Attached to the October issue of Prism is Engineering, Go For
It! a 64-page guidebook whose purpose is to get high school students
interested in engineering. The book, published by ASEE, covers many
innovative and exciting areas of engineering that we believe young
people will enjoy
hearing about, including a story about the role that electrical engineers
play in creating electronic music made by pop stars like Britney Spears
and Fatboy Slim. There are stories about how engineers are developing
all sorts of amazing tools to fight terrorism and dramatically improving
the lives of the elderly and disabled. We know through research that
many youngsters have no idea what engineers do. We hope more young
people will consider engineering as a career once they have a better
what the field entails and how it can help them improve the world and
have an exciting and well-paying career.
We have printed almost 400,000 copies of the guidebook, 250,000 of which
are being distributed to the 75 engineering schools that sponsored the
publication. Nonsponsoring schools can purchase copies from ASEE for
$2 per copy. We have many distribution methods in mind, and our goal
is to get the book into the hands of as many high school students across
the nation as possible, particularly those who do well in science and
Engineering, Go For It! is another step in the ambitious
agenda that ASEE has undertaken that includes ASEE's EngineeringK12
Center Web site, http://www.engineeringk12.org, and the creation of
new ASEE membership categories for both K-12 teachers and institutions.
This month, as usual, Prism has a broad mix of stories for your interest.
The cover story, Proceed With Caution, reviews, in depth,
the relationship between academic researchers and industry. The article
looks at the rise in partnerships between academia and industry and the
many concerns endemic to the commercialization of academic research.
Although the relationship is likened to walking a tightrope, the effort
can be rewarding if schools adhere to strict rules of engagement. The
Corps at a Crossroad considers the background and future of the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under siege on a number of fronts, the
Corps has turned to engineering educators for help.
As always, I welcome hearing your comments
Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher