered by ASEE through project activities (see ASEE Web site for information about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, the U.S. Air Force and Navy and NASA Summer Faculty Research Programs and more).

I will join members of the ASEE Finance Committee and develop novel ways to grow net assets while also creatively using resources to leverage and increase return on your investments of time and effort.

I will become actively engaged within the ASEE Executive Committee and Board of Directors to deploy new, timely and exciting initiatives that make ASEE more fulfilling and influential as a good-change agent. For example, ASEE can do more to leverage department and college efforts to close the gaps between engineering and technology education and industry and societal needs. ASEE can help us convince more of the public of the very high value of engineering and technology. We must achieve the goal of making ASEE annual conference papers more uniformly valuable.
The stakes are very high and ASEE must continue to improve. Let’s do it!


Candidates for Chair, Professional Interest Council II

Joan GosinkJoan Gosink

Joan Gosink is a professor emerita and served as director of the engineering division at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) from 1991 until her retirement in August 2003. Under her direction, the division was designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. During this period, student enrollment grew from about 500 students to about 1,000, and external research funding increased by 800 percent. The program also expanded to include master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering systems and an undergraduate specialty in environmental engineering. Before coming to CSM, Gosink was a faculty member at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, engaged in research on permafrost, ice processes and katabatic winds. She is the recipient of numerous grants related to engineering education, including an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN). She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served on the ASME Board of Education and the Nominating Committee. Gosink served as a program director at NSF in two directorates: Engineering and Education and Human Resources. She is also an experienced ABET evaluator and received the accolade “Unique Woman 2000” from the Denver Post for her efforts on behalf of women in engineering. She received her B.S. in math from MIT, her M.S. in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gosink founded the Multidisciplinary Engineering Constituent Committee at ASEE and steered its growth into the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, which now totals 568 members; she served as chair of both the committee and the division. She was instrumental in establishing ASEE as lead society for ABET review of multidisciplinary engineering programs.

Carol RichardsonCarol Richardson

Carol Richardson is the interim dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She joined the department of electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology (ECTET) at RIT in 1978, following the completion of a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a 10-year career as a design engineer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming. At RIT, Richardson designed and proposed the Bachelor of Science program in telecommunications engineering technology, which was the first ABET-accredited program of its kind in 1993. In 1994, she became chair of the department, and in 2005, she was appointed vice dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and the Miller Professor. The Miller Professor plans outreach activities for the college, and she is presently working with several national engineering technology organizations, a national telecommunications organization and initiatives to improve the retention of female students studying in engineering technology programs.  

Richardson has been active in ASEE and many professional engineering organizations throughout her career.  She is past chair of the ASEE Engineering Technology Division, co-chair of the IT/Telecom Cluster of the High Tech Business Council and a commissioner for the ABET Technology Accreditation Commission. She is a past chair of the Rochester Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Rochester Engineering Society and the Society of Women Engineers.

External funding has helped her advance many of her major initiatives. She received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund development of the laboratory for the telecommunications program in 1991 through the precursor to the current Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement program, or CCLI. An equipment grant from the Hewlett-Packard Foundation funded the purchase of additional laboratory equipment for this program. She also received an NSF grant to study equity issues in technical programs, an issue she has also advanced through institute service and professional associations. She was the principal investigator of a successful Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarships program awarded by NSF in the fall of 2004, which provides scholarships for transfer students in seven engineering technology and two engineering programs at RIT.


Candidates for Chair, Professional Interest Council III

Jennifer KadlowecJennifer Kadlowec

Jennifer Kadlowec is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Rowan University, where she has worked since 1999. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree in physics with a minor in mathematics from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her research interests include experimental investigation and modeling of mechanical behavior of materials, particularly rate and temperature dependence in elastomers and biotissues, and injury and orthopaedic biomechanics. She also has interests in engineering education research, improving student learning through rapid feedback of skills and concepts, developing concept inventories as student assessment tools and broadening participation in STEM. She is currently funded by the National Science Foundation for curriculum development in sports engineering and by the Center for Child Injury Prevention for pediatric injury biomechanics. She has a variety of research and industry experience at NASA Glenn Research Center, B. F. Goodrich Landing Gear Division, Erico, Inc. and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of ASEE, ASME and ACS-Rubber Division. She has been an active member of ASEE since 1998, when she held the office of treasurer for the University of Michigan ASEE Student Chapter. More recently in the ASEE Mechanics Division, she served in the offices of program-chair elect, program chair and division chair. In 2004, she was also awarded the ASEE New Mechanics Educator Award.

