Spring 2010 ASEE Student Newsletter

Editors:
Ana T. Torres-Ayala (attorres@mail.usf.edu)
SCC Information Chair, University of South Florida
Alexandra Coso (coso.alexandra@gmail.com)
SCC Membership Chair, University of Virginia

In this edition:

  • Letter from the SCC Program Chair
  • SCC Call for Nominations
  • Member News
  • Chapter News
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • Book Review
  • Position Announcements
  • Next Newsletter – Pre-Conference Edition!

Message from the SCC Program Chair

Dan Bumblauskas (bbqx@iastate.edu)
ASEE SCC Program Chair/Vice Chair
ABB Inc.
Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Iowa State University

I hope that everyone is enjoying our SCC newsletters! I wanted to give a special thanks to Ana Torres-Ayala and Alexandra Coso for doing such an outstanding job coordinating and distributing this newsletter.

We continue to rapidly approach the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference scheduled to be held June 20-23, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Another reminder that ASEE student members can attend the conference for free! This is a great opportunity for student members to network with peer graduate students and faculty members from universities around the U.S. and abroad. This is also a venue to learn about positions and job openings, hear about engineering education research and development, and meet possible collaborators on current and future projects.

If you will be attending the conference and have not already done so, make sure to get included in our headcount for our second annual ASEE SCC dinner event to be held Monday, June 21. Due to a constraint on the registration procedure you will not see the event listed under the ticketed event section of the registration site. Instead, we are taking a list of names of students interested in attending the event. If you are a student member OR a member who plans to register a student under the “Bring A Student” classification, you may sign yourself or your student up for the dinner event by providing the following information: Name (or name of student), University / Organization, and E-mail address. Please email this information directly to bbqx@iastate.edu. Names will be taken until April 30th. As there are a limited number of spots, please do not wait until the last minute to sign up. Once all spots have been filled, additional requests will be added to a waiting list.

We have had a great response to our first poster session call for posters. If you have not yet submitted a poster for review and wish to do so, please e-mail a draft poster to bbqx@iastate.edu. Student authors now have the opportunity to submit a poster for review instead of a full paper. If all poster author(s) are students, all accepted posters will have the $75 publication fee WAIVED! The requirement is that the author is a student and that student must present the poster. Faculty advisors/authors are NOT permitted to present the poster. If you wish to submit a poster with a faculty member you will still be required to pay the $75 publication fee.

Finally, here is a reminder of some critical dates for authors who have submitted papers or posters being reviewed for the conference and for those who plan to attend the conference. If you submitted a poster, you should have already received feedback on the status of your paper.

Feb 26 – Mar 12: Final paper submission process open
Mar 12 – Mar 19: Upload Final Papers “Accepted Pending Changes”
Mar 26: Authors to receive feedback on final papers
Apr 2: Author registration deadline (publication fees due)

I hope everyone is having a great spring semester and that I will see many of you this June in Louisville!

SCC Call for Nominations

We are currently soliciting nominations for the SCC offices for the 2010-2011 academic year. If you are interested in getting more involved in the ASEE and the SCC, this is your opportunity to take on a leadership role. A description of the offices can be found at: http://students.asee.org/?p=308
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Individuals are asked to submit their nominations to Reginald Rogers (rerjr@umich.edu) NO LATER than Friday, April 30th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact him.

Member News

Adam Carberry (adam.carberry@tufts.edu)
SCC Zone Liaison
Doctoral Candidate, Education Department
Tufts University

Adam Carberry co-authored with Hee-Sun Lee and Matthew Ohland an article titled “Measuring Engineering Design Self-Efficacy”. The study validated an instrument designed to measure individuals’ self-concepts toward engineering design tasks. It appeared in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Engineering Education.

Reginald Rogers, PhD (rerjr@umich.edu)
SCC Chair
Post-Doctorate Fellow, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Rochester Institute of Technology

Reginald Rogers recently received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is currently a Post Doctorate Fellow at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he is part of the new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department.

Matthew A. Verleger, PhD (mverleg1@purdue.edu)
Immediate Past SCC Chair
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Purdue University

Matthew Verleger recently received his Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. His research focuses on Model-Eliciting Activities and the first-year experience. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Purdue. In August, Matthew will be starting a job as an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Technology Education at Utah State University.

Chapter News

University of Texas at Austin Chapter Sponsors Faculty Career Workshop and Volunteers with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Krista Fridley (krista.fridley@mail.utexas.edu)
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering Department
The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the University of Texas at Austin started off the New Year with some tips on “Landing That Faculty Position.” In the ASEE chapter’s January meeting, Dr. Larry Lake gave insight into how to construct an attention grabbing Curriculum Vitae (CV) and what departments look for in prospective future faculty. In addition, Dr. Lake discussed what aspiring faculty candidates should be seeking as they start their academic career. He stressed the importance of a good CV, which should be brief and emphasize what makes the candidate stand out. Students in attendance were also encouraged to demonstrate their potential with research and funding ideas beyond their dissertation.

Additionally, ASEE chapter members helped 6th through 8th grade students explore engineering at the University of Texas at Austin’s annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” in February. In the “Gone with the Wind” activity, volunteers guided students in designing a free standing wind machine that can pick up a weight from floor. Not only did the chapter members have a great time interacting with young students, but also hopefully encouraged some to consider a career in engineering.

FYI

PhD Consortium in Engineering Education – Special Session at 2010 ASEE Annual Conference
Robin Adams (rsadams@purdue.edu)
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education
Purdue University

PhD Consortium in Engineering Education Special Session at ASEE,
Sunday June 20, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this special session is to facilitate the creation of a PhD Consortium in Engineering Education that can foster a rich intellectual community for graduate students. As seen in other professional communities, a Ph.D. Consortium can provide graduate students with opportunities to (1) present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback or guidance, (2) explore important theoretical, methodological, and practical issues, (3) become part of the larger community of scholars, and (4) develop research collaborations for graduate work and beyond. Working in small groups, session participants (primarily graduate students) will co-develop the goals, structures, and activities that will guide the formal development of a PhD Consortium in Engineering Education.

The session will begin with a discussion of the ways graduate students currently participate in ASEE and an overview of session goals and activities. After a brief presentation on existing PhD Consortium models, working groups will iteratively formulate needs and develop a set of alternative models. The session presenters will facilitate a dialogue on the alternatives groups create to identify a synergistic model that addresses diverse needs. This special session is a partnership between engineering education graduate programs, the ASEE Student Constituent Committee, and the ASEE Educational Research and Methods division. To register for this session visit the ASEE registration site at http://www.asee.org/conferences/annual/2010/Registration.cfm. The cost is $25. For additional information, please contact Robin Adams (rsadams@purdue.edu).

