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Presented below are candidates for offices to be voted on in the 2011 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2010 ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by Sarah Rajala. 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, 2011.

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.


Walter W. BuchananWalter W. Buchanan

Walter W. Buchanan is J. R. Thompson Endowed Chair Professor at Texas A&M University. He has served in professorial and administrative positions at Northeastern University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Central Florida, and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis; was an electronics engineer for the Naval Avionics Center, an engineering officer for the Navy, and an aerospace engineer for the Boeing and Martin Companies; and was an attorney for the Veterans’ Administration. He is a Fellow and served on the Board of Directors of both ASEE and NSPE; a Senior Member of IEEE and SME, past chair of the Professional Engineers in Higher Education of NSPE; and a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers. Buchanan is a past member of the Executive Committee of TAC of ABET; serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Engineering Technology and the advisory board of the Journal of Engineering Education; has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications; and has been a principal investigator for NSF grants.

He joined ASEE in 1984 and has since attended every national meeting. He has been active in the ASEE Illinois-Indiana, Southeast, Northeast, and Gulf Southwest Sections. He has attended and presented at 26 Section and Zone Meetings, has served as Program Chair of the Northeast Section, and is currently Campus Representative of the Gulf Southwest Section. He received two Zone III and Gulf Southwest Section Outstanding Campus Representative Awards and 12 Campus Representative Awards in the Gulf Southwest and Northeast Sections for recruiting the highest percentage and most new faculty members. He is a recipient of ASEE’s Distinguished Service Citation, Centennial Certificate, James H. McGraw Award, and Frederick J. Berger Award. He was identified as a highly accomplished engineering educator in a 2005 ASEE Prism feature. Buchanan was a charter member of the Tau Alpha Pi Board of Directors and served as President in 2003. Offices that he has held within ASEE include PIC II Chair, Engineering Technology Council Chair, Engineering Technology Division Chair, Engineering Research and Methods Division Program Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee Chair, and member of the Accreditation Activities Committee. He has attended 17 CIEC meetings and served as its Executive Board Chair.

Buchanan holds a B.S.E and M.S.E. from Purdue University, and a B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Indiana University. He is a registered P.E. in six states and a retired member of the Indiana State Bar.

Candidate's Statement

I am extremely honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE President-Elect, and if elected, to serve as its 118th President. My mentor at Purdue University, Indianapolis, Kent Sharp, encouraged me to join ASEE, when I was an adjunct faculty member, and I attended my first ASEE annual meeting in Atlanta in 1985. I was overwhelmed at what I learned and impressed with how involved with mentoring everyone was. While still a visiting lecturer, I joined the Educational Research and Methods Division, which encouraged junior faculty members to assume important positions; in short order, I served in a succession of ERM offices, participated in nine Frontiers in Education (FIE) conferences, and learned what it took to be a productive faculty member.

Academe was a mid-career change for me and one I was fortunate to make after discovering how much I enjoyed teaching as an adjunct faculty member while in industry. I feel my industrial experience can be of benefit to ASEE. There are many fine things that ASEE has done in the past several years, such as publishing the Journal of Engineering Education, for which I serve as an advisory board member. This journal is at the heart of what ASEE is all about, as well as the report “Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education,” which came out after the NSF-sponsored meeting in Atlanta in 2008, which I attended. I hope to help expand on the goals of that meeting using my experience to allow us to work closer with industry and our educational partners.

There are two other goals I would like to concentrate on as ASEE President. First, I would like to work on increasing our involvement with STEM and making NSF a partner in this. I recently participated in a Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) NSF panel review and was impressed with how they are pushing this program to increase engineering enrollment of women and other underrepresented groups. Second, I would work to encourage more schools to start programs of engineering education, such as those at Purdue and Virginia Tech. Whether stand-alone departments or undergraduate programs that encourage the best in engineering education, I feel this would increase the importance of good teaching in the tenure and promotion process at our best engineering schools. The public expects good teaching, and ASEE should be the leader to show that this goes hand in hand with good research.

David WoodallDavid Woodall

David Woodall serves as Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology and Program Director for the Seattle Office of the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). Prior to his current position, Woodall served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Interim President at OIT. OIT is a small, polytechnic university that has been recognized for its undergraduate engineering and technology programs and has been identified as one of the best colleges in the West.

