I want to thank you for electing me as your president for this
coming year. It is a great honor—one that I do not take lightly.
I intend to continue the tradition of past presidents to strengthen
this society, its members, and the profession that it serves.
I would like to argue that engineering education is facing the
need for fundamental changes. Using the same poetic license with
spelling that gave us the 3Rs—reading, writing, and arithmetic--I
would suggest that changes are needed in engineering education to
address the 3Ns: numbers, needs, and new knowledge.
By some estimates, 25% of the current engineering workforce will
be eligible for retirement in the next five years. There is also
clear evidence that engineering education programs in the U.S. are
falling short in attracting and retaining those who should form
the vanguard of the next generation of engineers. This evidence
includes declining interest in engineering education from U.S.-born
students and a perception by many women and under-represented minorities
that the climate of our programs does not welcome them. Although
the enrollment of women at most universities is now approaching
60%, the enrollment of women in engineering programs is about 20%
and, according to some data, is decreasing.
Changes in the practice of engineering are creating the need for
modifications of the content of engineering programs—that
is, what students are to learn. Much of the structure of the current
educational system was set in the 1950s, when the practice was very
different. It is obvious that engineering is now conducted on a
global scale. And though industrial practice is heavily oriented
toward teamwork, many engineering professors discourage cooperative
work by labeling it as “cheating.”
The Engineer of 2020 report concludes that an engineer in 2020
must be capable of operating in a world where “social, cultural,
political, and economic forces will continue to shape and affect
the success of technological innovation.” The report goes
on to state, “Not only will technology change quickly, the
social-political-economic world in which engineers work will change
continuously. In this context, it will not be this or that particular
knowledge that engineers will need but rather the ability to learn
new things quickly and the ability to apply knowledge to new problems
and new contexts.”
The rapid expansion of technical knowledge has caused some people
to suggest that engineering programs should be extended to a five-year
course of study. At the same time, by some estimates, the amount
of technical information is doubling every two years, so that half
of what a student learns in his or her first year of study will
be outdated by the third year. We are currently preparing students
for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that haven’t
yet been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even
know we have.
Recent scholarly research has identified new knowledge regarding
how to improve the pedagogy and learning environments for engineering
students. How effectively we teach is as important as what we teach,
and student learning needs to be our focus. To quote John
Dewey, “Teaching and learning are correlative or corresponding
processes, as much so as selling and buying. One might as well say
he has sold when no one has bought, as to say that he has taught
when no one has learned.” Learning is a process that can be
measured and can be improved.
The 3Ns define the why, what, and how of the changes. The American
Society for Engineering Education has undertaken a number of activities
to help address these 3Ns. In future columns, I will outline some
James L. Melsa is the president of ASEE and Dean Emeritus at
the Iowa State University College of Engineering.
Publication Department is proud to announce twelve awards from The
Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), Awards for Publication
Excellence (APEX), The Communicator and Print Magazine for Editorial,
Illustration and Design selections from the 2006/2007 year of Prism
Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
- Winner: “Your Move,” Design and Illustration
- Distinguished Achievement Award: “Databytes,” Illustration
Awards for Publication Excellence (Apex)
Awards of Excellence
- “A Future Engineer?, “ Feature Writing
- “Turned On In Texas,” Magazine and Journal Writing
- “21st Century Prof.,” Illustration and Typography
- “The House That Kim Built,” Interviews and Personal
- “Body Language,” Covers
- “Let Go of My Legos,” Spreads
- “Faculty Figures,” Design and Illustration
The Communicator Awards
- December Prism, Entire Issue
- September Prism, Entire Issue
- Winner: “Japan’s Slow Moving Tide,” Illustration
Engineering Deans Institute (EDI)
is an annual meeting among engineering deans, industry leaders and
those in important roles in research and government to gather and
focus on a topic of timely relevance to engineering and engineering
education. Deans share best practices, learn about career prospects
for their graduates and develop a voice for engineering education
and the role of engineering in society. The EDI, sponsored by the
Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Deans Council, encourages
the cultivation and amplification of collaborative relationships
among engineering education stakeholders from across the nation.
