2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

Conference Highlights

  Main Plenary
  2008 Best Paper Awards
  Main Plenary Slideshow PDF Icon(PDF: 1,460KB)
  2008 Annual Awards Banquet Slideshow PDF Icon(PDF: 6,003KB)
  Distinguished Lectures
(Tuesday, June 24)

  Distinguished Lectures
(Wednesday, June 25)
      Photo Slideshow

Main Plenary Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Hewlett-Packard

The Main Plenary is traditionally the most highly anticipated session at the ASEE annual conference with over 2,000 attendees enjoying this important keynote address. This year, ASEE is pleased to have the participation of a visionary leader in the engineering and technology education.

Dr. Charles M. Vest's Main Plenary Presentation PowerPoint(PowerPoint: 1,093 KB)

Dr. Charles M. VestPresentation Title: "Engineering Education for the 21st Century"

Presentation Description: Engineering education must both drive and respond to innovation and change in a global, knowledge-based economy. We must address increased global competition as well as opportunities and responsibilities for global cooperation, the emergence of life science as a foundation for engineering, massive employment shifts into the service sector, and the essential role of engineering systems in meeting humankind's grand challenges. Meeting these challenges and responsibilities requires that we ourselves innovate, build a research base, and assess our performance.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Charles M. Vest, long an influential figure in engineering, science, education and public policy, was elected in March 2007, to a six-year term as president of the National Academy of Engineering, part of the National Academies. In addition to leading an organization made up of the nation’s premier engineers, he also serves as vice chairman of the National Research Council, the principal research arm of the National Academies.

Vest was president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1990 through 2004.  During that time, he worked to strengthen federal-university-industry relations and undertook a number of initiatives to bring education and research issues to broader public attention. Vest placed special emphasis on enhancing science and engineering in undergraduate education.  While stressing the importance of racial and cultural diversity among faculty and students at MIT, Vest also worked to build a stronger international dimension into the university's programs.

Beyond academics, Vest has used his strong engineering and science background to contribute to public policy. Following revelations of serious U.S. intelligence lapses in assessing Iraq’s weapons programs, Vest was named to the bipartisan Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, led by Laurence H. Silberman, a senior U.S. appeals court judge, and Charles L. Robb, a former U.S. senator from Virginia. The panel issued its report in 2005.

Vest was elected to the NAE in 1993 for "his technical and educational contributions to holographic interferometry and leadership as an educator," and he currently serves on the NAE Council.

Among Vest's career honors is the NAE's Arthur M. Bueche Award, given in 2000 to recognize his efforts to increase government support for research. Vest has served on numerous National Academies studies, most recently the widely cited Rising Above the Gathering Storm, which highlights the roles of science and engineering in U.S. economic growth and competitiveness.

Vest earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963.  He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967, respectively, where he later held the positions of dean of engineering, provost, and vice president for academic affairs.  He is the recipient of 10 honorary doctoral degrees.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Distinguished Lectures

Session I: Dr. Robert Liebeck, Project Manager, Blended-Wing-Body Program, Boeing and Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist, NASA-LaRC (Langley Research Center)

Dr. Robert LiebeckPresentation Title: “The X-48B” by Dr. Liebeck

Presentation Description: The X-48B is an 8-percent sub-scale flight demonstrator of the Boeing Blended Wing Body subsonic transport.  A description of its design and fabrication along with a video of the first flight at NASA DFRC on July 20, 2007 is presented.  The X-48B is a joint project between Boeing, NASA and AFRL, and the airplane was constructed by Cranfield Aerospace in the UK.

Dr. Robert Liebeck is sponsored by Aerospace Division


Dennis Bushnell

Presentation Title: “The Future(s) of Energetics” by Dennis Bushnell

Presentation Description: This talk summarizes the increasingly dire and ever nearer term implications of Global Warming and Peak Oil and then considers the spectrum of "Green" and the "Ways Forward" to replace Fossil Carbon Energy Sources. There are four approaches possible in the nearer term. These include approaches with the capacity to replace petroleum for transportation and coal/natural gas for base load. While they require research, they are both feasible and affordable. The lecture also considers the "frontiers of the responsibly imaginable" in energetics going forward, and "Wild Card" approaches which proffer revolutionary possibilities. Energetics issues considered include Generation, Storage, Conservation and Transmission. Lecture concludes with a brief discussion of "Second Law Warming", which will follow Atmospheric Warming and constrains the solution options for Atmospheric Warming.

Dennis Bushnell is sponsored by Mechanical Engineering Division.


Session II: Dr. Robert Erlandson, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at Wayne State University and Bruce E. Seely, Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Dr. Robert ErlandsonPresentation Title: “Accessible Design: It’s the Law; Universal Design: It’s the Market” by Dr. Robert Erlandson

Presentation Description: This lecture will inform ASEE membership of the legal and societal pressures for broader inclusion of accessible and universal design principles in the undergraduate engineering design curriculum.  The differences between accessible and universal design will be presented and discussed using relevant and engaging examples and case-studies.  This discussion will include a brief review of the laws mandating accessible design and two important resources; the Access Board and the Accessibility Forum.  There is a high probability that most of today’s graduating undergraduate engineers will be working with one or both these agencies.  Yet how many university professors even know about these agencies and the laws mandating accessible products and services?