Mary A. SadowskiMary A. Sadowski

Mary A. Sadowski is currently associate dean for undergraduate programs and learning in the College of Technology at Purdue University, where she is also a professor of computer graphics. As associate dean, she has had the opportunity to work with programs across the college and gain a strong understanding of the strengths of the different departments. She is also responsible for the curriculum process within the college and works with the hiring, mentoring and retention of faculty. At Purdue, she is on the advisory boards for the Discovery Learning Center, the Service Engagement and the Undergraduate Studies Program where she interacts with people from across campus.

Becoming a member in 1984, Sadowski has been an active participant in ASEE and especially the Engineering Design Graphics Division (EDGD). She served six years as director of publications and editor of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal. She then served as vice chair and subsequently chair of the EDG Division. She has presented at most of the ASEE annual conferences and the yearly EDGD mid-year meetings since becoming a member. In 1999 and 2003, she was program chair for the annual EDGD mid-year meetings and editor for the proceedings. She was given the Distinguished Service Award by the EDG Division in 2004. She is a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy, was awarded the Purdue University Murphy Award for undergraduate teaching excellence and is in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers. She was awarded the Orthogonal Medal by North Carolina State University for national achievements as an educator.

Sadowski received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, her master’s degree from Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from Purdue University. Prior to returning to Purdue University, where she started her career, she was a professor in the information and management technology department at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2003. She has taught a variety of technical graphics courses to engineering and technology students including CAD, illustration, Web development and multimedia.


Candidates for Chair-Elect, Zone II

Dennis John FallonDennis John Fallon

Dennis John Fallon is presently dean of the School of Engineering and holds the Louis S. LeTellier Chair at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. He received his BSCE from Old Dominion University (ODU) in 1970 and his MSCE 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 chair of the Civil Engineering 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 was elected president of the Southeast Section (1996 to 1997 and 2003 to 2004). He has also served for three years as ASEE national campus representative and has recently begun a three-year term as director of the Chemical Engineering (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 Company 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 ODU and 18 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 has received such prestigious awards as the Cumberland Gap Chi Epsilon Award for Teaching Excellence, the James Grimsley Citadel Teaching Excellence Award, Thomas Evans Best Instructional Paper at the ASEE Southeast Section 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 Award at ODU. Fallon is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi.

His research interest is in the area of engineering education with a specific emphasis on the development of cognitive skills in students and improving their motivation in the classroom.

Hossein MousavinezhadHossein Mousavinezhad

Hossein Mousavinezhad is an active member of ASEE and is ASEE campus representative for Western Michigan University. He organized the 2004 ASEE North Central Section (NCS) Spring Conference at the new Engineering (Parkview) Campus, Kalamazoo, Mich., April 2004. He is a member of the NCS executive board and has served as NCS chair, vice chair, secretary and is currently newsletter editor. He was the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Division’s program chair in Montreal (June 2002) and served as ECE Division chair (2003). Mousavinezhad has published papers at ASEE regional and annual conferences, has been a paper reviewer and served as session chair. In 2002, he received the NCS Distinguished Service Award in recognition and appreciation of significant and sustained leadership and service to the North Central Section. He was the recipient of the 1994 ASEE NCS Campus Representative Award. Mousavinezhad is also a senior member of the IEEE and received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He has organized Teaching and Learning with Technology panel discussion sessions at the ASEE annual conferences since 2002, where distinguished panelists from academia, government and industry discuss the latest issues involving the use of information technologies in higher education. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., and his BSEE degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, China. His doctoral dissertation was on the topic of biological effects of electromagnetic fields.

Mousavinezhad was department chair for electrical and computer engineering at Western Michigan University from 1995-2004. His teaching and research areas of interest include digital signal processing, bioelectromagnetics and signals & systems. He has authored and co-authored several papers in IEEE Transactions and has published in national/international conferences. He is the founding general chair of the IEEE Electro/Information Technology Conferences, which started in 2000. He is a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and was responsible for successful accreditation visits at Western Michigan University. Graduate enrollment grew significantly during his tenure as department chair, and he established the MSCE degree program in 1996 and ECE Ph.D. program in 2002 at Western Michigan University. He was a judge at the 2006 Future City Competitions in Novi, Mich., and has organized Summer Residential Educational Institutes for the King Chavez Parks Program at Western Michigan University. He is the membership development chair of the IEEE Education Society.


