October 2011










WEBCAST. “Classroom Strategies for Applying Sustainability Principles to Real-world Engineering Problems” – Join representatives from ASEE and Autodesk on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST as they walk through the newest educational resources in the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop. Find out how to use the free learning tools to teach whole systems thinking, energy efficient design and green materials selection. Register now at http://www.autodesk.com/aseewebcast

2012 CONGRESSIONAL VISITS DAY. Dr. William E. Kelly, ASEE's Director of Public Affairs, attended the first committee meeting for the 2012 Science, Engineering and Technology Congressional Visits Day. ASEE participated in both the visits and exhibit last year for the first time in recent history. The major focus of this activity is research, but the theme last year and again this year will be the role of university research in jobs and job creation. The CVD provides excellent synergy with ASEE’s Public Policy Forum. ASEE is exploring ways to increase participation of ASEE members and learn how best to exhibit what ASEE does. For background on past CVDs, please visit http://www.setcvd.org/cvd2011/index.html

2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS. Plenary and Distinguished lecture presentations from the 2011 Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada are now available on the ASEE website http://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/conferences/annual-conference/2011/program-schedule/conference-highlights


As part of ASEE’s ongoing effort to maximize the attendee experience and following  extensive discussions among staff, exhibitors and representatives of our membership, several changes are being made to the program structure in 2012.

The Annual Picnic will be replaced by an all-inclusive Division Mixer Sunday afternoon, complimentary for all attendees.

  • The division mixer will be a reception at which attendees will mix & mingle with members of their own divisions and with members of other divisions.
  • Divisions that choose to do so may staff their own tables.
  • Divisions will have the flexibility to create activities, prize drawings, etc.
  • This event gives the divisions the opportunity to showcase and promote themselves to attendees.
  • Light appetizers and complimentary soda and juices will be provided (an open bar is provided at the Welcome reception which immediately follows).

Welcome Reception: Sunday Evening in the Exhibit Hall. This event will have complimentary beer and wine in addition to soft drinks. This adds another complimentary food and beverage function for all our attendees and exhibitors.

Distinguished Lecture Slot Changes to Second Plenary: This second plenary will feature:

  • 8-10 minute address by the ASEE President-Elect
  • Best PIC paper award winner from previous year
  • Best Zone paper award winner from previous year
  • Outstanding Teaching medalist

This session will be followed by a 30-minute Meet The Board Town Hall.

Other changes:

  • An Ice Cream Social will be added to the Exhibit Hall from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. on Monday.
  • Instead of the Exhibitor happy hour on Tuesday, there will be an Exhibit Hall Lunch on Tuesday at noon. Exhibits close at 2:00 p.m.

These changes and additions won't affect plans for the technical and business sessions from Monday to Wednesday and will not interfere with the Sunday workshop schedule. The five concurrent Distinguished Lecture slots continue as well as the Monday and Tuesday evening social events. Most important, these changes retain the qualities of our Annual Conference and Exposition:

  • Quality Programming and Education Sessions
  • Opportunities for attendees and corporate partners to network and socialize
  • Outstanding product and corporate offerings
  • Outstanding customer service

WHITE HOUSE BULLETIN. ASEE has negotiated a special arrangement with Bulletin News that will allow you to receive White House Bulletin, a comprehensive daily news summary that brings the nation’s powerbrokers up to speed on the morning’s developments while providing an inside roadmap for future decisions. White House Bulletin will be a must-read for academics and industrial leaders.

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Sign up for White House Bulletin here: http://www.asee.org/member-resources/resources/white-house-bulletin-details

K-12 WORKSHOP - PROPOSALS SOUGHT. ASEE's Ninth Annual Workshop on K-12 Engineering Education - “Employing Engineering for STEM Learning”. The event will be held on Saturday, June 9, in San Antonio, Texas, one day before the opening of the annual conference. Proposals will be accepted November 1, 2011 through January 27, 2012.

Individual workshops should prominently feature hands-on classroom activities, provide take-home or classroom-ready materials and be designed to engage participants in interactive exercises. Workshops that offer tangible material to attendees, in addition to written material, are specifically solicited.

Proposals addressing 1) elementary/primary grades and 2) demonstrated methods for involving practicing engineers and engineering students in the classroom are also sought.

Watch the K-12 Workshop website for updates: http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/2012-asee-workshop-on-k-12-engineering-education/


SMART SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. The Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) program is now accepting online applications until December 1, 2011. SMART is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense research facility. Please visit http://smart.asee.org/ for more information.

NASA AERONAUTICS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program, offered by the agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, is still accepting online applications through January 17, 2012. The scholarship provides an opportunity for highly motivated students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering and related disciplines to receive a stipend ranging from $15,000 (Undergraduate) to $35,000 (Graduates) a year with an optional paid summer internship at a NASA Research Facility. Students are covered for up to two years of support with an optional third year for graduate students. Students must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age.  For complete information visit: http://nasa.asee.org/

THE AIR FORCE SUMMER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (SFFP). The AF SFFP offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through eight to twelve week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. For more information regarding stipends, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, please visit http://sffp.asee.org/. Online applications will be accepted through November 30, 2011.

