ASEE PRISM - September 2000
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International News

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International Conferences

    PES 2000, Spain
    The International Conference on Power and Energy Systems (PES 2000), sponsored by the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED), will be held September 19-22, 2000, in Marbella, Spain. Topics to be covered include power system planning, electric machines and drives, control of power systems, energy storage and efficiency, tidal power, thermal energy, forecasting, and modeling and simulation. For more information, or to be placed on their mailing list, please contact: IASTED Secretariat-PES 2000, #80, 4500 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3B 0M6; (403) 288-1195; fax (403) 247-6851; e-mail:; or see

    ICCEE 2000, China
    The International Conference on Continuing Engineering Education (ICCEE) 2000,will be held in Beijing, China, November 7-11, 2000. Topics to be covered include: application of IT in continuing education, enterprise development and the role of continuing engineering education, industrialization of knowledge, knowledge innovation and continuing education, the role and responsibilities of government in the knowledge society, and knowledge agriculture and continuing education. The hotel reservation deadline is October 10. For more information, see

    Electralis 2001, Belgium
    Electropôle Belgium and the University of Liège are organizing Electralis 2001, to be held March 14-17, 2001, in Liège, Belgium. This conference will be the first world exhibition and opportunity to discuss research and development projects that are 100% devoted to the valorization of technological opportunities. Fields of research that will be presented include computer science, control systems, electric and magnetic fields, laser and electro-optics, nuclear and plasma science, robotics and automation, and signal processing. Please see  for more information.

About People

Alan Cramb has been named head of the materials science and engineering department in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Cramb is also co-director of the Center for Iron and Steel Research.

Nariman Farvardin has been named dean of the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Farvardin was formerly chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering.

Joe Fowler has been named ABET president for the 2000-2001 term beginning in October. Fowler was president elect for the 1999-2000 term and is president of Stress Engineering Services of Houston.

Nikos A. Gatsonis has been named director of the Aerospace Engineering Program at Worcestor Polytechnic Institute. Gatsonis is an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

G.P. "Bud" Peterson, former executive associate dean of engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ronald Sack has been named dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Sack was formerly director of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma.

Harmon L. Towne has been installed as president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Towne is vice president of sales and marketing with Brock Grain & Feed Systems in Milford, Indiana.

Jerry Yeargan has been named President-Elect of ABET for the 2000-2001 term beginning in October. Yeargan is a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Arkansas.


    Charles Wright, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, passed away on March 21, 2000.

    Alexander Zerban, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Hartford and professor of mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University, died March 9, 2000. Memorials may be sent to the University of Michigan. 

Award-Winning Campus Representatives

The ASEE Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Awards were established by the Campus Liaison Board to honor outstanding Zone Campus Representatives. The 2000 Campus Representative Awards were presented at the ASEE Awards Banquet in St. Louis on June 21. Each winner received a plaque and ASEE's congratulations for a job well-done:

    Zone I
    Kanti Prasad
    University of Massachusetts-Lowell

    Zone II
    Hugh Jack
    Grand Valley State University

    Zone III
    Ronald E. Barr
    University of Texas-Austin

    Zone IV
    Nikos J. Mourtos
    San Jose State University

For more information on the Campus Representative Program,  please see:

The ASEE Engineering Deans Council issued a statement from the annual business meeting on June 20, 2000, on Campus Representatives:

It is suggested that deans appoint an ASEE Campus Representative who is a member of ASEE and who will strongly encourage faculty and students to participate in ASEE activities.

The ASEE Campus Representative is an ASEE member designated by his/her institution to serve as the liaison between ASEE Headquarters and other faculty members on campus. The Campus Representative plays a critical role in recruiting and retaining ASEE members, as well as keeping current and potential members informed of ASEE activities by:

  • Publicizing ASEE activities
  • Promoting attendance at section and national ASEE meetings
  • Publicizing ASEE's awards program and making nominations
  • Organizing on-campus forums for faculty to exchange ideas

The ASEE Membership Office can assist deans in selecting Campus Representatives by providing a list of ASEE members on the faculty. To appoint a Campus Representative, or for assistance in identifying candidates, contact ASEE Membership at (202) 331-3520.


The Frontiers in Education 2000 conference, co-sponsored by the Education Research and Methods Division, will be held October 18-21 in Kansas City, KS, with the theme of "Building on a Century of Progress in Engineering Education." Session topics will include accreditation issues, globalization initiatives and programs, and computer science education. For more information, please see

The first-ever MathML conference, "MathML and Math on the Web," will be held October 20-21, 2000, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The conference will present current research and applications involving MathML. Additional conference details are available at:

Awards Keep Coming For Prism

Prism has captured eight honors so far this year in two national competitions. The magazine received five APEX Awards for Publications Excellence from Communications Concepts, and three EdPress awards from the Association of Educational Publishers.