Woodall has also been on faculty at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), where he served as Dean of the College of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and Professor of mechanical engineering. While there, he founded and directed the UAF Center for Nanosensor Technology. He joined UAF after leaving the University of Idaho (UI), where he served as Associate Dean and Director of Research for the College of Engineering. There, he helped to establish UI’s National Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and also served as Acting Dean. Woodall also served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

He has been active in engineering accreditation for ABET as a program evaluator in engineering and technology programs, as a commissioner on the Engineering Accreditation Commission, and as a representative 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. Woodall has had an active academic research career in nuclear fusion and space power and propulsion and has organized and chaired a number of national technical conferences.

Woodall has worked in industry for Westinghouse and EG&G. He has served as a visiting staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratory and was a visiting technical staff member at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He has engineering degrees from Columbia University and Cornell University and a physics degree from Hendrix College. He has been a licensed professional engineer in the states of New Mexico and Idaho.

Candidate's Statement

It is an honor to be nominated to serve the members of the Society as President-Elect. I have previously served the Society in several roles, including campus representative and division chair. I have been on the Projects Board, the Long-Range Planning Committee, and the Nominating Committee. I have served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice President for Councils. I also served in various Engineering Research Council board and officer positions, including chair.

Engineering and technology faculty today have substantial challenges, not the least of which is the crisis in public funding for higher education, but also great opportunities. The solution of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) grand challenges for engineering is critical for our society and its future. As educators, we have the opportunity to participate in finding technical solutions to these problems and in educating those who will implement the solutions.

The “Engineer of 2020” prescription, published by the NAE, will guide engineering and technology education into the future. We know that, as educators, we must go beyond excellent technical education and strengthen the communication and lifelong learning skills of our students as well as their understanding of their role in the diverse workforce of the global economy. There is great work going on today to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education across the country, within the Society, and by outside organizations like the Society for Women Engineers, Project Lead the Way, and FIRST.

What I would bring to the Society as President-Elect is a breadth of professional experience and a passion for professionalism in engineering and technology education. I have been active in accreditation and licensure. I know that university leadership exists to support those who deliver the promise of engineering education, the faculty. I have served on the faculty and administration of a variety of universities, from private to metropolitan-serving, land grant, and research, and am now at a small polytechnic.

The Society has an excellent professional staff and has been led by talented elected leadership in its councils, divisions, committees, sections, zones, and national board. Those leaders have worked collegially to enhance our impact through implementation of the Society’s strategic vision and by supporting a continuity of strategic themes across several leadership cycles. If chosen to serve by the membership of ASEE, I would work with past and current leadership of the Society to continue to strengthen the focus of engineering and technology education on national priorities.


Alan JacobsAlan Jacobs

As a member of ASEE since 1994, Alan Jacobs has served the Society in numerous leadership roles. He founded the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) Special Interest Group (SIG) on International Engineering Education and is currently Co-Chair of that SIG. He is presently in his second term on both the ASEE CMC Executive Committee and the ASEE Projects Board. He also serves on the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education Advisory Board and was a contributor to ASEE’s “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue.” He was previously a member of the ASEE International Strategic Planning Task Force, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) Executive Committee, and General Motors’ Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education Core Team.

Jacobs has spent his professional career committed to helping colleges and universities gain enhanced access to teaching tools and advancing the learning opportunities available to their students. By managing and growing innovative education initiatives for technology companies, he has provided programs and resources to assist institutions of higher learning in preparing their students for academic and career success.

Currently, as Director of U.S. Academic Relations for Quanser, Jacobs is responsible for leading and managing Quanser’s commitment to inspiring and preparing the next generation of engineers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace.

Prior to Quanser, he was Senior Manager of Global Education for Autodesk, where he developed and managed Autodesk’s Global Strategic University Program, leading a team to improve colleges’ and universities’ access to and adoption of Autodesk’s 3-D solutions.

Jacobs previously served as Senior Manager at Avid Technology, Worldwide Education, where he had overall responsibility for creating and directing the implementation and optimization of programs and strategies to enhance schools’ use of Avid’s products globally. While at Avid, he was an Advisory Board member of the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), and College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI).