New Head of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue Appointed

David Radcliffe was appointed the next head of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education effective May 1, 2010. He will be the first ENE head to hold the title “Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education.” Haghighi created the world’s first Department (now School) of Engineering Education at Purdue in 2004.

STEM Education Scholars Program
May 18-20, 2010
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
URL: http://fod.msu.edu/springinstitute/stemes/about.asp

Michigan State University will host the14th Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Scholars Program, May 18-20, 2010 in East Lansing, MI. The workshop provides an opportunity for post-doctoral fellows, senior academic-track Ph.D. students, and non tenured or fixed term faculty members to strengthen their preparation as college teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STEM doctoral students receive extensive preparation to become excellent researchers in their disciplines. However, even those who plan on academic teaching careers spend little time preparing to also become superb teachers. The STEM Education Scholars Program benefits new and prospective faculty members by focusing on successful approaches to teaching and learning and on how to balance and integrate the research and teaching aspects of their careers. This valuable program can be an inexpensive addition to a new faculty member’s start-up package at a cost of just $850 plus travel expenses.

The STEM Education Scholars Program is designed for current and future faculty in the natural and social sciences, engineering and mathematics, and emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration. While originally funded through NSF, the program is now offered by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network, a partnership among the University of Colorado at Boulder, Howard University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rique Campa, STEMES Program Director, at campa@msu.edu or 517-353-2042, or visit http://fod.msu.edu/springinstitute/stemes/about.asp.

To apply for this program, access the online application form at: http://fod.msu.edu/springinstitute/stemes/application.asp.

2010 ASEE Election Ballots – Deadline Extension
Due: April 15th, 2010 (postmarked)

Due to an error in mailing, the ballots for the 2010 ASEE Elections were mailed 4th class instead of 1st class mail. As a result, there have been substantial delays in members receiving their ballots. Thus, the ASEE Board of Directors has approved extending the deadline for the return of ballots to April 15th. This means that for this year, the 2010 ballots must be postmarked no later than April 15th to be included in the count. We apologize for this error, and ask that you please vote and return your ballots to ASEE as soon as possible.

If, for any reason, you have not received your ballot, please contact Warren Sallade, ASEE Executive Office, Email – w.sallade@asee.org and a replacement ballot will be mailed to you immediately.

Book Review

Kuhn, T.S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition.
Reviewed by Tatiana Goris (tgoris@purdue.edu)
PhD Student, College of Technology
Purdue University

In his book, Kuhn argued that science did not progress via a linear accumulation of new knowledge but underwent periodic revolutions, also called “paradigm shifts”. He identified three main stages, which allowed any scientific revolution to be possible: (1) The period of Normal Science – when every new discovery could be explained by the ruling paradigm; (2) Crisis in science – the appearance of anomalies and inexplicable facts; (3) Science revolution –a creation of new paradigm, or in other words, a macro-conceptual change in the scientific environment.

After a scientific revolution: “Familiar objects are seen in a different light and joined by unfamiliar ones as well. Scientists see the world of their research-engagement differently. They are responding to a different world. What people see depends both on what they look at and on what their previous visual-conceptual experience has taught them to see” (Pajares, F., n.d.). A good illustration of this idea is presented on the Figure 1. Recognizing a duck or rabbit depends on what a person wants to see.


Figure 1. Duck-Rabbit Illusion (Jastrow, 1899)

At the present time this book is considered as one of the classic books about history and evolution of science. Kuhn’s work had an enormous impact on modern philosophy. The book had three editions (1962, 1970 & 1996) and was translated in many languages. There was a time when this book was the most cited in scientific literature. For those who would like to read it but have no time Frank Pajares (n.d.) wrote an excellent review where he analyzed chapter by chapter Kuhn’s book.

This book might be very interesting for graduate students who are seriously considering becoming professional researchers. Because it is almost impossible to conduct valid research without clear understanding of “what is research” and what general laws and rules science has to obey.

For people who are more orientated towards engineering activity in industry or for students who are undecided about their future, this book won’t be a waste of time either. Science is an integral part of engineering education. According to ABET, “any engineering-major graduate is expected to demonstrate: (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; (c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental and social” (Christensen et al., 2009, p.124). In the other words, without strong theoretical knowledge, an engineer cannot perform effectively and successfully.

My impression after reading this book was that the author represents science as a living organism. He explains how science develops and what development stages science has to follow. These development stages of science are related to the development of all human civilization and the history of human society.

References
Christensen, S.H., Delahousse, B. & Meganck, M., Eds. (2009). Engineering in Context. Academica, Aarhus. ISBN 978-87-7675-700-7.

Jastrow, J. (1899). The mind’s eye. Popular Science Monthly, 54, 299-312. Retrieved from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Duck-Rabbit_illusion.jpg

Kuhn, T.S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The University of Chicago Press, The second edition.

Pajares, F. (n.d.) Outline and Study Guide for “The structure of scientific revolution” Retrieved from: http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/Kuhn.html

Position Announcements

Faculty, Tenure Track
Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety (CETEMS) Department
Rochester Institute of Technology

URL: http://mycareer.rit.edu/faculty/IRC37175-Instructional-Faculty

The Civil Engineering Technology Faculty at RIT is seeking outstanding candidates interested in a career in higher education. All candidates must have strong academic background and least three years professional experience working in the U.S. as a civil engineer. The candidate will instruct courses in the civil engineering technology program. Main responsibilities include teaching undergraduate on-campus courses in the areas of: structural computer applications, structural loads & systems, structural analysis, timber design, steel design, reinforced concrete design, and dynamics.

We are seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Women are encouraged to apply for this position.

This position is subject to available funding.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three years relevant engineering experience in the U.S.
  • Ph.D. or earned doctorate in civil engineering or a related engineering technology or engineering discipline (or ABD with completion date prior to August 15, 2010).
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. at the time of appointment (anticipated to be June 2010).
  • Professional experience as a structural engineer
  • PE license
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Professional recognition and awards in the field of civil-structural engineering
  • Brings diversity to the Department
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
URL: https://njit.jobs (Posting Number: 0600495)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology seeks a new tenure-track assistant professor in the area of neural engineering or tissue engineering/regenerative medicine. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in biomedical engineering, or related field.

Applications should include a letter, current curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) of at least three references. The application should include a vision statement for the candidate’s research and teaching in the department. Apply at https://njit.jobs and search for posting # 0600495. NJIT is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V.