From April 15-18, deans of engineering gathered in San Juan, Puerto
Rico, for the 2007
EDI, entitled “Diversity in Engineering.” The event
was packed with energetic dialogue on the role of diversity in engineering
education, both in the recruitment of engineering faculty and in
the admission of students. The discussions placed an emphasis on
the importance of stakeholder collaboration to encourage interest
in engineering among students at the K-12 level, with particular
attention paid to diversity in the engineering pipeline to graduate
schools. The meeting also contained an industry-sponsored executive
panel that discussed the economic imperative of diversity in engineering
education, and a dialogue centering on diversifying the US engineering
Keynote speakers at the event included Dr. Shirley Jackson, President
of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Lynn Dugle, Vice President,
Engineering Technology and Quality for Raytheon Network Centric
Systems; Ursula Burns, Senior Vice President and President, Business
Group Operations, Xerox Corporation; Robin Willner, Vice President,
Global Community Initiatives, IBM; Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis, President
and Director, Boston Science Museum; Carol Bartz, Executive Chairman
of the Board, Autodesk, Inc.; Dr. Ray M. Haynes, Corporate Director,
Technical Alliances Center, Office of Programs and Technology, Northrop
Grumman Corporation; and Xavier Fouger, Director, PLM Academy, Dassault
of Engineering Education (JEE),
ASEE’s research journal, has drawn high ratings from the internationally
recognized Thomson ISI Science Citation Index and the Social Science
Rated by the indexes for the first time, JEE placed third out of
22 journals in the “Education, Scientific Disciplines”
category of the Science Citation Index Expanded, which includes
engineering. The rating is based on the widely cited Impact Factor,
a measure of the degree to which a journal’s articles are
cited. JEE is the highest ranked among the six engineering
journals listed in this category.
In the Social Sciences Citation Index the journal is listed in
the category “Education, Educational Research,” where
it placed 8th out of 100 journals. JEE is the only engineering
journal to have earned a listing in this category. “We
are of course very pleased with both of these ratings, especially
in the highly competitive social science category of educational
research,” remarked Jack Lohmann, editor of JEE.
Jim Melsa, ASEE president, said, “The ASEE community can
be very proud of our research journal. To be so highly placed
after only four years as a engineering education research journal
is a testament to the quality of scholarship by our colleagues in
this rapidly developing discipline. It is clear that JEE is
having a major influence on the educational preparation of future
JEE submitted its application to Thomson in January 2003 and was
listed in the two indices following a two-year evaluation period.
Fewer than 5 percent of over 8,000 journals are listed on both indices. For
more information about JEE, its strategic plan, and annual report,
engineering community has lost an industry innovator and distinguished
educator with the passing of Arthur T. Murphy, Jr., 78, on July
2, 2007. A good friend to ASEE, Art contributed generously to the
cause of engineering education, serving as ASEE’s Vice President
of Finance from 2001 to 2005, organizing conference sessions, and
chairing the middle-Atlantic section, graduate studies, and instrumentation
divisions. Art was the DuPont Co. representative to ASEE for several
years and a recipient of ASEE’s Western Electric Teaching
Award. He additionally helped secure DuPont’s sponsorship
and endowment of ASEE’s Minorities in Engineering Education
Award, when this award faced financial difficulty.
Art’s involvement in academia spanned his lifetime, beginning
with his undergraduate electrical engineering studies at Syracuse
University and M.S. and Doctoral electrical engineering programs
at Carnegie Mellon University. Subsequently appointed Brown Professor
and Head of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie, Art was responsible
for creating the Carnegie Mellon Solar Energy Lab. He served as
Vice President and Dean of Engineering at Widener University, head
of Electrical Engineering at Wichita State University, Acting President
of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and Visiting Professor
at M.I.T. and the University of Manchester. Art was an active member
of IEEE, AAAS, ASME, and numerous honor societies.
In 1979, Art joined E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc., introducing
the company’s first 3-D computer-aided design system, as well
as developing a filter component to control electromagnetic interference
(EMI), and working on electronic connectors. His career at DuPont
took him to Japan for research on semiconductors and back to the
U.S. as an R&D university liaison and internal company consultant.
Art is survived by his wife Jane and his seven children, as well
as grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Arthur
T. and Jane M. Murphy Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad c/o the
L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse
More Information: http://asee.org/annual2008
flagship event, the Annual
Conference & Exposition, drew more than 3,500 attendees
The conference opened with a beachside picnic presented by Dassault
Systemes, followed by performances of music, song and dance from
Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand, including a Samoan fireknife dance.
plenary highlighted innovations driving engineering curricula
and practical skills development. Featured speakers were Philippe
Forestier, Executive Vice President, Alliances, Marketing &
Communications with Dassault Systemes, and Leah H. Jamieson, John
A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.
Mr. Forestier addressed innovative industrial practices and their
impacts on engineering skills at a global level, reflecting on working
methods that require new engineering skills and inspire curricula
for engineers of the 21st century. Ms. Jamieson explored the role
of experiential education and the themes of context and time in
designing effective, efficient, affordable curricula that prepare
students for leadership roles in addressing the global technological,
economic and societal challenges of the 21st century.
In addition to technical sessions, workshops and paper presentations,
attendees witnessed product demonstrations and tech sessions from
some of the 22 participating corporate sponsors and mingled with
representatives of 91 exhibiting companies. Sixty-two golfers participated
in the inaugural ASEE Open, a scramble format golf tournament presented
by Autodesk at Luana Hills Country Club.