Candidates for Chair-Elect, Zone IV

Walter LoscutoffWalter Loscutoff

Walter Loscutoff is a professor of mechanical engineering at California State University, Fresno. Loscutoff has nearly 20 years of academic and industrial experience. His academic experience includes research, teaching and serving as department chair and associate dean. This includes teaching at the University of California, Davis, Washington State University and California State University, Fresno. In addition to teaching, he has been involved with curriculum-related activities, recruiting and enrollment management, budget allocation, development of new courses and student projects such as the Solar Powered Vehicle, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Formula Racing Car. His research includes alternative fuels and emission controls for automobiles.

Loscutoff’s industrial experience includes research, project management and administration. In the area of administration, his experience includes identifying and developing funding sources, market analysis, technology evaluation, marketing, proposal preparation, project team formation and staffing, staff performance evaluation and technology commercialization. His research activities include evaluation of virtual laboratory concept for analysis and testing of components and systems, studies of advanced technologies for transportation (batteries, flywheels, fuel cells, etc.) and studies of alternate energy sources such as nuclear, biodiesel and solar.

Loscutoff received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian SelfBrian Self

ASEE has been a major part of Brian Self’s professional development since he first joined the faculty of the Air Force Academy engineering mechanics department in 1999. He has attended every national conference since joining academia. Since then, Self has presented at least one paper every year, winning the Mechanics Division Best Paper Award (co-author, 2005), the Mechanics Division Best Presentation Award (2004) and the Outstanding Session Presentation (2001, 2002 and 2004). He has been particularly involved in the Mechanics Division, serving on the executive committee for three years, as head of the Membership Committee and as the current treasurer. He has spearheaded an effort to create a Web site to collect educational materials in mechanics education (laboratories, tutorials, Web-based instruction, etc). He received the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award (2001). Self holds an M.S. degree (1991) in engineering mechanics and a Ph.D. degree (1996) in bioengineering from the University of Utah.

At the Air Force Academy, he served as the ASEE campus representative for the past five years. Besides recruitment activities, he organized and conducted three to four brown-bag seminars each year on engineering education. Working closely with the Center for Educational Excellence, he increased communication between engineering departments through organizing “Teaching for Techies” workshops on topics such as capstone design projects, increasing writing across the curriculum, student-centered learning and tools for the engineering classroom. In 2004, he was elected chair of the ASEE Rocky Mountain Section and hosted the 2006 section meeting at the Air Force Academy. He has also presented at five of the other section meetings.

After attaining the rank of full professor at the Air Force Academy earlier this year, Self accepted a position in the mechanical engineering department at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

In addition to his active involvement in aerospace physiology and biomechanics research, he has been heavily involved in pedagogical research and educational innovation. While at the Air Force Academy, he worked closely with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. His projects included utilizing Just-in-Time Teaching in engineering classrooms, developing an educational research workshop to help faculty members develop their research programs, using classroom response systems for active learning and examining the use of Student Management Teams in a dynamics classroom. He was also a member of a multi-university team that is developing and testing a Dynamics Concept Inventory.





This award was initiated by the former ASEE Campus Liaison Board to honor outstanding Zone Campus Representatives. Each award winner receives a plaque.

Paul Botosani
Fairfield University

Kevin Bower
The Citadel

Charles McIntyre
North Dakota State University


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

Mia Markey
University of Texas at Austin

Stephen Silliman
University of Notre Dame

Dennis A. Silage
Temple University

Yacoub Najjar
Kansas State University

P. T. Vasudevan
University of New Hampshire

Neeraj Buch
Michigan State University

Reid Miller
Washington State University

Paul Blowers
University of Arizona

Janet deGrazia
University of Colorado at Boulder

Peter W. Hoadley
Virginia Military Institute


This award recognizes those ASEE campus representatives who have demonstrated staunch support for ASEE on their campuses.

