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Presented on the following pages are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2009 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2008 ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by David Wormley. 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 January 1, 2009.

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.


Renata S. Engel, P.E.Renata S. Engel, P.E.

Renata S. Engel is associate dean for undergraduate studies and international programs in the College of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, she is a professor of engineering design and engineering science and mechanics and has served as executive director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Engel earned a B.S. in engineering science from Penn State and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of South Florida.

Through various collaborative efforts, Engel has effected changes in the engineering curriculum at Penn State, primarily to incorporate elements of design into fundamental engineering courses. At the university level, she has provided leadership to Penn State’s efforts to assess student learning outcomes assessment, to integrate inquiry and discovery into undergraduate courses, and to develop programs to promote inclusive classroom environments. Engel’s discipline-specific research couples her interest in design and manufacturing with advanced materials. Motivated to improve manufacturing processes or products, she has modeled liquid injection processes, polymer cure kinetics, metal powder compaction and sintering, and has studied fiber reinforced polymeric grids for reinforcement in concrete. A strong proponent of engaging undergraduate students in research, she has participated in Penn State’s Women in Science and Engineering Research program for first-year students and has served as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in innovative sintered materials.

For her individual and collaborative contributions to engineering education, Engel has received several awards, including the university’s George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Engineering Society’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award. Engel was also a member of the team that won the 1998 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and is a fellow of ASEE.

Within ASEE, Engel has held leadership positions, including chair and program chair, for both the Mechanics Division and the Middle Atlantic Section. For her service to the Mechanics Division, she was awarded the James L. Meriam Distinguished Service Award. She has been on the board of directors of ASEE for two terms as Zone I chair in 2001-2003, and as vice president for Member Affairs in 2004-2006.

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to be nominated to serve as president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education. I have had the privilege of serving in other positions, and I appreciate this opportunity to share my perspective regarding this position.

ASEE’s mission to “advance excellence in engineering and engineering technology education,” resonated with me during my earliest connection as a graduate student when I attended my first ASEE co-sponsored conference in 1988. Since then, I have seen our profession contribute to, and benefit from, curricular enhancements, including increased connections to industry, new modes of delivery, and increased understanding about the learning process. During that same time, our profession has responded to heightened expectations to prepare a diverse student body to meet the demands for innovative technical solutions in an interconnected global society. This combination of greater knowledge and ever evolving needs has contributed to the organization’s vibrancy, as seen by expanded goals, increased membership, and broader participation with educational partners in K-12, industry, and international organizations. ASEE is not only an organization that I find professionally rewarding, it is the organization to which I choose to commit my time and energy.

As president-elect and then president, I will work with the professional staff and the elected leaders on multiple fronts — those fronts that support member needs, those that maintain the health of the organization, and those that strengthen partnerships. Learning and sharing are two of the most valuable features for members. As an organization, we must stay abreast of technologies that will help us connect members and disseminate information and new knowledge in the most effective and efficient ways while maintaining quality. To maintain the health of the organization, I will work with the Board and ASEE staff to support and strengthen practices that develop leaders throughout the organization, ensure sound financial practices, and secure support for new programs. I will work with ASEE’s councils to increase involvement and connect members within and across disciplines and professional realms of K-12, college, industry, and government, thus maximizing the expertise within our organization. Finally, I will advocate, on behalf of the members and alongside other engineering societies, the value of engineering and engineering technology in our global society.

I am committed to working with you and for our profession in pursuit of ASEE’s goals.

Paul S. PeercyPaul S. Peercy

Paul S. Peercy has served as dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering since September 1, 1999. Prior to serving in this capacity, he was president (1991-1995) of SEMI/SEMATECH, a nonprofit technical R&D consortium of U.S-owned and -operated companies that comprise the equipment and supplier infrastructure for the semiconductor industry.

Prior to that, Peercy was director of microelectronics and photonics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This directorate contained Sandia’s silicon, compound semiconductor, and sensor R&D activities. His responsibilities entailed line management of an organization of about 300 staff, including contract staff, along with program management responsibility for all of Sandia’s microelectronics and photonics activities. He was also chair of the department of energy technology transfer technical area coordinating team (TACT) for microelectronics and photonics. In 1993, Peercy led the formation of the Center for Microelectronics Technologies at Sandia by combining a major donation of integrated circuit fabrication equipment and technology from IBM with Sandia’s facilities in the Microelectronics Development Laboratory. Microelectronics and photonics became a major area of interaction with industry. In 1994, Peercy assumed the added responsibility of manager of Sandia’s strategic thrust in electronics technology.

Peercy is the author or co-author of more than 185 technical papers, co-editor of several books, and holds two patents. He has been active in ASEE since he joined academe in 1999. He has served as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council and as chair of the EDC. He is a councilor of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former councilor of the American Physical Society, past VP and board member of the Materials Research Society, past chair of the Division of Materials Physics of the APS and a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Advisory Board. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and fellow of the IEEE, APS, and AAAS.
Peercy serves on the external advisory boards of various universities and federal laboratories. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Technology Council and serves on the boards of directors of Meriter Management Services, Meriter Hospital and Meriter Health Services, Bemis Company, Mason-Wells, and Sonic Foundry.

Peercy holds a B.A. degree in physics from Berea College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Candidate’s Statement

I am honored to have been nominated for this position. When I entered academe from the private sector in 1999, it was evident that important changes were needed in engineering education and learning. We are all aware of multiple recent studies articulating the need for more engineers and changes in engineering education. I recently had the privilege of serving as chair of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council, which gave significant thought to engineering education needs and the challenge we face attracting U.S. students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, to engineering.

Recently, ASEE increased its emphasis on how best to address these issues with the Year of Dialogue in 2006-2007 to better define the education engineers will need for tomorrow’s environment, followed in subsequent years by programs defining approaches to implement needed changes.

ASEE also increased K-12 outreach to increase the number of students who choose an engineering career path. A recent report by the NAE Committee on Public Understanding of Engineering Messages addresses communicating about the engineering profession to our various stakeholders to increase general knowledge and appreciation of the profession and its contributions.

