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ASEE member Ronald W. Rousseau and Fellow Richard M. Felder received the American Institute of Chemical Engineer's 2002 Warren K. Lewis Award for distinguished and continuing contributions in the field of chemical engineering education. Rousseau, chair of Georgia Tech's School of Chemical Engineering, and Felder, Professor Emeritus of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University, won the award for their co-authored text, “Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes”, now in its third edition. For over 25 years the book has served as the dominant introductory text in chemical engineering and has been the top-selling introductory chemical engineering textbook in the United States.

ASEE Fellow and professor of mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University Sudhir Mehta has been appointed associate vice president for academic affairs. In his new position, Mehta will assist in the development of new academic programs and guide them through the approval process. Mehta joined the North Dakota State University faculty in 1984 after working as an assistant engineer with Tata Consulting Engineers in Bombay, India.


Best Section Papers Are Announced

The first place winners of the Best Paper contests at the 2001-2002 ASEE Section meetings have been announced. They are:

New England Section
Donald Leone, Karen Barrett, and Brian Skelly
“Integrating Professional Ethics with a Sophomore Design Course”
University of Hartford, Hartford, Conn.

St. Lawrence Section
Ashraf M. Ghaly
“Incorporation of Internet Programming in Analytical Modeling of Materials”
Union College, Schenectady, New York.

Middle Atlantic Section
Reid Vander Schaaf and J. Ledlie Klosky
“Enhancing Introductory Mechanics Using Physical Models”
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
(This paper was selected from those submitted at the Spring Zone I meeting.)

Southeastern Section
Barbara Bernal Thomas
“Usability Problem Solving: Designing Good Interactive Software”
Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Georgia.

North Central Section
Laila Guessous
“MatLab: A Tool in Teaching of Computational Fluid Dynamics”
Oakland University, Rochester, Mich.

Illinois-Indiana Section
Marjorie Rush Hovde
“Assessing Engineering and Technology Students' Abilities to Communicate Effectively: Overcoming Obstacles”
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Ind.

North Midwest Section
Michael P. Hennessey
“A Structured Activity Based Approach to Teaching Machine Design”
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

Gulf Southwest Section
Jay R. Porter and Joseph A. Morgan
“A Web-based Instrumentation Platform for Use in Distance Learning”
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Pacific Northwest Section
Larry J. McKenzie, Michael S. Trevisan, Denny C. Davis, and Steven W. Beyerlein
“Capstone Design Courses and Assessment of ABET EC 2000: A National Survey”
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.

Rocky Mountain Section
J.A. McNeil
“Incorporating Design in the Introductory Electromagnetism Lab”
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo.

Pacific Southwest Section
Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, “Why Aren't There More Women in Engineering: Can We Really Do Anything?”
Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

The “Best National Zone Paper” competition will be inaugurated at the 2003 ASEE annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.


13 - A Lucky Number for Prism

Once again, the American Society for Engineering Education's top-ranked monthly magazine is making headlines. Prism has garnered 13 awards during the 2001-2002 publishing cycle for groundbreaking and comprehensive writing, as well as spectacular art and design.

The magazine was recently honored with six APEX awards (Awards for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts, a publishing consulting firm), including a nod for the best four-color publication with it's special February 2002 issue on the war against terrorism. The November 2001 magazine earned top writing honors, and Prism fared well with two individual stories; “Role Model for Diversity” was the top personality profile in the contest, and “The Trouble With Textbooks” came in first as a feature. The special issue claimed the prize for best spread on the “25 Ways to Fight Terrorism” piece, and the December 2001 magazine was named best cover.

In addition, the Association of Educational Publishers awarded Prism with two Ed Press awards during this fiscal year. The February 2001 story “The Trouble With Textbooks” was a distinguished achievement finalist for feature writing, and “Managing the Unmanagable” in the December 2001 issue won first place for article design.

And for the first time ever last fall, Prism was recognized for its outstanding and comprehensive coverage of engineering education by the American Society for Association Executives. The monthly publication received five prestigious Gold Circle Awards from ASAE. Prism was lauded as runner-up for best overall magazine and boasted two second place articles in the November 2000 issue: “Quantum Leap” as a scientific story and “An Untapped Talent Pool” as a general interest piece. The February 2001 article, “Building Tomorrow's Future,” garnered second place honors in the educational category, and “Getting It Right,” published in March 2001, was awarded an honorable mention as an educational story.