Representative award winners from the 13th annual “Spread
the Word” recruitment campaign were honored at the Campus
Representative Reception during the annual
conference in Honolulu. Shown here with Vice President for Member
Affairs J. P. Mohsen, accepting the awards for Society-wide bests,
are, in left photo, David I. Schwartz, accepting on behalf of Lisa
Schneider, Cornell University, for most professional members recruited,
and Dean Bob Meyer, accepting on behalf of Pete D. Heimdahl, University
of Wisconsin-Stout, for highest percentage faculty membership. The
complete list of award winners can be found at www.asee.org/activities/organizations/campus/index.cfm
2007 ASEE Campus Representative Award Winners:
ASEE Fellows Named
The following members received the Fellow
grade of membership in recognition of outstanding contributions
to engineering or engineering technology education. This distinction
was conferred by ASEE’s Board of Directors at the awards banquet
held at the ASEE annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dean, Math, Science, Engineering & Technology
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of South Florida
Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Chair, Academic Applications International, Inc.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
Purdue School of Engineering & Technology
Indiana University-Purdue University,
Professorial Fellow Emeritus
Trinity College, University of Dublin
Provost, LM Aeronautics Technical Institute and Engineering Workforce
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology
University of Dayton
Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering
University of Missouri-Rolla
Associate Dean, College of Technology
James Worth Bagley Chair and Department Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Indiana University-Purdue University,
Benjamin Garver Lamme Award
Roland Haden, Dean Emeritus of the Dwight Look College of Engineering
at Texas A&M University, received the Benjamin Garver Lamme
Award in recognition of his more than 40-year commitment to the
improvement of engineering education. He was cited for superior
leadership, exceptional teaching ability and pioneering research,
as well as his personal dedication to the advancement of the engineering
profession through exemplary service to industry, professional societies
and volunteer organizations.
Haden taught and was an administrator at the University of Oklahoma,
Arizona State University, Louisiana State University and Texas A&M
University. At Texas A&M, he was founding director of the Institute
for Solid State Electronics. He retired in 2002 as Vice Chancellor
for Engineering, Dean of the Look College of Engineering, and Director
of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. As Vice Chancellor,
he was also responsible for the Texas Engineering Extension Service
and the Texas Transportation Institute.
Haden is a Fellow of ASEE and a member of the ASEE Academy of Fellows.
He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the National Society of Professional
Engineers and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).
He was chair of the Professional Engineers in Education Division
of the TSPE, the nation’s largest state professional engineering
organization, and served twice as chair of the Texas Deans of Engineering
organization. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and
Oklahoma and, formerly, in Arizona. He was named an inaugural member
of the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Council by
then-Gov. George W. Bush, having been appointed to a similar post
Within ASEE, Haden was a member of ASEE’s first Strategic
Planning Committee; a member and past chair of the General Electric
Senior Research Award Committee, and chair of the Public Policy
Committee as well as the 1998 Public Policy Colloquium in Washington,
D.C. He served twice on the Executive Committee of the ASEE Engineering
Deans Council. He is also a recipient of the ASEE Donald E. Marlowe
Award and the Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal.
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
Frederick J. Berger Award
Edward Tezak, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Mechanical
Engineering Technology at Alfred State College (ASC), received the
Frederick J. Berger Award in recognition of his work at the national,
state and campus levels to promote and enhance engineering technology
as a distinct discipline and profession.
Affiliated with ASEE since 1984, Tezak served as Campus Liaison
Representative for the U. S. Military Academy at West Point until
1990 and was recognized as the 1990 Outstanding Section Campus Liaison
Representative for the Middle Atlantic Section. He served in the
ASEE Mechanics Division as a member of the Executive Committee,
Program Chair and Division Chair, and on the ASEE Board of Directors
as the Professional Interest Council III chair. He has been affiliated
with the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) since 1993 and has
worked on the two- and four-year ETD Surveys and with the ETD Long-Range
Planning Committee. He represented the State University of New York
Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome and ASC on the Engineering
Technology Council and also served as the Campus Liaison Representative
for ASC. He received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2001 from
the ASEE St. Lawrence Section. He was the ETD Assistant Program
Chair for the ASEE Annual Conference for the Engineering Technology
Division in Montreal and the ETD Program Chair for the Annual Conference
in Nashville. Since 2004, he has served as Secretary of the ETD.
Prior to returning to teaching in 1999, Tezak served as Dean of
the School of Engineering Technology at ASC and as Dean of the School
of Information Systems and Engineering Technology at the SUNY Institute
of Technology. He served on the staff and faculty of the U.S. Military
Academy (USMA) at West Point for 20 years and was on two Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation steering
committees. He was a tenured faculty member of the Department of
Mechanics at USMA, and served as Associate Dean of the Academic
Board during the last four and a half years of his tenure. His academic
interests are engineering mechanics, mechanics of materials, fluid
mechanics, graphics/CAD, electromechanical analysis, computer applications,
vibrations and space mechanics. He has been a member of the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1977 and an MET ABET
program evaluator since 2002.
