Prism Magazine September 2001



ASEE Today

- By Jennifer Johnson, ASEE today section editor/writer


Fred Berry has been selected as the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Theodore A. Bickart has been elected to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. He is the president emeritus of the Colorado School of Mines.

Christopher I. Byrnes has been elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Byrnes is the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and the Edward H. and Florence G. Skinner Professor of Systems Science and Mathematics.

Joseph L. Cecchi has been appointed dean of the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He is a professor of chemical and nuclear engineering.

Samy E.G. Elias, associate dean for research at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's College of Engineering & Technology, recently received the first Henry Gantt Medallion Award to be offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Elias was honored for his innovative design of the Personal Rapid Transit system, the world's first fully automated computer-controlled transit system, at West Virginia University.

Kenneth R. Hall has been named holder of the Jack E. and Frances Brown Chair in Engineering at Texas A&M University. Hall is a professor of chemical engineering.

Medhat Marcos has been selected as the University Distinguished Teaching Scholars Chair for the 2001-2002 academic year for Kansas State University. Marcos is also a professor of electrical and computer engineering at KSU.

Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy has been named dean of the Leonard Nelson College of Engineering at the West Virginia University of Technology. Sathyamoorthy was formerly professor and chairman of the department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at Clarkson University.

Arvind Varma, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Center for Molecularly Engineering Materials at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as the first recipient of the University's Research Achievement Award.




SEFI 2001, Denmark

The SEFI 2001 Conference in Copenhagen, on September 12-14, will focus on the changing paradigm of engineering education. Topics discussed will include new engineering competencies, information and communication technology, motivating teaching, and evaluation methods. For more information on this conference, please see


ASEE, the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and the Technical University Berlin (TUB) will be holding the inaugural ASEE/SEFI/TUB International Colloquium, "Global Changes in Engineering Education," on September 15-18, 2001, in Berlin, Germany. Conference topics will include educating engineering students in entrepreneurship, national accreditation/global practice, and technology in learning systems. For more information on the conference, see

IBEC 2001, U.S.A.

The Society of Automotive Engineers is holding its 2001 International Body Engineering Conference & Exhibition in Detroit, Michigan, on October 16-18. Technical session topics will include advanced body design and engineering, safety systems, and advanced technologies. See: for more information.  

ME2001, U.S.A.

The 2001 American Society for Mechanical Engineers' International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition is being held on November 11-16 in New York City. With a focus on nanotechnology, the conference will feature speakers on the topics of nanoelectromechanical systems, nano fibers, and the business of nanotechnology. For more information, see 

ICEE, New Zealand

The International Ecological Engineering Society is holding its International Conference on Ecological Engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand, on November 25-29. Under the theme "Ecological Engineering for Landscape Services and Products," the conference will feature speakers on topics to include ecological engineering: state of the art, ecological engineering for wastewater treatment, and integration of engineering infrastructure with ecosystem functions. Please see for more information.  

ASE 2001, U.S.A.

Held in San Diego, California, on November 26-29, the IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering will bring together researchers and practitioners to share ideas on the foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of automated software engineering technology. Topics to be covered will include automated reasoning techniques, domain modeling and meta-modeling, process and workflow management, and software architectures. For more information, please see


The 5th Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium, sponsored by the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, has issued a call for papers, with abstracts due February 1, 2002. The symposium, to be held in Daejon, Korea, on November 17-20, 2002, has a theme of "Control Technologies in Ocean Engineering." Topics of interest include underwater vehicles and control, acoustic sensors, equipments, and control, dynamic positioning system, and ship motion control. See for more information.  

To submit items for the International News section, please send information at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to ASEE Today, e-mail:, fax (202) 265-8504. International events are also listed on ASEE's Web site at



Elasticity in Engineering Mechanics, 2nd edition. By Arthur P. Boresi and Ken P. Chong. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 2000, 615 pp., $99.

Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics. By Arthur P. Boresi and Richard J. Schmidt. Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA; 2001, 772 pp., $104.95.

Engineering Mechanics: Statics.

By Arthur P. Boresi and Richard J. Schmidt. Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA; 2001, 683 pp., $104.95.

Environmental Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam. By Michael R. Lindeburg. Professional Publications, Belmont, CA; 2001, 1150 pp., $169.95.