Jennifer Scott
University of Texas at Tyler

Robert Ward
Ohio Northern University

Charles McIntyre
North Dakota State University

Marilyn Dyrud
Oregon Institute of Technology

Kevin C. Bower
The Citadel


Faculty - 1st Place
Terrence L. Chambers
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Paper: “Designing, Building and Testing a Microcontroller-Based System for Industrial Applications”

Faculty - 2nd Place
Ronald E. Barr
University of Texas at Austin
Paper: “Current Status of Engineering Education and ASEE”

Faculty - 3rd Place
B. S. Kelley, W. L. Bradley and T. Brian
Baylor University
Paper: “Student-Aimed Appropriate Technology Engineering Projects in Kenya”

Student - 1st Place
R. Thota and S. Dwivedi
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Paper: “Enhancement of Undergraduate Curriculum in Design and Manufacturing Courses Through Implementation of Product Realization”

Student - 2nd Place
H. I. Corletto
Southern University and A&M College
Paper: “Josephine Junction Under Microwave Radiation”

Student - 3rd Place
K. Hypolite, M. Johnson, T. Joubert, L. Sanford, K. James, L. Q. Johnson, G. Stacy and S. Ibekwe
Southern University and A&M College
Paper: “Application of Solar Cells in Ballooning to Reduce Weight in Louisiana Space Consortium’s LAACES Program”

Douglas Tougaw and Michael K. McCuddy
Valparaiso University

Kristen Billiar
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

1st Place
Richard E. Haskell, Darrin M. Hanna and Michael P. Polis
Oakland University

2nd Place
Feng Jao
Ohio Northern University

3rd Place
William P. Birmingham
Grove City College
Brad Armstrong, Dana Gronau, Pavel Ikonomov, Alamgir Choudhury and Betsy Aller
Western Michigan University

2005 Edward F. Mikol Award
John Iselin
University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Paper: “Teaching Critical Thinking Through the Integration of Experimental and Numerical Analysis in an Introductory Fluid Dynamics Course”

Timothy Brower and Marye Hefty
Oregon Institute of Technology
“A Model for Integrating Writing and Presenting Skills into Senior Projects”


Conference Person-Mile Award
Texas Tech University

Outstanding Service Award
Terrence L. Chambers
University of Louisiana-Lafayette


Outstanding Service Award
Carmine Polito
Valparaiso University

New Faculty Research Award

1st Place
Timothy Mays
The Citadel

2nd Place (Tie)
Priscilla Hill
Mississippi State University
2nd Place (Tie)
Qin (Jim) Chen
University of South Alabama

Tony Tilmans Award
Cecelia W. Wigal
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thomas C. Evans Award
Joseph J. Biernacki
Tennessee Tech University

Outstanding New Teacher Award
Charles B. Bott
Virginia Military Institute


CMC Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award
DuPont and the “Miracle Workerz Program”
DuPont and the “Engineering Your Tomorrow” Program
Rolls-Royce and the “Building the Innovation” Program


John Leland Atwood Award
William L. Garrard
University of Minnesota

Frederick Emmons Terman Award

Vijay Madisetti
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ralph Coats Roe Award
W. Dan Turner
Texas A&M University

Glenn Murphy Award
Mitty Plummer
University of North Texas


Best Conference Paper
Stan Guidera
Bowling Green State University

Best Conference Presentation
Jan Cowan
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Outstanding Achievement Award for Lifetime Service
Charles R. Bissey
Kansas State University

Outstanding Service Award for Program Chair 2004-05
Joseph A. Betz
SUNY at Farmingdale

Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award
John Enderle
University of Connecticut


James M. Douglas
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

William H. Corcoran Award
Joseph J. Biernacki
Tennessee Technological University
Paper: “A Course-Level Strategy for Continuous Improvement”

Dow Lectureship Award
Nicholas A. Peppas
University of Texas at Austin

Ray W. Fahien Award
Donald P. Visco
Tennessee Technological University

Joseph J. Martin Award
Ann Marie Flynn
Manhattan College
Paper: “The Greening of Chemical Engineering Students”

Best Poster Award
Paul Golter and Bernard Van Wie
Washington State University
Poster: “Combining Modern Learning Pedagogies in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer”

Gerald R. Seeley Fellowship

Paper: “Beyond the Classroom: Using a Lecture Series Format to Give Students a Broader
Context for Civil Engineering”
Author: Andrea Surovek, South Dakota School of Mines