He has been active in the New York State Engineering Technology
Association (NYSETA), as well as serving as the institutional representative
on the Council for Engineering Technology for New York State (CETNYS)
both at SUNY Institute of Technology and ASC. He has been a member-at-large
on the executive committee of the ETA since 2000 and Secretary/Treasurer
of CETNYS since 2000.
The Frederick J. Berger Award, established in 1990, 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
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair of
Bioengineering at Rice University, received the Chester F. Carlson
Award in recognition of her work to boost scientific literacy while
developing creative educational materials that empower students
to think critically and devise practical solutions to global health
Through the Beyond Traditional Borders initiative at Rice, Richards-Kortum
developed a four-year multi-disciplinary program that promotes engineering
and engineering technology on a global scale. In addition to serving
as a springboard for research and pilot testing of new biomedical
technologies, the program includes new courses in Bioengineering
& World Health designed for non-science majors, students from
multiple disciplines in Global Health Technologies, and middle school
and high school students.
Richards-Kortum’s own research involves developing miniature
microscopes and spectrometers to enable early detection of precancerous
changes in living tissue. Her research group is currently developing
fluorescence-based techniques for the diagnosis of cervical pre-cancer
Richards-Kortum currently serves on the National Advisory Council
for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes
of Health and directs an Integrative Graduate Education and Research
Training grant in Optical Biomolecular Engineering, funded by the
National Science Foundation.
Prior to joining Rice, Richards-Kortum held the Cockrell Family
Chair in Engineering and was a professor of Biomedical Engineering
at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, where she was also a
Distinguished Teaching Professor. Winner of numerous awards, she
was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2002, was
elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin in
2001 and received the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching
Award for 2002.
The Chester F. Carlson Award, sponsored by the Xerox Corporation,
recognizes 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.
DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award
Gerhard Paskusz, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at
the University of Houston, received the DuPont Minorities in Engineering
Award for 2007. Paskusz was recognized for founding one of the first
Minorities in Engineering Programs (MEP) at a major research university,
the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES) at the University
As a teacher, mentor, program director, and national MEP representative,
he has helped hundreds of under-represented minority students succeed
in the engineering profession.
Paskusz, who has been a professor of electrical engineering, Associate
Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean of Engineering,
started PROMES in 1974 and remained its director until he retired
in 2005. He continues to be a mentor to the staff and new director.
PROMES provides academic advising, workshops, access to financial
aid and scholarships, work-study jobs on campus and summer internships
for engineering students, who also participate in special skill
building and problem-solving classes. Other services include events
that enable students to meet former PROMES students who are now
practicing engineers. Virtually all of the minority students at
the University of Houston participate in PROMES. For decades, Paskusz
secured the funding to establish and maintain these programs. They
now serve as a model for related programs, both local and national.
Over the years, Paskusz expanded PROMES to include high school
and middle school bridge programs, such as the Mentoring and Enrichment
Seminar in Engineering Training (MESET), a summer program for high
school seniors, which provided hundreds of under-represented minorities
an opportunity to explore engineering as a career; the Gulf Coast
Chapter of Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (GCAME)
Summer Camp for students completing the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th
grades; and the ASCE Summer Camp, which is a low-cost one-week extension
of GCAME Summer Camp supported by ASCE.
Paskusz has been active at the state and national level through
organizations like the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering
(TAME), the National Association of Minority Engineering Program
Administrators (NAMEPA), ASEE and the ASEE Minorities in Engineering
Within ASEE, Paskusz served as general chair of the Frontiers in
Education Conference (1980) and editor of the special Effective
Teaching issue of ASEE’s Engineering Education, Vol. 73, No.
5. Paskusz is an ASEE Fellow, a member of the ASEE Academy of Fellows,
and a recipient of the National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering’s Reginald H. Jones Award.
The DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award, endowed by the
DuPont Co., honors an engineering educator for exceptional achievement
in increasing participation and retention of minorities and women
Clement J. Freund Award
Les Leone, Assistant Dean of Engineering Undergraduate Studies
at Michigan State University (MSU), received the Clement J. Freund
Award in recognition of his significant role in cooperative education
and engineering education.
Leone served on the board of the ASEE Cooperative Education Division
(CED), on committees and as Program Chair for an annual conference.
During the period of criteria revision for Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology (ABET), he assumed a critical role as
an advocate for quality cooperative education and served as liaison
between CED and ABET, arranging important discussions among key
leaders. His critical understanding of the need to better assess
the learning outcomes of cooperative education programs has informed
discussions, decision-making, and funding of directed research.