Deans Bask in Globilization and Entrepreneurship

Balmy Florida temperatures and abundant sunshine welcomed 134 deans to the Engineering Deans Institute in early April at the Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa in Fort Myers. Program chair Dick Miksad, Dean of Engineering at the University of Virginia, and the program committee assembled a wide-ranging group of speakers to discuss this year's topic, “The Impact of Globalization and Entrepreneurship on America's Technology Base.” Raymond Gilmartin, chairman, president, and CEO of Merck, and Glen Barton, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar, headlined the gathering, both emphasizing the importance of turning out more engineers. Speakers from IBM and Microsoft offered glimpses of what increasing information technology capacity might mean for education, the home, and the workplace in the future. The deans also heard about the effects of the economic downturn on engineering education, the transition from university research to market application, and opportunities for partnerships with schools of business. Other members of the program committee included Lloyd Griffiths, George Mason University; Robert Mattauch, Virginia Commonwealth University; Morris Morgan, Hampton University; Malcolm McPherson, Virginia Tech; and William Swart, Old Dominion University. Also serving was Wendell Dunn, Professor of Business Administration at the UVA Darden School of Business.


Setting New Records in Montreal

The 2002 ASEE annual conference held in Montreal drew a record attendance. The main plenary speakers William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering and John Brooks Slaughter, CEO and president of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, both talked about issues of great importance to the engineering community. Wulf spoke of the urgent need for reform. “I think it is only a slight exaggeration to say that our students are being prepared for practicing engineering in a world that existed when we were trained, but not for the 21st Century,” he says. Slaughter talked eloquently about the need to attract more minorities to the profession. “And while I argue for the need to increase the number of minority engineering students, I feel equally strongly about increasing the number of minority engineering faculty in our nation's colleges and universities,” he said.

A record 3,300 people took part in the 109th annual conference, the largest and among the most successful to date. The number of papers published from the conference is also the highest ever, at 1,340. One the highlights of the conference was the inauguration of Eugene M. DeLoatch, dean of engineering at Morgan State University, as ASEE's new president. As he approached the podium to deliver his presidential speech at the awards banquet, the crowd stood to applaud the historic moment. DeLoatch is the first African-American to be elected president of ASEE.


On the Inside - The Numbers Guy - ASEE Profile

After seven months of collecting, tallying, and sorting data, Michael Gibbons can finally rest on his laurels with the publication of ASEE's “2001 Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges.” The annual ASEE profiles book is a leading resource on the status of engineering education, providing a wide variety of statistics on engineering schools. For the first time this year, Gibbons began collecting faculty data by gender and ethnicity. This new information is going to be extremely useful to universities because it gives them a much clearer picture of who they are.

A seven-year veteran of ASEE with a penchant for fantasy baseball, Gibbons comes to the job quite naturally. Even as a kid he loved statistics, particularly those connected with baseball. In Little League, he kept a detailed record of his own stats, including batting and fielding averages. Gibbons claims to have hit .500 in 1978 when he was twelve, but ASEE was unable to confirm that figure.

As ASEE's manager for surveys and statistics, Gibbons works hard to ensure that the data in the annual profiles book is accurate and up to date. He talks regularly with a wide range of people in the nation's 300-plus engineering colleges, including deans, department chairs, and institutional researchers. This past year, over 90 percent of all ABET-accredited engineering and engineering technology colleges responded to the survey. Data from this book is available online at A special perk for deans of participating schools and corporate ASEE members is the ability to manipulate the information using a data-mining tool located at

The current “Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges” and accompanying data-mining tool are a far cry from the earliest incarnation put out in 1967. This first survey was based on the responses of 163 ASEE engineering college members to a 15-part, paper questionnaire. Today, the survey is compiled from the responses of 317 engineering and 80 engineering technology schools to an 80-page online survey. With more participation and a larger survey, the data is much more indicative of engineering education's present situation and can be used to locate trends. One trend noted by Gibbons is a large increase in the number of bioengineering and computer engineering students and degrees in the past five years. The collection of data online has also made it easier to ensure the data's accuracy. “ASEE is definitely at the leading edge in collecting data on engineering colleges,” Gibbons says.