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

URL: https://www.jobs.uwm.edu/ (Position Number: 1127)

The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor to begin in August 2010. The search is open to candidates with expertise in operations research. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in operations research applications to nanotechnology or energy. A strong background in statistics is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively and a willingness and ability to develop a strong government and/or industry sponsored research program are highly desired.

Applicants should have (a) Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering or related field before the first date of employment, (b) the ability to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and (c) the ability to supervise undergraduate students and graduate students at the M.S. and Ph. D. levels.

Review of applications begins on April 26, 2010 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions should be directed to Dr. Arun Garg, Professor and Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing
Engineering, at 414-229-6240 or to arun@uwm.edu.

NSF-ASEE Industry Research Fellows Program
URL: http://aseensfip.asee.org/

The Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides recent engineering PhD recipients the opportunity to conduct postdoctoral research in a corporate setting. These creative and highly trained engineers will contribute to areas of great interest and relevance to the nation. Each research fellow will receive a stipend of at least $75,000 plus health insurance benefits. The host company will provide a minimum of $27,500 and other non-cash support. With generous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program will support 40 positions for a one-year appointment. This program is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Next Newsletter

The Summer 2010 ASEE Student Newsletter will be published in June 2010. Contributions are due May 31st, 2010. See the full call for contributions at: http://students.asee.org/?page_id=271.

The next newsletter will be a special pre-conference edition. In addition to the regular types of contributions we are interested in including: tips for first-time or experienced ASEE conference attendees, things to do and see in Louisville, and lists of student presentations. Send us your tips or announce your conference presentation by e-mailing: attorres@mail.usf.edu.

Winter 2010 ASEE Student Newsletter

Editors:
Ana T. Torres-Ayala (attorres@mail.usf.edu)
SCC Information Chair, University of South Florida
Alexandra Coso (coso.alexandra@gmail.com)
SCC Membership Chair, University of Virginia

In this edition:

  • Message from the SCC Program Chair / Vice Chair
  • Chapter News
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • Position Announcements
  • Next Newsletter

Message from the SCC Program Chair

Dan Bumblauskas (bbqx@iastate.edu)
SCC Program Chair/Vice Chair
Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Iowa State University ABB Inc.

Dear Student Constituent Committee Members:

Happy 2010! The officers of the SCC hope that your new year is off to a great start and that the spring academic semester will be a prosperous one for you. Before we know it, the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference will be upon us! The conference is scheduled to be held June 20-23, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Remember that ASEE student members can attend the conference for free! This is a great opportunity for student members to network with peer graduate students and faculty members from universities around the U.S. and abroad. This is also a venue to learn about positions and job openings, hear about engineering education research and development, and meet possible collaborators on current and future projects.

The Student Constituent Committee (SCC) is pleased to announce its continued call for posters for the conference. We are seeking posters on a variety of topics in Engineering Education, including student member needs and experiences; reasons for being a student member of ASEE; recruiting, building and enabling diversity in engineering education; preparing for the academic job search; and students expanding the engineering interest in secondary schools.

THE POSTER SESSION IS NEW THIS YEAR – student authors now have the opportunity to submit a poster for review instead of a full paper. All accepted posters will have the $75 publication fee WAIVED! The requirement is that the author is a student and that student must present the poster. Faculty advisors/authors are NOT permitted to present the poster. If you wish to submit a paper, you will still be required to pay the $75 publication fee.

This is a reminder of some upcoming critical dates for authors who have submitted papers being reviewed for the conference and for those who plan to attend the conference:

Jan 18 – Feb 19: Draft paper revision process open
Jan 27: Housing and registration opens
Feb 26: Draft paper decision deadline
Feb 26 – Mar 12: Final paper submission process open

So in summary, you can register for the conference and present a poster for free in 2010; it doesn’t get any better than that! Good luck with all your endeavors in 2010 and hope to see you in Louisville!

Chapter News

New ASEE Student Chapter: Stanford University
Sarah Parikh (sarah237@stanford.edu)
Graduate Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

The Stanford University ASEE Student Chapter is on its way to becoming an official ASEE Student Chapter. The group is currently putting together several programs including a teaching assistant mixer for students to share their experiences over a cup of coffee, a journal club course for credit in which students will discuss current research in engineering education each week, and a faculty/ future faculty forum to discuss teaching engineering and engineering education research. Several faculty and staff members are advising this new chapter: Anthony Antonio, Brad Osgood, Jim Plummer, Larry Leifer, Robyn Dunbar, Sheri Sheppard and Tom Byers.

Inaugural Year for University of Illinois Student Chapter
Elizabeth Van Ruitenbeek (evanrui2@illinois.edu)
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ASEE Student Shapter Membership Chair

The ASEE student chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began its inaugural year with a thought-provoking presentation by the student chapter faculty adviser Dr. Marina Miletic. She spoke on the topic “Do students really learn engineering fundamentals or just study for the test?” The 27 students who attended the meeting also enjoyed free pizza.

The University of Illinois student chapter also hosted three lunch seminars during the fall semester. At the September lunch seminar, Dr. Michael C. Loui (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) spoke on “Adventures in Research on Engineering Education.” Then in October, Dr. Michael C. Hirschi (Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs, College of Engineering; Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering) spoke on “Engineering Accreditation: What is it, what good is it?”

Finally for the December lunch seminar, Dr. Charles L. Tucker III (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Engineering; Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering) led a discussion on “Core Conversations in Undergraduate Engineering Education.”

Thanks goes to College of Engineering Dean Ilesanmi Adesida for recognizing the importance of starting an ASEE student chapter at the University of Illinois and for providing funding for these meetings.


Students enjoy pizza at the inaugural meeting of the University of Illinois
ASEE student chapter (September 2009)


Dr. Michael C. Loui speaks about engineering education research at the
September lunch seminar.

University of Texas at Austin Chapter Sponsors Writing and Travel Abroad Workshops
Krista Fridley (krista.fridley@mail.utexas.edu)
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering Department
The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the University of Texas at Austin who dreaded the prospect of writing a thesis, dissertation, or paper obtained guidance this September from Dr. Hillary Hart on “Stopping Research and Starting to Write.” Dr. Hart discussed the process of moving into the writing phase, with strategies for making the transition from research to writing. She suggested writing concurrently with research; however, she acknowledged this if often difficult. She recommended writing in two different mindsets, a creative and critical, so that an individual could get all of the ideas on paper first and then come back later to edit and improve.

