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Let's Do Our Part

Events in Washington Favor Engineering.

By J.P. Mohsen

New faculty members, and even some longtime members of ASEE, see the Society as an organization that focuses mostly on pedagogy and teaching methodologies. This impression makes ASEE appear to be useful only to those who want to concentrate on teaching. While ASEE certainly strives to nurture better educators, it offers many more opportunities to help members advance professionally and improve the fields of engineering and engineering technology. One avenue is our active involvement in public policies affecting federally funded research and education at all levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.

Two ASEE bodies, the Engineering Research Council and Engineering Deans Council, provide forums for discussion and advocacy on public policy questions. This year, their conferences have brought members up to date on events in Washington with briefings from high-level policymakers, including Ted Kaufman of Delaware, the only engineer in the Senate; federal program directors in charge of funding programs; and experts who keep close track of the congressional budget process.

The ERC is composed of representatives from engineering colleges, industrial partners, and government members. Among its objectives are to provide a platform for discussing problems and sharing information pertaining to the research activities of ASEE members; to represent the interests of researchers and research administrators both externally and within ASEE; and to improve the effectiveness of research operations at ERC member institutions.

The Public Policy Committee of the Engineering Deans Council holds an annual colloquium in Washington, D.C. This meeting has a dual role: to strengthen the dialogue between deans of engineering and key public policymakers on engineering education and research issues, and to enable the deans to refine their public policy agenda. The committee represents deans and engineering educators generally in taking public positions on policies and legislation. ASEE’s weekly E-mailed newsletter, Capitol Shorts, reports on the latest policy developments and provides links to legislation, documents from various agencies, and publications.

Now, to understand why these ASEE activities are important, we should examine the current climate in Washington related to STEM education and particularly engineering education.

The Obama administration and many members of Congress are seeking to strengthen the nation’s science capacity. Three important research agencies, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are on a steady path to double their budgets from 2007 to 2017. NIH has seen increases as well. The Department of Defense, which funds more than half the government’s engineering research and development, is placing more emphasis on basic research and R&D conducted by universities.

There is growing interest in integrating engineering with the K-12 math and science curriculum. The administration has been promoting National Lab Day and made science education reform part of the Race to the Top competition. The House is on the threshold of reauthorizing the 2007 America COMPETES legislation, Congress’s response to the landmark National Academies’ report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The Senate is likely to approve similar legislation. It is expected to be a comprehensive package that will chart a course for STEM education and research over the next five years. The House is also planning a multi-year reauthorization of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Last month, I met with Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, who has helped form the Congressional Task Force on Competitiveness. The 15-member task force aims to advance policies on education, trade, taxes, intellectual property, and broadband infrastructure aimed at enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness. This is an example of the growing support for allocating resources to advance technology-based education and research nationwide.

Bill Kelly, ASEE’s manager of public affairs in Washington, keeps close track of legislation and policy in three principal ways: by communicating with key committee staff and administration officials at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, NSF, and the Pentagon; by attending hearings and Washington briefings and panel discussions, and reading legislation; and by working with several coalitions representing universities and scientific and professional societies. The latter include the STEM Coalition, which advocates for increased funding for STEM education; the Coalition for the National Science Foundation, the Coalition for National Security Research, and the Coalition for Energy and Science Research.

The ASEE staff has been active in promoting K-12 engineering education and in generating interest in our profession among middle and high school students. In addition to the biennial eGFI – Engineering, Go For It magazine, available in print and online, there are regular E-mail and social-networking features, including separate weekly newsletters for students and teachers. Staff members have been visiting schools in the Washington area to distribute materials and excite student interest in engineering.

As you can see, ASEE is active on many fronts promoting engineering education and the engineering profession. But these efforts face stiff competition in the months ahead amid pressure to reduce the federal deficit. I encourage each of you to do your share by getting involved in public policy and recruitment activities. With all the support and interest on the part of the current administration and many members of Congress in engineering and technology education, we must do our part to push the agenda forward.

J.P. Mohsen, president of ASEE, is professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Louisville.




Don GiddensDon Giddens

ASEE members elected Don Giddens to serve as ASEE president-elect for 2010-2011. Giddens is dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. He will assume the position of ASEE president-elect at the 2010 Annual Conference and become president the following year.