In the future, Gibbons hopes to make the data accessible to a larger audience outside of the ASEE member institutions. Collaborating with a traditional publishing house is one option that would make the data more broadly available. Putting together a comprehensive CD-ROM of the data is another possibility. “The data applies to a wide audience, and we need to look at their respective needs. I frequently receive calls from parents, students, the media, recruiters, researchers, policy analysts, and engineering deans. We would like to put them in touch with the most relevant information,” he says. And when it comes to getting the right information out to people who need it, Gibbons is batting 1000.


Call for Papers

A call for papers and participation has been issued for the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) on May 3-10, 2003, in Portland, Oregon. ICSE 2003 will feature the latest achievements and experiences in software engineering research and practice and will give researchers, practitioners, and educators the opportunity to present, discuss, and learn. Abstracts for technical papers are due September 9 and papers/proposals are due on October 4 in the following areas: software engineering education and training track; experience reports papers; tutorial proposals; panel proposals; and co- located event and workshop proposals. Research demos and poster proposals, as well as doctoral symposium applications, are due January 10. For more information, including submission details, visit

An event hosted by Engineering Conferences International (ECI) entitled The Enhancement of the Global Perspective for Engineering Students by Providing an International Experience is accepting one-page abstracts until October 31, 2002, for papers describing unique and successful international exchange programs, as well as other conference topics. The conference will be held April 6-11, 2003, in Tomar, Portugal. For more information, visit or contact

The 31st International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering is accepting paper abstracts until September 15th. The conference will be held February 2-4, 2003, in San Francisco and will include the following tracks: information technology and engineering; data mining and knowledge discovery; computational intelligence; discrete optimization; probabilistic and statistical models, simulation; and networking/communications, among many other topics. The conference will provide an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable environment in which researchers and practitioners in industrial engineering and related areas can share their research results, experience, and proposals on information processing in industrial engineering as it applies to modern real-life problems. Visit for more information.



The 17th Annual National Educators' Workshop will be held October 13-16, 2002, in San Jose, Calif. Share in the combined efforts of industry, government, and education to improve materials science, engineering, and technology. The conference will consist of experiments and demonstrations, mini workshops, and plenary presentations, along with exposure to valuable instructional resources. Contact Jim Jacobs at dplaclaire@nsu.eduor visit for more information.

Teaching Entrepreneurial Engineering, hosted by Engineering Conferences International, will be held on January 13-16, 2003, in Monterey, Calif. This conference will assemble entrepreneurs, engineering educators, and faculty members from business schools to discuss topics such as: attributes of successful entrepreneurs; models of successful programs teaching entrepreneurship to engineers; culture at universities that fosters a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship; partnerships to create an environment for student and faculty innovation; and engineering faculty members as role models of innovation and entrepreneurship. Coming out of the conference will be a set of recommendations to engineering faculty members, curricular integration options, model programs available for replication, and contacts between academia and business that will be published in the journals of various professional societies. Visit for more information.


2003 Annual Conference Call for Papers

The following calls for papers are for the 2003 ASEE annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., to be held June 22-25. Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning August 1 and through November 1. Please note that we will not be able to accept late abstracts for any reason. Abstracts of 250 to 300 words should be submitted online via the CAPS online submission system at annual2003/caps. ASEE is unable to accept abstracts sent via mail, fax, or e-mail.

The Aerospace Division invites abstracts on topics of interest to aerospace engineering and technology educators. The division is focusing on the following topics: how to prepare engineers and technicians for the changing aerospace environment (including integration of manufacturing principles); leveraging resources through cooperative ventures; and informing industry about what aerospace engineers and technicians can do. The division also welcomes abstracts on curricular, classroom, and laboratory innovations that support the topics above. For further information, contact program chair Eric J. Sheppard at

The Biological and Agricultural Division seeks papers relating to the following sessions: trends; assessment strategies; and curricular issues in biological and agricultural engineering education. Issues discussed in the session relating to trends will include: changes being made in response to ABET EC2000; novel teaching methods and multi-disciplinary approaches; and development of K-12 curricula with a biological and agricultural engineering emphasis. The session on assessment strategies will cover: formal and informal methods of assessment and evaluation of courses and programs; ABET issues; the impact of evaluation and assessment on biological and agricultural engineering education; the means of assessing student performance (student portfolios, fundamentals of engineering exam, program assessment rubrics); and the development of new performance indicators, among other topics. The session regarding curricular issues will include: the role of computing instruction and bioinformatics; biotechnology; nanotechnology; capstone design issues; freshman engineering programs; recruitment and retention; experiential learning strategies such as learning communities and service-learning; and laboratory instruction. Contact Marybeth Lima at mlima@gumbo.bae.lsu.edufor more information.