THE OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH (ONR) SUMMER FACULTY RESEARCH & SABBATICAL LEAVE PROGRAM. This is available to U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments relating to science and/or engineering at U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members selected will receive a competitive stipend, a pre-program site visit and relocation and travel assistance (for qualifying participants). The application process closes December 5, 2011. To find out more, go to: http://onr.asee.org/

THE NAVAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and offers a competitive stipend as well as insurance, and relocation and travel allowances. Locations include Naval Research Lab (NRL) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center/Indian Head. The program offers one- to three-year postdoctoral fellowships designed to involve scientists and engineers from academia and industry in scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy. The program has a rolling admissions policy. For the Naval Research Laboratory, go to: http://www.asee.org/nrl/ and for the Naval Surface Warfare Center/Indian Head, go to: http://www.asee.org/nrewc/

THE NAVAL RESEARCH ENTERPRISE INTERN PROGRAM (NREIP). NREIP is a 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students at a participating Naval Laboratory. This is the first year the program will be accepting sophomores. The stipend amounts for the program are $5,250 for sophomores, $7,880 for juniors and seniors and $10,500 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship is generally required; permanent residents and dual citizens are accepted at certain labs. (Please see web site for details). The online application process opens October 1, 2011, and all those wishing to be considered must have their applications completed and submitted by January 6, 2012. For more information or to apply, go to http://nreip.asee.org/

THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP). SEAP is an eight-week summer research opportunity at participating Office of Naval Research laboratories for high school students who have completed at least grade 9. Applicants must be 16 years of age for most laboratories, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents (Please see web site for details). A graduating senior is also eligible to apply. The stipends for the summer program are $3,150 for new students and $3,680 for returning students. The application opens October 1, 2011 and must be completed by January 6, 2012. For more information or to apply, go to http://seap.asee.org/

NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (GRFP). The 2012 GRFP application is currently open, and available at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

Field of study deadlines are from November 14-18, 2011. The GRFP Program Solicitation is available at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp/. All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the official guidelines for the 2012 competition.

NSF anticipates making up to 2,000 awards depending on availability of funds. The award consists of a $30,000 annual stipend and a $10,500 cost of education allowance paid to the institution (anticipated to increase to $12,000 for 2012) and is renewable for up to three years. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals or permanent residents, be pursuing a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. degree in a NSF supported field, and have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study as of August 1, 2011. Applicants who have already earned a graduate degree or professional degree will not eligible for the 2012 GRFP. Prospective applicants should refer to the 2012 program solicitation for full details about eligibility. Please visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org/ for more information about the program. The GRF Operations Center is available to answer questions about the GRFP application at either info@nsfgrfp.org or 866-673-4737.



CONFERENCE FOR INDUSTRY & EDUCATION COLLABORATION (CIEC). Don’t miss this timely and important opportunity to network and learn. This affordable conference has over 30 years of history, offering outstanding workshops, sessions, and speakers for those individuals committed to the partnership of industry and education. Registrations opened October 15, 2011. Go to: http://www.asee.org/conferencesevents/conferences/ciec/2012/registration/housing/

DESIGN CONFERENCE. Penn State University will host the 28th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, “End of/in the Beginning: Realizing the Sustainable Imagination.” For additional information, visit http://www.beginningdesign2012.org/

AAAS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY FELLOWSHIPS. The online application system is now open. The deadline for applications is December 5, 2011, 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. For eligibility requirements, please go to: http://fellowships.aaas.org/04_eligibility.shtml

Stipends range from approximately $74,000 to $99,000. For more information on benefits, please visit http://fellowships.aaas.org/05_support 05_index.shtml

For more details, go to: http://fellowships.aaas.org/. Please contact the Fellowship staff at fellowships@aaas.org or 202-326-6700 with questions.

13th IACEE WORLD CONFERENCE ON CONTINUING EDUCATION (WCCEE 2012) – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS. Announcing the Call for Abstracts for the 2012 International Association on Continuing Education Conference that will take place in Valencia, Spain on May 17-19, 2012, hosted by the Universitat Politecnica deValencia.

The deadline is December 5, 2011 (300 words) – Go To: http://itekcms.com/wccee12/index.php/wccee12/wccee12/login


MENTORNET. MentorNet is a 501C (3) non-profit educational organization. Its mission is to help engineering and science students at the university level, focusing on women and underrepresented minorities. By matching them with mentors and guiding their one-on-one relationships over the web, MentorNet enables these students to achieve their career goals and diversify the engineering and science workforce. MentorNet is supported by fees from campus, corporate, government laboratory and organization partners and by grants from public and private foundations. Since MentorNet’s founding in 1998, it has:

  • Matched 30,000 members with protégés
  • Reported that 95 percent of its protégés have graduated
  • Partnered with 300 colleges, universities, corporations, government labs, and professional societies

To learn more, visit http://www.mentornet.net/



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