Earlier, he was Director of Worldwide Education for Bentley Systems, Inc. and Executive Editor in Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.’s Educational Software division.

Jacobs holds a Masters of Education and a Masters of Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and has had special training as a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and in Mediation.

Candidate's Statement

I am truly honored to be nominated for the position of ASEE Vice President, External Relations. This is a period of vital importance to ASEE as it leads the world’s engineering education societies and their members in reaching out to diverse communities to attract and engage students’ interest in engineering. ASEE members must continue to inspire and prepare today’s graduates, as they enter the global workforce, to successfully compete in the international marketplace and address the “Grand Challenges” facing society. I am excited by the opportunity to help lead these efforts.

I have a long-standing commitment to helping colleges and universities advance the learning opportunities available to their students, shown through a record of outstanding achievement designing, directing, and growing new and creative programs for the education market. I have the experience, skills, integrity, and dedication essential for this position and an exceptional leadership and management background. I have worked successfully with engineering faculty, researchers, administrators and students, foundation and industry leaders, and international colleagues.

The Vice President of External Relations chairs the Projects Board, which reviews and approves new and existing projects, chairs the International Advisory Committee, and has oversight of ASEE’s international activities and its award-winning publications. The position ensures projects, international activities, and publications fit the mission of ASEE to promote excellence in engineering education, research, public service, and practice. The Vice President of External Relations also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee.

During my career, I have demonstrated a set of transferable core competencies that are an excellent match for the responsibilities of this critical role. These include:

Financial acumen – I have expertise in business management, having held profit and loss responsibility, accurately forecasting and managing multi-million dollar budgets.

Relationship management – I am especially skilled in creating long-term, strategic alliances with educational institutions, academic and professional associations and organizations, foundations, and corporate partners.

Strategic planning – I have proven ability in developing, implementing, and managing the strategic direction of programs that exceeded strategic, sales, and profit goals.

International proficiency – I have had broad experience planning, defining, and leading the performance and growth of programs for the international education market.

I ask for your support in voting for me as your next Vice President of External Relations and look forward to serving you to the best of my abilities, if elected. Thank you for your consideration.

Sandra YostSandra Yost

Sandra A. Yost, CSJ, is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy, where she has been a faculty member since 1996. Her degrees are all in electrical engineering (B.E.E. and M.Engr. from the University of Detroit in 1981 and 1982, and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1996.) She is active in curriculum and faculty development, and leads assessment activities for her department, as well as ABET activities for the university’s engineering programs. She has recently been involved in efforts to integrate social entrepreneurship concepts and activities into project-based courses. Yost is active in outreach efforts to encourage pre-college students from underrepresented groups to consider engineering as a career and has also served as Co-Director of the university’s Women’s Studies Program.

Her work in mechatronics curriculum development has led to the creation of undergraduate and graduate concentrations in mechatronics for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students at the University of Detroit Mercy. This work serves as a springboard for development of a new major in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering.

Yost has been an active member of ASEE for more than 20 years. She began serving the Society in 1991, after having been awarded the Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award by the North Central Section. She served as the Section Campus Representative Coordinator while on the Engineering Technology faculty at Penn State University, Beaver.

After completing her Ph.D. in 1996, Yost returned to the North Central Section and served as Program Co-Chair of the 1998 Spring Conference, as Section Vice Chair (1998-99), and then Chair (1999-2001). Since then, she has served as Zone II Chair on the ASEE Board of Directors (2004-06), Best Paper Award Chair for the North Central Section (2005-07), Director positions for the Women in Engineering Division (2005-07), Vice Chair, Programs for the Educational Research and Methods Division (2007-08), and Vice President, Member Affairs (2008-2010). Yost is currently serving on the ASEE Projects Board.

As Vice President, Member Affairs, Yost succeeded in revitalizing the Council of Sections. Working with section officers in this body resulted in the identification of a low-cost conference management system recommended for section and zone conferences.

Candidate's Statement

These are exciting and challenging times to be engaged in engineering and technology education. The global trajectory for technical leadership is unmistakable, and our graduates must be prepared to collaborate with professionals from all over the world. At the same time, we must continue to enhance the quality of our programs and graduates here in North America. This is no time to rest on our laurels.

Under the current leadership of Pat Fox, the responsibilities of the Vice President External Relations have expanded to include oversight of the International, Projects, and Publications departments at ASEE headquarters.