As an educator and administrator, Leone built cooperative engineering
education into a highly organized and professional program that
places over 300 students annually and occupies a major place at
MSU’s College of Engineering. He created several administrative
processes that help this large program run efficiently and make
it accessible to all engineering students. These include a computerized
placement and resume service and a career fair that has grown to
include both co-op and permanent placements. As a researcher, he
is a recognized leader in the field of cooperative education.
As director of the Applied Engineering Sciences Program, which
is an interdisciplinary engineering major with over 200 students
enrolled, Leone created an alumni advisory board, initiated a successful
program endowment fund, and oversees the conferring of an annual
distinguished alumni award. He is currently developing the necessary
materials and processes for a possible first-time ABET accreditation
visit for the program in 2010.
Prior to serving as assistant dean, he served for 20 years as director
of cooperative engineering education, developing and promoting employment
opportunities that benefited both students and employers. Each year,
he coordinated the needs and interests of 400 co-op students in
nine engineering majors with more than 200 employers. Until recently,
he helped coordinate the Career Gallery/Comm-Sci-Tech Exchange,
a career fair for graduating seniors and cooperative education applicants.
The 2006 event involved 160 employer organizations, 250 employer
representatives, and more than 2,000 students.
Leone is co-author of the best-selling freshman textbook, “Engineering
Your Future,” now in its sixth edition, and is the author
or co-author of 26 scholarly publications. An active member of ASEE
since 1980, Leone has also been actively involved in the Midwest
Cooperative Education and Internship Association and the Michigan
Council for Internships and Cooperative Education. He is a recipient
of ASEE’s Alvah K. Borman Award; two Best Session Awards at
ASEE’s Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration;
the Michigan Council for Cooperative Education’s Don Hunt
Service Award for outstanding leadership in Michigan cooperative
education, and the Michigan State University’s Distinguished
Academic Staff Award. He has also been named a Distinguished Fellow
of the Triangle Fraternity for Engineers, Architects, and Scientists.
The Clement J. Freund Award recognizes an individual in business,
industry, government, or education who has made a significant impact
on cooperative education programs in engineering and engineering
John L. Imhoff Award
Jack Lohmann, Vice Provost for Institutional Development and professor
of Industrial Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology,
received the John L. Imhoff Award in recognition of his consistent
and effective leadership in advancing global cooperation in engineering
education and in articulating a vision for its implementation.
Lohmann has made a significant impact by contributing to the internationalization
of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), of which he is now
editor; initiating the Global Colloquia on Engineering Education
and creating international experiences for students and faculty.
Lohmann’s principal responsibilities at Georgia Tech include
institutional development, review, and accreditation of academic
programs. He most recently served as associate dean in the College
of Engineering. He has also held appointments at the National Science
Foundation, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern
California, and l’École Centrale Paris in France.
Lohmann’s research and teaching interests are in the field
of capital budgeting and economic decision analysis, and he has
also provided leadership in a number of educational initiatives
involving accreditation, globalization, and engineering education
research. External sponsors of his work include: AT&T, Continental
AG, GM, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft Research, Motorola, National
Science Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Sloan Foundation, and
the United Engineering Foundation. Lohmann is a Fellow of the Institute
of Industrial Engineers, ASEE and the European Society for Engineering
Lohmann’s recent international contributions have included
major roles in the development of Georgia Tech’s “International
Plan,” a comprehensive, degree-long program designed to instill
global competence in any discipline, and a report, “In Search
of Global Engineering Excellence: Educating the Next Generation
of Engineers for the Global Workplace,” a year-long study
by eight international universities on the state of global engineering
education. He was awarded the Global Engineering and Engineering
Technology Educator Award by the ASEE International Division.
He has been involved with ASEE since 1979 and has held most positions
in the Engineering Economy and Industrial Engineering Divisions.
He serves on the ASEE International Advisory Committee and as the
General Co-Chair of the 6th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education
to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2007, and has contributed to
past Global Colloquia. As editor of JEE, he has broadened the global
presence of the journal, which now receives 25% of its submissions
internationally and has 20% of its advisory board drawn internationally.
He has added a new international associate editor, and plans to
publish a special joint issue with the journal of the European Society
for Engineering Education (SEFI) on the “Globalization of
Engineering Education” in 2007. Lohmann has also developed
a strategic plan to make JEE the world-recognized publication for
engineering education research.
The John L. Imhoff Award, endowed by the estate of the late Professor
John L. Imhoff, recognizes an individual who has made outstanding
contributions to the industrial engineering discipline, who exemplifies
the highest standards of the professorate in industrial engineering,
and has demonstrated global cooperation and understanding through
leadership and other initiatives.
Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education
Julia Ross, Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biochemical
Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County (UMBC), received the Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering
Education for 2007 in recognition of her exceptional contributions
as a researcher, educator, and administrator.
Her research into the role of bacterial adhesion and subsequent
biofilm formation in the pathogenesis of infection in the cardiovascular
system has been at the forefront of biological and biomedical engineering.
Her work has won grants worth more than $8 million, including several
R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National
Science Foundation, and the Whitaker Foundation, and led to numerous
Ross also maintains an active curriculum research program focusing
on workforce development. She has led the design and development
of the INSPIRES (Increasing Student Participation, Interest and
Recruitment in Engineering and Science) Curriculum, a standards-based
high school program for science and technology education that combines
authentic real-world problems, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on
experiences to build students’ problem solving skills, and
scientific and technological literacy. The curriculum, which aims
to increase awareness of and interest in engineering and science
careers, has been implemented at the high school level within the
Baltimore County Public Schools.
As principal investigator for INSPIRES’ curriculum development,
Ross leads a multidisciplinary team with collaborators at the University
of Maryland School of Medicine, George Washington University, Baltimore
County schools, and industry, and secured a $1.6 million NSF grant.
The team comprises engineering educators, a medical educator and
physician, a curriculum development expert, experienced high school
teachers and practicing engineers.
In collaboration with Dr. Tayrn Bayles (UMBC), Ross has offered
two-day summer workshops on campus to train teachers to use the
INSPIRES Curriculum, training 36 teachers to date. Their work was
recently recognized with an invitation to participate in the National
Symposium on Professional Development for Engineering and Technology
Education. Their initial curriculum module, “Engineering in
Health Care: A Hemodialysis Case Study,” is currently available
for adoption by teachers interested in participating in the research
study. The module teaches students about dialysis, from theory to
application, and focuses on a teenage patient with kidney failure.
Science and technology education teachers in Maryland have been
implementing the program in selected high schools for the past year.
By the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, they will have reached
approximately 400 students in six counties with broad demographic
The Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education recognizes
and honors women who have an outstanding record in teaching engineering
students and reasonable performance histories of research and service
within an engineering school.
James H. McGraw Award
Warren Hill, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology
at Weber State University, received the James H. McGraw Award for
2007. Hill was recognized for his contributions and leadership for
more than 25 years as a dean of engineering technology programs
at Weber State University; leader in the development of Project
Lead the Way in the state of Utah; his activities with the Engineering
Technology Council, Engineering Technology Division and Engineering
Technology Leadership Institute; and his work as a program evaluator,
commissioner and member of the executive board of the Technology
Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology (TAC of ABET).
Hill is considered a leader in bringing K-12 pre-engineering programs
to the State of Utah and currently serves as the Affiliate Director
for the State of Utah for Project Lead the Way, a nationwide high
school and middle school pre-engineering program.
He has written and presented a number of papers at various conferences,
is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Engineering Technology,
and is the co-author of three patents. He currently sits on the
executive committee of the TAC of ABET after serving as a TAC Commissioner
for the past five years, and having made 18 accreditation visits.
Hill is on the board of directors for the Northern Utah Academy
of Math, Engineering and Science, an early college charter high
school. Finally, he also serves as a reviewer for the Advanced Technology
Education program of the National Science Foundation.
Hill is a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers, and is also a member of the American Society
for Engineering Education and the Society for College and University
Planning. He is a past member of the ASEE Engineering Technology
Division (ETD) Board, the ASEE Engineering Technology Council (ETC)
Board, and the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI)
Board. While on the ETD board, he served as the newsletter editor
and as the ETD Conference Chair when the ASEE Annual Conference
was in Anaheim, CA. He is currently an ad hoc member of the ETC
Board representing the Council on the Data Collection Committee
of the Engineering Deans Council. He has twice hosted the ETLI conference
at Weber State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer
in the State of Colorado and is the past president of the Southern
Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Colorado, a Division of
the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Established in 1950, the James H. McGraw Award, sponsored by
the ASEE Engineering Technology Council and funded by the Glencoe
Division of MacMillan/McGraw-Hill, is presented for outstanding
contributions to engineering technology education.
Fred Merryfield Design Award
John Enderle, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department
at the University of Connecticut, received the Fred Merryfield Design
Award in recognition of his contributions to senior design projects
for persons with disabilities.
Enderle has been an editor for the annual National Science Foundation
book series, “Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons
With Disabilities,” since its inception in 1989. These books
have described almost 2,000 projects to benefit the elderly disabled
throughout the United States. A member of the Engineering Accreditation
Commission for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
(ABET), he has produced many articles on senior design and the accreditation
process. He has also co-written the textbook, “Introduction
to Biomedical Engineering,” which has been adopted internationally,
and has published extensively on oculomotor and muscle research
for over twenty years.