George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award
James M. Nau
North Carolina State University

Glen L. Martin Best Paper Award
Paper: “Information Literacy: Skills for Life”
Authors: Andrea L. Welker, Barbara Quintiliano, and Louise Green, Villanova University

CIEC Best Session Award

“Diversity: Where Are We Now and What Remains Before Us”
Speaker: Walter Odom, University of Tennessee

CIEC Best Speaker Award
“Diversity: Where Are We Now and What Remains Before Us”
Speaker: Walter Odom, University of Tennessee

CIEC Best Moderator Award
“Industry Speaks With One Voice”
Moderator: Joe O’Brien, Hewlett-Packard Corp.

Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award

Raymond E. Morrison
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.

Certificate of Merit
Linda D. Krute
North Carolina State University

Certificate of Appreciation
Julayne Moser, Purdue University
Richard G. Ruff, Auburn University
Sally Szydlo, University of South Florida
Barry Willis, University of Idaho, Moscow
Nancy Kruse, University of Tulsa

Gavel Award, Certificate of Appreciation
Raymond E. Morrison, Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Co.

CIEC Best Session Award
Session: Trends and Issues in Continuing
Engineering Education
Moderator: Paul Jewell, Iowa State University
Presenters: Patricia Hall, University of Tulsa; and Linda Krute, North Carolina State University

CIEC Best Paper Award
Title: Accelerated Engineering Degrees
Author: Eugene Rutz, University of Cincinnati

CIEC Outstanding Paper Award
Title: Content Enrichment - Exploring the Cycle from Academia to Industry to Academia
Authors: John Robertson, Arizona State
Moderator: Paul Jewell, Iowa State University

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Title: Market Assessment - How to Do It Well for New Programs
Moderator: Patricia Hall, University of Tulsa

CIEC Best Speaker Award
Session: Continuing Education Director’s
Speaker: Nancy Kruse, University of Tulsa

Alvah K. Borman Award
Maureen Barcic, University of Pittsburgh

Lou Takacs Award
Northrop Grumman, Newport News
George R. Whitted, Jr., Human Resources
Administrator and
Messer Construction Corporate Office
Dan France, Vice President

CIEC Best Session Award
Session: “Perspectives on International Co-op/Internship Programs - A Panel Discussion”
Moderator: Debbie Pearson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelists: Doris Kirchner, University of Rhode Island; Gayle Elliott, University of Cincinnati; Ken Little, Georgia Institute of Technology; Mary Kordys, Siemens; John Schwenker, GE Aircraft Engines

CIEC Best Speaker Award
“Marketing Strategies for Today’s Co-op Professionals: Applying the Sales Process to Prospective Employer Outreach”
Presenters: Louise Carrese, Rochester Institute of Technology; Debe Williams, University of Illinois

CIEC Best Workshop Award
“Employer Showcase - Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation - An Engineering Education
Facilitator: Debbie Pearson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Presenter: Dick Johnson, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.

CIEC Best Moderator Award
“Federal Agencies: Making the Co-op Connection”
Moderator: Lou Trent, University of Cincinnati

Co-Op Student of the Year Award
Daniel Mirota
Nominated by Stevens Institute of Technology and the Siemens Corp.

Distinguished Service Award

Dan Budny, University of Pittsburgh

Ronald J. Schmitz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Frontiers in Education Conference
Robert Hofinger, Purdue University

ECE Distinguished Educator Award

William Sayle, Georgia Institute of Technology

Distinguished Service Award

Mary Sadowski, Purdue University

Oppenheimer Award
Eric F. Kirton and S. D. Lavoie, New England Institute of Technology

Eugene L. Grant Award

Ravipim Chaveesuk, Kasetsart University (Bangkok)
Alice Smith, Auburn University
Paper: “Dual Kriging: An Exploratory Use in Economic Metamodeling”

Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award

Linda R. Musser, Pennsylvania State University

Best Publication Award
Publication: “Effect of Guided Research Experience on Product Design Performance”
Authors: Gul E. Okudan-Kremer and Bonnie A. Osif, Pennsylvania State University

Best Reference Work Award
Information Sources in Engineering, 4th edition, edited by Roderick A. MacLeod and Jim Corlett (published by K. G. Saur, 2005)