Since its launch in 1991, Prism magazine has been recognized among educational publications nationwide for its outstanding achievements in editorial, creative, and educational content. This year, Prism has added eleven awards to its already impressive roster. Within the past three years, the magazine has won 27 prestigious awards.

This year Prism received eight APEX awards (The Awards for Publication Excellence from Communication Concepts, a publishing consulting firm). The awards include a Grand Award—the highest honor given by the organization—for the design and illustration of the October 2000 piece entitled, "Food Fight in Europe," illustrated by Rick Hanson. The November 2000 issue received an award in the category of best overall magazine and journal writing. This issue also captured APEX honors in the categories of feature writing for "An Untapped Talent Pool," by Thomas K. Grose, a personality profiles award for "Bill Joy's Bad Dream," by Joannie Fischer, and a spreads and contents pages award, also for "Bad Dream." The March 2001 issue won an APEX cover design award for "Why Not Engineering?," photographed by Grant Delin, and a design and layout award for "Playing the Game," illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. Prism's final APEX award was in the category of best four-color magazines and journals.

In addition to the APEX awards, Prism was recognized with an EdPress award from the Association of Educational Publishers for the cover of the February 2000 issue, designed by Michael Gibbs. Prism was also a finalist in the cover design category for its May/June 2000 issue.

Rounding out this year's awards is the "Best in Print 2000 Award of Excellence," presented by United Litho, Inc., for the March 2000 issue.



2000-2001 Outstanding Campus Representatives

The ASEE Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Awards were established by the Campus Liaison Board to honor outstanding Zone Campus Representatives. The 2001 Campus Representative Awards were presented at the ASEE Awards Banquet in Albuquerque on June 27. Each winner received a plaque and ASEE's congratulations for a job well-done.

Zone I

Velio A. Marsocci
SUNY - Stony Brook

Zone II

Charles Knight
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Zone IV

Marilyn A. Dyrud
Oregon Institute of Technology


ASEE Fellows Named

The following members received the Fellow grade of membership in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education. This was conferred by ASEE's Board of Directors at the awards banquet held at the ASEE Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, Arizona State University
  • Walter W. Buchanan, Northeastern University
  • Ralph A. Buonopane, Northeastern University
  • Lester A. Gerhardt, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • E. Walter LeFevre, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • John J. McDonough, University of Maine-Orono
  • Albert L. McHenry, Arizona State University-East
  • Thomas G. McWilliams, Jr., Widener University
  • Ernest T. Smerdon, University of Arizona
  • George A. Timblin, Central Piedmont Community College
  • William J. Wilhelm, Wichita State University




Cary A. Fisher, professor and head of the department of engineering mechanics and chair of the engineering division at the U.S. Air Force Academy, received the ASEE Distinguished Service Citation for his continuous and distinguished service to engineering education through active participation in the work of ASEE since 1974.

The Distinguished Service Citation is given to an ASEE member in recognition of long, continuous, and distinguished service to education in engineering and engineering technology through active participation in the work of ASEE. The citation, which consists of a framed certificate, recognizes the kind of diligent, steadfast, and persevering service that might otherwise go unnoticed to ASEE.


Leroy S. "Skip" Fletcher, Regents Professor and Thomas Dietz Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was awarded the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award. As an engineering educator, Dr. Fletcher has served as an inspiring teacher, researcher, administrator, and practicing engineer. His educational books for first-year engineering students have been used extensively, and his service as department chair at the University of Virginia and associate dean at Texas A&M University led to many improvements. His service as president of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has had a lasting favorable impact on engineering education, and his appointment as Director of Aerospace at NASA Ames Research Center demonstrates his achievements outside the field of teaching.

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.  


Don K. Gentry, dean of the School of Technology at Purdue University, was awarded the Frederick J. Berger Award for the lasting and significant impact he has made on engineering technology education at the national level through his contributions in the School of Technology at Purdue University and through his dedicated service to the profession. His commitments to excellence and a student-centered focus have elevated the professional status of technology students at Purdue, which, in turn, has had influence on the welfare of students in the national technology community.

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.


Karl A. Smith, Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota, received the Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education for his introduction of the cooperative learning group approach to engineering education, the research that he has conducted in improving his own approach to cooperative learning groups and to his advocacy of the cooperative learning group in the context of engineering education.

The Chester F. Carlson Award is given to an individual innovator in engineering education who, by motivation and ability to extend beyond the accepted tradition, has made a significant contribution to the profession. The award is sponsored by the Xerox Corporation.  


