PRISM Magazine On-Line  - November 1999
ASEE Today

National Design Graphics Competition

The National Design Graphics Competition was held in Charlotte, NC, in conjunction with the 1999 ASEE Annual Conference. Freshman engineering students from across the country competed by designing an adjustable attachment for a tripod. First place went to Washtenaw Community College of Ann Arbor, MI.

Design project requirements included an abstract, written report, and a graphic record of the project. Projects received additional scoring based on presentation quality and adherence to the guidelines.

This competition is held annually for freshman engineering students. Its purpose is to aid students in understanding the design process and to provide an exercise in applying engineering principles.

The 1999 winners of the National Design Graphics Competition are:

  • First Place—Washtenaw Community College of Ann Arbor, MI; team members: Diane Bontemps, James Brightwell, Lisa Jordan, and Michael Relyin; advisor: Frank Gerlitz.
  • Second Place—Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University of Blacksburg, VA; team members: Christy Butler, Yiu Kui Law, Matthew Van Dyke, and Michael Geruso; advisor: Barry Crittendon.
  • Third Place—Miami University of Oxford, OH; team members: Carla Baumer, Bethany Peeples, Adam Shoemaker, and Steven Spears; advisor: Errol Gundler.

The 2000 National Design Graphics Competition invites students to design a portable computer mouse-wheel cleaner. For information, contact Patrick McCuistion, (740) 593-1457; e-mail:


Did you know that ASEE administers several fellowships? There are programs for doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty research. For more information, contact the ASEE Projects Department, (202) 331-3525; e-mail:; or see

Doctoral Research Opportunities

NDSEG Fellowship Program

    The Department of Defense sponsors the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG). This program awards up to 150 new three-year graduate fellowships each year. Fellowships are awarded for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences.

    Recipients receive nearly $60,000 in stipends over a 3-4 year period, and full tuition at the university of their choice. The NDSEG program is open only to U.S. citizens and nationals. Applicants must have received, or be on track to receive, their baccalaureate degrees by Fall 2000. The application deadline is January 19, 2000. For more details, see

Helen Carr Fellowship Program

    Under the auspices of ASEE's Historically Black Engineering Colleges Committee, the Helen Carr Fellowship provides up to $10,000 per year to African-American students pursuing a doctoral degree. Upon completion, the recipient must teach at a participating historically black college or university. Application deadlines are January 15, 2000, for students enrolling in August/September and May 15, 2000, for those intending to enroll in January/February.

    Participating institutions are: Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL; Hampton University, Hampton, VA; Howard University, Washington, DC; Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD; North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC; Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX; Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA; Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; and Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. For more details, see

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

Army Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific and technical areas that are of interest and relevant to the Army.

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and can be submitted anytime. Most research opportunities at ARL are open to U.S. citizens only. The selected participants will work in an Army laboratory with senior ARL scientists and engineers. Fellowships are awarded for one year, but may be renewed for a second and third year based upon the recommendation of the applicant's advisor and the availability of laboratory funds.

    Stipends range from $45,000 to $55,000. Higher stipends are available for senior appointments. The program provides participants with family health insurance, life insurance, and disability. Travel and relocation funds are also available. For more details, see

ONR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR), manager of the Navy's basic research and exploratory development programs, sponsors a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at a number of Naval R&D centers and laboratories. The program is designed to increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas that are of interest and relevant to the Navy. There is also a special initiative to increase the number of female postdoctoral participants in the program.

    The ONR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides approximately 40 new postdoctoral appointments per year. Fellows are selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals. The selected participants will work in a unique Navy laboratory environment with senior laboratory scientists and engineers. There are four deadlines per year: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

    Annual stipends range from $40,000 to $52,000. Awards are for one year, and are renewable for a second and third year, given satisfactory performance and availability of funds. A group health insurance program is provided for participants (paid for by the fellowship) and optional coverage for dependents (paid for by the participant) is available. Travel and relocation allowances are also available.

    Participants selected for support under the ONR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program must be citizens of the United States and be eligible for a Department of Defense security clearance of "Secret." For more details, see

Faculty Research Opportunities

ONR Summer Faculty Research Program

    The ONR Summer Faculty Research Program provides science and engineering faculty members the opportunity to participate in research at Navy laboratories for a 10-week period during the summer break. Summer research is defined in advance through correspondence and an optional pre-program visit to the research site.

    Participants have an opportunity to establish continuing research relations with the R&D personnel of the host laboratories, which may result in sponsorship of the participants' research at their home institutions. Faculty members from historically black colleges and universities and minority institutions are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is January 14, 2000.

    Stipends range from $1,250-$1,750 per week. An optional pre-program visit to the research site is funded through the program. Pre-program visits may be made in April, May, or June. For applicants who relocate their residence for the ten-week period of appointment, a similar travel and modest relocation allowance will be provided. For more details, see

ONR Sabbatical Leave Program

    The ONR Sabbatical Leave Program provides science and engineering faculty the opportunity to conduct research at Navy laboratories while on sabbatical leave. Participants in the Sabbatical Leave Program will receive a monthly stipend making up the difference between their salary and sabbatical leave pay. Participants will also receive reimbursement for travel to and from the laboratory site and a relocation allowance for those who must relocate their residence during their sabbatical leave tenure. Appointments are for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of one year.