The Biomedical Engineering Division requests abstracts for papers on topics relevant to biomedical engineering education. Specific topic areas include: ethical issues in biomedical engineering education; textbooks and teaching strategies in biomedical engineering; simulation courses and biomedical engineering laboratories; education for emerging areas in biomedical engineering; and industrial interactions in biomedical engineering education. For more information, contact Mary C. Verstraete, Program Chair, Biomedical Engineering Division, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-0302; phone: (330) 972-7691; e-mail:

The Chemical Engineering Division invites submissions of papers on topics relevant to chemical engineering education. Topic areas include, but are not limited to: assessment of chemical engineering programs; the biology interface; contemporary issues facing faculty; curriculum enhancements; hands-on activities and classroom demonstrations; laboratory and/or classroom innovations; advising issues for undergraduates and/or graduate students; mentoring and professional development of faculty; mentoring and professional development of students; recruitment/outreach to high school and community college students; novel elective courses; developments in the graduate program; green engineering; and incorporation of statistics in the chemical engineering curriculum. For more information, please contact Rebecca K. Toghiani at P.O. Box 9595, Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762; phone: (662) 325-2480; fax: (662) 325-2482; e-mail:

The Civil Engineering Division invites the submission of papers relevant to civil engineering education. General topic areas include: instructional technologies; effective teaching strategies; curriculum development; defining the body of knowledge for civil engineering; implementing the masters degree or equivalent for professional practice; faculty practical experience; recruiting and retaining students; use of student chapters to enhance academic experience; and trends in accreditation. For more information, contact Vincent P. Drnevich at the School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1284; e-mail:

The Computers in Education Division invites papers on the following focus areas: handheld computer (PDA) applications and ramifications in education; software packages, including symbolic computing and equation solvers; instrumentation and laboratory systems, including data acquisition; digital signal processing, including hardware/software for embedded systems; simulation and animation, including algorithms and artificial intelligence; computer science education for engineers; computer architecture, including hardware descriptive languages; mobile robots and their impact on engineering and computer science education; Internet applications in the classroom and lab, including automated evaluation systems; and embedded computing, including microprocessor and micro-controller selection and applications. Outstanding papers on other topics related to computers in engineering education will also be considered. Acceptance of the work at both the abstract and manuscript stages of review is necessary for presentation. The program will consist of conventional technical sessions as well as one or more poster sessions. All presenters are expected to register for and attend the conference. Published and presented papers will be eligible for the Woody Everett Poster Session Award, John A. Curtis Lecture Award, and National Instruments Award for Instrumentation Focus. For more information, contact program chair Dr. B. E. Bishop at the Department of Systems Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 105 Maryland Ave. (Stop 14a), Annapolis, MD 21402; phone: (410) 293 - 6117; e-mail:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Division (ECE) seeks abstracts on: curricular and design innovations; laboratory development and innovation; asynchronous and Web-based learning networks and techniques; undergraduate research; assessment of teaching and learning; novel methods for implementing ABET engineering criteria 2000; globalization of engineering education; entrepreneurship in ECE programs; trends in computer engineering and electrical engineering education, bioengineering and life sciences; information engineering/technology; wireless and broadband communications; teaching and learning with technology; pre-college and K-12 learning initiatives; and optoelectronics. Other topics of general interest in electrical and computer engineering and computer science education/research also will be considered. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to submit a full paper, which will be peer-reviewed for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. For information on organizing/moderating a session or participating in the peer review process contact Dr. Stanley G. Burns, 2003 ECE Division Program Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, 271 MWAH, 1023 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812; phone: (218) 726-7506 or (218) 726-6147; fax: (218) 726-7267, e-mail: sburns@d.umn.eduor

The Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (ECC) invites papers on: curriculum development; course organization and content; laboratory equipment and experiments; and student projects. The division also seeks papers on coop/intern programs related to the following topics: renewable sources; energy storage; energy conversion and co-generation systems; efficiency improvement; advanced computer applications for teaching, research, and management; industrial and commercial ECC; aerospace power; and energy research and management. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper for peer review and possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. For more information, contact program chair Mark Schumack at the University of Detroit Mercy, College of Engineering & Science, P.O. Box 19900, Detroit, MI 48219; phone: (313) 993-3370; e-mail:

The Engineering Design Graphics Division invites papers on topics related to engineering design graphics, graphics education, computer graphics, visualization, animation and related themes. For further information, please contact program chair Frank Croft, CEEGS Department, The Ohio State University, 2010 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210; phone: (614) 292-6230, e-mail:
The Engineering Economy Division (EED) seeks papers on relevant topics, including: current trends in teaching engineering economy; innovative teaching methods for engineering economy; integrating engineering economy research into the classroom; international aspects of engineering economy; and the role of engineering economy in FE and PE examinations. The EED requires all presented papers be accepted for publication in the conference proceedings. For additional information, contact Ed Wheeler, ASEE-EED Program Chair, Department of Engineering, 113 Johnson EPS Building, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38238; phone: (731) 587-7265; fax: (731) 587-7375; e-mail:

The Engineering Management Division seeks papers on but not limited to the following areas: engineering management education success stories, including the development of graduate programs, courses, or innovative teaching practices; the state of the art in educational technology for engineering management education, including asynchronous learning networks, distance education, online courses, and other emerging areas; approaches to outcome assessment and program/course effectiveness; workplace applications of engineering management skills and concepts with educational implications; and strategic issues surrounding the evolution and delivery of engineering management education. While session themes will depend upon the papers submitted, and papers about any area of engineering management education will be considered, the above topics are of particular interest to the division and its members. The division has a policy that a paper must be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings in order for it to be presented at the conference. Questions should be directed to program chair Bill Daughton at the University of Colorado, 433 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0433; phone: (303) 492-3076; fax: (303) 492-1443; e-mail:

The Freshman Programs Division seeks papers relating to educational activities associated with first-year engineering students. Topics under consideration include: instructional use of computers and computer software; creative problem-solving courses; project-based and hands-on courses; innovative approaches to first-year engineering education; integrating design into the freshman year; integrated curricula for the freshman year; advising and orientation programs; retention programs; recruitment programs; and pre-college programs and linkages with K-12 education. Both abstracts and papers will be peer reviewed. Final papers must be written and accepted in order for the work to be presented at the annual conference. Submission of abstracts and final papers will be via the CAPS system, following ASEE deadlines. For more information, contact Tamara Knott, Division of Engineering Fundamentals, Virginia Tech, 332 Randolph Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061; phone: (540) 231-9543; fax: (540) 231-6903; e-mail:

The Graduate Studies Division requests abstracts for papers related to the mini plenary, “Graduate Engineering Education and the U.S. Student—The Nature of the Problem and Some Solutions,” and the following session topics currently under consideration: the need within the workforce for engineers with advanced degrees; mentoring and support programs for women and minorities; innovative professionally-oriented graduate programs; programs with industry that support the pursuit of advanced degrees; successful graduate level recruiting programs; perceived quality of graduate education; and graduate student experiences. Please address any questions or comments to program chair Ronald J. Bennett, Director, Engineering and Technology Management, University of St. Thomas, OSS101, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105; phone: (651) 962-5750; e-mail:

The Industrial Engineering Division (IE) seeks papers relevant to industrial engineering teaching and learning. Specific session topics will be determined based on submissions. Suggested areas include: current topics in industrial engineering (including what they are, how they are taught, how curriculum is affected, and concentrations or minors in IE or IET); classroom and industry partnerships; collaboration with other educational disciplines; IE versus IET curriculums; IE courses being taught in distance learning format; integrating research in teaching; and innovative teaching methods in quality, ergonomics, facility layout and materials handling, work methods, freshman overview courses, quantitative techniques, and other industrial engineering related topics. Workshop topics will be considered if submitted to Susan Scachitti on or before September 30. Please note that the IE division sponsors two awards, the IE division “New Industrial Engineering Educator Outstanding Paper Award” and the IE division “Industrial Engineering Division Best Paper Award.” Please visit the IE division Web site at to learn more about these awards. For more information, contact program chair Susan Scachitti at Purdue University Calumet, 2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323; phone: (219) 989-2411, fax: (219) 989-2062, e-mail: scachitt@calumet.purdue. edu.