To explore opportunities for graduate students to travel abroad, Dr. Janet Ellzey led an informal discussion about studying abroad in October. Although most programs are developed for undergraduate students, Dr. Ellzey discussed some funding options for graduate students in the form of national fellowships and grants, as well as programs specific to the University of Texas at Austin. As a mechanical engineering professor, Dr. Ellzey has helped many graduate students travel and therefore asked the attending students individually about their desires to study abroad in order to give specific advice about acquiring international experience as a graduate student. Currently, the chapter is in the stages of planning additional workshops for the spring semester, including a presentation from Dean of Engineering about a career in academia.


Dr. Janet Ellzey leading a discussion about travel abroad opportunities for students who want their education to have a global impact.

FYI

PhD Consortium in Engineering Education – Special Session at 2010 ASEE Annual Conference
Robin Adams (rsadams@purdue.edu)
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education
Purdue University

PhD Consortium in Engineering Education Special Session at ASEE,
Sunday June 20, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this special session is to facilitate the creation of a PhD Consortium in Engineering Education that can foster a rich intellectual community for graduate students. As seen in other professional communities, a Ph.D. Consortium can provide graduate students with opportunities to (1) present their work-in-progress and receive constructive feedback or guidance, (2) explore important theoretical, methodological, and practical issues, (3) become part of the larger community of scholars, and (4) develop research collaborations for graduate work and beyond. Working in small groups, session participants (primarily graduate students) will co-develop the goals, structures, and activities that will guide the formal development of a PhD Consortium in Engineering Education.

The session will begin with a discussion of the ways graduate students currently participate in ASEE and an overview of session goals and activities. After a brief presentation on existing PhD Consortium models, working groups will iteratively formulate needs and develop a set of alternative models. The session presenters will facilitate a dialogue on the alternatives groups create to identify a synergistic model that addresses diverse needs. This special session is a partnership between engineering education graduate programs, the ASEE Student Constituent Committee, and the ASEE Educational Research and Methods division. To register for this session visit the ASEE registration site at http://www.asee.org/conferences/annual/2010/Registration.cfm. The cost is $25. For additional information, please contact Robin Adams (rsadams@purdue.edu).

Help ASEE’s eGFI Inspire Future Engineers
Joseph Hornig (j.hornig@asee.org)
Web Assistant, American Society for Engineering Education

Dear ASEE students,

Now that our exciting new K-12 website has been launched and is receiving a lot of traffic, we desperately need more engineering students profiled on our student blog: http://students.egfi-k12.org/category/meet-more-students/.

We know that you have inspiring stories to share, so please take the time to send us your information so we can feature you on our site. We would love to hear your story: how you became interested in engineering, what you are passionate about, and the cool things you are involved in now, such as competitions, projects, internships, or jobs.

This is a great opportunity to positively impact students and inspire future engineers. Along with the students visiting the site we also have hundreds of followers on Twitter and Facebook, so a lot of kids could be motivated by you.

Please e-mail me what you would like to share with us and please include a picture of yourself. We would really appreciate your involvement.

Sincerely,
Joseph Hornig

Call for Posters: ASEE- Southeast Section 2010 Conference Student Poster Competition
April 18-20, 2010 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia
Application and Abstract deadline: March 15, 2010
URL: http://155.225.14.146/asee-se/Conference/Student%20Poster%20Competition/student_poster_information.htm

The Southeastern Section of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) invites both engineering and engineering technology faculty to sponsor their undergraduate students to present a poster at the annual Section Conference. Students may enter in the following categories:

  • Freshman/Sophomore Engineering and/or Engineering Technology Design Teams
  • Junior/Senior Engineering and/or Engineering Technology Design Teams
  • Individual Undergraduate Research

Click here for more information on the abstract, application, and submittal instructions.

National Lab Day
URL: http://www.nationallabday.org/groups/asee

ASEE is one of more than 200 organizations participating in National Lab Day, tentatively set for May 2010. Backed by the White House, National Lab Day will enlist professional and academic scientists and engineers in providing hands-on, discovery-based lab experiences to middle and high school students in our local communities. ASEE members can join in these activities or participate in other ways, including: donating or repairing equipment; helping with science fairs; advising after-school programs; launching a fund drive for needed supplies, and providing internship opportunities. Go to:http://www.nationallabday.org/groups/asee where ASEE members can link up with a school project.

Also, ASEE members can go to:http://www.asee.org/about/news/upload/2010-ASEE-Member-Lab-Day-Letter.pdf to see the letter from ASEE President, J.P. Mohsen, regarding participation and support for National Lab Day.

Position Announcements

NSF-ASEE Industry Research Fellows Program: Promoting Industrial Experiences to Engineering Post Docs
Lueny Morell (lueny.morell@hp.com)
Strategy and Innovation Office
Hewlett Packard Laboratories (HPL)

Last Spring 09, Hewlett Packard Laboratories (HP Labs) – with the endorsement of several corporate research labs – approached the US National Science Foundation (NSF) with the idea of establishing an Industrial Research Innovation Post Doc Fellowship Program . This kind of program would allow top science and engineering post docs to work on industrial research and development and partner with industrial scientists in developing the next generation of engineering and IT-related technologies, increase opportunities for tech transfer into new businesses opportunities, advance their careers and finally, enhance the possibility of innovating the engineering/science curricula. This initiative would be especially important in these times, while the economy recovers by enhancing participants’ likelihood of obtaining a job and/or to create new jobs through new business creation. The program would also provide opportunities for future engineering professors to acquire real life engineering experience and impact/innovate the engineering/science curricula.

In early September 2009, NSF granted the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE ) funds to establish the Corporate Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program to encourage the involvement of creative and highly trained engineers in areas of great interest and relevance to the nation as we face current economic challenges. This program provides recent engineering PhD recipients the opportunity to conduct postdoctoral research in a corporate setting. Up to 40 positions are anticipated. Each research fellow will receive a stipend of at least $75,000 plus health insurance benefits, of which the host company would provide a minimum of $27,500 and other non-cash support.

For more information on post doc research opportunities (open only for US citizens, nationals or legal permanent residents who possess an engineering PhD or ScD degree recognized in the US within 3 years), please visit the website https://aseensfip.asee.org or contact Artis Hicks at a.hicks@asee.org.

Next Newsletter

The Spring 2010 ASEE Student Newsletter will be published on April 2010. Contributions are due March 19, 2010. See the full call for contributions at: http://students.asee.org/?page_id=271.

A newsletters archive is now available at: http://students.asee.org/?page_id=270.

Continued Call for Posters for the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference

ATTENTION STUDENTS!
A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO PRESENT IN 2010!

The Student Constituent Committee (SCC) is pleased to announce its continued call for posters for the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Louisville, KY this June 20-23, 2010. We are seeking posters on a variety of topics in Engineering Education, including student member needs and experiences; reasons for being a student member of ASEE; recruiting, building and enabling diversity in engineering education; preparing for the academic job search; and students expanding the engineering interest in secondary schools.