Louis Takacs, senior co-op advisor in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky, received the Clement J. Freund Award for his sustained contributions to cooperative education over many years, and the enthusiasm with which he has advocated cooperative education throughout his distinguished career. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Kentucky in 1994, he worked at the DuPont Company in a variety of engineering, management and administrative positions. While at DuPont, he worked for more than 10 years managing an engineering co-op and professional recruiting program, retiring after 31 years of service.

The Clement J. Freund Award honors an individual in business, industry, government or education who has made a significant positive impact on cooperative education programs in engineering and engineering technology.  


Jeannie L. Darby, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California-Davis, was awarded the Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education for her exemplary service and outstanding record in teaching engineering students. Her record is exceptional in all facets of engineering education, including classroom and laboratory teaching, mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students, securing extramural funds for undergraduate and graduate training programs, new course development, K-12 outreach activities, and implementing programs to improve diversity in the college.

The Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education recognizes and honors outstanding women engineering educators.  


Robert English, professor and chair of the department of engineering technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, was awarded the James H. McGraw Award for his outstanding contributions to engineering technology education over the years, and for his dedicated efforts. Since 1980, he has served the engineering technology community through his involvement in ASEE's Engineering Technology Division, College/Industry Education Conference, and Engineering Technology Council, as well as holding leadership positions in other engineering societies.

The James H. McGraw Award, sponsored by the ASEE Engineering Technology Council and funded by the Glencoe Division of MacMillan/McGraw-Hill, is presented to an outstanding contributor to engineering technology education.  


Steven Nichols, associate chair and associate professor of the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the Fred Merryfield Design Award. Nichols developed the capstone design course in mechanical engineering which serves as a model for other departments at the University of Texas at Austin and at other universities. His research programs focuses on analytical tools in support of design and manufacturing activities. His emphasis on design and engineering ethics has helped students and faculty across the country better understand the role of the design engineer in society. His close cooperation with industry serves as a model in collaborative engineering design education.

The Fred Merryfield Design Award, established in 1981 by CH2M Hill in memory of Fred Merryfield, is presented to an engineering educator for excellence in teaching of engineering design and acknowledges other significant contributions related to engineering design teaching.


Robert N. Braswell, professor of industrial engineering at Florida A&M University-Florida State University, received the Minorities in Engineering Award for his exemplary creativity in the development of the Mastery Learning Program for the education and retention of minorities and women in the study of engineering. He has dedicated his teaching excellence to these purposes by using industrial engineering methods in TQM, tutor training, human work design, and performance assessment for the recruitment, retention, and teaching of minorities in engineering. He has participated in minority education on a professional basis for more than 50 years at many levels of participation in academia, industry, government, and ASEE.

The Minorities in Engineering Award, established in 1979, is given to an engineering educator for exceptional achievement in increasing participation and retention of minorities and women in engineering.


Angelo J. Perna, associate dean of engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, received the Robert G. Quinn Award for his contributions over the past three-plus decades to curriculum and laboratory innovations in the design and construction of laboratory facilities and experiments in the areas of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, process dynamics and control and their associated computer hardware for use by freshmen engineering and chemical engineering seniors to increase proficiency in critical thinking, teamwork, and oral and written communications skills.

The Robert G. Quinn Award was established by Agilent Technologies in honor of Robert G. Quinn and his contribution to thousands of engineering students and his direct influence on the Agilent Higher Education Program. The award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in providing and promoting excellence in experimentation and laboratory instruction.  


Donald R. Woods, emeritus professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University, received the William Elgin Wickenden Award for his paper, "An Evidence-Based Strategy for Problem Solving," which appeared in the October 2000 issue of the Journal of Engineering Education.

The William Elgin Wickenden Award, sponsored by the Journal of Engineering Education Editorial Review Board, is presented to 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 2001 ASEE President's Award was presented to two organizations. One award was received by the ExxonMobil Corporation for an Op-Ed titled "In Praise of Engineers," which was published in the New York Times (February 22, 2001) during National Engineers Week 2001. The other award was received by the Economic Development Administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its video production which recognized engineering contributions to the State of Pennsylvania.

The ASEE President's Award recognizes those organizations that use media outlets to promote engineering careers and encourage students to pursue an engineering education. The award also serves to encourage organizations to publicize engineering as a career to students, including K-12. The award is funded by the ASEE Engineering Deans Council and consists of an inscribed plaque.