The February 2000 issue of Prism received a prestigious Grand Award--the highest recognition given by APEX--for overall design and illustration. The issue also received APEX awards for cover design, designed by art director Amy Powers, and for feature writing for "Striking Back at Terrorism," by Bruce Auster.

The November 1999 issue also won three awards. "Her Brilliant Career," a profile of RPI's Shirley Jackson written by Joannie Schrof-Fischer, won an APEX award for personality profiles, while "Engineers and the New Economy," designed by Amy Powers, won an EdPress award for article design. The November issue, designed by Amy Powers and former art director Chris Collins, also won an EdPress award for design of the entire publication.

Rounding out the honors, "Corporate Universities: Education with a Bottom Line," designed by Chris Collins for the October 1999 issue, captured an EdPress award for article design, and the September 1999 issue earned an APEX award for overall outstanding writing.

Section Meetings

The North Midwest Section Meeting will be held on September 28-30 at the University of Minnesota. It will focus on emerging and vital aspects of teaching and learning engineering. Papers that report innovations and developments in progress for all facets of engineering education are invited. Papers that address student- centered learning, new processes and development of theory in design education, technology-enhanced learning, strategies and design for distance and asynchronous learning processes, new roles and models for textbooks, and international education are especially encouraged. Papers may be submitted through the first week of September; proposed titles and abstracts can be submitted in advance of the full manuscript. Send proposed titles and/or manuscripts to Frank Kulacki, Conference General Chair at e-mail: , or Karl Smith, Program Chair, at e-mail: Pre-registration closes on September 11. For more information, see:

The Illinois/Indiana Section is seeking abstracts pertaining to emerging and vital aspects of teaching and learning in engineering education for the 21st century for its annual conference, to be held at Purdue University on March 29-30, 2001. The theme for the conference is "The Next Step in Engineering Education." Topics will include, but are not limited to, assessment, multi-media and distance education, K-12 outreach programs, collaborative learning, supplemental instruction, integrated curriculum, diversity, and service learning. Abstracts should be 100-200 words; the abstracts, along with complete contact information and preference for presentation style should be submitted by October 1 to: William Oakes, Department of Freshman Engineering, Purdue University, 1286 ENAD, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1286; (765) 494-3892; fax (765) 494-5819; e-mail:

The Gulf Southwest Section announces its annual meeting to be held March 28-30, 2001, at Texas A&M University at College Station. The general theme of the conference is "Changing the Engineering Profession." The conference will include workshops by the Foundation Coalition and National Instruments. Papers should address topics dealing with engineering education in the information age, the changing workplace, changing engineering education, preparing for the changing engineering profession, engineering education: responding to imperatives to change, 21st-century cyber-education, and the virtual classroom and laboratory. Other relevant topics will also be considered. Complete manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings on CD-ROM. Guidelines for preparing abstracts and manuscripts, and additional conference details, are available at: Authors should submit abstracts by November 1, in electronic form (Word or PDF) to: Richard M. Alexander, ASEE GSW Program Chair, Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution, 3367 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3367; (979) 845-4951; fax (979) 847-9396; e-mail:

New ASEE Fellows

The following members received the Fellow grade of membership, which was conferred by ASEE's Board of Directors at the awards banquet held at the ASEE Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri in June. These members were recognized for their outstanding contributions to engineering and engineering technology education.

    • Ronald E. Barr
      University of Texas at Austin
    • Theodore A. Bickart
      Colorado School of Mines
    • Gary R. Crossman
      Old Dominion University
    • Bruce A. Harding
      Purdue University
    • Eddie Hildreth, Jr.
      Southern University and A&M College
    • Ronald S. Kane
      New Jersey Institute of Technology
    • William B. Krantz
      University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Richard M. Moore
      Oregon Institute of Technology (retired)
2000 ASEE National Award Winners

Benjamin Garver Lamme Award

    John L. Hennessy, newly installed president of Stanford University, was awarded the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award for his pioneering work on computer architecture and microprocessor design, which is only part of an extraordinary and lengthy record of research; for his outstanding teaching and advising of both undergraduate and graduate students; for his co-authorship of two highly influential textbooks; for his public service to many organizations; and for his visionary leadership of the department of computer science and, later, the School of Engineering at Stanford University.

    Established in 1928, the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award recognizes excellence in teaching, contributions to research and technical literature and achievements that advance the profession of engineering college administration. The award consists of a gold-filled medal and a framed certificate.