THIS IS NEW THIS YEAR –student authors now have the opportunity to submit a poster for review instead of a full paper. All accepted posters will have the $75 publication fee WAIVED! The requirement is that the author is a student and that student must present the poster. Faculty advisors/authors are NOT permitted to present the poster. If you wish to submit a paper, you will still be required to pay the $75 publication fee.

Registration for the conference is free for ASEE Student Members and this is an excellent opportunity to network!

For more information, please contact Dan Bumblauskas, SCC program chair, via e‐mail: bbqx@iastate.edu. You may also contact Reggie Rogers, SCC
chair, via e‐mail: rerjr@umich.edu.

Call for Contributions: Winter 2010 ASEE Student Newsletter

Contributions Due: January 18, 2010

The ASEE Students Newsletter is a vehicle for information distribution and communication for members of the ASEE Student Constituent Committee. It will be published quarterly on the ASEE SCC website.

Please send us updates on your individual or ASEE Chapter work. We also want to publish short opinion pieces, conference reports, summaries of work in progress, and book reviews.

Guidelines:

  1. Contributions should be in Microsoft Word format. Each should include:
  2. The full name, title, affiliation (school and department), and e-mail addresses of each contributor.
  3. The type of contribution.
  4. Images or illustrations may be included and should be in jpg format.
  5. A URL link to a longer version of the contribution or a page where reader can learn more about your work (optional)
  6. Contributors should adhere to the word limitations listed below.
  7. All sources should be properly cited.
  8. No portion of copyrighted materials will be published without the expressed written consent of the copyright owner.
  9. The Editor reserves the right to edit all contributions published.

Send contributions via e-mail to: Ana T. Torres-Ayala: attorres@mail.usf.edu

Type of contributions:

  • Student news (75 words maximum) – Tell us about your recent presentations, awards, graduation or publications. Include a brief description.
  • Chapter news (250 words maximum) – Tell us about recent chapter news and upcoming events.Include a brief description and picture (if available).
  • FYI (100 words maximum) – Share calls for proposals or other announcements of interest to ASEE students.
  • Work in progress (250 words maximum) – Share a short summary of work in progress. Work may be a research project or a program related to engineering education.
  • Completed Projects (250 words maximum) – Share a short summary of a completed project. Work may be a research project or a program related to engineering education.
  • Book Reviews (250 words maximum) – Review a book related to engineering education. Review should include: 1) a short summary of the book, and 2) a recommendation and rationale for other ASEE students to read, skim or skip the book.
  • Conference reports (250 words maximum) – Brief reports about recent conferences. Focus should be on what is new and of interest to ASEE students.
  • Opinion (250 words maximum) – Brief opinion pieces on issues related to engineering education.

Please direct any additional questions to: Ana T. Torres-Ayala attorres@mail.usf.edu

Fall 2009 ASEE Student Newsletter

Editors:
Ana T. Torres-Ayala (attorres@mail.usf.edu)
SCC Information Chair, University of South Florida
Alexandra Coso (coso.alexandra@gmail.com)
SCC Membership Chair, University of Virginia

In this edition:

  • Message from the SCC Chair
  • Student News
  • Chapter News
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • Work In Progress
  • Book Review
  • Position Announcements

Message from the SCC Chair

Reginald E. Rogers, Jr. (rerjr@umich.edu)
Doctoral Candidate, Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan

Dear Student Constituent Committee Members:

Welcome to another year in ASEE. We are pleased that you have chosen to be a part of a rapidly up and coming group within ASEE. The SCC was formed at the Annual Conference & Exposition in Honolulu, HI in 2007 to serve the needs of the student population of ASEE. This past year, the SCC was officially launched, and we have seen a dramatic increase in interests from students, faculty, and corporate members.

At the 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition in Austin, TX, the SCC held its first formal program which included a couple of business meetings, dinner and social event, and a roundtable discussion on topics of interests to students. The entire program was a tremendous success and we received positive feedback on all levels. Our dinner was the highlight of our program, showcasing the best flavors of Austin. We thank all of our sponsors who very generous in their monetary donations for this event.

During the 2009-2010 year, the SCC is continuing what was started during the 2008-2009 year as well as starting up new initiatives. We are working hard to formally become a full division within the ranks of ASEE. We are well on our way to achieving this goal and hope to make full division status before the 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition in Louisville, KY. The newsletter is another new addition to our palette. We want to hear from our members, and we’re giving you a variety of ways to be heard. We’re also working with new chapters to help them get their footing and fully involved with ASEE. Finally, we’re giving you more options to present your research at the Annual Conference. New this year, student authors have the options of presenting a poster and having the publication fee waived. It’s one more way the SCC is striving to help students be active within ASEE.

We hope you find that membership in the Student Constituent Committee is a very rewarding experience. We always want to hear from our members. If there is anything you would like to share with the executive board, please do not hesitate to contact us.

On behalf of the entire SCC Executive Board, I look forward to seeing many of you in Louisville in 2010 for the Annual Conference & Exposition.

Warm Regards,
Reginald E. Rogers, Jr.
Chair – 2010 Student Constituent Committee

Student News

Aly M. Tawfik (tawfik@vt.edu)
PhD Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Virginia Tech

Aly Tawfik is a PhD candidate in the Transportation Engineering group of Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and has been a member of ASEE’s SCC since its initial creation in 2007. This year, Aly was elected as President of Virginia Tech’s Academic Excellence and Leadership Honor Society. He also received the prestigious VT College of Engineering Dean’s Graduate Teaching Fellowship and the prominent National Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship.

Chapter News

Michigan Technological University Chapter
Anna Pereira (alpereir@mtu.edu)
Masters Student, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University began its ASEE student chapter in September of this year. Dr. Sheryl Sorby from the mechanical engineering department is the group’s advisor. Already the group has participated in MTU campus activities including a booth at an all school picnic and entering a float in a local parade. The activities have been used to draw public attention to ASEE, inform people about ASEE, and recruit members. So far the group has had success in finding members from various departments across campus in both graduate school and undergrad. Currently the chapter is in the stages of planning an elementary school visit which goal is to interest students in STEM.