The International Division seeks papers with a special emphasis on the international aspect of engineering education and technology exchange. Topics include but are not limited to the following: exchange/joint programs within the international communities/universities; multimedia and distance education; outcome assessment and accreditation issues; the environmental challenge and its importance to developing countries; science, technology, and economic growth in the 21st century; foreign language and cultural understanding in engineering curricula; academic standards and grade inflation; digital divide in the world; K-12 projects to promote engineering among high school students internationally; enrollment trends in engineering across the globe; and other internationally related areas of interest. When possible, please indicate three choices at the top of the abstract for your prioritized session topic, labeling papers which don't fall into the above categories as “potpourri.” Please note that the division requires submission of the full final version of the paper in order for it to be accepted for presentation at the conference, in either a technical or poster session, as well as for publication in the proceedings. Also, a poster session may be used to accommodate papers that do not fit into a session but are worthy of publication in the proceedings. It is strongly recommended that you submit abstracts early. For more information, contact program chair Nick M. Safai, Chair of Engineering Department, SLCC, 4600 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84123; fax: (801) 957-4960; e-mail:

The Liberal Education Division (LED) seeks proposals for both sessions and papers. The LED provides a forum for considering how the humanities and social sciences contribute to engineering education and encourages all scholars interested in the interaction of science, technology, and society to explore how their insights can be used to shape the education of engineers. The division has an ongoing concern with the implementation of ABET's EC2000 and is also interested in the following topics: best practices for meeting ABET criteria; best teaching ideas for integrating the humanities and social sciences into the engineering curricula; plagiarism and copyright issues; technology literacy for non-technical majors; writing and speaking in the engineering disciplines; teaching English as a second language in engineering contexts; global engineering education and societal contexts; and interpersonal skills in the engineering workplace. Please include the paper title, institutional affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses, and fax and phone numbers in all submissions and proposals. Questions may be directed to program chair Julia M. Williams at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47803; phone: (812) 877-8186, fax: (812) 877-8909, e-mail:

The Materials Division is seeking papers related to materials education with a concentration in the following areas: activities for the materials classroom, hands-on or in-class exercises that liven up a lecture and make an abstract concept easier to understand; pre-college activities in materials science, bringing materials science into the K-12 science experience; core materials engineering courses with a focus on innovations in materials engineering curricula and the core courses for materials majors; and teaching materials as part of life-cycle design, incorporating materials to better teach materials science. We will also continue to sponsor an interactive session highlighting the best materials-related experiments presented at the National Educators Workshop. When submitting an abstract, please indicate your intention to publish in the proceedings, preference will be given to those authors planning to publish. Abstracts accepted where the author intends to publish are with the understanding that the author(s) will prepare an acceptable paper for the conference proceedings. For more information, contact division chair Mark A. Palmer, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Kettering University, 1700 West Third Avenue, Flint MI, 48504-4898; phone (810) 762-7973, fax: (810) 762-9924.

The Mathematics Division is seeking papers on the interrelationship between mathematics and engineering education. Topics include any subject pertinent to both mathematics and engineering education. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: using math technology, including hand-held devices, to enhance engineering/mathematics instruction; integrating math, science, and engineering; freshman programs; outreach and K-12 mathematics education; facilitating communication between math, science, and engineering educators; advanced mathematical problem-solving techniques; methods to better prepare students for the technical professions; and integrating math in the mechanical engineering curriculum. Questions may be addressed to program chair Anton J. Pintar at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931; phone: (906) 487-3132; fax: (906) 487-3213; e-mail:

The Mechanical Engineering Division seeks papers in all areas of mechanical engineering education. Papers are invited that involve: innovative teaching and learning strategies; course and curriculum assessment and improvement; laboratory courses, experiments and hands-on projects; capstone design programs and design throughout the curriculum; integrating humanities, science, electrical engineering, materials engineering, etc. in mechanical engineering courses; integrating research and education; integrating mathematics into the mechanical engineering curriculum; faculty career management; industry involvement in academia; outreach programs; national competitions; and other trends in mechanical engineering education. Instructional areas of interest also include, but are not limited to: thermo-fluid and energy systems; mechanical systems; smart materials and structures; MEMS; mechatronics; nano- and bio-mechanical systems; computers and information technology; sustainable design; and motor sports. All abstracts accepted will be expected to publish to present at the conference. For more information, contact program chair Dale A. Wilson at