Bernard R. Sarchet Award

John V. Farr, Stevens Institute of Technology

Merl Baker Award
Kathryn D. Abel, Stevens Institute of Technology

Leadership in Student Distance Education Teams
Leroy Cox, Susan Murray and David Spurlock University of Missouri-Rolla

CIEC Best Session Award

“Attracting New Students: Successful ET Programs”
Moderator: Harold Broberg, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

CIEC Best Speaker Award
“Does Industry Still Really Need Electronic Technicians? Where Have All the Jobs Gone for AAS Degree Technology Graduates?”
Speaker: Louis E. Frenzel Jr., Electronic Design Magazine

Best Paper Award

1st Place
Kenneth P. Brannan, The Citadel
Phillip C. Wankat, Purdue University
Paper: “Survey of First Year Programs”

2nd Place
Eric P. Soulsby, University of Connecticut
Paper: “Using ‘Advising Contours’ for Placement in First Year Quantitative Courses”

Best Presentation
Beverly K. Jaeger, Susan Freeman and Richard Whalen - Northeastern University
“Get With the Program: Integrated Project Instead of a Comprehensive Final Exam in a First Programming Course”

Best Student Presentation
Tamara Moore
“First-Year Engineering Themed Seminar - A Mechanism for Conveying the Interdisciplinary Nature of Engineering”

The Sterling Olmstead Award

Joseph R. Herkert, North Carolina State University

Distinguished Educator and Service Award

Jenna P. Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University

Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award

Clive Dym, Harvey Mudd College

Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
Tammy L. Haut Donahue, Michigan Technological University; James Hanson, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Chris Papadopoulos, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

James L. Meriam Service Award
Joseph J. Rencis, University of Arkansas

Best Presentation Award (2005 annual conference)
Authors: Gary L. Gray, Penn State University; Francesco Costanzo, Penn State University; Don Evans, Arizona State University; Phillip Cornwell, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Brian Self, United States Air Force Academy; Jill L. Lane, Penn State University
Title: “The Dynamics Concept Inventory Assessment Test: A Progress Report and Some Results”

Best Paper Award
Paper: “Integrating Matlab Graphical User Interface in Statics Course”
Author: Nidal Al-Masoud, Central Connecticut State University

Outstanding Paper Award

Rose Mary Cordova-Wentling and Cristina Camacho
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paper: “Women Engineers: Factors and Obstacles Related to the Pursuit of a Degree in Engineering”



2006-1917: The Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory: An Approach to Space Systems Engineering Education
Thomas Liu, University of Michigan
Christopher Deline, University of Michigan
Rafael Ramos, University of Michigan
Steven Sandoval, University of Michigan
Ashley Smetana, University of Michigan
Brian Gilchrist, University of Michigan
Peter Washabaugh, University of Michigan
Nilton Renno, University of Michigan
Session 2202: Learning to Design Aerospace Systems

2006-641: Development of an Environmental Biological Processes Course in an Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Curriculum
Michael Butkus, U.S. Military Academy
William Epolito, U.S. Military Academy
Session 1451: Environmental Engineering Curricula

2006-1991: A Virtual Laboratory on Fluid Mechanics
Ruiqing Jia, China University of Mining and Technology
Shanjun Xu, China University of Mining and Technology
Songyun Gao, China University of Mining and Technology
EL-Sayed Aziz, Stevens Institute of Technology
Sven Esche, Stevens Institute of Technology
Constantin Chassapis, Stevens Institute of Technology
Session 1559: Modern Software Measurement Techniques

Best Paper - PIC IV
2006-600: The Game of Life Workshop - Reaching Out to High School Students With Disabilities
Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Portland
Annemarie Poginy, University of Portland
Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington
Richard Ladner, University of Washington
Session 1167: Engineering in High School

2006-1281: Content Enrichment - Exploiting the Cycle From Academia to Industry to Academia
John Robertson, Arizona State University
Joseph Tidwell, Boeing Co.
Session 2222: Customizing Courses for Industry Training Needs

2006-712: Establishing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Education in the High School
Ross McCurdy, Ponaganset High School
Session 1596: Best Zone Paper Competition

2006-641: Development of an Environmental Biological Processes Course in an Undergraduate
Environmental Engineering Curriculum
Michael Butkus, U.S. Military Academy
William Epolito, U.S. Military Academy
Session 1451: Environmental Engineering Curricula