ASEE’s float entrance for the Parade of Nations. Houghton, Michigan. September 11th, 2009

University of Texas at Austin Chapter
Krista Fridley (krista.fridley@mail.utexas.edu)
Graduate Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering Department
The University of Texas at Austin

Students at the University of Texas at Austin geared up for the new school year with some informative tips on “How to Give an Effective Technical Presentation.” Dr. Dean Neikirk, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, spoke about improving communication skills to over 90 engineering students. Professor Neikirk gave an example presentation for a conference proceeding followed by a discussion of the general rules to follow when giving a presentation, as well as an examination of whether or not he abided by these rules in the preceding example presentation. In addition to the more apparent rules such as “don’t read your slides” and “start preparing your presentation beforehand”, students were encouraged to focus on slide navigation and informed how to use back-up slides to handle questions. Following Dr. Neikirk’s advice will help students keep audiences engaged in presentations in the classroom, at conferences, and in future employment.


Dr. Dean Neikirk giving his example presentation entitled “Unpowered Resonant Wireless Sensor Nets For Structural Health Monitoring.”


University of Texas at Austin students filled the classroom to learn more about “How to Give an Effective Technical Presentation.”

FYI

Guiding the Formation of New ASEE Student Chapters
Adam Carberry (adam.carberry@tufts.edu)
SCC Zone Liaison
Doctoral Candidate, Education Department
Tufts University

In the Spring of 2009, I had the pleasure of spearheading the establishment of a new ASEE Student Chapter at Tufts University. While I would not describe the process as extremely difficult, at times I wasn’t exactly sure why I would want to do this or what was actually required. At the National ASEE Conference & Exposition, I attended the Student Constituent Committee (SCC) business meeting to learn a little bit more about student involvement in ASEE. Subsequently, I was elected to the position of SCC Zone Liaison. As the zone liaison, I am in charge of coordinating all activities between the SCC and the local existing ASEE student chapters. I am also in charge of working to help develop new local chapters. To help new chapters startup, I spent the summer constructing a guidebook for groups of students interested in starting a new chapter. The guidebook includes fundamental goals of chapters, considerations to make before starting a chapter, requirements to start a chapter, recommendations on how to maintain a successful chapter, and a plethora of literature references written on ASEE student chapters. My hope is that this new guidebook based on my experiences will not only make the process easier, but will also encourage more universities to start up new chapters as the field of engineering education grows.

The guidebook can currently be viewed in two forms: 1) Downloadable PDF (version 1) and 2) Wiki. Anyone who is interested in adding anything to the first version of the guidebook can obtain access directly on the wiki site.

Thank You for Participating in the Student Surveys!
Dan Bumblauskas (bbqx@iastate.edu)
SCC Program Chair/Vice Chair
Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Iowa State University

Thanks to those of you who participated in either or both of the two student surveys for ASEE last year. The results of one of these surveys were compiled and will be shared at next year’s ASEE annual conference in Louisville, KY this coming June (pending abstract and paper approval). As reported by Stacie Harrison, ASEE Washington DC, the findings and responses from the second of the two surveys were also incorporated into the latest edition of Engineering, Go For It (eGFI) magazine (pages 58-59 in the online version of the magazine (http://www.egfi-k12.org/read-the-magazine/), and as part of their new web site. Here’s the new web site: www.egfi-k12.org, and here’s the section with your advice: http://egfi-k12.org/engineer-your-path/good-advice/.

If you didn’t get a chance to offer advice, it’s not too late. You can share even more interesting suggestions for middle-school and high-school students at: http://egfi-k12.org/engineer-your-path/good-advice/#good-advice.

They have also started a student blog, http://students.egfi-k12.org/, and encourage you to submit a photo and your story of why you chose engineering and your goals for the future. The idea is to give middle school and high school students an idea of the kinds of work they could do as an engineer, and to show them that people of all different backgrounds become engineers. You can do this by sending an email to Stacie at s.harrison@asee.org.

Please take a look at the web site, and then spread the word! Become a fan of eGFI’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/eGFI/83814280068, or follow them on Twitter!

Call for Papers: Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference 2010
October 27–30, 2010
Marriott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, Virginia
Abstract deadline: January 13, 2010
URL: http://fie-conference.org/fie2010/Pages/call.htm

Overview:
The 40th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference is the major international conference about educational innovations and research in engineering and computing. FIE 2010 continues a long tradition of disseminating results in these areas. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas; learning about developments in computer science, engineering, and technology education; and interacting with colleagues in these fields.

Venues:
Proposals for participation in the 2010 FIE Conference can be submitted in the following formats:

  • Papers: full paper
  • Papers: work-in-progress (WIP)
  • Special sessions
  • Panels
  • Workshops

In addition, FIE 2010 offers travel grants to support participation of new faculty who are presenting full papers at the conference. More information is provided in the section on New Faculty Fellows.

More details at: http://fie-conference.org/fie2010/Pages/call.htm

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program
Deadline: September 22 to October 29, 2009
URL: http://www.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship

IBM is pleased to announce the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program for the 2010-2011 academic year. We have received many outstanding and exceptional candidates from universities all over the world in the past and encourage your participation. IBM Ph.D. Fellowship nominations may be made by faculty members from September 22 to October 29, 2009. Please note there are changes to the program scope, for details go to http://www.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems of interest to IBM and which are fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study. These include: computer science and engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering , physical sciences (including chemistry, material sciences, and physics), mathematical sciences (including optimization), business sciences (including financial services, communication, and learning/knowledge), and service sciences, management, and engineering (SSME).

Preference will be given to students who have had an IBM internship, or have closely collaborated with technical or services people from IBM, or have co-authored papers, or have faculty research advisors who are close IBM collaborators.

The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship program also supports our long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

Please feel free to post the attached announcement poster in your department area. Additional details for the Ph.D. Fellowship program and the nomination form will be posted on the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship. Award recipients will be finalized mid February, 2010 followed by emails to all participants. All supporting documents for the fellowship, such as student’s resume, and endorsement by the department head as well as the nominator’s recommendation must be included in the nomination form. We ask that each department submit no more than two new nominations (in addition to any existing fellowship nominations to compete for a renewal). In cases of more than one nomination for a fellowship (including competing renewal nominations), the department head’s endorsement must include an indication of the relative merits of all the candidates and the department’s prioritization of these candidates. Students must be enrolled full-time in a college or university Ph.D. program, and they must have completed at least one year of study in their doctoral program at the time of their nomination. Students in Europe and Russia may be nominated in their first year of study in their doctoral program.