ASEE’s Projects Department has grown significantly in recent years, and its efforts have not only brought in needed revenue for the Society but have forged strong partnerships with some important U.S. government agencies that support engineering and technology education and faculty development. If elected, I will be open to suggestions for projects that will also benefit our Canadian members and students, and will encourage our Projects Department to follow through on such suggestions.

In the international arena, ASEE has been a vital catalyst in the ongoing global dialog about excellence in engineering education. Next year will mark the 10th Annual Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, and ASEE serves as secretariat of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). If elected, I plan to look for ways to ensure the sustainability of existing international activities and to work with the International Programs staff to create additional opportunities for members who do not have resources for international travel to participate in global dialogue.

The Vice President of External Affairs serves on the ASEE Board of Directors. Having previously served two years as Zone II Chair and two years as Vice President of Member Affairs, I feel that I have a good understanding of the issues facing ASEE and am in a position to make a significant contribution to the vitality of our external partnerships. I believe that I have established a track record of following through on my responsibilities and of being a good collaborator in the work of the Society.

I am pleased and deeply honored to have been nominated for the position of Vice President of External Relations. If elected, I pledge to do my best to live up to this great honor.


Ray M. HaynesRay M. Haynes

Ray M. Haynes is a recently retired director of the University Strategic Technical Alliances office at Northrop Grumman Corp. 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 worked with more than 100 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 chaired 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, San Luis Obispo.

Haynes has extensive advisory board participation with ASU Polytechnic, the University of Arizona, both Cal Polys, Cal Tech, Loyola Marymount University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, UC Riverside, and UT Pan American.

His service within ASEE includes Vice President of Finance (2009-2011); 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 includes the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), an industry advisory council (plus Program Evaluator); the National Science Foundation (corporate alliance and proposal reviewer); the National Academy of Engineering (GUIRR with Cal Tech, 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 the 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.


Ken BrannanKen Brannan

Ken Brannan is Department Head and Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The Citadel. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. His first ASEE function was an Engineering Design Graphics meeting while he was a Ph.D. student and serving as an instructor in Virginia Tech’s Division of Engineering Fundamentals. Since joining the faculty at The Citadel in 1986, he has taught a variety of courses, including environmental engineering and first-year engineering courses. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he worked as an environmental engineer with a firm in Mobile, Al.

At the national level of ASEE, he has been active in the First-Year Programs Division, serving as Program Chair in 2000-2001 and Chair in 2001-2002. Currently, he is Chair of the Environmental Engineering Division, having served as Program Chair in 2009-2010. He was the National Campus Representative Coordinator from 2006-2009. In this position, he hosted and moderated the campus representatives’ awards presentations at the national conferences, arranged for technical paper and panel sessions, conducted the annual campus representative business meeting, and organized a committee that established online submittal of campus representative reports.

At the regional level, Brannan is an active member of the Southeast Section of ASEE, where he has held numerous positions within the section, including Chair of the Civil Engineering Division, Chair of the Administrative Divisions, conference site coordinator, Section Campus Representative Coordinator, newsletter editor for 10 years, and webmaster for eight years. He served on the Constitution Committee for the constitution and bylaws revisions adopted in 2003. He was the Section’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1993-1997 and President during 1998-1999. In 2003, he received the prestigious Tony Tilmans Service Award given by the Southeast Section.

His honors and awards include Best Conference Paper at the 2005 ASEE Annual Conference, the ASEE Southeast Section Thomas Evans Instructional Paper Award (1990), Outstanding Campus Representative Award in the ASEE Southeast Section in 1991 and 1997, Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award in 1997, and Campus Representative Award winner for the highest percentage of ASEE members in the Southeast Section in 2003. At The Citadel, he was the recipient of the C. A. Medbery Award for achievements in teaching first-year students. He has written and presented a number of papers at the regional and national level of ASEE on engineering education.

Catherine K. SkokanCatherine K. Skokan

Catherine K. Skokan is an associate professor of engineering in the Division of Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She received her B.S. (1970), M.S. (1972), and Ph.D. (1974) in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Her teaching has included courses in circuits, linear systems, signals and systems, geophysics, and digital signal processing, as well as multidisciplinary senior design.