ASEE is now accepting nominations for the 2007 national awards. Nominees selected will be honored at the awards banquet, which will be held at the 2007 ASEE Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 24-27, 2007. The deadline for awards nominations is Jan. 15, 2007. A list of the awards that are being offered, awards criteria and nomination requirements are located on the ASEE Web site at For questions regarding awards, please contact Awards & Administrative Services by phone at (202) 331-3550 or by e-mail at

Mechanics Division of ASEE

Call for Award Nominations

Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award
The Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award is given annually by the Mechanics Division for distinguished and outstanding contributions to engineering mechanics education. The nomination package should include the following:

  1. A letter of nomination and no more than four accompanying letters of support which delineate the nominee's contribution to mechanics education,

  2. Nominee's curriculum vitae.
    The award consists of a plaque to be given at the annual Mechanics Division Banquet and registration for the ASEE Annual Conference along with registration for the Mechanics Division Banquet.

Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
The Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award is given annually to up to three individuals who have shown a strong commitment to mechanics education. The winners are selected on the basis of their exceptional contributions to mechanics education. Individuals who have no more than five years of academic experience past their first regular academic appointment are eligible. The nomination package should include the following:

  1. A letter of nomination which delineates the nominee's contribution to mechanics education and no more than two additional letters of support,

  2. A one-page letter from the nominee describing his or her personal philosophy regarding mechanics education,

  3. Nominee's curriculum vitae.
    The award consists of a $200 cash prize, a plaque to be awarded at the Mechanics Division Banquet, and registration for the ASEE Annual Conference along with registration for the Mechanics Division Banquet and Business Meeting Luncheon.

Mechanics Division James L. Meriam Service Award
The Mechanics Division James L. Meriam Service Award may be given annually to recognize significant service to the Mechanics Division as characterized by notable leadership, significant contributions, and prolonged and dedicated service. Candidates for the award must be members of the Mechanics Division and must have served the Division for a minimum of ten years. No individual may receive the award more than once, and members of the Division’s Awards Committee are not eligible for the award until two years after completing their service on that committee. Nominations may be made by all members of the Mechanics Division except for those members serving on the Division’s Awards Committee. Each nomination package must include the following:

  1. A chronological listing of the candidate’s service to the Division,

  2. A narrative statement detailing the significant elements of the service.
    The award consists of a plaque to be given at the annual Mechanics Division Banquet and registration for the ASEE Annual Conference along with registration for the Mechanics Division Banquet.

Attendance at the ASEE Annual Conference is required for the awardees. Nominations are due (in triplicate) by January 31, 2007.

Point of contact for submission of nominations or for additional information is Professor Nancy Denton, Purdue University, 137 Knoy Hall of Technology, 401 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2021; telephone: 765-494-7517; fax: 765-494-6219; e-mail: Electronic submissions will also be accepted by sending the nomination materials to


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JOHN LARRY DUDA, co-director of the Center for the Study of Polymer-Solvent Systems at Penn State and former head of the department of chemical engineering, died Sept. 24, 2006. He was 70. Duda, who was a recipient of ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Division Lectureship Award, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. After graduating from Delaware, Duda worked in polymers for the Dow Chemical Co. before heading to Penn State in 1971.

H. WILLIAM FLOOD, a retired college professor and former chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, was honored by NCEES with the 2006 Northeast Zone Distinguished Service Award.

LEAH H. JAMIESON, interim dean for the Purdue University College of Engineering and Ransburg Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, has been appointed dean.

WARREN EARL STEWART, McFarland-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, died March 27, 2006 at the age of 81. Stewart received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Wisconsin and his Sc.D. in chemical engineering from MIT. After five years at the Sinclair Research Laboratories, Stewart joined the chemical engineering faculty at Wisconsin in 1956 and taught there until 1997. Stewart was a member the NAE and was honored with ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Division Lectureship Award in 1983.

North Carolina A&T Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs CAROLYN WINSTEAD MEYERS has been selected as president of Norfolk State University. Meyers had been a tenured professor in A&T’s College of Engineering and dean of the college.

YANNIS C. YORTSOS, interim dean of the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Chester F. Dolley Professor of Petroleum Engineering, has been named dean.




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