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2020 Annual Conference
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The need to raise the bar for future entry into engineering practice at the professional level has been articulated by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). However, there are also many opponents of the “Raise the Bar" initiative, including some of the major technical/professional engineering societies, the leaders of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the Executive Board of the ASEE Engineering Deans’ Council. While this controversial issue has been discussed by many individual engineering societies and organizations, there has been no major venue of engineering educators where the initiative has been openly discussed with engineering educational leaders and faculty at large. The purpose of this distinguished lecture is to actively engage the participants of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference in a discussion of the “Raise the Bar” initiative for the engineering profession. No more than half of the session’s time (45 minutes) will be allocated to a single coordinated presentation with three co-presenters. The three co-presenters are major national leaders and proponents of the “Raise the Bar” initiative. After the presentation, at least 45 minutes will be devoted to the proponents’ interaction with the audience facilitated by the moderator, an experienced facilitator and organizer of ASEE sessions. It is anticipated that the presentations and discussion will be one of the most memorable events of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Blaine D. Leonard, P.E. finished his term as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), headquartered in Reston, Virginia, in October 2010. He was the first person from Utah to ever hold this position. He has been involved in ASCE since 1981, and has served as the Zone IV Vice President, Director of District 11, President of the Utah Section, President of the Wasatch Front Branch, Chair of the Utah Section Geotechnical Group, and President of the University of Utah ASCE Student Chapter. He has chaired four ASCE national committees and has served on 14 others.
In 2006, ASCE awarded Blaine the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for his advancement of the profession. In 2009, he was named the Utah Engineer of the Year by the Utah Engineers Council. ASCE elevated him to the grade of Fellow in 2005.
Blaine has also served on the Board of the ASCE GeoInstitute and on several of its committees. In 2009, the Academy of GeoProfessionals named him a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering, as part of the inaugural class of Diplomates.
Colonel Stephen Ressler is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He holds a B.S. degree from USMA, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Commissioned as a Corps of Engineers officer, Colonel Ressler has served in a variety of military engineering assignments in the U.S., Europe, and Central Asia, including service as Deputy Commander of the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a master parachutist and a registered professional engineer in Virginia. At West Point, he has previously served as Director of the ABET-accredited civil engineering program, as Vice Dean for Education, and as USMA Chief of Staff. He has taught courses in statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, advanced structural analysis, steel design, concrete design, construction management, design of structural systems, civil engineering history, and professional practice. As Department Head, he supervises 36 faculty members, two core engineering programs, two ABET-accredited engineering programs, and two research centers.
Jeffrey S. Russell is Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). In this role, Dr. Russell is responsible for leading the university’s programs and services for lifelong learners and nontraditional students. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Russell served as Professor and Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the UW. In addition to his position as Vice Provost, Dr. Russell serves as a Professor in the CEE Department, focusing on construction management, innovative project delivery systems, and construction automation and robotics. He received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University, and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.
Dr. Russell is a respected researcher, author, and editor. He has published more than 200 technical papers in the areas of contractor failure, prequalification, surety bonds, constructability, automation, maintainability, warranties, and quality control/quality assurance. In addition, he has authored and published two books—Constructor Prequalification (1996) and Surety Bonds for Construction Contracts (2000). Dr. Russell served as editor-in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (1995-2000) and as founding editor-in-chief of the ASCE publication Leadership and Management in Engineering (2000-2003), during which time he organized special issues on diversity, public policy, career management, globalization, and information technology.