Her research interests include use of electrical and electromagnetic geophysical tools for groundwater exploration, particularly in areas of high need. This application has expanded into another area of research interest: humanitarian engineering. The Colorado School of Mines offers a minor in Humanitarian Engineering, and research around this topic has included development and assessment of courses, gender participation, and acceptance of the concept by faculty and students. She is also active in the areas of curriculum development and K-12 connections. She presently has more than $5 million in research funding in the areas of Humanitarian Engineering, curriculum development, and K-12 outreach.

Skokan travels frequently with student groups, believing that education is strengthened by hands-on experiences. She has led humanitarian engineering student groups to work with Native American communities in Alaska, New Mexico, and the Dakotas as well as international projects in Senegal, Ghana, and Honduras. She has traveled twice with the Semester-at-Sea program, teaching engineering and earth science courses onboard a ship.

Skokan has received numerous teaching awards, including the Alfred E. Jenni Fellowship for institution-wide contributions to teaching effectiveness and educational scholarship for 2008-2009. She has also received the Excellence in College Teaching Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and a Leadership in Education Award from the Adams County District 50 Board of Education.

In ASEE, Skokan has participated in both the K-12 and Multidisciplinary Divisions as a conference session chair, presenter of papers, and reviewer of abstracts and papers. She has also published in the Journal of Engineering Education. She is presently Chair of the Multidisciplinary Division, having previously served as Program Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. The Multidisciplinary Division is currently the fifth largest division in ASEE with 1263 members.

She is also a member of the Engineering and Environmental Geophysics Society and has served on their board. In addition, she is a member of, and has held either local or national offices in the American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi: The Research Society of America, Tau Beta Pi, and the Colorado Association of Science Teachers.


Roberta HarveyRoberta Harvey

Roberta Harvey brings a collaborative spirit, interdisciplinary background, and longtime interest in engineering education to the position of PIC III Chair. She is currently the Provost Fellow in the Office of Academic Affairs at Rowan University. She has been a faculty member in the Department of Writing Arts at Rowan since 1998 and teaches writing in engineering and science. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) in 2002, preceded by a Master of Arts in English (1991), Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (1986), and Bachelor of Science in Biology (1986) from the University of North Dakota (UND). In early research as a graduate student at UND, she used ethnographic research methods to study the role of a writing tutor within an engineering course. She later served as a writing consultant to the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UWM and worked with engineering faculty to improve writing instruction within engineering courses.

As a member of a team from the Colleges of Communication and Engineering that teaches an integrated technical communication and design course at Rowan, Harvey has continued to be actively involved in engineering education and assessment. She also teaches a writing course for biology majors that is linked to a genetics course and includes assignments co-designed with the biology faculty and submitted for credit in both courses. She has collaborated with engineering faculty on proposals addressing service learning, assessment, communication, and women in engineering. In 2004, she and two engineering faculty were awarded an NSF grant to study the impact of using intentional learning strategies to improve student teamwork. An article reporting on this work earned the 2005 ASEE William H. Corcoran Award for Best Article in Chemical Engineering Education. In addition, she has co-authored several articles and presentations on design and communication pedagogy and assessment. Other areas of interest include interdisciplinary learning, general education, information literacy, academic integrity, and higher education innovation and leadership.

Harvey has been a member of ASEE since 1999 and belongs to the Liberal Education, Women in Engineering, Design in Engineering Education, Educational Research and Methods, Multidisciplinary Engineering, and Technological Literacy Divisions. She served as Program Chair, Chair-Elect, and Chair of the Liberal Education Division in 2007, 2008, and 2009, respectively. She would embrace the opportunity to contribute to ASEE at this level and to learn about and serve the PIC III Divisions.

Joseph J. RencisJoseph J. Rencis

Joseph J. Rencis has been professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville since 2004. From 2004-10 he was Department Head, and from 2007-10 the 21st Century Leadership Chair in Mechanical Engineering. Rencis is a 2008-09 inaugural fellow of the Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium Leadership Development Program. He served as the 2008-10 Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Mechanical Engineering Department Heads Committee. Prior to the University of Arkansas, he was a professor for 19 years in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Director of engineering mechanics. His degrees include A.A.S. and B.S. in Architectural and Building Construction Engineering Technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering, M.S. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts. His areas of research include boundary elements, finite elements, multiscale modeling, and engineering education. Throughout his career, Rencis has demonstrated a focus on engineering education. He has attended every ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition since 1995 and published 38 papers at ASEE national, zone, and section conferences. He has published more than 35 journal papers and more than 100 conference papers throughout his career. He is currently completing an undergraduate mechanics of materials textbook as a co-author.