Selected important tasks that I think ASEE must continue to address:

Accelerate the rate of change of engineering education. The technology revolution (driven by the rapid increases in fundamental scientific knowledge, IT, and converging technology streams) requires an engineering education with increased scientific and technical depth. As technology streams merge, engineers require interdisciplinary breadth along with the communication and teamwork skills to work in interdisciplinary, multicultural teams. Meanwhile, expansion of the scope of engineering to include biology and health increases the breadth of engineering. These changes require major changes in the content and delivery of engineering education to prepare engineering graduates for the 21st century world;

Provide cultural awareness to prepare engineers for success in today’s increasingly global environment;

Become more effective in encouraging young people to obtain the K-12 math and science foundation required to study engineering, and then recruit and retain them in our schools of engineering and engineering technology. The engineering profession is vital to our quality of life, economic development, and national security. Yet numerous recent studies reveal that this nation is not educating a sufficient number of our citizens in engineering. Not only will educating more engineers help meet a major national need; it will also prepare our graduates for exciting and fulfilling professional careers.


Patricia L. FoxPatricia L. Fox

Patricia L. Fox is currently serving as the ASEE vice president for external relations. She served for 21 years as the associate/assistant dean for administration and finance in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), an urban public university of more than 30,000 students. Currently, she is teaching ethics, leadership, and sustainable development courses to engineering and technology students full time. In addition she teaches 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 first vice president; vice president, External Affairs (formerly vice president, Public Affairs); vice president, Institutional Councils; chair and director of the Engineering Technology Council; member of the Corporate Member Council; program chair and vice chair of programs of the Engineering Technology Division; Engineering Technology Division program chair for the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC); program chair for ASEE Emerging Trends; program chair of the ASEE Multimedia Session; Engineering Technology Council school representative; and IUPUI campus representative. Along with her leadership roles in ASEE nationally, she has contributed to three sectional conferences and a Frontiers in Education Conference held in Indianapolis. In addition, she has served on numerous ASEE committees.

Fox also works closely with the ASEE Corporate Member Council 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.

In addition to receiving the 2008 James H. McGraw Award, Fox has been recognized for her work in engineering education with the following awards and recognitions: 2007 ASEE fellow; IUPUI 2004 Prestigious External Award Recognition; 2003 ASEE Frederick J. Berger Award; 2000 ETD Best Moderator Award-CEIC Conference; 2000 ETD Best Session Award; IUPUI 2000 Edward C. Moore Top Administrator Award; 1998-99 ASEE Campus Representative Award; 1998 Doris H. Merritt Outstanding Leadership Award; and 1998 University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award.

Candidate Statement

I am honored to be nominated again for the position of vice president, External Relations. I look forward to continue serving you to the best of my abilities if elected. Last year, this position title changed and the responsibilities increased. Overseeing International Programs and Publications was added to this position, in addition to overseeing ASEE Projects. I have both the leadership and administrative skills that are beneficial for this position. In my administrative and teaching positions, I use teamwork, strategic planning, and financial management skills. I have 10 years of experience in international activities, teaching, and cultural relations; and 20 years 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, industrial leaders, and international colleagues. During my appointment as vice president, Institutional Councils four years ago, I established a goal to have the four councils work closer together to further the mission of ASEE. Out of this initiative, several councils and divisions are working on establishing a joint national award and council chairs are participating in other councils’ executive/leadership meetings. All of these positive collaborative activities are the direct result of this initiative. When we all work together toward the same goals, we can accomplish so much more.

The vice president, External Relations 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 society. The vice president, External Relations, the Projects Board and ASEE staff 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 impact the financial health of ASEE.

The vice president, External Relations 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 continue to represent you and ASEE by voting for me as your next vice president, External Relations. Thank you for your consideration.

David M. WoodallDavid M. Woodall

David M. Woodall is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Oregon Institute of Technology. During 2007-08 he also served the university as interim president. Prior to joining OIT, Woodall served as dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Woodall was the founding director of the UAF Center for Nanosensor Technology. Prior to joining UAF, he served as associate dean and director of research for the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho (UI), where he helped to establish the National Center for Advanced Transportation Technology. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Woodall served as chair of the department of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico. He has a physics degree from Hendrix College and engineering degrees from Columbia University and Cornell University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Idaho.

Woodall has been a member of ASEE since 1990. He has served as ASEE campus representative at UI and has served twice as the chair of the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Division. He has served the Engineering Research Council as a board member, secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair. He is currently past chair of the ERC. He has been a member of the Projects Board for three years, and has served on the Long Range Planning Committee and the Nominating Committee. Woodall served as the ASEE vice president for Institutional Councils during the 2006-07 year and on the Board of Directors from 2006 until 2008.

Woodall has been active in engineering accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a program evaluator in engineering and technology programs, as a commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission and as a director on the ABET Board of Directors. He has been active in engineering licensure through committees of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and has chaired professional activities committees of the American Nuclear Society.

Candidate’s Statement

Engineering and engineering technology education in the United States has an exemplary reputation for high-quality graduates who provide technological leadership to national and international industry. U.S. universities attract large numbers of bright international students into their engineering and engineering technology programs. However, as noted in recent reports, including Rising Above the Gathering Storm, the landscape is changing. The future competitiveness of U.S. industries and universities is not assured. If our engineering and technology programs are to remain in the leading international role that we have enjoyed, we must take action. ASEE has taken a leading role in furthering education in engineering and engineering technology and providing service to members to enhance their productivity and careers. ASEE is striving to be the premier multidisciplinary society representing engineering and engineering technology education and is taking steps to make this happen.

The ASEE vice president of External Relations has an important role to play in facilitating the involvement of the society membership in these endeavors. I have substantial international experience, including the development of international university partnerships, service to the United Nations as a technical expert on engineering education and a sabbatical leave with an international university. If elected, I will work with Society councils on international and globalization issues, for it is critical that the Society provide leadership in fostering collaborations and increase the involvement of our membership in relevant partnerships with universities throughout the world. I also have substantial experience in federal agency funding and in dealing with state and federal legislators. During my career I also worked for a number of years with federal agencies in the management of university grant programs. If elected, I will work to support the continuing excellent efforts of the Projects Board and the ASEE staff managing federal grants related to engineering and technology education, a very valuable service to the society membership. Thank you for considering my candidacy. It is an honor to have been nominated.