IBM Ph.D. Fellowships are awarded worldwide. IBM Ph.D. Fellows are awarded a stipend for the academic year 2010-2011. Stipends vary by country/geography and the student will be informed at the time of the award what the value is for their country/geography. All IBM Ph.D. Fellows are matched with an IBM Mentor according to their technical interests, and they are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. While students may accept other supplemental fellowships, to be eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship they may not accept a major fellowship in addition to the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Students in Europe and Russia may accept government scholarships and remain eligible for the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

For further information contact phdfellow@us.ibm.com

Work in Progress

Remote Experimentation Labs for Learning Disabled Students
Venkata Chivukula (chivuv@rpi.edu), Doctoral Student
Michael S. Shur, Professor
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The educational world is in the midst of paradigm shift brought about by new technologies based on remote experimentation, distance and integrated studio based learning. Despite these advances, a recent survey indicates an explosive growth in students with learning disabilities, for instance the percentage of full-time college freshman who self-reported a disability increased from 2.3 percent in 1978 to 9 percent in 1998 in United States (National Center for Educational Statistics). The learning disability may manifest itself as an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations caused by conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. In addition, the investigation of social contexts on students with learning disability indicate negative effects on their achievement caused by reduced teacher expectation, insufficient support, or poor social relations with teachers [1]. Web-based technologies can be used to compensate for some of these negative factors. Our work on remote lab systems for semiconductor device characterization resulted in development of Automated Internet Modelling (AIM) lab at RPI [2]. Using AIM-Lab environment, students will learn to perform characterization of electronic devices, including diodes, bipolar junction transistors, LEDs and a CMOS test circuit. By adding new features, we are adapting the AIM-Lab to address the needs of learning disabled students. These features include improved optional audio-visual instructions in You Tube compatible format, online live video feeds, and additional capability to chat with fellow students using web-messenger [3]. The new collaborative remote experimentation lab will make learning process more effective.


AIM-Lab Graphical User Interface (GUI) on the client browser

References
1. Meltzer, L., Katzir-Cohen, T., Miller, L., & Roditi, B. “The impact of effort and strategy use on academic performance: Student and teacher perceptions”, Learning Disability Quarterly, 24, 85–98, (2001).

2. Fjeldly, T. A., Shur, Michael, S., “Lab on the web”, John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey, (2003).

3. Chivukula, V. S., Veksler, D., and Shur, M. S., “Work in Progress – Remote experimentation lab for students with learning disabilities,” 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Oct 22-25, Saratoga Springs, NY, (2008).

Book Review

Tonso, Karen L.(2007). On the outskirts of engineering: Learning identity, gender, and power via engineering practice. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
Reviewed by Jing Chen (Chen208@purdue.edu)
Graduate Student, School of Engineering Education
Purdue University

This book offers detailed and first hand surveys and data of engineering education focusing on three themes: gender, power and identity. The analysis and conclusions are based on the observation of several mixed-gender study teams assigned with engineering projects and interviews of public engineering school students from first-year to fourth-year.

The first theme is gender. Tonso noticed that gender discrimination existed and students learned about gender in the school context. The second is the role of power within teams. Tonso observed the way control, exploitation and domination played out. The third is how engineer identities embodied engineer practice. Tonso’s analysis reveals that “engineering education was organized by two ideologies: academic-science prestige and gender status.” (p.239)

One deficiency is that most of the data are older than 10 years and may not be consistent with current situation. From my experience, women’s studying environment is better than what Tonso described. 20.19% of doctoral degrees in S&E were awarded to women in 2006 compared to 12.32% in 1996 [1]. Nevertheless, the book sparks interesting questions about the silent experiences of women pursuing engineering from the perspective of a social scientist and former engineer. Furthermore, I had a feeling of familiarity when reading the content of teamwork stories and engineering design courses.

All in all, this book not only serves as a primer for researchers wishing to identify significant research questions related to how people learn engineering, but also provides useful data for instructors who use team-based and project-based learning strategies in classroom practices.

Reference
1. National Science Foundation Division of Science Resource Statistics, S&E Degrees: 1966-2006, NSF 08-321, Project Officer, Mark K. Fiegener.

Position Announcements

Postdoctoral Fellow Supporting Virtual Reality Project
Optical Engineering Program
Norfolk State University

POSITION TITLE and LOCATION:
Research Assistant Professor
Optical Engineering Program
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA

JOB DESCRIPTION and RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Department of Engineering is seeking a research assistant professor for a National Science Foundation project on 3D software design and development to support and augment learning. The main objective of this project is to develop an interactive virtual reality simulation for science education (optics and fiber optics) using authoring software packages such as Vizard 3.0 (Virtual Reality toolkit). The successful candidate will work in a team environment and will have opportunities to acquire increasing levels of responsibility. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:
* Create high quality 3D-Objects and programs for use in game-like simulations (virtual reality environments) in physics and engineering.
* Work together with physicists, psychologists and educators to create, refine and optimize existing simulations making it a challenging and intense experience to learn with 3D computer simulations.

The candidate will also be expected to assist in proposal development, write manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, make presentations of his /her research at national and international conferences. In addition, the candidate will be expected to work with graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the supervision of the laboratory.

EDUCATIONAL and BACKGROUND REQUIREMENTS and PREFERENCES:
The successful candidate should hold a M.S. degree (Ph.D. degree is preferable) in computer science, physics or a related engineering discipline.

Other desirable background and credentials include:
* Experience in user interface design or game like computer simulations.
* Experience in object-oriented programming e.g. Java, Visual Basic, C++ or Python.
* Experience in 3D Modeling of objects and characters e.g. Blender, 3ds Max, Maya or similar program.
* Knowledge of virtual reality related peripherals magnetic/ultrasonic/optical tracking systems, HMDs and haptic devices.
* Ability to understand the basic functionality of 3D Hardware, OpenGL and DirectX.
* Knowledge of optics and its applications, particularly in the use of fiber optics devices and systems.
* Self-motivated and able to communicate ideas well.

SALARY:
Salary and benefits for this position are competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate. The position is funded for one year and is expected to be extended, depending on performance and available funding. The research assistant professor will be working under the direct supervision of Dr. Michael Kozhevnikov at: mkozhevnikov@nsu.edu

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Application may be initiated online: http://www.nsu.edu/jobs/faculty_jobs.php, position GP011 (STM). Candidates must also submit a cover letter and a full CV/resume, together with names and contact information for up to three references to Dr. Michael Kozhevnikov at: mkozhevnikov@nsu.edu.

APPLICATION TIMELINE:
The position is immediately available and will remain open until filled.

Individuals with disabilities and requiring accommodations in the application process should call the Office of Human Resources (757) 823-8160 (Voice) / (757) 823-2876 (TDD).

Director of Science Education and Public Outreach
College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is seeking a Director of Science Education and Public Outreach with a proven track record in educational outreach in the sciences. University outreach in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is increasingly critical to maintaining U.S. scientific and technological leadership. The College seeks to develop and deploy high performance, evidence-based programs to enable communities throughout Virginia to address their most challenging educational needs. The Director reports to the Associate Dean for Sciences and will also work closely with the Associate Dean of Development and faculty and outreach coordinators in academic departments.