Rencis has been active in ASEE at both section and national levels. He currently serves as Chair of the Midwest Section. Other service includes 1999-2000 Chair of the Mechanics Division and 2009-10 Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Division. He has served on numerous other ASEE committees. Some major service accomplishments include developing new awards, fundraising for awards and conferences, working as a web master, and increasing membership. Rencis is a fellow of ASEE and ASME. His ASEE awards and recognition include 2009 Midwest Section Outstanding Service Award, 2006 Midwest Section Outstanding Service in Program Sponsorship, 2006 Mechanics Division James L. Meriam Service Award, 2004 New England Section Outstanding Leader, and 2002 New England Section Outstanding Teaching Award.

Rencis’s 26 years as a faculty member, university administrator, and volunteer for professional societies have provided him the opportunity to develop the leadership skills to serve in this position. He has worked collaboratively with members and staff in each leadership position to move the division/section to the next level of excellence. Rencis is committed to working with the PIC III divisions and for the profession in pursuit of ASEE’s goals.


Barbara BernalBarbara Bernal

Barbara Bernal is a professor of Software Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), where she has taught Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Information Technology courses since 1984. She received the Outstanding Faculty Award (1995) and served as undergraduate coordinator for software engineering (2002-2005); undergraduate coordinator for information technology (2004-2005); and chair of software engineering (2005-2006). Additionally, she is Co-Founder of the SPSU Usability Research Lab (ULAB) and is directly involved in corporate-sponsor ULAB projects. She received her M.Ed. and B.S. from Georgia State University (1979, 1981). She has authored and presented numerous papers, tutorials, and presentations locally and internationally on User-Centered Design, Usability, and Software Engineering. Bernal provides education support, specialized software development, and program evaluation through her consulting company, Software Education and Support (SES).

As an active member of ASEE, both at the section and national levels, Bernal served in a variety of positions over the past 11 years. Within the ASEE Southeast Section, she served as Southeast Section President in 2008-2009. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Software Engineering Division (2001, 2006, and 2011); Conference Proceeding Editor (2003-present); and website developer for the Section Paper submission/review ( As a result of her ASEE section involvement, she was awarded the ASEE Southeast Section Tony Tilmans Section Service Award in 2007.

Additionally, Bernal was Principle Investigator for a two-year research project concerning the use of virtual reality for performance enhancement in Morris Brown College, Atlanta; SIGCHI ‘96 - Leader & Organizer of an Accepted Workshop; Vancouver, Canada; accepted participant for the ‘97 Software Engineering Track of Integrating Recent Research Results into the Undergraduate Curricula at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.; and implemented the software for the “Exercise Book of Compensation Management - Rewarding Performance.”

Former SPSU Dean Tony Tilmans initially recommended and supported her involvement in the 2000 ASEE Southeast Conference in Roanoke, Va. (hosted by Virginia Tech). The ASEE community’s energy influenced her commitment to ongoing, active ASEE participation. This led to Bernal’s publishing in the ASEE national conferences and the Southeast Conference. Her manuscript “Usability Problem Solving: Designing Good Interactive Software,” published under the Southeast Section, was First Place winner of the Best Paper Award (2001-2002).  Bernal continues to enjoy serving both the section and national level, and is honored to have this opportunity to become Zone II Chair.

Robert WardRobert Ward

Robert Ward is professor of Civil Engineering at Ohio Northern University, where he has served for the past 21 years. Prior to that, he served in industry for ten years, taught at the community college level for four years, and served as an associate professor at New Mexico State University. At Ohio Northern University, he has served on the Freshmen Curriculum Committee and is coordinator for the Statics and Strength of Materials courses. He is a recipient of Ohio Northern University’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2003). Ward has also been active at the high school and junior high levels as coordinator of the JETS TEAMS regional competition. He serves as a MathCounts coach and has served as an instructor for the university’s summer engineering camp for junior high girls for many years.