Letha HammonLetha Hammon

Letha Hammon is program manager of Records Management at DuPont Information Technology, a position she has held since March 2008. She joined DuPont in 1982 as a first-line manager on shifts at the Old Hickory Plant near Nashville, Tennessee. She has spent roughly two-thirds of her career in operations assignments, including manufacturing management for large organizations and human resources. The balance of her career has included roles in end-use marketing, and direct sales, as a market segment leader, and most recently, as manager of the Field Engineering Program for DuPont. Hammon’s early career was spent in Flooring Systems, and has since included assignments in Dacron® polyester, advanced fibers systems and engineering. She has experienced a variety of DuPont locations, including Old Hickory, TN; Wilmington, DE; Chattanooga, TN; Wilmington, NC; Charleston, SC; and Richmond, VA.

Hammon has been an active member and leader in ASEE since 2002. Currently, she is chair of the Corporate Member Council; vice president Institutional Councils on the Board of Directors; member of the National Outstanding Teaching Award Committee; and member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Student Constituent Committee. Additional roles with ASEE have included serving as a director of the College-Industry Partnership Division; CMC vice chair; and member of the Awards Contact Committee. She has participated as a panelist or speaker for a variety of sessions for ASEE Industry Day and the Annual Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), as well as annual conferences for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Women in Engineering Programs Advocate Network).

Ray M. HaynesRay M. Haynes

Ray M. Haynes is director of the university strategic technical alliances office at Northrop Grumman Corporation. The corporate programs, Engineering and Technology Office serves the broad corporate needs of a $30 billion-plus company with more than 120,000 employees. He works with 100-plus universities worldwide to coordinate R&D funding totaling more than $50 million annually and other strategic alliances across the university community. He is also founding dean of the Northrop Grumman SPACE University and chairs the Northrop Grumman Native American Caucus.

Haynes’s 25 years’ industry experience began in 1967 and includes a number of key engineering, executive and project management roles, with positions at AiResearch, RCA, TRW, TRW-Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Center. Positions in academe (1984-99) have included being an adjunct professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and TRW chair professor/director of the graduate engineering management program at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

Haynes has published/presented over 100 articles, case studies and papers on engineering management, service operations, systems engineering, university corporate relations and technology leadership. He has extensive advisory board participation with ASU Polytechnic, University of Arizona, both Cal Polys, Cal Tech, Loyola-Marymount University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, UC Riverside and UT Pan American.

Haynes’s service within ASEE includes serving as PIC V chair –Board of Directors; director, Corporate Member Council; director, College-Industry Partnership Division; and member, diversity and K-12 special interest groups. Other service to the professional community include the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), industry advisory council plus Program Evaluator); National Science Foundation (corporate alliance and proposal reviewer); National Academy of Engineering (GUIRR with CalTech, NRC-NASA Workforce Study and upcoming NRC-AF Workforce Study); and National Board service to EPICS and PLTW. He is also a director of the California Space Engineering Workforce Initiative (WIRED Grant), vice president of Space Educator’s Association and senior member of AIAA.

Haynes is active in the diversity community with AISES (Corporate Advisory Council, Executive Excellence Award-2006), HENAAC (Industry Advisory Board), NAMEPA (president’s advisor), and is a lifetime member of MESA, SACNAS, and SHPE. As chair of the ASEE CMC Diversity Special Interest Group, he has worked to ensure more communication and collaboration across the professional diversity organizations and encouraged many to become active ASEE members once again.

He holds a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona; an M.S. degree in systems engineering from the RCA Computer Institute; and a Ph.D. in operations logistics from Arizona State University.


Ronald H. RocklandRonald H. Rockland

Ronald H. Rockland began his industrial career in 1970 when he established the biomedical engineering department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. He has almost 25 years of industrial experience in research, engineering, marketing and sales management and general management with several high technology corporations in the medical device and scientific instrumentation areas. He was a program manager in Advanced R&D for Medtronic, Inc., was vice president of marketing and sales for Vernitron Medical Products and general manager for the scientific division of Valcor Engineering. Prior to joining New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1995 as an assistant professor in engineering technology, he was an adjunct professor in marketing for eight years with County College of Morris and Bergen Community College.

Rockland was recently appointed interim chair of engineering technology at NJIT. Prior to that, since 2002, he was the associate dean for the Newark College of Engineering. He is currently a professor in engineering technology, with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering.

Rockland is a recipient of the ASEE Frederick J. Berger Award (2004); NJIT’s Excellence in Service Award (2007) and Excellence in Teaching Award (2000); and Ambassador for Biomedical Research Award from the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research (2005). He was named a master teacher in 2004, and is currently chair of the Master Teachers Committee.

Active in the engineering technology community, Rockland served within the ASEE Engineering Technology Division as chair (2005-2007); vice chair for Programs (2003-2004); general conference chair for the 2002 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) and moderator for several ASEE meetings. Prior to 2003, he served as vice chair, Newsletters, and created the on-line election webpage for ETD. He has been a member of the CIEC Executive Committee since 2004. He is currently a director of the ASEE Engineering Technology Council.

He has also been an evaluator for the Technology Accreditation Commission, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET) since 1998 and has been a member of the Biomedical Accreditation Activities Committee since 2003. He has served since 2007 as a TAC commissioner representing the Biomedical Engineering Society .

Rockland received his B.S. (1967) and M.S. (1969) degrees in electrical engineering, Ph.D. in bioengineering and electrical engineering from New York University (1972), and an M.B.A. degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas (1977).

Ann SaterbakAnn Saterbak

Ann Saterbak is Professor in the Practice of Bioengineering at Rice University. She received a B.A. in chemical engineering and biochemistry from Rice University in 1990. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995. Prior to going to Rice in 1999, she worked as an associate research engineer in the environmental technology division of Shell Development Company.

In her current role, Saterbak held responsibilities focused entirely on undergraduate education. Upon arriving at Rice, she designed and implemented a laboratory program in the newly created bioengineering department. Specifically, she developed laboratory courses in tissue culture, tissue engineering, bioprocessing, systems physiology, and mechanical testing. She has worked with other faculty in the schools of engineering and natural sciences at Rice to develop laboratory objectives and assessment tools for laboratory courses. For her innovation and leadership in the development of laboratory materials, she received the ASEE Robert G. Quinn Award for Excellence in Laboratory Instruction in 2007.

Saterbak has been active in ASEE since she began teaching. Her involvement has focused most heavily in the Biomedical Engineering Division, where she has served as chair (2007-2008), program chair (2006-2007), program chair-elect, vice-chair for Career Development and Awards, and vice-chair for Professional Development. In addition, she is also active in the ASEE Women in Engineering Division, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Partnership for Educational Biomedical Engineering Laboratories.

Saterbak is the lead author of the textbook, Bioengineering Fundamentals, which covers the conservation laws of mass, energy, charge and momentum, with applications in biological and medical systems. Case studies on the heart, lungs, and kidneys integrate the application of the conservation laws. Published by Prentice Hall in 2007, the textbook has already been adopted by 10 U.S. universities.

Saterbak uses problem-based learning in both bioengineering and freshman engineering courses at Rice University. She has also worked extensively with the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communications to develop and implement assignments that enhance students’ oral and written communication skills. She was the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation CCLI grant that developed materials in conjunction with the Bioengineering Fundamentals textbook. She regularly presents papers at ASEE and other national conferences and has published her contributions to engineering education in peer reviewed journals.


Jenna P. CarpenterJenna P. Carpenter

Jenna P. Carpenter is associate dean of administration and strategic initiatives in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, where she holds the Wayne and Juanita Spinks Endowed Professorship. On the faculty at Louisiana Tech since 1989, for the last ten years she has served as director of engineering, engineering technology and computer science programs, and as program chair for mathematics for two years prior to that. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Louisiana Tech (1981), and her M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. in mathematics (1989) from Louisiana State University, where she held an LSU Alumni Federation Fellowship (1984-1987).

Carpenter has been an active member of ASEE since 1999. She has served as division chair, program chair and secretary/treasurer of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division; director of the Educational Research Methods Division; and division chair, program chair and director of the Mathematics Division. She has also served as chair/ERM representative on the Benjamin J. Dasher Award Committee; a member of the ECE Division’s Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award Committee; and reviewer and moderator for the ECE, ERM, Mathematics, and Women in Engineering Divisions. She received the 2006 ASEE Mathematics Division Distinguished Educator and Service Award.

In addition, Carpenter is active at the national level in the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). She serves on the board of directors of WEPAN and is co-principal investigator of their NSF-funded Women in Engineering Knowledge Center project. She is on the National Advisory Panel for SWE’s Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) Project, as well as faculty advisor for Louisiana Tech’s SWE Section. She serves on the MAA’s Subcommittee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years and the Committee on Consultants. She is active in the Louisiana-Mississippi MAA Section, having served as chair, Louisiana vice-chair, coordinator of the Section New Experiences in Teaching Program, and chair of the Outstanding Teacher Award Committee.

Carpenter has been involved in engineering education reform, having led/contributed to NSF-funded integrated engineering and science curricula at Louisiana Tech. Her current focus is effective use of technology in teaching. She received the MAA Louisiana-Mississippi Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics (2004), the Louisiana Tech University Foundation Professorship Award (2004), and the College of Engineering and Science T. L. James Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching (1998).

Craig W. SomertonCraig W. Somerton

Craig W. Somerton is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University. Since 2003 he has also served as the associate chair for the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering whose duties include scheduling courses, managing course enrollment, teaching assignments, coordinating the accreditation assessment process, and serving as the key faculty contact for current and future students.

Somerton received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles. His academic career began in 1982 at Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. In 1984, he joined the faculty at Michigan State University. He teaches in the area of thermal sciences and design and developed three undergraduate courses at MSU: the required heat transfer lab course that has become a key component of the design program, a thermal design course that was one of the first courses of its type to be computer application based, and an alternative energy course. He coordinated the College of Engineering’s Teaching Engineering Students Certificate program for Ph.D. students pursuing academic careers and co-developed and taught the course. Since 2000, he has supervised 40 undergraduate students in independent study research projects, many of which resulted in refereed publications. Somerton currently teaches the capstone design course for the program, which includes soliciting 30-40 projects a year from industry and, since 2002, supervising 18 design teams, including seven of the Shell Humanitarian Projects to help children with physical disabilities.

Somerton’s first experience with ASEE came at the 1999 Annual Conference, where three of his co-authored papers appeared in the conference proceedings. One, “A Nusselt Number Correlation Classification System,” received the PIC III Best Paper Award. Since then, he has co-authored 44 papers for the ASEE Annual Conference proceedings. In 2002, he was elected to the executive board of the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division as newsletter editor and has served in all of the division’s officer positions, including division chair for 2006-07. For the 2005 Annual Conference, he served as program chair, which included coordination of a distinguished lecture. For nine years, he has served as an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) evaluator for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and in 2008 was named to the ASME Committee on Engineering Accreditation.


Clare CookClare Cook

Clare Cook is professor and chair of the electrical/electronics engineering technology and computer networks and systems department at Ferris State University, where he has taught since 1987. He was also an assistant professor in electrical engineering technology at the University of Akron from 1980-87. As an active member of ASEE for 23 years at both the section and national levels, he has served as section chair, vice chair, campus representative coordinator, and, currently, secretary in the North Central Section. He has been a member of the section’s executive committee since 1994. He organized and co-chaired the 1996 North Central Section Spring Conference held at Ferris State University. He served for 18 years as an ASEE campus representative and is a recipient of the Section Outstanding Campus Representative Award.

Cook received his first B.S. degree in electronic engineering technology from Lake Superior State, a second B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Akron. Cook has provided leadership as department chair for the past two years and has been instrumental in updating the digital sequence at Ferris State University. He has attended numerous conferences, and workshops to obtain and share current information in the field.