    This is a residential sabbatical and participants must conduct research on site. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis, but should be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed starting date. For more details, see

NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program is designed for U.S. citizens with teaching or research appointments at U.S. universities or colleges, preferably with a minimum of two years experience. The objectives of the program are to further the professional knowledge of engineering and science faculty members; to stimulate an exchange of ideas between faculty and NASA; to enrich and refresh the research and teaching activities of participants' institutions; and to contribute to the research objectives of the NASA center.

    Research fellowships are awarded to qualified engineering and science faculty members and some non-science disciplines for specific projects and for summer research in a NASA/university cooperative program. These fellowships are for 10 continuous weeks, with a stipend of $1,000 per week. Fellows may be invited to re-apply for a second summer. Travel and relocation funds are available. Approximately 150 first-year fellowships will be awarded, and the application deadline is February 1, 2000. For more details, see

1999-2000 ASEE Section Meetings

ASEE Section meetings have been scheduled through spring 2000. These meetings are excellent opportunities to network with other engineering educators in your area and to discover new engineering technology. All members are encouraged to attend. 

Zone I
Middle Atlantic Section
November 6, 1999
Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg
Contact: William Welsh
(717) 948-6097; 

April 15, 2000
SUNY-College of Technology
Farmingdale, NY
Contact: Amit Bandyopadhyay
(516) 420-2378;

New England Section
April 28-29, 2000
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Contact: Krishna Vedula
(978) 934-2575;

St. Lawrence Section
March 31-April 1, 2000
Alfred State University/Alfred State College
Alfred, New York
Contact: Jenifer A. Taylor
(607) 871-2190;

Zone II
Illinois Indiana Section
March 23-25, 2000
University of Evansville/University of Southern Indiana
Contact: Larry Godd
(812) 465-1087;

North Central Section
March 31-April 1, 2000
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Contact: Diana Briedis; (517) 353-3861

Southeastern Section
April 2-4, 2000
Virginia Tech
Roanoke, Virginia
Contact: Michael Gregg
(540) 231-9544;

Zone III
Gulf Southwest Section
April 5-8, 2000
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Theme: "History of the Future: Engineering Education into the Next Millennium"
Contact: Phil Smith
(505) 646-2118;

Midwest Section
April 5-7, 2000
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Theme: "The 21st Century Engineering Student: Profiles in Diverse Opportunities"
Contact: Terrence Foster
(402) 554-3273

Zone IV
Pacific Northwest Section
April 21-22, 2000
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana
Contact: Robert Marley
(406) 994-2203;

Pacific Southwest Section
April 14-15, 2000
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Theme: "Meeting Constituent Needs in the 21st Century"
Contact: Jeffrey B. Goldberg
(520) 621-6032;

Rocky Mountain Section
March 24-25, 2000
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado
Contact: Ron Miller
(303) 273-3892

Books by Members

The Book on the Bookshelf. By Henry Petroski. Random House, Inc., New York; 1999, 288 pp., $26.

Engineering Design: A Materials and Processing Approach (3rd edition). By George E. Dieter. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, New York; 1999, 816 pp., $93.50.

Engineering Design: A Project-Based Introduction. By Clive L. Dym and Patrick Little. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 1999, 272 pp., $35.95.

Quantitative Feedback Theory. By Constantine H. Houpis and Steven J. Rasmussen. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York; 1999, 408 pp., $150.

Vibration Spectrum Analysis: A Practical Approach (2nd edition). By Steve Goldman. Industrial Press, New York; 1999, 272 pp., $44.95.

International News

As you may have heard, ASEE is beginning to expand its horizons and venture into the global arena. Starting this month, we will have a section for international engineering education news, calls for papers, fellowships, etc. Submit items at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to ASEE Today, fax (202) 265-8504; e-mail:

Fulbright-NOKIA Fellowship, Finland

    The Council for International Exchange of Scholars has extended the deadline for submission of applications for the Fulbright-NOKIA Fellowship, offered under the 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar Program, and supported in part by the NOKIA corporation. American specialists are invited to lecture and conduct research at Finnish universities in electronics, information, or communication technologies. The award is either for 4-6 months, beginning September 2000 or January/February 2001, or 9 months beginning September 2000. Proposed host institutions are: the Institute of Radio Communications, Helsinki University of Technology; the Centre for Wireless Communications, Oulu University; or the Digital Media Institute, Tampere University of Technology.

    For application materials and additional information, contact: Dr. Muriel Joffe, Senior Program Officer, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, telephone (202) 686-6249; e-mail: The application may also be downloaded at

Westminster Studies in Education Call for Papers, Oxford, UK

    Westminster Studies in Education is an international and multi-disciplinary refereed journal. It publishes empirical studies and scholarly discussions where the focus is on innovative or problematic aspects of teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation. The settings for these may be formal and informal; for example, schools, universities, the workplace, the local community, and wherever lifelong learning takes place.

    For more information, see

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