Full election results for all ASEE offices are as follows:

Don Giddens (838 votes)
College of Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael T. O’Hair (470 votes)
Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology Department
Purdue University

Vice President, Member Affairs
Ralph Flori (672 votes)
Associate Professor
Petroleum Engineering Department
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Frank M. Croft (583 votes)
Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering &
Geodetic Science Department
Ohio State University

Chair, Professional Interest
Council I

Stephanie G. Adams (688 votes)
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
School of Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University

B. K. Hodge (522 votes)
TVA Professor of Energy Systems & the Environment
Mechanical Engineering Department
Mississippi State University

Chair, Professional Interest
Council IV

Bevlee A. Watford (693 votes)
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
and Professor of Engineering Education
College of Engineering
Virginia Tech

Sandra A. Yost (516 votes)
Department of Electrical &
Computer Engineering
University of Detroit, Mercy

Chair, Professional Interest
Council V

Patricia Bazrod (679 votes)
Director, Graduate Co-op & Georgia Tech Internship Program
Division of Professional Practice
Georgia Institute of Technology

Susan Matney (452 votes)
Associate Director
Cooperative Education Program
North Carolina State University

Chair-Elect, Zone I
Marie Dahleh (148 votes)
Assistant Dean for Academic
School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Harvard University

Kanti Prasad (89 votes)
Department of Electrical &
Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Chair-Elect, Zone III
Christi Patton-Luks (188 votes)
Applied Professor
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Tulsa

Terrence L. Chambers (103 votes)
Associate Dean
College of Engineering
University of Louisiana at Lafayette




ASEE deans and researchers received high-level briefings on science and technology initiatives from Obama administration officials, a U.S. senator, and expert analysts at two Washington events in recent months.

A major blizzard limited attendance at the deans’ Public Policy Colloquium in February. But those who managed to come heard from a distinguished line-up that included Kristina Johnson, under secretary of energy; Arun Majumdar, head of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy; Sen. Ted Kaufman of Delaware, the only member of the Senate who has worked as an engineer; and Thomas Peterson, who heads the engineering directorate of the National Science Foundation.

Several officials sounded the theme of turning research into economically beneficial results. Johnson, former provost of Johns Hopkins University, saw a “tremendous” potential global market for new energy technologies, including advanced solar devices using thin film and small modular nuclear power plants. Peterson, a former University of Arizona dean, noted that while the foundation’s core mission will continue to be basic research, translational research that “smooths the handoff to industry” is increasingly important.

An expert panel — Patrick Clemins of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Jeffrey Mervis of Science magazine, and Tobin Smith of the Association of American Universities – analyzed the administration’s 2011 budget and provided insight on how it would be received by Congress.

Meeting in mid-March, the Engineering Research Council got an in-depth look at NSF-funded research from Peterson and several engineering division heads. Examples include advanced manufacturing, particularly nano-manufacturing, cyber-physical systems, and computing beyond Moore’s Law, as well as new collaborations between NSF and the National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy.

Kei Koizumi, assistant director for research and development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, described to the ERC a shift away from weapons development in favor of basic research at the Department of Defense. Kaigham J. Gabriel, deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussed his agency’s exploration of how social networking can be used as a strategic tool.





WASHINGTON – Five active members of ASEE have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious professional distinctions awarded to engineers. They were among 68 new academy members and nine foreign associates whose election was announced February 17 by NAE President Charles M. Vest.

Academy membership honors engineers who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education,” the NAE announcement said. The February election takes total academy membership numbers to 2,267 and foreign associate numbers to 196.

The ASEE members newly elected to the NAE and their accomplishments in engineering are:

John David Anderson Jr., curator of aerodynamics, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and professor emeritus, aerospace engineering, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, for aerospace engineering and history textbooks and for contributions to hypersonic gas dynamics.

Eric W. Kaler, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y., for elucidation of structure-function relationships in surfactant systems that has led to novel formulations of complex, self-assembled media.

Gregory B. Olson, Wilson-Cook Chaired Professor in Engineering Design, department of materials science and engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., for contributions to research, development, implementation, and teaching of science-based design of materials.

Thomas W. Parks, professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., for contributions to digital filter design, fast computation of Fourier transforms, and education.

Stephen B. Pope, Sibley College professor of engineering, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., for contributions to the modeling of turbulent flow, including the development of probability distribution function methodologies for turbulent combustion.




eGFI Magazine Cover and eGFI Poster

Staff members who developed ASEE’s award-winning K-12 publications have participated in a series of school visits, a science fair, and conference presentations to generate interest in engineering among school-age students.