Cook has received numerous grants from NSF for curriculum and laboratory innovation and internal sources that have allowed him to teach state-of-the-art topics in his courses. He has encouraged academic-industry cooperation through work with intern students, conference presentations, and journal and conference publications. He has also worked with high school students in summer technology programs. He has been a professor in the Project Lead the Way program, which brought science and math teachers to campus for specialized training to encourage high school students to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

Doug TougawDoug Tougaw

Doug Tougaw is department chair of electrical and computer engineering and the Leitha and Willard Richardson professor of engineering at Valparaiso University. As an active member of ASEE for eleven years, he has served as section chair and newsletter editor for the Illinois-Indiana section and has been a member of the section executive committee since 2002. He organized and hosted the section conference in 2003 and is again organizing and hosting it in 2009. He serves as ASEE campus representative for Valparaiso University, is secretary/treasurer of the ASEE Ethics Division, and will be progressing to program chair and chair of that division over the next two years.

Tougaw received the Illinois-Indiana Section Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005, the section Outstanding Service Award in 2008, and has twice received the section Best Paper Award. In 2007, he also received the national Best Zone Paper Award for his work in teaching students about the ethics of emerging technology. He has received the Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the Jess Lucas Alumni Leadership Award from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Researcher for Northwest Indiana, and was named Honorable Mention for the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award.

Tougaw is also very active in IEEE, having served as a member of the Calumet Section executive board since 1996 as secretary, treasurer, vice-chair, chair, nominations chair, and audit chair. He is also advisor of the IEEE student branch at Valparaiso University.

He received his B.S. degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame, all in electrical engineering. He received his M.B.A. degree from Valparaiso University in 2005.

Tougaw has been integral in several curricular innovations at Valparaiso University, including co-creating the multidisciplinary senior design course sequence, the first-semester fundamentals of the engineering program, and the master of engineering management degree program. His scientific research focuses on novel nanoscale computer architectures, and his pedagogical research focuses on engineering ethics, multidisciplinary teamwork, and first-year engineering programs. He has published more than 50 refereed publications in these fields.


Marilyn DyrudMarilyn Dyrud

Marilyn Dyrud is a full professor in the communication department at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), joined ASEE in 1983 to learn what her technical communication students were writing about and discovered a comfortable professional home, regularly giving papers and serving as moderator at the annual conferences.

Dyrud served for 17 years as OIT’s campus representative and received 16 ASEE awards for membership recruitment and maintenance, including two for Zone IV. She has also been the Pacific Northwest Section’s Engineering Technology Division (ETD) representative since 1994 and was a member of the Engineering Technology Council Publications Committee from 1986 until its demise. At the section level, she served as newsletter editor for 10 years and, in 2005, was elected section chair. Her most visible service to ETD is the compilation of the annual engineering technology education bibliography, which she has done for the past 20 years. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Engineering Ethics Division and was recently elected as an at-large member of the ETD board of directors. She has twice served as chair of section meetings.

Dyrud has published in several engineering-related journals: Journal of Engineering Education, Journal of Engineering Technology, International Journal of Engineering Education, and IEEE’s Technology and Society. In addition, she has had papers included in assorted conference proceedings and communication journals, co-edits a pedagogical column for Business Communication Quarterly, and serves on the editorial boards of two business communication journals.

In addition to ASEE, Dyrud is also active in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, serving as an Ethics Bowl moderator and regular presenter; and the Association for Business Communication, from which she received the 2006 Distinguished Member Award. As chair of the Teaching Committee for ABC, one of only two standing committees, she is responsible for organizing conference sessions related to pedagogy and spearheading the annual campaign for the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Habib SadidHabib Sadid

Habib Sadid is professor of civil and environmental engineering at Idaho State University, where he has been recognized as a distinguished teacher (2001-2002) and distinguished public servant (2006-2007). He was recipient of the 2005 Idaho Excellence in Engineering Education award presented by the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers.

Sadid has been active in ASEE since 1991, initially serving as campus representative for Idaho State University (ISU) in the Pacific Northwest Section of ASEE. In 1993, Sadid was elected as a Campus Representative for the Pacific-Northwest Section. In 1994, he received the Outstanding Section Campus Representative Award and the Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award for Zone IV. He was also recognized for outstanding achievement in promoting membership in the PNW Section of ASEE. Sadid served as chair of the PNW Section in 2000-2001 and 2004-2005.

Sadid received a political science/law degree prior to his engineering education. He later received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil/structural engineering from Washington State University and originally joined the ISU faculty in 1987. He left for two years to work for Boeing Aerospace Company, returning to ISU in 1991. While at ISU, he has developed undergraduate and graduate programs and has initiated many programs to promote engineering education on and outside the campus. In 1991, Idaho State University offered a general engineering degree with a master’s program in nuclear engineering. Today ISU offers ABET-accredited bachelor’s degrees in civil, mechanical, electrical, and nuclear engineering in addition to a program in computer science. It also offers M.S. programs in civil, mechanical, nuclear, environmental, control and measurement, and a Ph.D. in engineering and applied science. Sadid served on the team that lead to these developments over a short period of time.

Since 1991, Sadid has actively participated in ASEE regional and national conferences, and organized the 1994 regional PNW Section conference in Boise, ID. His philosophy is that the most important skills to teach are critical thinking and problem solving.





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

Zone I
Susan McCahan, University of Toronto

Zone II
Kevin C. Bower, The Citadel

Zone III
Walter W. Buchanan, Texas A&M University

Zone IV
Sean St. Clair, Oregon Institute of Technology


This award, given by each ASEE section, recognizes the outstanding teaching performance of an engineering or engineering technology educator. The award consists of a framed certificate and an appropriate honorarium presented by the local section. Following are this year’s award recipients.

Illinois/Indiana Section
James H. Hanson, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Middle Atlantic Section
Yusuf Mehta, Rowan University

Midwest Section
Ken Demarest, University of Kansas

New England Section
Rao V. Dukkipati, Fairfield University

North Central Section
Marian Kazimierczuk, Wright State University

Pacific Northwest Section
Eric Davishahl, Everett Community College


ASEE’s Campus Liaison Board initiated this award to recognize those ASEE campus representatives who have demonstrated staunch support for ASEE on their campuses. The award consists of a framed certificate of recognition and is presented at each section’s annual meeting. Following are this year’s award recipients.