The Mechanics Division is soliciting papers and presentations from all areas of engineering mechanics, vibrations, and acoustics. Topic areas include, but are not limited to: basic mechanics in the integrated curriculum; design projects for fundamental engineering mechanics courses; laboratory and experiment developments in mechanics education; and innovative teaching methods in mechanics including software development and multimedia tools. Best presentation awards will be given out for each session as well as an overall best division presentation award and an overall best division paper award. In addition to submitting papers via the CAPS system, authors are also encouraged to send an electronic version of the abstract and full-length paper via e-mail to For additional information, contact program chair Sudhir Mehta at the Mechanical Engineering Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105; phone: (701) 231-7871; e-mail: sudhir.mehta@ndsu.

The Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND) seeks abstracts for papers from all interested engineering/engineering technology educators. Possible topics include: minority faculty development toward promotion and tenure; computer literacy among minority students; attracting minorities into engineering/engineering technology programs; and issues of concern for minority engineering/engineering technology faculty members. A joint session is being planned with the New Engineering Educators Division on the topic, “Mentoring New Minority Faculty Members,” and MIND is cosponsoring a mini plenary with the Graduate Studies Division (GDS) on the topic, “Graduate Engineering Education and the U.S. Student—The Nature of the Problem and Some Solutions.” MIND is also sponsoring a presentation by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Committee on Engineering Education (CEE) on “The Engineer of 2020.” This is a reform initiative of the 21st century, expected to be an important catalyst for achieving workforce objectives related to the social and technological health of the nation. For questions regarding abstract submission, contact Willie K. Ofosu at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, P. O. Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18627; phone: (570) 675-9137; fax: (570) 675-7713; e-mail:

The New Engineering Educators Division seeks papers from new and experienced educators in all engineering disciplines. Possible topics include: proposal writing and sources of funding; teaching and educational hints inside and outside the classroom, including classroom teaching techniques; development of rapport with students; student evaluation methods; practical tips for first-time teachers; tenure and promotion issues; balancing professional and personal activities; family issues for new engineering educators; and mentoring new minority faculty members. If you have insight into these topics or want to share your experiences with us, please consider submitting an abstract. If you are interested in reviewing papers or moderating sessions or have questions regarding abstract submission, please contact Keith V. Johnson, NEE 2003 Program Chair, East Tennessee State University, Box 70552, Johnson City, TN 37614; phone: (423) 439-7813; fax: (423) 439-7830; e-mail:

The Physics and Engineering Physics Division seeks abstracts of proposed papers on topics of broad interest to the physics and engineering physics community. Possibilities include: ABET-accreditation issues; how to teach physics; recruitment and retention in physics and engineering physics; engineering aspects of engineering physics programs; the teaching of introductory physics (majors and non-majors);
K-12 outreach programs; innovative teaching and assessment methods as well as other topics. For further information, contact either program co-chair Joan Dannenhoffer at dannenjv@morrisville.eduor David Probst at

The Women in Engineering Division invites papers on topics of broad interest dealing with women in engineering education. Topics include but are not limited to the following: innovative ways of recruiting and retaining female students and faculty; women in engineering programs; issues for women in graduate engineering programs; issues for women in engineering administration; outreach K-12 programs for attracting young women to engineering careers; and new research for women in engineering. If you have any questions contact Carol Richardson, WIED Program Chair, Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, 78 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, New York 14623; phone: (585) 475-2105; fax: (585) 475-2178; e-mail:


2002 ASEE National and Society Awards

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 Montreal.