Stacie Harrison and Dennis Cummings, codirectors of the eGFI (Engineering, Go For It) project, have delivered PowerPoint presentations, demonstrated use of the eGFI website, and given away hundreds of print copies of the eGFI magazine in the Washington area and beyond. In the process, they cleared up some misconceptions about engineering in their young audiences.

Together with ASEE survey manager Grace Hill, they drew applause from roughly 150 third to-sixth graders at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Washington with presentations illustrating what engineers do. The children were excited to learn that engineers were the minds behind video games, roller coasters, and iPods, and not, as one thought, “the guy who fixes your washing machine.”

Ten youngsters were given one-on-one demonstrations in a computer lab, where they peppered the ASEE staffers with questions.

Other Washington school visits included McKinley High School, for a science and engineering fair, and Janney Elementary School, for a career day.

As part of National Engineers Week, an eGFI booth at Discover Engineering Family Day drew 350 magazine requests from kids ages 5 to12. Nate Ball of PBS’s Design Squad announced the winner of an iPod touch in eGFI’s raffle. eGFI also ran an exhibition hall booth at a recent physics teachers’ conference.

Harrison and Cummings also attended a Philadelphia conference of the National Science Teachers Association, where they spoke to a receptive group of teachers and strengthened partnerships with representatives of Design Squad and Engineer Your Life, a guide to engineering for high school girls.

As part of the White House-endorsed National Lab Day, being held May 12, ASEE plans to distribute 5,000 free copies of the eGFI magazine to local DC schools and offer discounts to those outside the area. ASEE’s K-12 workshop, held in conjunction with the annual society conference in Louisville, Ky., is being promoted as a Lab Day event.

The eGFI package includes the print and online magazine, as well as separate, weekly newsletters for students and teachers. The latter, with over 14,000 subscribers, offers engineering-related lessons and activities, news, feature stories, and hundreds of links to organizations and events. Together, the online publications had attracted over 3,100 fans on Facebook and more than 400 Twitter followers by early May.

The publications have drawn praise from educators, students at all levels, and engineering professionals. One message, from a high school teacher in Cincinnati, typifies the kind of enthusiasm that has been generated: “Great website! One of my former students who is presently studying engineering at Ohio State referred me to you. I am looking forward to livening up my pre-engineering class here at Elder High School in Cincinnati with some of your lesson plans. Keep up the good work!”






Photo: Muhammad Ali Museum Muhammad Ali Museum in Louisville, KY

Please note: ASEE Registration will not be open on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

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View the 2010 Exhibitors





Photo: Vancouver, BCEnglish Bay, Vancouver, BC
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The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition hosts over 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. Attendees include deans, faculty and researchers, students, and retirees. Distinguished lectures run throughout the conference, starting with the main plenary. In addition to various award receptions and banquets, ASEE hosts a complimentary "Meet the Board Forum," providing the opportunity for all registrants to meet with members of the ASEE Board of Directors and discuss current issues in engineering and technology. The spouse/guest tours help make the conference an event for the entire family. Other highlights include the "Greet the Stars" orientation for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees, the ASEE Picnic, and the "Focus on Exhibits" Happy Hour and Brunch. The 2011 conference will be in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. We look forward to welcoming you there.



In order to strengthen the quality of conference proceedings, the ASEE Board of Directors has voted on a policy of "Publish to Present" at the ASEE Annual Conference. This policy, which requires all conference papers and presentations to be peer reviewed, seeks to ensure that intellectual activity by faculty and staff receives appropriate professional recognition.

In addition to Publish to Present sessions, beginning with the 2011 ASEE annual conference, divisions may submit Panel sessions. To submit a Panel session, Divisions are asked to provide white papers (extended abstracts) in no more than four pages consisting of two pages of session description, and two pages of bios. The PIC Chairs will review the Panel sessions submitted and determine their viability to the conference. (Please check the appropriate field/column for submitting a Panel session through the new ASEE paper submission system.)

The process for the submission of ASEE Annual Conference papers is as follows: Once authors have submitted abstracts of their papers, these will be reviewed and evaluated as acceptable or not. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper draft to be reviewed by at least three engineering educators. A draft paper may be accepted as submitted, accepted with minor changes or major changes, or rejected. If a paper requiring major changes is re-submitted, the author will be asked to provide an explanation to the Division Program Chair as to how the paper revision has addressed the reviewers’ concerns. The Division Chair may then decide to accept or reject the paper.