Illinois/Indiana Section
Sharon G. Sauer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

North Central Section
P. Ruby Mawasha, Wright State University

North Midwest Section
Charles McIntyre, North Dakota State University

Pacific Northwest Section
Sean St. Clair, Oregon Institute of Technology

St. Lawrence Section
Susan McCahan, University of Toronto

Southeast Section
Kevin C. Bower, The Citadel


Outstanding Educator Award
Chris Carroll, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Outstanding New Educator Award
Kristyn Masters, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Best Paper Award
Michele H. Miller and Debra D. Charlesworth
Michigan Technological University
PAPER: “Problem Solving Obstacles in the Research Lab: Perceptions of Graduate Students and Faculty”

Outstanding Community College Educator Award
Amelito Enriquez, Cañada College

Best Paper Award
Cecelia Wigal
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
PAPER: “The Use of Engineering Design Projects for Student Understanding of Engineering’s Societal Impact and Global Responsibility”

Outstanding Teaching Award
Don Visco, Tennessee Technological University

New Faculty Research Award
First Place
Adrienne Minerick, Mississippi State University
Second Place
Salil Desai, North Carolina A&T State University

Outstanding Mid-Career Teaching Award
Henri Gavin, Duke University

New Teacher Award
Juan Caicedo, University of South Carolina

Tony Tilmans Section Service Award
Dennis Fallon, The Citadel

Thomas C. Evans Instructional Paper Award
Pedro Arce, Mario Oyaneder, and Stephen Whitaker
Tennessee Technological University



John Leland Atwood Award
Awatef A. Hamed
Professor and Head, Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics
University of Cincinnati

This award was established in 1985 in honor of Lee Atwood, a master of aviation and a pioneer in missile and space projects. It is bestowed annually on an outstanding aerospace engineering educator in recognition of contributions to the profession. The award is endowed by Rockwell International and consists of a $2,000 honorarium, a certificate, and reimbursement of travel expenses to the ASEE Annual Conference. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics also presents an engraved medal and a certificate to the recipient at its annual aerospace sciences meeting.


Frederick Emmons Terman Award
Keith Chugg
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
University of Southern California

This award is conferred upon an outstanding young electrical engineering educator in recognition of contributions to the profession. The award, established in 1969, is sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company and consists of a $4,000 honorarium,a gold-plated medal, a bronze replica, a presentation scroll, and reimbursement of travel expenses for the awardee to attend the ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, where the award will be presented.


Ralph Coats Roe Award
Latif M. Jiji
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
City College of the City University of New York

This award honors an outstanding mechanical engineering teacher who has made notable contributions to the engineering profession. Financed from an endowment established by Kenneth A. Roe of Burns and Roe, Inc. in honor of his father, Ralph Coats Roe, the award consists of a $10,000 honorarium, a plaque, and reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the ASEE Annual Conference.


Glenn Murphy Award
Jack Brenizer
Professor and Program Chair Nuclear Engineering Department
Pennsylvania State University

This award recognizes a distinguished engineering educator for notable professional contributions to the teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate nuclear engineering. The award, consisting of an honorarium of $750 and a framed certificate, is sponsored by the Nuclear Engineering Division and honors the late Glenn Murphy’s many contributions to engineering education.



Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award
Mary C. Verstraete, University of Akron

Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award
Kristyn S. Masters, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Bruce A. Finlayson, University of Washington

William H. Corcoran Award
AUTHORS: Christopher Long, Michael Matthews, and Nancy Thompson, University of South Carolina
PAPER: “Fostering an Active Learning Environment for Undergraduates: Peer-to-Peer Interactions in a Research Group”

Chemstations Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, University of Florida

Ray W. Fahien Award
Jason Keith, Michigan Technological University

Award for Lifetime Achievement in Chemical Engineering Pedagogical Scholarship
Klaus D. Timmerhaus, University of Colorado-Boulder

Joseph J. Martin Award
Lisa Bullard and Richard Felder, North Carolina State University


Gerald R. Seeley Fellowship
AUTHORS: Tanya Kunberger and Diane Bondehagen, Florida Gulf Coast University
PAPER: “Let’s Rock the Boat: Evaluating the Concept of Stability in Fluid Mechanics”

Glen L. Martin Best Paper Award
AUTHORS: Jeffrey Evans – Bucknell University, Daniel Lynch – University of Alberta, and David Lange – University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
PAPER: “The Role of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge”


CIEC – Best Session Award
SESSION: “Industry Speaks With One Voice”
PRESENTERS: Joe O’Brien, Hewlett-Packard (retired); Ray Morrison, ACETS; Carol Muller, MentorNet; and David Quick, Quick & Associates

CIEC – Best Speaker Award
SPEAKER: Ray Morrison, ACETS
SESSION: “National Learning Standards for K-12 Engineering Education”

CIEC – Best Moderator Award
MODERATOR: Ira Uslander, Northwestern University
SESSION: “Outsourcing of High Tech Industry Workforce – Myth or Reality?”


Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award
Helene Demont, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CIEC – Best Moderator Award
MODERATOR: Greg Ruff, Auburn University
SESSION: “Pod-Casting for E-Learning/Emerging Technologies in Distance Learning”
PRESENTER: Hiro Iino, Iowa State University

CIEC – Best Session Award
SESSION: “Pod-Casting for E-Learning/Emerging Technologies in Distance Learning”
MODERATOR: Greg Ruff, Auburn University
PRESENTER: Hiro Iino, Iowa State University

CIEC – Best Speaker Award
SPEAKER: Hiro Iino, Iowa State University
SESSION: “Pod-Casting for E-Learning/Emerging Technologies in Distance Learning”

CIEC – Best Workshop Award
Session: “CPDD Director’s Workshop: How to Be Successful with Non-Credit Programs”
Moderator: Ray Morrison, ACETS Consulting
Presenters: Pat Hall and Nancy Kruse, University of Tulsa

Certificate of Appreciation
Nancy Kruse (CPDD Board), University of Tulsa

Sally A. Coovert (CPDD Board), University of South Florida

Kim Scalzo (CPDD Program Chair), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ray Morrison (CPDD Past Chair), Lockheed Martin

Helene Demont (CIEC Co-General Conference Chair), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Krute (CIEC Co-General Conference Chair and CPDD Program Chair), North Carolina State University

Lynette Krenelka (CPDD Chair), University of North Dakota

Certificate of Merit
Ray Lepine, Louisiana State University

Sally A. Coovert, University of South Florida


Alvah K. Borman Award
Craig Gunn, Michigan State University

Lou Takacs Award
Frank Meledandri, Curtis-Wright Corporation


Distinguished Service Award
Nebojsa I. Jaksic, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Best Paper Awards
Author: Euan Lindsay, Curtin University of Technology
Paper: “Milestone-based Assessment: An Alternative Strategy for Assessing Laboratory Learning Outcomes”

Authors: Thomas F. Schubert, Jr., Frank G. Jacobitz, Ernest M. Kim – University of San Diego
Paper: “An Introductory Electric Motors and Generators Experiment for a Sophomore-Level Circuits Course”

Authors: Richard F. Drushel, Case Western Reserve University; John C. Gallagher, Wright State University
Paper: “The Virtual Classroom Environment of a WWW-Based Autonomous Robotics Laboratory: Factors Affecting Student Participation, Communication and Performance”


Best Paper Award
Authors: Ashley Ater Kranov, Carl Hauser, Robert Olsen, and Laura Girardeau – Washington State University
Paper: “A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills in Engineering Programs”

Distinguished Service Award
Dan Moore, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

FIE – Helen Plants Award
Session: “Applying the Theories of Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Teaching Practice”
Presenters: Maura Borrego, Lynita Newswander, and Lisa McNair – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

FIE Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award
Paper: “Combining Collaborative Workspaces with Tablet Computing: Research in Learner Engagement and Conditions of Flow”
Authors: Eric Hamilton and Andrew Hurford, U. S. Air Force Academy

Best ERM Paper Award (for the 2008 ASEE Annual Conference)
Paper: “A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills in Engineering Programs”
Authors: Ashley Ater Kranov, Carl Hauser, Robert Olsen, and Laura Girardeau – Washington State University


ECE Distinguished Educator Award
Karan Watson, Texas A&M University

ECE Meritorious Service Award
James Harris, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


Best Paper Award
First Place
Jonathan Matthews and Sarma Pisupati
Pennsylvania State University

Second Place
Robert Fletcher
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Patrick Tebbe, Corey Thibeault, and Brian Weninger
Minnesota State University, Mankato


Distinguished Service Award
Sheryl Sorby, National Science Foundation

Oppenheimer Award
Aaron Clark, North Carolina State University

Chair’s Award
Brad Kinsey, University of New Hampshire

Richard Onyancha, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Editor’s Award
Jianping Yue, Essex County College


Eugene L. Grant Award
Hemantha S. B. Herath, Brock University
Pranesh Kumar, University of Northern British Columbia
Paper: “New Research Directions in Engineering Economics-Modeling Dependencies with Copulas” (The Engineering Economist, Volume 52, No. 4, pages 305-331).

Best Paper Award
Christopher Jablonowski, University of Texas-Austin
Paper: “Using Decision Trees to Teach Value of Information Concepts”


Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award
Larry Thompson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Best Publication Award
Megan S. Nelson, Purdue University
Article: “Initiating Engineering Outreach Reference Services: Background and Practice” (Reference Services Review, Volume 35, No. 2, pages 265-284).

Best Reference Work Award
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science, Collection I, Morgan and Claypool.


CIEC Best Session Award
Session: “The Role of Engagement in Higher Education: Focus on Engineering and Engineering Technology – Key Concepts and Examples that Strengthen our Future”
Moderator: Michael T. O’Hair, Purdue University
Presenters: Michael T. O’Hair-Purdue University, Jerry Alberts-Clemson University, Anne Spence-University of Maryland

CIEC Best Speaker Award
Anne Spence, University of Maryland
Session: “Importance of Engaging K-12”

CIEC Best Moderator Award
Moderator: Mark Pagano, Purdue University
Session: “Highlighting Innovation in Engineering Technology”
Program: Vignette of Success


Kauffman Award for Excellence in Engineering or Technology Entrepreneurship Education
Robert G. Olsen and Denny C. Davis
Washington State University

Innovative New Program Award
Terrance Boult, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


Outstanding Presenter Award
Llewellyn Mann
David Radcliffe
Gloria Dall’Alba
University of Queensland

Early Career Grant
Brent Houchens, Rice University


Best Paper Award
Authors: Arun Nambiar – University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and Dale Masel – Ohio University
Paper: “Teaching Concepts of Lean Manufacturing Through a Hands-on Laboratory Course”


Best Paper Award
Authors: Alan Parkinson, John Harb, Spencer Magleby, Chelita Pate – Brigham Young University
Paper: “Extending Our Reach: What We Have Learned in Two Years of Engineering Study Abroad Programs”

Service Award
Russel Jones, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology


The Sterling Olmstead Award
Gary Downey, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Distinguished Educator and Service Award
Elton Graves, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award
Paul Steif, Carnegie Mellon University

Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award
Andrea Surovek, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Greg Odegaard, Michigan Technological University

Kevin Turner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

James L. Meriam Service Award
Renata Engel, Pennsylvania State University




2007 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Two pioneering engineering educators were among eight recipients of the 2007 National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for science and engineering. Leonard Kleinrock of the computer department at the University of California, Los Angeles, was recognized for “fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, including the functional specification of packet switching, which is the foundation of the Internet Technology.” Andrew J. Viterbi, presidential chair of engineering at the University of Southern California, was recognized for “his development of the maximum-likelihood algorithm for convolution coding and for fundamental contributions to wireless technology.” The National Medal of Science is awarded to individuals for pioneering scientific research and technologies “that give the United States its global economic edge.”

