By Jennifer Johnson, ASEE Today section editor/writer
By David Brindley
are those who march to the beat of a different drum. And then there
are those who actually drum out the beat, leading the way for those
different marchers. Gerald S. Jakubowski, the new president of the American
Society for Engineering Education, is one of those drum-beating leaders.
It probably wouldn't
come as a surprise to anyone who has met the enthusiastic and, yes,
upbeat dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles, that Jakubowski was drum major of his high
school marching band. Being part of the band and marching with
it is great. But when you are in front, leading the band, it's
such a magnificent sound and experience, he fondly recalls nearly
three-and-a-half decades later.
not have been destined for the life of the music man, but he has often
been cast in the leading role in many organizations. That stems from
a strongly held personal philosophy that it's not just enough to
show up; you have to get involved, too. I won't join an organization
unless I can at least contribute in some small way, he says. Jakubowski's
25-year-plus involvement with ASEE is a good example, beginning at the
section level as a campus representative from the University of Toledo,
where he not only taught but also earned his bachelor's, master's,
and doctorate in mechanical engineering.
Wally Fowler, last
year's ASEE president, points out that Jerry joined ASEE
as a young faculty member and has served ASEE in a large number of local,
regional, and national capacities. His impact has been strongly positive
at all levels. Jerry knows ASEE from bottom to top and is keenly aware
of its problems and opportunities. He will be an excellent president.
Over the years,
Jakubowski has also influenced future leaders and built up a wealth
of good will within the organization. Ron Barr, professor of mechanical
engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and ASEE vice president
of member affairs, a position he took over from Jakubowski, says, I
looked up to Jerry and admired the role he had done as VP during his
two years. He served as a good role model for me and other members.
And he made a lot of friends. Everybody seems to like him a whole lot.
So what are the
new president's priorities for the coming year? Characteristically,
Jakubowski presents an ambitious array of topics: increasing membership
and improving services of the society, focusing on research initiatives
and promoting graduate education, expanding the number of women and
minorities, in part through better K-12 education, expanding industry
involvement, and branching out to the international arena.
that ASEE can't solve all those problems, Jakubowski says that
if there is something that we can be doing to help, that's
what we want to do. To that end, he has already established a
task force on women and minorities and is setting up a center for best
practices in K-12 science and mathematics education. On the international
realm, he recently attended several European engineering education conferences,
including the first-ever International Colloquium on Global Changes
in Engineering Education, which ASEE co-hosted with the Technical University
Berlin in the German capital.
Of course, being
ASEE president isn't the only thing on Jakubowski's plate.
In addition to his duties as dean at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles,
a position he's held since 1990, he also teaches mechanical engineering
(when time permits), with particular interests in thermodynamics, fluid
mechanics, heat transfer, and energy, and has published more than fifty
technical papers and reports in his field. He's also active in
other professional organizations, including the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Institute
for the Advancement of Engineering.
All those commitments
leave no free time, right? Wrong. In fact, Jakubowski is something of
a renaissance man. One recent evening he pursued three hobbies at once:
I took some zucchini that I grew in my garden and went into the
kitchen and made some zucchini bread. And while the bread was baking,
I went out to my wood shop and repaired my table saw, the master
multi-tasker says. He's an avid cyclist and enjoys hiking in the
California hills with his wife. And when asked what his proudest accomplishment
is, he beams like a new father and points to a picture of his two grown
Jakubowski is also
a voracious reader and, as any friend or colleague knows, is a Bugs
Bunny fanatic who even considers the floppy-eared character a hero.
I like to think that Bugs represents the humorous side of my personality,
That may be so,
but for some, Jakubowski's tireless enthusiasm conjures a certain
other energeticand drum-beatingbunny. You know, the one
who goes on, and on, and on
Brindley is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
AEES 2001, AUSTRALIA
On November 21-23,
in Canberra, Australia, the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society
will be holding its annual meeting with the theme "Earthquake Codes
in the Real World." The conference will include discussions on new risk
methodologies that involve geotechnical measurements, and on different
levels of hazard and earthquake focal depth ranges. For more information,
PLIM + PLEX
2001, UNITED KINGDOM
International is holding its latest Plant Live Management and Plant
Licence Extension conferences in London, England, on November 28-30.
Conference topics will include safety and regulatory issues, life cycle
management, instrumentation and control, component management, and ageing
and degradation mechanisms. See http://www.connectingpower.com/story.asp?sC=2006558
for more details.
The 8th East Asia-Pacific
Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction will be held in
Singapore on December 5-7, 2001. With the theme of "Challenges in the
21st Century," the conference will include papers on applications
of information technology, prefabrication technology, soil-structure
interaction, wind and earthquake engineering, and stability and scaffolding
engineering. Please see
for more information.