Frederick J. Berger Award

    Walter W. Buchanan, director of the School of Engineering Technology at Northeastern University, received the Frederick J. Berger Award for his commitment to excellence in education, industrially oriented "hands-on" teaching standards, and innovative administration dedicated to improving service to students and industry.

    The Frederick J. Berger Award, established in 1990 by Frederick J. Berger, recognizes and encourages excellence in engineering technology education. It is presented to both an individual and a school or department for demonstrating outstanding leadership in curriculum, techniques or administration in engineering technology education. The individual receives a $500 honorarium and a bronze medallion; the institution receives a $500 honorarium and an inscribed plaque.

General Electric Senior Research Award

    Nicholas A. Peppas, the Showalter Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, received the General Electric Senior Research Award for seminal, fundamental, and prolific contributions to polymer engineering and science, biomedical engineering, and pharmaceutical engineering. His contributions have provided insight into numerous engineering processes and applications and led to the development of new biomaterials and medical devices, including artificial vocal cords, contact lenses, linings for artificial hearts, artificial cartilage, a wide range of drug delivery devices, and the recently commercialized oral insulin delivery systems.

    The General Electric Senior Research Award was established in 1979 by the ASEE Engineering Research Council and is funded by the General Electric Company. It honors an administrator or a faculty member who has contributed significantly to engineering research, whether by expanding the frontiers of knowledge, by perfecting and applying the latest scientific advances to engineering problems, or by providing administrative leadership. The award consists of a gold medal, a framed certificate, and reimbursement of the recipient's travel expenses to the ASEE Annual Conference.

Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award

    Yunus A. Cengel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada at Reno, was awarded the Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award for his textbook, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, which offers a balanced coverage of thermodynamics and heat transfer for engineering students who do not take a course in heat transfer, such as electrical and civil engineering students. Within two years of its publication, the book was adopted by more than 50 engineering programs in the United States, as well as by numerous schools abroad. The widespread acceptance of this book, and the enthusiastic response of users, is indicative of its high quality. The material on the heat transfer portion of Cengel's book has been expanded into a new textbook, Heat Transfer: A Practical Approach, which is also being recognized with this award. This book, which offers a refreshing practical approach to the subject of heat transfer, is being used as a textbook in over 50 engineering colleges in the U.S. and several others overseas and has been translated into Korean.

    Established in 1986, the Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award is jointly endowed by James L. Meriam and John Wiley & Sons. It recognizes authorship of an outstanding new engineering textbook that embodies technical excellence, clarity of presentation, and strong relevance to engineering practice. The award consists of a $2,000 honorarium, a framed certificate, and reimbursement of the recipient's transportation costs to the ASEE Annual Conference.

Minorities in Engineering Award

    Prateen V. Desai, professor of mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was awarded the Minorities in Engineering Award for his success in the recruitment and retention of minorities in engineering curricula; for providing motivation and encouragement to minority candidates to enter the engineering field on both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and for his outstanding mentorship and guidance as attested to by his students.

    The Minorities in Engineering Award was established in 1979 to honor an engineering educator for exceptional achievement in increasing participation and retention of minorities and women in engineering. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation, the award consists of a $1,500 honorarium, a framed certificate, and a grant of $500 for travel expenses to the ASEE Annual Conference.

William Elgin Wickenden Award

    Bruce E. Seely received the 2000 William Elgin Wickenden Award in recognition of his paper, "The Other Re-engineering of Engineering Education, 1900-1965," which appeared in the July 1999 issue of the Journal of Engineering Education.

    The William Elgin Wickenden Award, sponsored by the Journal of Engineering Education Editorial Review Board, recognizes the author of the best paper published in ASEE's Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), the scholarly archival journal for the Society. JEE's editorial review board selects the best paper published during the previous January to October publication cycle. The awardee receives a commemorative plaque.

Books By Members

    Data-driven Techniques for Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Chemical Processes. By Evan L. Russell, Leo H. Chiang, and Richard D. Braatz. Springer-Verlag, London; 2000, 192 pp., £42.50.

    Photovoltaic Systems Engineering. By Roger A. Messenger and Gerard G. Ventre. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 2000, 400 pp., $89.95.

    Reliability Assessment Using Stochastic Finite Element Analysis, By Achintya Haldar, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York; 2000, 328 pp., $90.00.

    Strategic Corporate Management for Engineering, By Paul S. Chinowsky with James E. Meredith, Oxford University Press, New York; 2000, 397 pp., $60.00

    Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career, Second Edition, By Raymond B. Landis, Discovery Press, Los Angeles; 2000, 304 pp., $22.95

    Wind and Solar Power Systems. By Mukund R. Patel. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1999, 368 pp., $79.95.

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