Two chemical engineering professors from the University of Texas at Austin were among the six individuals honored as the 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates, the nation’s highest award for technological achievement. Adam Heller, whose work enabled the creation of the painless glucose monitor for diabetics, was cited for “his contributions to electrochemistry and bioelectrochemistry, which led to the development of products that have improved the quality of life of millions, particularly in the area of human health and well-being.” C. Grant Willson, who holds the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair at the Cockrell School of Engineering, and is an active ASEE member, was cited for “creating lithographic imaging materials and techniques that have enabled the manufacturing of smaller, faster and more efficient micro-electronic components.”

Ben Streetman, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering commended the two engineers for their “unprecedented consistency and creativity,” and careers spent besting their own breakthroughs. “Their pioneering ability to link disciplines taught a new generation of researchers the value of reaching outside of their knowledge base to solve problems.” He concluded, “It has been a great privilege of my career to witness their simultaneous contribution to research, education and society.”

2008 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education

Richard Blais, vice president and co-founder of Project Lead the Way, was one of three recipients to be honored by the McGraw-Hill Companies with the 2008 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. The prize consists of a $25,000 award and a bronze sculpture. Winners are recognized for their dedication to enhancing U.S. education. This year’s recipients were noted for “[making] it their life’s work to influence the future by preparing students today,” as well as for their “commitment toward bridging gaps to higher education and breaking down barriers faced by too many of today’s young students.” As a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school students for university engineering education, PLTW has helped develop engineering curriculae in some 3,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.




Best Paper - PIC I
2008-539: The Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia: Portaging the Leadership  
Robert Niewoehner, Craig Steidle, Eric Johnson-U.S. Naval Academy
Division: Engineering Management

Best Paper - PIC II
2008- 317: Structuring Team Learning Tasks to Increase Student Engagement
Steven Zemke and Diane Zemke, Gonzaga University
Division: Design in Engineering Education

Best Paper - PIC III
2008-654: Tinkering Interactions on Freshman Engineering Design Teams   
Arlisa Labrie Richardson, Arizona State University
Division: Freshman Programs
Best Paper - PIC IV
2008-2384: A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills
Ashley Ater Kranov, Carl Hauser, Robert Olson, Laura Girardeau, Wayne State University
Division: Engineering Research and Methods

Best Paper - PIC V
2008-926:  A Guided Tour of the Future of Education
Eugene Rutz and Chris Collins, University of Cincinnati; Mani Mina, Iowa State University
Divisions: Continuing Professional Development and Engineering Research and Methods

Best Overall Paper
2008-2384: A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills
Ashley Ater Kranov, Carl Hauser, Robert Olson, Laura Girardeau, Wayne State University
Division: Engineering Research and Methods




At the end of the 11th century, when the University of Bologna (one of the oldest in the world) was founded in Italy, students hired and paid for their teachers. They also fined or fired those who didn’t live up to their standards or displeased them. Nowadays, around the globe, the role of students in their institutions has significantly diminished. In most cases, students’ participation in the development of better classes, courses, programs, campuses and organizations is limited to their contribution in an end-of-the-year survey, where their ideas and comments are little more than an entry in a study’s dataset. Reluctance to involve students usually revolves around their alleged lack of competence on engineering education issues, their lack of experience, and their lack of willingness to contribute.

In Europe, a first attempt at reverting the status quo started in 1996, with the newly formed Educational Committee of the Board of European Students of Technology. BEST was tasked with the responsibility of administering and running a new European-wide project on engineering education, Higher Engineering Education for Europe (H3E) in partnership with other major European actors (e.g. SEFI – the European Society for Engineering Education).

In 2006, ASEE demonstrated its leadership in the global efforts to involve students by organizing the 1st Global Student Forum on Engineering Education (GSFEE), an event that preceded its 5th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (GCEE). The GSFEE helped increase students’ awareness of engineering education issues, stimulate their capacity to produce original ideas and solutions for such issues and prepare them for interaction with other stakeholders in the GCEE conference.

One of the key outcomes of the GSFEE was the creation of the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED), a motivated group of engineering students who, together with ASEE, contributed to the organization of the 2nd Global Student Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey, this time with a participation base of around 70 students with an even greater geographical diversity.

This year’s 3rd Global Student Forum on Engineering Education, co-located with the 7th ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, represents ASEE’s next step in advancing these previous successes. With the theme “Sustainability and Engineering Education,” some 80 students, representing five continents, will share experiences on the relevant topics, form ideas and opinions on how to address the major issues involved and develop concrete action plans for post-conference follow-up in their home countries and institutions.

The momentum generated by student activities in Europe and around the world through BEST, ASEE and SPEED, is quickly gaining recognition by engineering soci-eties worldwide. In December 2008, a student session will be featured in the ISTE-IFEES Asia Pacific Regional Conference at Bhubaneshwar, India. In May 2009, the Russian Association for Engineering Education is planning a Student Forum to run parallel with its Annual Conference. And the success of the previous Global Student Forums will be replicated in Budapest, Hungary, where the 8th ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education is taking place in October 2009.

The network of engineering societies (ASEE, IFEES, SEFI), corporate partners (InfoSys, Autodesk, Dassault, HP, IBM) and other engineering organizations (ESW, BEST) allows students to have a more credible and recognized voice in the engineering education community. One important indicator of this has been the commitment of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) to include a student representative within its current governing structure.

The engineering education community is learning that students are an untapped resource whose ideas and passionate commitment can make the difference in generating change that will allow engineering colleges and universities around the world to better address the needs of the 21st century.

—Nicolò Wojewoda, Intern, ASEE International Programs




Beginning November 1, 2008, ASEE will accept nominations for awards to be presented at the 2009 ASEE Awards Banquet, which will be held during the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Austin, TX, June 14 - 17, 2009. Awards offered, nomination requirements, and online award nomination forms will be available on the web at: Consider nominating one or more deserving colleagues for an award. The deadline for submitting award nominations is January 15, 2009. The deadline for submitting Fellow Member nominations is February 1, 2009. For questions regarding awards, please contact Awards & Administrative Services at (202) 331-3550 or



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