The University of Virginia hosts a prolific community of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians dedicated to conducting breakthrough scientific research. This community is loyal to its dual mission of innovation and education. The Director will seek to harness the strength of faculty and graduate student expertise to benefit the larger community.

Please apply on-line through the Jobs@UVa website (https://jobs.virginia.edu) and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references; search on posting number 0604163.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The full text of the position description can be found at: http://jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58584

Assistant/Associate Professor (Two tenure-track positions)
Department of Physics and Engineering
Elizabethtown College

The Department of Physics and Engineering at Elizabethtown College invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor positions beginning Fall 2010. We seek candidates with an earned doctorate in Engineering and a passion for undergraduate education. The first position requires expertise in Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, and the second in Signal Processing and Electronic Systems. The ideal candidates will also have significant professional experience in a non-academic setting; clear potential to develop a research program with strong undergraduate participation; and a commitment to the continued development of the department’s academic programs.

The successful applicants will join a growing and vibrant department of eight fulltime faculty housed in a liberal arts college with a strong commitment to engineering and other professional programs. The department has undertaken a number of initiatives in the field of sustainable energy systems and is particularly interested in candidates who will make contributions to these efforts. The department offers two ABET accredited degrees: Engineering (with concentrations in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics) and Computer Engineering (in cooperation with the Dept of Computer Science), as well as offering degrees in Industrial Engineering Management (in cooperation with the Dept of Business), Physics and Physics Education (in cooperation with the Dept of Education). Ninety percent of the 100+ students in the department are pursuing engineering degrees. The successful candidate will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses as well as courses in the core curriculum for non-majors.

Elizabethtown College, rated as one of the best northern comprehensive colleges by U.S. News and World Report, offers its 1850 students 45 major programs in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The Elizabethtown motto, “Educate for Service”, expresses the College’s mission of linking the world of work with the world of the spirit to advance the values of peace, justice, and human dignity. Located in Pennsylvania’s historic Lancaster County, Elizabethtown enjoys outstanding quality of life and easy access to the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. Review of applications will begin November 2 and will continue until the positions are filled.

For additional information, contact the department at 717-361-1392 or visit http//www.etown.edu/engineering. To apply, forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and contact information of three references to Human Resources (Re: Engineering), Elizabethtown College, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. As an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, Elizabethtown College is seeking candidates who will enhance the diversity of its faculty, staff and administration.

More position announcements available at the Women in Engineering Division Page: http://wied.asee.org/jobs.html.

Reminder Call for Contributions: ASEE Students Newsletter Due Sept. 30, 2009

ASEE Students Newsletter
Call for Contributions
Deadline: September 30, 2009 (Newsletter posted to the website in mid-October)

The ASEE Students Newsletter will be a vehicle for information distribution and communication for members of the ASEE Student Constituent Committee. It will be published quarterly on the ASEE SCC website.

Please send us updates on your individual or ASEE Chapter work. We also want to publish short opinion pieces, conference reports, summaries of work in progress, and book reviews.

Guidelines and Deadlines:

  1. Contributions should be in Microsoft Word format. Each should include:
  2. The full name, title, affiliation (school and department), and e-mail addresses of each contributor.
  3. The type of contribution.
  4. Images or illustrations may be included and should be in jpg format.
  5. A URL link to a longer version of the contribution or a page where reader can learn more about your work (optional)
  6. Contributors should adhere to the word limitations listed below.
  7. All sources should be properly cited.
  8. No portion of copyrighted materials will be published without the expressed written consent of the copyright owner.
  9. The Editor reserves the right to edit all contributions published.

Send contributions via e-mail to: Ana T. Torres-Ayala: attorres@mail.usf.edu

Type of contributions:

  • Student news (no more than 75 words) – Tell us about your recent presentations, awards, graduation or publications. Include a brief description.
  • Chapter news (no more than 250 words) – Tell us about recent chapter news and upcoming events.Include a brief description and picture (if available).
  • FYI (no more than 100 words) – Share calls for proposals or other announcements of interest to ASEE students.
  • Work in progress (no more than 250 words) – Share a short summary of work in progress. Work may be a research project or a program related to engineering education.
  • Completed Projects (no more than 250 words) – Share a short summary of a completed project. Work may be a research project or a program related to engineering education.
  • Book Reviews (no more than 250 words) – Review a book related to engineering education. Review should include: 1) a short summary of the book, and 2) a recommendation and rationale for other ASEE students to read, skim or skip the book.
  • Conference reports (no more than 250 words) – Brief reports about recent conferences. Focus should be on what is new and of interest to ASEE students.
  • Opinion (no more than 250 words) – Brief opinion pieces on issues related to engineering education.

Please direct any additional questions to: Ana T. Torres-Ayala attorres@mail.usf.edu

New Journal: The International Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education

Via ERM
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The International Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education (http://ijietap.utep.edu/ojs/index.php/japee) is focused on understanding engineering education practice and practitioners. The goals of the journal and the scope areas are listed in the weblink above for the journal. The initial editorial board for the journal and peer review criteria for papers are listed in About the Journal link. The journal is an outgrowth of three CCLI projects that have shaped our thinking.

We are compiling the inaugural issue (to be out before March 2010) and welcome submissions from engineering educators. Thank you.

Arunkumar Pennathur, PhD

Call for Submissions: Broadening Participation

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Call for Submissions to a Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Computing Education on Broadening Participation

A key issue in computing education at all levels is increasing the participation of members from the underrepresented groups (women, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and those with disabilities) in computing. In this special issue of TOCE the editors seek high quality scholarly papers that explore the problem of underrepresentation from an education point of view. Papers may be expository helping readers understand the causes of underrepresentation or may describe educational practices that have improved the participation and success of underrepresented groups. Papers are welcomed from a broad range of perspectives. But a preliminary one page abstract of the paper should be sent to the Special Issue editors by October 31, 2009 to help the editors know what range of topics will be coming in. A number of papers will be solicited to make sure that the Special Issue covers a wide range of topics. The deadline for submission to the Special Issue is February 1, 2010. Full papers, solicited or not, should be submitted via Manuscript Central (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/toce) and will be refereed according to the normal TOCE review criteria (see http://toce.acm.org/authors.html). In the submission cover letter, please indicate that the paper is for the Broadening Participation special issue.

Special Issue editors:

Richard Ladner, University of Washington, ladner@cs.washington.edu

Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Portland, vandegri@up.edu