W. David Baker
Rochester Institute of Technology (retired)

Frank M. Croft, Jr.
Ohio State University

Denny C. Davis
Washington State University

Paul N. Hale, Jr.
Louisiana Tech University

J. David Irwin
Auburn University

Sudhir I. Mehta
North Dakota State University

Donald N. Merino
Stevens Institute of Technology

Burks Oakley II
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign

C. Stewart Slater
Rowan University

Benjamin Garver Lamme Award
Eleanor Baum, dean of engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, was awarded the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award in recognition of her leadership in the engineering education profession through academic leadership at two colleges of engineering; for her contributions to engineering accreditation, international accreditation, and post-secondary accreditation; for her professional society leadership, including service as the president of ASEE and of ABET; for her guidance of major national studies of engineering education; and for her service as a pioneering role model for women in engineering.

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.

Frederick J. Berger Award
Jack L. Waintraub, chair of the Electrical Engineering Technology Department at Middlesex County College, received the Frederick J. Berger Award for his work as a teacher, author, administrator, and program evaluator. He has devoted his career to the improvement of engineering technology education. His leadership has resulted in the creation of exemplary instructional programs, rigorous program assessment standards, and professional development to ensure that educators are prepared to face the challenges of an ever-evolving workplace. Under the NSF-funded New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education, which he created, all of these strands were brought together in the development of an innovative, integrated engineering technology program that serves as a model for educators across the country.

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.

Chester F. Carlson Award
Cynthia J. Atman, director of the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, and associate professor of industrial engineering at the University of Washington, was awarded the Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education in recognition of her work as director of the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching at the University of Washington. She has broken new ground in enhancing learning in engineering education. She is one of the driving forces behind the implementation of active and cooperative learning at the University of Washington and her work is having impact both nationally and internationally. The vehicle for this work is the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching (CELT).

The Chester F. Carlson Award is presented 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.

Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education
Audeen W. Fentiman, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and geodetic science and chair of the nuclear engineering program at Ohio State University, was awarded the Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education for her work as an outstanding classroom teacher and her leadership of the educational development programs that increased the retention of engineering freshmen at Ohio State University. This year she extended her college level program to a high school engineering advanced placement program. The hazardous waste fact sheets that she and her research team developed have helped educate the public, and her expertise led an Ohio Legislature committee to have her teach them about hazardous waste issues

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

James H. McGraw Award
Albert L. McHenry, dean of the College of Technology and Applied Sciences at Arizona State University East, received the James H. McGraw Award for his major contributions and outstanding service to engineering technology education over the past 36 years. He is recognized nationally as expert and leader in engineering technology education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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.

Fred Merryfield Design Award
Clive L. Dym, Fletcher Jones Professor and chair of the Department of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College, received the Fred Merryfield Design Award for his outstanding leadership in engineering design education through his innovative design textbooks, his successful implementation of curricula built around practice-based design experiences, his inspired mentoring of generations of engineering students in the art and science of design, and his development of the Mudd Design Workshops as the premier forum for intellectual exchange among engineering design educators.

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.

Minorities in Engineering Award
Sara Wadia-Fascetti, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, received the Minorities in Engineering Award for her work in strengthening the pathways for women to pursue careers in engineering through the CONNECTIONS Program, a collaboration with the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council of the Greater Boston area. Through her leadership, this partnership, since 1999, has offered weekly after-school activities for Boston city girls, opened a Computer Clubhouse on Northeastern University's campus, and institutionalized programs for college women, including a career management course.

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.

Robert G. Quinn Award
Robert P. Hesketh, professor of chemical engineering at Rowan University, received the Robert G. Quinn Award in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contributions in laboratory instructions. As one of the founding faculty members of the engineering program at Rowan University, he has spearheaded the effort to develop the industrial component of the four-year sequence of the multidisciplinary engineering clinic. In addition, he has created courses that have integrated experiments and lectures in an inductive framework within chemical engineering. He has made many major contributions in laboratory methods that demonstrate chemical engineering practice and principles. He has helped advance the state-of-the-art in laboratory-based education nationally through his many publications, presentations, and seminars at ASEE and workshops supported by NSF.

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 contribution in providing and promoting excellence in experimentation and laboratory instruction.

William Elgin Wickenden Award
Patrick T. Terenzini, professor and senior scientist at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University, received the 2002 William Elgin Wickenden Award in recognition of his paper, “Collaborative Learning vs. Lecture/Discussion: Students' Reported Learning Gains,” which was published in the January 2001 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.

Co-Authors: Alberto F. Cabrera, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Carol L. Colbeck, John M. Parente, and Stefani A. Bjorklund, Pennsylvania State University.