ASEE PRISM - October 2000
This Month's Issue: A Grand Slam

IFrank L. Hubandn our cover story this month, we address one aspect of an issue important to all engineering educators: how to best prepare students to be productive engineers in the current economy and for the decades to come. "Getting Down to E-Business," discusses employers' desire to find engineers who are not only technical problem-solvers, but who can also identify and define the problems that enhance corporate profitability--especially in the online world, where red ink is still common. Although the preparation of engineering graduates with such capabilities will involve modifying some aspects of the engineering curriculum, it should make engineers more valuable and attract a wider range of students to engineering.

The increasing potential of genetically modified food is provoking questions that lay between technology and society at large. Many researchers have concluded that such food offers the potential for better flavor, longer shelf life, and greater resistance to disease and insect attack. On the other hand, many consumers, especially those across the Atlantic--as we report in "Food Fight in Europe," are concerned that genetically altering food may be harmful. Improved understanding of genetic modification's effect on our foods, and a better presentation of this improved understanding, should enhance our global food supply with minimal risk of harm to the public.

Many engineering schools are undergoing major transformation. Read about what is happening at Yale University's College of Engineering, and its new dean, Paul Fleury.

Do you know ASEE's 2000-2001 President, Wally Fowler? Find out more by reading a profile of our newest leader.

For our sports fans, we have a baseball story--literally. "Stepping Up to the Plate"  is about the ball itself. Because so many homers are being hit these days, fans are starting to wonder if there's something funny about the ball. One of ASEE's own has been called in to investigate.

And finally, in this month's "Last Word," William D. Rezak, president of Alfred State College of Technology, offers his potentially controversial opinions on engineering technology, including the view that the engineering degree should absorb the four-year engineering technology degree. What do you think? As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher 

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