Dr. Robert Erlandson is sponsored by Design in Engineering Education Division (DEED). 


Bruce E. SeelyPresentation Title: “The Other Side of Engineering Education: The Changing Non-technical Curriculum through the Lens of History” by Bruce E. Seely

Presentation Description: Everyone knows that the curricular changes of ABET 2000 altered the way that accreditors and faculty alike think about the non-technical aspects within engineering degree plans. But this was hardly the first attempt to re-examine that subject. Indeed, ABET 2000 is only the latest in a chain of curricular reform efforts stretching back to the 1890s. This lecture explores the changing rationales and approaches that engineers and other faculty have over the past 120 years for including non-technical courses for engineering students. It focuses as well on the consequences of some of the long-lived patterns that have resulted from these educational reforms.

Professor Bruce E. Seely is sponsored by the Liberal Education Division.

Session III: Dr. Lauren Resnick, Director of the Learning Research and Development Center and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Lauren ResnickPresentation Title: “What Would It Take To Expand The Pipeline of Minority Students Coming Into Engineering?”

Presentation Description: Clearly engineering educators and administrators as well as industry and government leaders all are interested in increasing the number of minority students who enter, matriculate, and graduate in engineering; this is also true for the other STEM related fields.  Yet, the current pipeline of qualified minority students is small and likely decreasing in comparison to traditional majority students.  This talk will discuss the constricted pipeline in the context of the complexity of the urban K-12 system – both its enablers that produce student learning and the many constraints that plague the system.  The lecture will then discuss how an engineering systems approach may be paramount for minimizing constraints and maximizing enablers to improve the outcomes of the K-12 education system; and hence substantially increase the number of minority students in engineering.

Dr. Lauren B. Resnick is sponsored by Educational Research and Methods Division (ERM).


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Distinguished Lectures

Session I: Richard Sweeney, University Librarian, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Richard SweeneyPresentation Title: “Are Engineering Students Typical Millennials?”

Presentation Description: This session will begin with a speech by Mr. Sweeney followed by a Millenial panel made up of approximately 12 college age students: half men, half women, diverse, various engineering majors, and a good sampling of birth years (1979 - 1994). The Millennials will be recruited from various local colleges such as University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. During the interactive session, Mr. Sweeney and the audience will ask questions of the panel to prove or disprove the characteristics, preferences, and attitudes of the Millennials, particularly regarding their learning. 

Richard Sweeney is sponsored by Engineering Libraries Division.


Session II: Dr. Paul Polak, Founder, International Development Enterprises (IDE)

Dr. Paul PolakPresentation Title: “Creating a Design Revolution: How Engineering for Extreme Affordability Can Change the World”

Presentation Description: Ninety-five percent of the world’s engineers and product designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 5 percent of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in engineering and design is needed to reach the other 90 percent. Automotive engineers create Hummers and elegantly shaped automobiles while most of the people in the world can only dream of buying a used bicycle. While designers create ever more stylish, efficient and durable products for the world’s richest customers, the poor in developing countries- who outnumber their rich counterparts by twenty to one- have only pennies to spend on hundreds of critical necessities. They are willing to make any reasonable compromise to buy a product within the price range they can afford, but nothing is available that meets their needs.

Dr. Paul Polak is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Division and co-sponsored by DEED, International Division, and Civil Engineering Division.

Session III: Marty Meehan, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Ashok Saxena, Dean of Engineering, University of Arkansas

Marty MeehanPresentation Title: “Engineering Education in a Flat World”

Presentation Description: The speakers will explore the impications of globalization on how future engineering talent can be harnessed for the betterment of society and economies all over the world, with particular examples drawn from the pioneering activities of the Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education.

Marty Meehan is the second chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the 14th leader of the institution and its predecessor schools, founded in the 1890s.

Marty Meehan is sponsored by the Indo-US Collaboration.

Ashok Saxena

Ashok Saxena is currently the Dean of Engineering, Distinguished Professor and the Irma F. and Raymond C. Giffels Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

Ashok Saxena is also sponsored by the Indo-US Collaboration.


2008 Best Paper Awards

Best Paper - PIC I

2008-539: The Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia: Portaging the Leadership  
Robert Nieweoehner
Craig Steidle
Eric Johnson
Division: Engineering Management Division.

Best Paper - PIC II

2008- 317: Structuring Team Learning Tasks to Increase Student Engagement
Steven Zemke
Diane Zemke
Division: Design in Engineering Education Division

Best Paper - PIC III

2008-654: Tinkering Interactions on Freshman Engineering Design Teams   
Arlisa Labrie Richardson
Division: Freshman Programs Division. 

Best Paper - PIC IV

2008-2384: A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills
Ashley Ater Kranov
Carl Hauser
Robert Olson
Laura Girardeau
Division: Engineering Research and Methods Division

Best Paper - PIC V

2008-926:  A Guided Tour of the Future of Education
Eugene Rutz
Chris Collins
Mani Mina
Divisions: Continuing Professional Development Division and Engineering Research and Methods Division

Best Overall Paper

2008-2384: A Direct Method for Teaching and Assessing Professional Skills
Ashley Ater Kranov
Carl Hauser
Robert Olson
Laura Girardeau
Division: Engineering Research and Methods Division


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