Enderle’s current research involves characterizing the neurosensory
control of the human visual and auditory system. The objective is
to investigate and ultimately produce a model that will predict
the head and eye movement responses to any combination of visual,
auditory, and vestibular inputs in a changing environment. Since
the models developed are driven by subsystems, modeled mathematically
and parameterized by experimental data, one can observe phenomenon
down to the molecular level as well as the system level to observe
performance. The linear muscle model developed by Enderle and his
co-workers is the first model to have the static and dynamic characteristics
Enderle is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics
Engineers (IEEE); the current editor-in-chief of the EMB Magazine;
an Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Distinguished
Lecturer; Past-President of the IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and
Biology Society (EMBS); EMBS Conference Chair for the 22nd Annual
International Conference of the IEEE EMBS and World Congress on
Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 2000; a past EMBS
Vice-President for Publications & Technical Activities and Vice-President
for Member and Student Activities; Fellow of the American Institute
for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE); an ABET Program
Evaluator for Bioengineering Programs; a member of the Engineering
Accreditation Commission; a member of the American Society for Engineering
Education and a past chair of the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division
Chair; and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He was
elected as a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
in 2003, with membership limited to 200 persons. He is a recipient
of the ASEE Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award; the University
of Connecticut AAUP Excellence Award in University Service; the
President’s Award for Significant Contributions to the Rocky
Mountain Bioengineering Symposium; University of Connecticut ECE
Department Excellence in Teaching Award; and the EMBS Service Award.
The Fred Merryfield Design Award, sponsored by CH2M Hill, recognizes
an engineering educator for excellence in teaching of engineering
design and acknowledges other significant contributions related
to engineering design teaching.
National Outstanding Teaching Award
Dennis A. Silage, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
at Temple University, received the National Outstanding Teaching
Award in recognition of his significant pedagogical innovations
in undergraduate analog and digital communications, capstone senior
design and high school outreach programs.
Silage, faculty advisor and trustee for the Temple University Amateur
Radio Club (K3TU), has promoted the reintroduction of Amateur Radio
into ECE capstone senior design projects. Undergraduate student
Amateur Radio projects under his supervision have twice been awarded
the Vincent Bendix Award for IEEE Region 2. He has supervised a
magnet school program in aerospace engineering and Amateur Radio
satellite communications at Northeast High School, Philadelphia
(W3YC). For this outreach he received the American Radio Relay League
Technical Achievement Award (2001).
He has promoted the use of simulation in the pedagogy of digital
communication systems, which is traditionally taught to undergraduate
students by examining the response and the performance of a system
only as a set of analytical equations. He has written “Digital
Communication Systems Using SystemVue,” and developed a curriculum
that couples the traditional analytical approach with the simulation
of the system for further design, analysis, insight and motivation.
Silage has extended his teaching of digital communications to an
outreach program for middle, junior and senior high school students.
The Marconi Challenge, which was originally conceived to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s transatlantic
wireless transmission in 2001, addresses the design objectives of
wireless data communication using infrared light. He presented the
Marconi Challenge at the 2006 ASEE Workshop on K-12 Engineering
He served as assistant and associate professor of Bioengineering
at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (1975-1984),
where he contributed to research into the anatomical, neurological
and metabolic control of ventilation, the assessment of clinical
pulmonary mechanics and the use of computer graphics in pulmonary
function testing. In 1984 he became an associate, and now full professor,
in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the
College of Engineering at Temple University while holding a joint
appointment at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
He assisted in the transition of the college to an engineering program
from solely an engineering technology program and supervised the
first M.S.E.E. candidate of the graduate program (1988). He served
as Associate Chair (1989-1993) and director of the Electrical Engineering
Technology program (1999-2003).
Silage is director of the System Chip Design Center of the department,
which had developed an interdisciplinary educational initiative
(EE and ME: Together Again) in the electro-thermal performance of
high-speed CMOS devices. His research is in the behavioral synthesis
of digital communications systems utilizing fine-grained programmable
gate array devices, interprocess communication, fixed-point algorithms
and the design verification environment.
He was treasurer of the 1990 ASEE Frontiers in Education conference,
which met in Vienna and Budapest. He received the ASEE Zone I Outstanding
Campus Representative award (1996) and was Program Chair (1995-1998)
for the ASEE Middle Atlantic Section and Section Chair (1999-2000).
He is now the Vice Chair and 2007 Program Chair of the Electrical
and Computer Engineering Division of ASEE. He is also the organizer
for the 2007 Middle Atlantic Section Meeting to be held at Temple
University in Fall 2007. He is the department Accreditation Board
for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Coordinator and an Engineering
Accreditation Commission program evaluator for both electrical engineering
and computer engineering. He is a recipient of the College of Engineering,
Temple University, Alumni Outstanding Faculty Award (2000) and the
Outstanding Service Award (2007).
Silage is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE), and a member of its computer, signal processing,
engineering in medicine and biology and education societies, as
well as a member of ASEE.
The National Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes an engineering
or engineering technology educator for excellence in outstanding
classroom performance, contributions to the scholarship of teaching,
and participation in ASEE Section meetings and local activities.