An active member of ASEE since 1989, Ward was ASEE’s Campus Representative at Ohio Northern University for several years. He received the Outstanding Campus Representative Award for the North Central Section in 2006. He has held offices within the North Central Section, including Campus Representative Coordinator, Vice Chair, and Chair (2007-2009). Ward is also a member of the ASEE First-Year Programs Division (formerly Freshman Engineering Division), Mechanics Division, and Civil Engineering Division. He has presented both papers and posters at the national and section levels.

Ward holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. His research interests are in the areas of rainfall/runoff relationships, groundwater quality and movement, freshman education, and mechanics education.


Nebojsa I. JaksicNebojsa I. Jaksic

Nebojsa I. Jaksic, P.E., is a professor and Director of the “Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Specialization in Mechatronics” program in the Department of Engineering at Colorado State University, Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo). He received a Dipl.Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Belgrade University (1984) and an M.S. in electrical engineering (1992), an M.S. in industrial engineering (1992), and a Ph.D. (2000) in industrial engineering from the Ohio State University. From 1992 to 2000, he served at DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2000, he joined CSU-Pueblo.

Jaksic has been involved in teaching and developing courses for graduate and undergraduate engineering students, engineering technology students, and technicians for more than 19 years. He was chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of ASEE (2008), Program Chair (2008) and then Division Chair (2009) for the Division of Experimentation and Laboratory Oriented Studies (DELOS) of ASEE. He served as Program Director on the organizing committee of the first Zone IV Conference in 2010. In 2006, he received the DELOS ASEE Best Paper Award and, in 2008, the DELOS ASEE Outstanding
Service Award.

Jaksic’s interests include education and research in engineering fields such as manufacturing, mechatronics, and nanotechnology. He is a member of ASEE and the Materials Research Society (MRS), as well as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Abraham TengAbraham Teng

Abraham Teng joined the Pre-Engineering and Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University (UVU), then Utah Valley State College, in Fall 2002. He is currently an associate professor in both the Pre-Engineering and Computer Science Departments. Since joining UVU, Teng has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of the College of Technology and Computing, and Interim Associate Dean of the School of the Arts. Currently, he is serving as the Associate Dean of the College of Technology and Computing. During the 2009-10 academic year, Teng was asked to serve as the Interim Associate Dean of the School of the Arts because of his administrative ability in assisting the Interim Dean in administering the affairs in the School of the Arts while the School underwent a search for a new Dean.

Teng is passionate about promoting engineering awareness and education in secondary school systems. He started the engineering summer camp at UVU for junior high students in 2009. The engineering summer camp is in its second year and builds engineering awareness through the use of engineering design projects, Lego robots programming, and basic programming using the programming environment “Alice.” He has been instrumental in helping UVU become the National Affiliate of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in the State of Utah. He serves as the Affiliate Director of PLTW in Utah.

Prior to joining UVU, Teng worked in industry with companies such as Motorola and Flowserve. While working for Motorola, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his “outstanding effort in improving cycle time, runtime, and yield of the ADPAC solder ball attachment system.” He has also worked as a project manager and a software development manager in smaller software development companies. Teng has been a member of ASEE since 2002. He is the ASEE Campus Representative for UVU and served as 2008 – 2009 Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section, hosting the Rocky Mountain Section meeting on the UVU campus. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He holds a U.S. patent on a catheter connector system.




Beginning Nov. 1, 2010, ASEE will accept nominations for awards to be presented at the 2011 ASEE Awards Banquet, which will be held during the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, June 26-29, 2011.

For the 2011 awards, only hard-copy nominations will be accepted. For that reason, the electronic award and Fellow Member nomination forms will not be available on our website. A copy of the forms can be downloaded from our website at, or you may contact us to request them.

A list of awards that are offered, including nomination guidelines, is also available at Consider nominating one or more deserving colleagues for an award. The deadline for submitting award nominations is January 15, 2011. The deadline for submitting Fellow Member nominations is Feb. 1, 2011. For questions regarding awards, please contact Awards & Administrative Services at (202) 331-3550 or For questions regarding Fellow Member nominations, please contact the ASEE Membership Department at (202) 331-3519 or





The ASEE National and Society Award Winners and Fellow Member Honorees were chosen by the respective ASEE award selection committees and were approved by the ASEE Awards Policy Committee.

