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Awards - ASEE Prism Receives National Honors

    Prism recently received several awards for outstanding editorial and design efforts during the 1998–1999 publishing year.

    Prism magazine received five APEX Awards for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts, a national competition for communications professionals. Judges include writers, editors, journalism professors, and other publishing professionals.

    In the overall category, the April 1999 was honored as one of the best printed magazines and journals. The articles "A Web of Connections/Around the World in 24 Hours" (March 1999) by Ray Bert, associate editor, and freelance writer Stephen Budiansky; and "Keeping Up With Anita Jones" (February 1999), by freelance writer Joannie M. Schrof, received writing honors.

    "Tools For Going Faster and Farther" (September 1998), edited by Vicky Hendley, received an editing/rewriting award. Also, the article "Working in Two Worlds" (February 1999), designed by Amy Powers, senior graphic designer, received a design honor.

    Prism also won three awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (EdPress).

    "Plagiarism in an Online World" (December 1998), by graduate student and ASEE member Julie Ryan, was named an Outstanding How-To Feature. "The Importance of Failure" (October 1998), by Vicky Hendley with design by Amy Powers, received honors for writing and design.

ASEE 1999 National Awards

New ASEE Fellows

ASEE recently added 11 new members to the ASEE Fellows roster. ASEE's Board of Directors annually confers the fellow grade of membership on dedicated members who have demonstrated extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education. The new fellows are:

  • Dayne M. Aldridge, Auburn University
  • Arvid R. Eide, Iowa State University
  • Earl E. Gottsman, Capitol College
  • Charles W. Haines, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • R. Neal Houze, Purdue University
  • Gerald S. Jakubowski, Loyola Marymount University
  • Gesa Kardos, Carleton University
  • William B. Krantz, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • John W. Prados, University of Tennessee
  • Karl N. Rei, Oklahoma State University
  • James T. P. Yao, Texas A&M University
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ASEE Today - society news

Section/Division Meetings

    The Illinois/Indiana section seeks papers for its March 23-25, 2000, conference with suggested topics including, but not limited to: coping with ABET 2000; educational delivery systems; team teaching-team learning; new methods; old methods revisited; and historical perspectives.

    Paper submissions are encouraged from other ASEE sections in the Central Midwest Region. Submit 300-word abstracts by October 10 to: Ronald Devaisher, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN 47722; (812) 479-2652; fax (812) 479-2780; e-mail: .

For a complete list of ASEE Section and Division meetings for 1999/2000,  please see

FutureCar Challenges Students

    Your trips to the gas station may be half as frequent in the near future thanks to students from 13 North American universities.

    The mostly undergraduate student groups participated in the 1999 FutureCar Challenge this past year, a student engineer competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and the United States Council for Automotive Research. The competition is designed to provide students with hands-on experience solving real-world problems. One of the target goals assigned to the students was to re-engineer an existing vehicle to obtain a fuel economy of 80 miles per gallon, while maintaining all the creature comforts of a factory model and without an addendum to the price tag.

    The FutureCar Challenge, for which ASEE provides financial administration services, provides the teams with brand-new mid-sized sedans and $10,000 in seed money. The cars are then re-engineered by the students and judged on the basis of performance measures such as emissions, and acceleration as well as consumer acceptability factors like cargo space. Team members learn the practical applications of engineering skills while also discovering the benefits of teamwork. The competition culminates in a two-day road trip from Auburn Hills, Michigan, to Washington, D.C.

    However, this fourth year marked the last FutureCar Challenge, as it is to be replaced with the FutureTruck Challenge in 2000. At this year's finish-line ceremony, General Motors announced it would assume the role of primary industry sponsor and provide student teams with 15 Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicles next year, reflecting the consumer trend toward trucks.

—Rahul Chadha


New Commission Targets Women
and Minority Recruitment and Retention  Issues

    Steve Director testifies at NSFThe Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development held its first public meeting this summer at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, to hear wide-ranging testimony about programs and policies developed to increase the number of women, minorities, and disabled persons in the science, engineering, and technology (SET) workforce.

    Congress established the commission last October in response to separate reports by the National Science Foundation and the National Research Council that showed that women, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans continue to be under-represented in SET fields. The commission's 11 members include CEOs, university heads of research, and business owners. The commission heard testimony from members of industry, academe, and government organizations on issues such as education and career development as they relate to underrepresented groups.

    Stephen Director, chair of ASEE's Engineering Deans Council, addressed the commission on university recruitment and hiring initiatives. While many established programs help women and minorities gain interest in engineering, there is not enough assessment of these programs to determine which elements are beneficial to program members, Director explained. The groups that fund the programs "ought to require assessment," he added. "They must figure out how to best implement programs."

    The commission is expected to present a final report on its findings to the President, Congress, and key state leaders by April 2000. The report will make recommendations on policies and programs that should be implemented by state and federal government organizations, private enterprise, and educational institutions to increase the number of underrepresented groups in SET fields.

    For more information on the commission, see: .


Books by Members

    Analog Signal Processing. By John G. Webster. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 1999, 586 pp., $99.95.

    Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (7th edit.). By Michael R. Lindeburg. Professional Publications, Belmont, CA; 1999, 1,432 pp., $89.95.

    Crash Course in PC and Microcontroller Technology. By Louis E. Frenzel, Jr. Newnes, Woburn, MA; 1999, 320 pp., $36.95.

    Digital and Computer Projects. By Robert J. Davis. Newnes, Woburn, MA; 1999, 208 pp., $29.95.

    Engineering Mechanics: Statics (2nd edit.). By Andrew Pytel and Jaan Kiusalaas. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, CA; 1999, 526 pp., $62.65.

    Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (2nd edit.). By Andrew Pytel and Jaan Kiusalaas. Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, Pacific Grove, CA; 1999, 622 pp., $62.65.

    Engineering Project Management: The IPQMS Method and Case Histories. By Louis J. Goodman and Rufino S. Ignacio. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1999, 200 pp., $59.95.

    Fluid Power Technology (2nd edit.). By Robert P. Kokernak. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 430 pp., $91.

    Heat Transfer with Applications. By Kirk D. Hagen. Prentice- Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 688 pp., $71.

    Machine Elements in Mechanical Design (3rd edit.). By Robert L. Mott. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 794 pp., $98.

    Motion and Time Study For Lean Manufacturing (2nd edit.). By Fred E. Meyers. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 334 pp., $70.

    Optimization Concepts and Applications in Engineering. By Ashok D. Belegundu and Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 432 pp., $96.67.

    Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering . By Henry Petroski. Vintage Books, New York; 1999, 256 pp., $13.

    Small Groups for Students in Engineering. By Janine K. Reklaitis. Purdue University Women in Engineering Program, West Lafayette, IA; 1999, 124 pp., free.

    Thermodynamics and Heat Power (5th edit.). By Kurt C. Rolle. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ; 1999, 588 pp., $100.

    Turbulent Mixing and Chemical Reactions. By Jerzy Badyga and John R. Bourne. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 1999, 890 pp., $375.

    Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Ed. by John G. Webster. John Wiley & Sons, New York; 1999, $7,995.


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