Robert G. Quinn Award
Ann Saterbak, Lecturer and Director of Laboratory Instruction in
the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, received the
Robert G. Quinn Award in recognition of her work in developing a
nationally recognized, state-of-the-art undergraduate laboratory
Saterbak developed the course structure, wrote and edited protocols,
and produced laboratory manuals for five courses that reach across
the breadth of bioengineering. Her laboratory courses in cell and
tissue culture have been a model for several other departments.
Two tissue-based laboratory courses have been considered particularly
innovative, with curricular materials based on the latest research
in tissue engineering. Collaborating with colleagues, Saterbak also
developed a sophomore-level Bioengineering Fundamentals course that
is organized around the novel idea of teaching the applications
of the conservation laws to biological and medical systems.
She co-authored a white paper for the Whitaker Foundation education
conference that was later published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
With support from a National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate
Education grant, Saterbak co-authored the book, “Bioengineering
Saterbak collaborated extensively with other Rice faculty to build
nationally recognized undergraduate laboratories, applying her own
four years of industry work experience at the Shell Development
Company. In designing the laboratories, she incorporated technical
expertise and skills, as well as communication and teamwork. To
emphasize these elements, she uses a variety of assignments, such
as technical posters, research papers, and technical memos. A significant
part of the writing component in the bioengineering curriculum comes
from her instruction. Laboratory elements have been designed with
ABET criteria to promote student initiative and experimental design.
Saterbak implements current thinking in engineering and laboratory
education, and many laboratories present open-ended challenges,
which require students to design their own experiments.
Saterbak is currently the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division
(BED) Program Chair for the 2007 Annual Conference. She is a frequent
presenter of educational materials at ASEE and BMES. Saterbak is
an active member on the Rice Laboratory Coordinators Working Group.
She developed laboratory objectives and assessment tools for courses
in the schools of engineering and natural sciences, and served the
department as associate chair (2003-2005). She has also been instrumental
in curriculum changes, and has developed templates to evaluate the
bioengineering undergraduate program, which are in line with activities
of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The Robert G. Quinn Award, endowed by Agilent Technologies,
recognizes outstanding contributions in providing and promoting
excellence in experimentation and laboratory instruction.
William Elgin Wickenden Award
The William Elgin Wickenden Award for 2007 was presented to Robert
J. Roselli and Sean P. Brophy in recognition of their paper, “Effectiveness
in Challenge-Based Instruction in Biomechanics,” which was
published in the October 2006 issue of the Journal of Engineering
Robert J. Roselli is a professor of biomedical engineering and
chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as
director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Biomedical Engineering,
VaNTH Domain Leader in Biotransport, and active contributor to the
VaNTH Biomechanics Domain. Roselli has developed graduate and undergraduate
courses in biomechanics and biotransport at Vanderbilt University.
He is a founding member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering,
where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in biotransport
and biomechanics, and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Roselli is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological
Engineering and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.
He served as Education Director and is currently the Biotransport
Domain Leader for the Vanderbilt-Northwestern-Texas-Harvard-MIT
Engineering Research Center for Bioengineering Technologies.
Sean P. Brophy is assistant professor of engineering education
at Purdue University. He leads the Learning Sciences group for the
VaNTH Engineering Research Center in Bioengineering Educational
Technologies. Brophy is a learning scientist and engineer; his research
focuses on the development of learners’ ability to solve complex
problems in engineering, science and mathematics contexts. Recently
he has been exploring the interaction between innovation skills
and rich content knowledge as an important component of developing
adaptive expertise. This research aligns with his work to develop
effective learning environments using challenge based instruction.
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 research journal for the Society.
JEE’s editorial review board selects the best paper published
during the previous January to October publication cycle.
ASEE Award Winners:
This award recognizes high-quality papers that are presented at
Annual Conference. Papers awarded are from those that were presented
at the Annual Conference the previous year. Six outstanding conference
papers are selected: one from each of the five ASEE
Professional Interest Councils (PICs)
and one overall conference paper. The award consists of $1,000 for
each PIC paper and $3,000 for the best conference paper.
Best Paper - PIC I
TEACHING THE BOK - CHALLENGES FOR FACULTY AND PROGRAMS
Best Paper - PIC II
K-12 OUTREACH THROUGH HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON PROGRAM COLLABORATIONS
Best Paper - PIC III
RETAINING FRESHMAN ENGINEERING STUDENTS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN
A FIRST-YEAR LEARNING COMMUNITY: WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T
Best Paper - PIC IV
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGINEERING OUTREACH PROGRAM
FOR GIRLS: A CONTROLLED STUDY
Shelley Errington Nicholson
Best Paper - PIC V
ADDRESSING THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT NEEDS OF EXPERIENCED PROJECT PROFESSIONALS
Best Overall Paper
K-12 OUTREACH THROUGH HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON PROGRAM COLLABORATIONS
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