Awardees and Fellow Member Honorees were recognized at the annual Awards Banquet held at the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on June 20 - 23, 2010.

ASEE Award Winners, chosen from amongst their respective geographic sections and professional divisions of ASEE, were also honored at traditional gatherings held during the ASEE Annual Conference or at their annual section and division meetings.

Award Recipients for 2010:




(For papers that were presented at the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference)

Assessing the Standards for Assessment: Is It Time to Update Criterion 3?
Stephen Ressler, United States Military Academy

An Experimental Investigation of the Innovation Capabilities of Engineering Students
Nicole Genco and Katja Holtta-Otto, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; and Carolyn Conner Seepersad, University of Texas, Austin

Successful Students: Smart or Tough?
Beverly Jaeger, Susan Freeman, Richard Whalen, and Rebecca Payne, Northeastern University

Strengthening the K-20 Engineering Pipeline for Underrepresented Minorities
Nancy Warter-Perez, Jianyu Dong, Eun-Young Kang, Huiping Guo, Mauricio Castillo, Alexander Abramyan, and Keith Moo-Young, California State University, Los Angeles

Preparing for Participation in SPEED: An ASEE Initiative for a Nationally Recognized Development Program for Engineering Educators
Donald Visco, Tennessee Technological University; Dirk Schaefer and Tristan Utschig, Georgia Institute of Technology; J.P. Mohsen, University of Louisville; Norman Fortenberry, National Academy of Engineering; Michael Prince, Bucknell University; and Cynthia Finelli, University of Michigan

Partnership to Improve Student Achievement in Engineering and Science Education: Lessons Learned in Year One
Augusto Macalalag, Debra Brockway, Mercedes McKay, and Elisabeth McGrath, Stevens Institute of Technology

Successful Students: Smart or Tough?
Beverly Jaeger, Susan Freeman, Richard Whalen, and Rebecca Payne, Northeastern University





Photo: Sarah A. RajalaSarah A. Rajala, recent past president of ASEE and professor and dean of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University, has been has been named the 2010-2012 Scholar of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the nation’s oldest national academic honor societies. Rajala was cited for her accomplishments in research, teaching, administration, and public service.

Rajala has focused her research on the analysis and process of images and image sequences and engineering educational assessment, publishing some 200 publications and securing a patent on image sequence compression over the course of her career. A committed advocate for women and minorities in engineering education, Rajala helped create several supportive programs for female engineering faculty members at North Carolina State University during her teaching tenure there, 1979 to 2006. As 2008-2009 ASEE president and, subsequently, as a member of the board, Rajala took a lead in expanding the Society’s global partnerships.

“Dr. Rajala possesses that rarest of academic gifts – the ability to excel simultaneously as a scholar in her chosen discipline, as a highly regarded teacher, as a practitioner in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and as an academic leader in her current role as an engineering dean,” said William McKinney, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi artist selection committee.




for Excellence in Collaboration of Engineering Education and Industry

ASEE’s newest national award is the Isadore T. Davis Award for Excellence in Collaboration of Engineering Education and Industry. Isadore T. Davis was an active member of the ASEE Corporate Member Council and also served as Chair. He served on the ASEE Board of Directors and was Vice President for Institutional Councils. Davis had a long career in industry, working for AiResearch, Hughes, Raytheon, and Rolls-Royce. While serving as Chair of the Corporate Member Council, he was instrumental in working with all four ASEE councils to promote excellence in engineering education with industry involvement and with the goal of improving diversity in our society.

The award was jointly established and endowed by ASEE’s Corporate Member Council, Engineering Deans Council, Engineering Technology Council, Engineering Research Council, and Division of College-Industry Partnerships.

This award recognizes an individual or individuals who promote partnerships or collaboration between engineering or engineering technology educators and industry to improve learning, scholarship, and engagement practices within the engineering education community. Partnerships or collaborations could include areas of championing career development for our youth, improving the plight of our protected classes, issues of diversity in the workplace, unique collaborative scholarship of discovery, or applied research, in addition to many other areas of engineering or engineering technology education and industry collaboration and/or partnerships.

The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and a commemorative plaque. Detailed information, including qualifications and criteria, is available on our website at



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