Authors of accepted papers may also choose to present through a poster session rather than the lecture format of the technical sessions. The ASEE poster sessions will now showcase authors of accepted papers who have selected this format or whose papers have been assigned as a poster due to lack of space in the technical sessions. Exceptions to the “Publish to Present” requirement include invited speakers and panels. Divisions may also designate one of their technical sessions as a “panel” of speakers submitting poster presentations.

The presentation of research and program findings within a conference setting provides a valuable means of exchanging information and ideas. While the majority of papers presented at the ASEE annual conference already undergo review at the abstract, draft, and final paper stages, the Board feels confident that a rigorous process of review will safeguard the quality of all paper presentations and ensure the prestigious reputation of this important conference.


This year the Call for Papers format has changed. The complete Call for Papers listing will be in the September issue of Prism.


Aerospace Division
Architectural Engineering Division
Biological & Agricultural Engineering Division
Biomedical Engineering Division
Chemical Engineering Division
Civil Engineering Division
Computers in Education Division
Construction Engineering Division
Continuing Professional Development Division
Cooperative Education Division
Corporate Members Council
Design in Engineering Education Division
Division of Experimentation & Laboratory Oriented Studies
Educational Research & Methods Division
Electrical & Computer Engineering Division
Energy Conversion & Conservation Division
Engineering & Public Policy Division
Engineering Design Graphics Division
Engineering Economy Division
Engineering Ethics Division
Engineering Libraries Division
Engineering Management Division
Engineering Research Council
Engineering Technology Division
Entrepreneurship Division
Environmental Engineering Division
Freshman Programs Division
Graduate Studies Division
Industrial Engineering Division
Information Systems Division
Instrumentation Division
International Division
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division
Liberal Education Division
Manufacturing Engineering Division
Materials Division
Mathematics Division
Mechanical Engineering Division
Mechanics Division
Minorities in Engineering Division
Multidisciplinary Engineering Division
New Engineering Educators Division
Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Division
Ocean, Marine & Coastal Engineering Division
Physics & Engineering Physics Division
Software Engineering Constituent Committee
Systems Engineering Constituent Committee
Technological Literacy Constituent Committee
Two-Year College Division
Women in Engineering Division


The following are the tentative deadline dates for the 2011 Annual Conference:

SEPT 6 – OCT 8, 2010
Abstract Submission Process Open

SEPT 6 – OCT 15, 2010
Session Requests, Division Social Functions Requests, Workshop Proposals & Distinguished Lecture Nominations Due

SEPT 6 – OCT 22, 2010
Assign Abstract Reviewers

SEPT 6 – NOV 12, 2010
Abstract Review Process Open

NOV 2010
PIC Chair Meeting

NOV 12, 2010
Abstract Reassignment (to another Division) Deadline

DEC 3, 2010
Session Approvals Sent to Program Chairs

DEC 3, 2010
Abstract Accept or Reject Decisions Deadline

DEC 6, 2010 – JAN 7, 2011
Draft Paper Submission Process Open

JAN 3, 2011
Workshops, Business and Social Events Location, Title, Description, and Ticketed Information Due

JAN 10 – FEB 18, 2011
Draft Paper Review Process Open

JAN 2011
Registration and Housing Open for All Attendees

FEB 25, 2011
Draft Paper Decision Deadline

FEB 25 – MARCH 11, 2011
Final Paper Submission Process Open

MARCH 11, 2011
Deadline for Final Division Social Event Details, Final Workshop Details, and Final Distinguished Lecture Details.
Includes AV Special Requests, Food & Beverage Menu Selections for all sessions

MARCH 11-18, 2011
Paper “Accepted Pending Changes” Final Upload Phase Open

MARCH 25, 2011
Paper “Accepted Pending Changes” Decision Deadline

APRIL 1, 2011
Author Registration Deadline
Proceedings Fees & Copyright Transfer Due
Best Paper Nominations Due

APRIL 8, 2011
Final Technical Session Program Details Deadline: Session, Moderator, and Speaker Information Final – no session changes accepted after this date for any activities. All accepted papers must be assigned to sessions by this date. Session Cancellation Deadline – all sessions not canceled after these dates are final.

JULY 2011
2011 Call for Papers posted on Web




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