Society for Optical Engineering is holding an international photonics
conference on January 20-25, 2002, in San Jose, California. The conference
will cover integrated optoelectronics devices, biomedical optics and
applications, electronic imaging/displays/cameras/ holography, and high-powered
lasers and applications. For more information on this conference, see
The 3rd World
Congress on Cost Engineering, Project Management, and Quantity Surveying
will be held in Melbourne, Australia, on April 14-18. Workshop themes
will include project management, estimating and cost planning, professional
development, databases and benchmarking, and environmental analysis.
For more information, see http://www.mcigroup.com/icec2002.htm.
The 11th International
Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference & Exhibition will be held
May 26-31, 2002, in Kitakyushu, Japan. Exploring offshore technology
and ocean engineering, topics to be covered will include deep water/ocean
systems and technology, earthquake engineering, remote sensing, computational
mechanics, and deepwater field developments. See http://www.isope.org/call4papers/2002/call4papersisope2002.htm
for more details.
The 6th Biennial
Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis will be held July
8-11, 2002, in Istanbul, Turkey. This conference aims to provide an
atmosphere for researchers and engineers to discuss, exchange, and expose
ideas, methods, and results in conventional and contemporary topics
of mechanical engineering. Topics to be covered include design engineering,
applied thermo-fluids, applied mechanics, and advanced energy systems.
For more information, see http://www.mkn.itu.edu.tr/esda2002.
The ITA World
Tunneling Congress 2003 has issued a call for papers, with abstracts
due January 1, 2002. The congress, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
on April 12-17, 2003, has the theme of "(Re)Claiming the Underground
Space." Topics of interest include underground space use, design aspects
and risk analysis, sustainability of underground space, underground
logistic systems, and contract management and financing. Please see
for more details.
'03 (Advances in Structures--Steel, Concrete, Composite, and Aluminum)
will be held June 23-25, 2003, in Sydney, Australia. ASSCCA has issued
a call for abstracts on topics including structural members and systems,
dynamic and fatigue, concrete and composite, and nonlinear materials.
Abstracts are due by January 31, 2002. For more details, please see
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was recently named dean of the College of Engineering at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
formerly the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Science and Technology,
has been named as the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair in
Science and Technology at the U.S. Naval Academy.
former dean of the Purdue School of Technology at Purdue University,
has been appointed the Vice Provost for Engagement at Purdue University.
He is ASEE's 2001-2002 Chair of the Engineering Technology Council.
is the new dean of the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering at
the State University of New York, New Paltz.
has been appointed the dean of the College of Engineering at the University
recently became the dean of the School of Engineering at the University
of California, Santa Cruz.
has been named as the dean of the College of Engineering at Wayne State
Lyle E. Stephens
has been elected as the president of the American Society of Agricultural
Engineers for the year 2002-2003. He is a senior engineer with Deere
The Fall Meeting
for ASEE's Mid Atlantic Section will be held November 2-3, with the
theme of " The 21st Century Engineering." Held at the College
of Staten Island in Staten Island, New York, topics to be covered will
include globalization of engineering education, distance learning, work/study
programs, engineering education. For more information, please see:
The Best Paper
Awards for the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference have been announced. The
ASEE Professional Interest Councils (PIC) selected a paper as the best
for each PIC, and from those the Best Paper Overall. The awards consist
of a plaque and $1,000 for each PIC winner, with the Best Paper Overall
receiving a plaque and $2,000. Authors will receive their awards at
the banquet during the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec,
Best Paper Overall,
Best Paper PIC IV
Honor Ford Nerz and Suzanne T. Weiner
North Carolina State University
Paper: Information Competencies: A Strategic Approach
Best Paper PIC
Carnegie Mellon University
Paper: Humorous Engineering 101
Best Paper PIC
University of Dayton
Paper: Applying a Global Ethic in Engineering Organizations
Best Paper PIC
Kevin Dahm and James Newell
Paper: Baseball Stadium Design: Teaching Engineering Economics
and Technical Communication in a Multi-Disciplinary Setting
Best Paper PIC
Mohammed Enamul Haque
Texas A&M University
Paper: Web Based Visualization Techniques for Structural Design
Outstanding Teaching Awards
This award, given
by each ASEE section, recognizes the outstanding teaching performance
of an engineering or engineering technology educator. The award consists
of a certificate and honorarium presented by the local section.
James W. Frazer, University of Texas at San Antonio
Kenneth J. Reid, Indiana-Purdue University, Indianapolis
Ahmed Rubaai, Howard University
A. John Boye, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Steven LeBlanc, University of Toledo
Eric L. Wang, University of Nevada-Reno
David L. Whitman, University of Wyoming
Outstanding Campus Representative Awards
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 certificate and is presented at each section's
Kay C. Dee, Tulane University
Velio A. Marsocci, SUNY-Stony Brook
George Staab, Ohio State University
Marilyn A. Dyrud, Oregon Institute of Technology
Sima Parisay, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Joseph Cheng, University of Southern Colorado
Charles Knight, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga