October 2005

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A periodic electronic newsletter for engineering education leaders,

edited by Russel C. Jones, Ph.D., P.E., and Bethany S. Oberst, Ph.D.


1 - International developments

2 - US developments

3 - Distance education, technology

4 - Students, faculty, education

5 – Employment

6 – Journals

7 – Meetings


1 - International developments

  Major articles discuss technology transfer in Europe The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published three articles written by Goldie Blumenstyk on the emerging technology-transfer movement in Europe.  Outside of England and Scotland, knowledge transfer, as it is known, has been hampered in Europe by an academic culture which made professors concentrate their efforts on prizes and publications rather than patents.  A fear of failure also impeded the serial entrepreneurship which is most often behind successful commercialization stemming from research.  And European patent law was not as favorable to commercialization as it is in the US.  The scene is changing however, supported by initiatives from the European Union and others.  A key factor in the success of US universities in technology transfer was the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, which gave intellectual property rights for government sponsored university research back to the universities for commercialization and development.  European countries have recently begun imitating this approach.  (See  In companion articles, Swedish and Danish universities are studied to highlight the successes, failures and implications of national efforts to realize practical results from research investments. Danish universities have seen an increase in patenting, but less in commercialization, due as much to cultural constraints as to lack of governmental support. (See In Sweden entrepreneurial professors are hoping that the universities will take more leadership in helping them obtain patents so that they can move to setting up companies. Efforts are being made to forge a closer relationship between universities and industry as one step: another is to identify sources of capital. (See

  Nobel Peace Prize awarded to UN nuclear agency – Mohamed El Baradei and his International Atomic Energy agency have won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, according to an article by George Jahn in the October 8th Aruba Today. The Nobel endorsement is seen as a strong vindication for the Egyptian diplomat, who favors diplomacy over confrontation in his work to curb nuclear proliferation. The Bush administration has disagreed with El Baradei’s position on the nuclear threat posed by Iran and Iraq, and unsuccessfully lobbied earlier this year to block his appointment for another four-year term. The IAEA locked horns with Washington very publicly in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war, when El Baradei challenged US claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. (See

  British universities will try SATs as supplement to A-levels – Grade inflation in the British system of A-level exams has prompted the government to undertake a study of the US SAT as a possible means of discriminating between the top-level university applicants who all receive similar scores on those tests.  The goal is also to find a way of achieving the 50% college participation rate that the British government would like to see by 2010, reports Aisha Labi in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Higher education leaders claim that the A-levels will not be replaced, but supplemented by an additional score, if the SAT proves valid.  (See

  An Islamic science revolution? – Iran is pouring money into world-class facilities for biotechnology, particle physics, and astronomy, according to a major article in the September 16th Science by Richard Stone. But growing tensions between Iran and the West threaten a scientific community there just coming into its own.  The new President, an ultraconservative who took office this fall with a promise to restore the values of the Islamic revolution, has yet to express his views on R&D. Scientists are concerned that as the new government attempts to roll back the social reforms begun by the previous regime academic freedom could become restricted and science could suffer. In addition, Iran’s refusal to halt its nuclear fuel enrichment program may endanger collaborations with the West. (See  

  Indian professor creates network to identify rural inventors – Anil Gupta, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad is the creator of a network of people – students, academics, farmers, scientists – who fan out across rural India to discover the odd-ball people who have created innovative products or equipment that makes the difficult work of earning a subsistence living a little easier.  Shailaja Neelakantan, reporting in The Chronicle of Higher Education, tells of a farmer with a tenth grade education who invented a sort of cotton gin which works on the tough local cotton crops.  Mansukhbhai Patel sold versions of his original invention, but when a part failed, he compensated the purchasers and went back to work to perfect his machine.  His reputation as an honest and inventive man spread and he was eventually discovered by the Honey Bee Network, which helped him produce the machine commercially.  The result: faster and easier processing, better income for its users, and a happy inventor who now has enough income to afford a house and a car.  The network, now known as the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions, is funded by a government endowment, and has worked with 51,000 innovations across India. (See

  Biomedical engineering receives support for internationalization – The Whitaker Foundation, along with the Institute of International Education, has recently announced its final program: a $20 million international exchange program in support of biomedical engineering.  The program will focus on graduate and post-graduate education and research, with Whitaker Fellows engaged in pre-doctoral studies and Whitaker Scholars already holding a doctorate in biomedical engineering or a closely related field.  Their scholarships will provide the means for them to study, conduct research or engage in policy analysis at an institution anywhere in the world offering outstanding programs in the field.  (See

  University creates innovative international scholarships – Washington University, a private US institution, announced the creation of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, which will provide full scholarships for twenty students, all graduates of Asian universities.  Under the terms of the scholarship the recipients will complete graduate or professional degrees at Washington University.  One unique feature of the program is that each year, the student and his or her faculty mentor will return to the student’s home country, where the mentor will build collaborative programs and activities at the student’s home institution.  Although the first group of students will all be graduates of a select group of 15 Asian and Southeast Asian universities, Washington University hopes to expand the program around the world, reports Sara Lipka in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  (See

  Asian student enrollments in UK drop – British universities are reporting a significant drop in undergraduate enrollment of Chinese students this year, reports Aisha Labi in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Preliminary figures show a 22.5% decline, with enrollments from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore also down.  At the same time, enrollments of students from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka rose, along with the numbers of students coming from the most recently admitted members of the European Union. (See

  Microsoft supports academics bringing IT to developing countries – Microsoft has committed $1.2 million annually to fund projects by academic researchers that aim at bringing information technology to developing countries, reports Andrea L. Foster in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Funds will also be available for projects to use mobile communication devices for business, education and health care.  Microsoft is hoping that other agencies and organizations will be encouraged to provide such assistance as well.  Proposals will be accepted from November 7 to January 13, with awards announced on February 10, 2006.  (See

  European and US higher education organizations meet – The American Council on Education (ACE) and the European University Association (EUA) recently concluded the ninth bi-annual Transatlantic Dialogue, an invitational meeting bringing together about thirty members of the two organizations’ respective boards, along with the head of the Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities.  According to their report issued on October 17, the focus of the two days was on governance issues, with discussion of funding, accountability, and the need to rebuild public trust in higher education.  Prior to the meeting EUA President Georg Winckler, president of the University of Vienna, talked with the ACE Board about recent developments in European higher education as a consequence of the Bologna Process.  Past meetings of the Transatlantic Dialogue have resulted in three publications all available at the ACE website: Higher Education in a Pluralist World, Brave New (and Smaller) World of Higher Education, and The Faculty of the Future. (

  Ig Nobel (sur)Prizes – Accompanying the award of the Nobel Prizes was the announcement of this year’s winners of Ig Nobel Prizes, which includes the Australian physicists who have been observing, since 1927, tar dripping through a funnel.  The complete list is available at reports Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed. (See


  2 - US developments

  More support for IT in US institutions – US colleges and universities are hiring more people to support their IT functions, especially as related to teaching.  This information comes from an annual survey conducted by Educause, writes Scott Carlson in the The Chronicle of Higher Education. One interesting point: 24% of those institutions surveyed said they were using Internet phones, with an additional 38% considering it.  (See

  Report recommends overhaul of US graduate education – The US based Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation published a study on “The Responsive Ph.D.: Innovations in Doctoral Education,” prepared by the graduate deans of twenty leading research institutions, reports Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed. The report suggests ways that graduate schools could do things differently, showcases some successful innovations and promises future activities in support of institutions trying to make changes.  The report tells graduate schools that they must have real leadership, they must increase their efforts to build a more diverse student population, and they should move away from the one-student-one-graduate-mentor model of education, creating more links across disciplines and outside of the university.  Among the best practices cited in the study is the University of Texas at Austin’s course on entrepreneurship, and the dissertation fellowships offered at Arizona State University to students with doctoral advisors in more than one discipline. (See

  NASA unveils plan to return to Moon – NASA has released its master plan for returning humans to the moon by 2018, according to an article in the September 20th Washington Post by Guy Gugliotta. The $104-billion plan includes eventually sending humans to Mars, using rocketry from the space shuttle era. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said the plan would not require money beyond NASA’s normal budgets. The plan envisions development of two new rockets, one of them almost as tall as and even heavier than the Saturn V that launched the Apollo astronauts, and a new spacecraft to put four people on the moon for up to six months before bringing them back to Earth in a parachute landing. The plan would leave a two-year period between the last shuttle flight and the first flight of the new exploration vehicle when the US will have no ability to put humans in space. (See

  NSF funds study of social implications of nanotechnology – The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has given significant support to consideration of the social implications of nanotechnology in the form of two major grants awarded to Arizona State University at Tempe ($6.2 million) and the University of California at Santa Barbara ($5 million).  The Arizona State project includes an innovative teaming of social and natural scientists who will work together to influence the development of the new technology as it happens, so as to avoid unintended negative consequences and enhance positive results. The agenda for the team at UC Santa Barbara includes a study of the perceived risks of nanotechnology.  Nanotechnologists work at the atomic scale to create extremely small devices: one nanometer is 100,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair, writes Jeffrey Brainard in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. (See

 Design shortcomings seen in New Orleans flood walls – Concrete flood walls installed along drainage and barge canals cutting into New Orleans over the last several decades were built in a way that left them potentially unstable in a flood, according to an article by Andrew Revkin in the September 21st New York Times. While the great earthen levees along the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain were ample to hold off much of the surging water from Hurricane Katrina, the concrete flood walls installed by the US Army Corps of Engineers collapsed in several places during the storm. As a result of Federal budget constraints the concrete walls were never tested for their ability to withstand the cascades of lake water that rushed up to or over their tops, according to Corps and local officials. Corps officials have said that there is a simple explanation for the devastation: Hurricane Katrina was a Category 4 storm, and Congress authorized a flood control system to handle only a Category 3 storm. But questions have been raised about how the concrete walls were designed and constructed, as well as whether the soil in some spots was too weak to hold them. Investigations by federal engineers and outside experts have begun, to answer such questions. (See

  Leaders ask US Congress for strengthened science and technical capacity – The US National Academies, responding to a request last summer from two US Senators, formed a 20 member committee of prominent leaders in the scientific communities of both universities and industry to study the need to strengthen the country’s scientific and technological capacity.  This committee issued a report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future,” in which they call for a $10 billion program including college scholarships for US citizens to study math, science and engineering, and new graduate fellowships in areas of national need. Also included in the study were recommendations for greater focused investment on the development of additional sources of energy, and the improvement of the nation’s public schools.  The committee members were working under the shadow of previous reports that predicted shortages of engineers and scientists that failed to materialize, leaving many graduates underemployed. They also acknowledged that the amount of investment they were asking for will be a hard sell, in light of current US budget shortfalls caused by the Iraq war and damage done by hurricane Katrina, reports Jeffrey Brainard in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  (See

  US government report contains good and bad news about technology programs – The US Government Accountability Office, writes Doug Lederman in Inside Higher Ed, has issued a report outlining existing federal programs that support the production of technologically competent graduates. It also suggests additional steps that might be taken in this direction.  The results of this study may be controversial because by some accounts, the investment has been significant and the results not all bad.  In 2004, 13 federal agencies spent $2.8 billion on programs aimed at least partly at improving and strengthening STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math).  Two thirds of that money came through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  There was a 21% increase in the number of students enrolled in science, technology and math from 1995-1996 to 2003-2004, including significant increase in the numbers of African American and Hispanic students.  The bad news, however, is that the number of students enrolled in STEM doctoral programs declined during that same period, from 217,395 to 198,504.  Additionally, there is little information about the effectiveness of current programs.  Recommendations in the report include improving the quality of instruction in high school math and science, improving the quality of teacher education and preparation in science, increasing outreach to women and minorities, and considering the National Defense Education Act of 1958 as a possible model for future government involvement in science and technology education. (See

  Congress wades into campus politics – Republicans in the US Congress are pushing for an academic bill of rights to ensure dissenting viewpoints in college classes, according to an article in the October 4th Wall Street Journal by June Kronholz. The measure’s chief promoter, activist David Horowitz, says the bill would protect students from possible political discrimination by their professors. Professors say that Mr. Horowitz is really trying to silence liberal faculty members. Colleges say the measure is not needed – but with Congress providing billions of dollars to higher education they are worried. (See 

  Kansas Chancellor pushes back against “intelligent design” – The growing debate over intelligent design as a legitimate alternative to evolution which must be taught in US schools moved the Chancellor of the University of Kansas to write an open letter to all faculty and staff declaring that intelligent design should best be taught in philosophy and religion courses rather than in science courses.  Evolution, wrote Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway, is the “unifying principle of modern biology,” and the current debate, being fed by statements made by Steve Abrams, chairman of the Kansas Board of Education, is raising concerns in the minds of potential candidates for faculty positions in that state.  Thomas Bartlett, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, points out that the vast majority of scientists know that evolution is scientifically sound, and that creationism, or intelligent design, is not. (See


  3 - Distance education, technology

  Artificial intelligence works in desert race – Five robots successfully navigated a 132-mile course in the Nevada desert recently in the DARPA Grand Challenge, according to an article by John Markoff in the October 14th Wall Street Journal. The winning vehicle, which covered the course in 6 hours and 53 minutes, was designed by the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Unlike the previous Grand Challenge where none of the entrants came close to completing the course, this year’s contest demonstrated the promise of artificial intelligence. The leap between the two contests is credited to a shift from logic and rule-based systems to more probability and statistics-oriented software technologies. (See

  Google opens book sites in Europe – Google has begun operating local-language sites in eight European countries for its Google Print program, according to an article by Edward Wyatt in the October 18th New York Times. The sites – in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain – enable users to search books provided by publishers in each country as well as English-language books for which the company has secured local rights. The new sites currently contain only small numbers of books. (See  

  Google’s wireless plan threatens telecom – Internet companies are making an aggressive thrust into services traditionally offered by phone and cable companies, according to an article in the October 3rd Wall Street Journal by Jesse Drucker, Kevin Delaney and Peter Grant. Google Inc. recently unveiled the latest such effort, with a proposal to provide free, wireless high-speed Internet access in the city of San Francisco. The service would allow users to bypass fee-based connections of local cable and phone companies in favor of wireless links. Users would be able to log on through computers to do anything they can do with traditional Internet connections – including making phone calls with voice over IP technology. This bid follows the recent purchase of Skype Technologies by eBay Inc., and the recent acquisition of a small Internet calling technology company by Microsoft Corporation – aimed at providing free peer-to-peer telephone services. Google’s plan would bring an entirely different business model to the industry, since it generates nearly all of its revenue from the small advertisements it shows alongside search results and other Web content. By offering customers free Web access, Google could pressure traditional providers to slash fees for Internet  access. (See Also see “How the Internet killed the phone business”, in the September 17th The Economist  (

  Doctors promote electronic record keeping – Electronic records, particularly ones that can be shared online by different doctors and hospitals, can improve the quality and safety of patient care by reducing errors, according to an article by Milt Freudenheim in the September 19th New York Times. Government and industry officials say that up to 60% of Americans receive their primary care at small-scale physicians offices where electronic record keeping is currently not usual. But an effort in collaboration by some 500 doctors, hospitals, insurers and employers in the Hudson Valley may provide a model for addressing this issue. The pilot effort there is clearing barriers that have previously made modern information technology inaccessible to small doctors’ offices around the nation. Hurdles typically include up-front costs as high as $30,000 for each doctor, and the need for technical support and training. To minimize such costs, the Hudson Valley doctors are pooling their resources and knowledge. (See

  Technology race in the hotel industry – A technology arms race is underway in hotel rooms, according to an article in the September 18th New York Times by John Holusha. Standard televisions are being replaced by flat panel, high definition displays, Internet connections are becoming standard, some hotels are providing docking stations for recharging of computers and other devices, satellite radios and iPod connections play music over speakers, and Internet-based telephones may replace the standard versions. Big operators like Marriott and W Hotels are pushing to stay ahead of the technology curve, and to distinguish themselves from competitors. (See


4 - Students, faculty, education

ABET “substantial equivalency” seen as possible model for global accreditation – The US based Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) features prominently in “American Accreditors Go Abroad,” authored by Burton Bollag for The Chronicle of Higher Education. US accrediting organizations – both regional and professional – are increasingly being called upon to accredit institutions and programs abroad, raising concerns about what Philip G. Altbach of Boston College calls “academic neo-colonialism.”  This interest in US-designed accreditation is due to the rapid proliferation of higher education programs abroad, and the general absence of quality assurance mechanisms in countries around the world.  While some US educators are calling for other countries to establish their own systems, they are also being drawn more frequently into collaboration with foreign institutions.  The ABET model of substantial equivalency may point the way toward a common ground between the immediate and the long-term needs for quality assurance.  Under the terms of the 1989 ABET Washington Accord, the accrediting organizations in nine countries have concluded a pact by which they confer mutual recognition of each other’s standards.  (See

  An engineering education for the future – Writing a viewpoint in the October 2005 Engineering Times, Dean David Wormley of Penn State addresses the impact of globalization on engineering practice, and implications of that impact for engineering education. He notes that engineering curricula have already made changes in response to the changing nature of practice: enhancing the roles of teamwork, communications, ethics, lifelong learning, and globalization. But he suggests that further changes are needed, such as those suggested in the new National Academy of Engineering report on the Engineer of 2020, and the American Society of Civil Engineers' report on the Body of Knowledge. Both reports suggest that a four-year undergraduate degree is insufficient for current and future engineering practice. The author calls upon engineering professional societies and educational institutions to enhance engineering education to better prepare graduates for practice in a globalized world. (See

  Warnings of privatization of public universities – Taxpayer support for public universities has plunged precipitously since 2001, and several university presidents are calling the decline a de facto privatization of their “public” universities. As reported by Sam Dillon in the October 16th New York Times, there is concern that the institutions that have played a critical role in the creation of the American middle class are being dismantled. US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has appointed a national Commission on the Future of Higher Education, expressing concern that the US system – arguably the best in the world – is being overtaken by others. (See

  Engineering dean calls for major shift in undergraduate engineering curriculum Inside Higher Ed published an article entitled “Is It Time to Shut Down Engineering Colleges?” by Domenico Grasso, Dean of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont (USA).  Grasso argues that engineering education in the US should be restructured completely to shift from educating problem solvers to creating problem definers.  Under his model, narrow technical courses might be more appropriately taught in nine month masters programs, leaving room in the undergraduate curriculum for courses giving the student insights into the “humanity” which engineers are dedicated to serve.  Grasso believes the levees in New Orleans might not have been breached if not for “decades of engineering and technical hubris, which resulted in . . . overbuilding on a grand scale.”  (See

  Graduate Record Exams undergoing major revision – The Graduate Record Examination, key to entrance into US and other graduate programs, has been exhaustively re-written, with the new form set to be administered for the first time in October 2006.  On the operational side, the test will no longer use computer adaptive format, it will last at least four hours, up from the current two and a half hours, and it will be given only 30 times each year.  Its content will emphasize more critical thinking with longer reading passages, and the math will emphasize real-world applications and data interpretation. The writing section which requires candidates to produce a coherent essay will now be on a more specifically defined topic.  Deans of admission will have access to those essays, rather than just to the scores, reports Elizabeth Farrell in the The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Over all the test in supposed to be more effective in determining how well a candidate will do in graduate school.  (See

  Some changes coming in US tenure system – In late September representatives from 26 first-tier US universities gathered to discuss flexibility in their tenure-track policies, at a meeting sponsored by the American Council on Education and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  A survey of those institutions indicates increased acceptance of diversions from the traditional linear path to tenure, but still no comprehensive change in institutional culture.  While 96.2% of the 26 universities have adjusted the tenure clock for their faculty, such changes are not automatic.  Phased retirement is still not the norm, and it remains difficult to move between full-time and part-time faculty status.  (See

  TOEFL has been substantially revised – The venerable Test of English as a Foreign Language (Toefl) has been updated to better assess the integrated language skills of test-takers and to adequately measure students’ ability to speak the language.  This new test, which has been under study for about a decade, will be Web-based, thus allowing the cheap and easy transmission of students’ responses to teams of expert evaluators around the world.  After the roll-out of the new test this coming summer, the Educational Testing Service, which owns it, plans to expand the number of testing sites from the current 600 to 3,000, writes Burton Bollag in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (See


5 – Employment

  Engineers as commodities – Writing in the October 2005 issue of Today’s Engineer, George McClure suggests that productivity improvements have contributed to the trend to move engineers from the commodity category to the “skilled artist” category. But he points out that engineers are interchangeable in many jobs, and their jobs are in great danger of being outsourced. Globalization means lower-cost engineers, at least those doing traditional engineering work. Intuition, innovation, and conceptual thinking in engineering are the attributes that lead to job security and rewards. He cites three questions about job security: 1) Can someone overseas do your job cheaper? 2) Can a computer do your job faster? 3) Is what you offer in demand, in an age of abundance? (See

  Salary concerns renew H-1B visa opposition – As US technical jobs have been exported overseas, the need to import workers through the H1-B visa mechanism seems to have subsided in recent years. But according to an October 6th article by Ed Frauenheim on CNET, 15 years after its inception the program remains in full force and headed for new battles. The Indian government recently made a proposal to the World Trade Organization that the annual cap of H1-B visas be raised from 65,000 to 195,000. The key question is whether the program is still needed, given the number of jobs leaving US shores. Industry leaders argue that the program serves as a brake on offshoring by easing shortages of skilled labor within US borders. Critics maintain that the program serves only to replace American workers with cheap foreign labor. (See

  Whistleblowers risk professional fallout – The lead article in the October 2005 issue of Engineering Times, by Jane Byrne, discusses mandates for reporting unethical or illegal practice contained in codes of ethics, and the experience of some engineers who have become whistleblowers. The article points out that whistleblowers often risk their own careers, professional reputations, and the possibility that their cries may go unheeded. Some engineers attempt to make anonymous tips about unethical practice in order to protect themselves, but this often is ineffective. There are some resources for engineers who choose to expose such practices, such as the Government Accountability Project ( (See

  Outsourcing is a megatrend – Writing in the October 15th New York Times, Zubin Jelveh reports on a question and answer session with Nanda Nilekani, chief executive of Infosys Technologies – India’s second largest outsourcer. After achieving success in software engineering and back-office service, the company has now begun to compete with major international technology companies for more lucrative consulting work. Mr. Nilekani feels that developments in technology and demographics which lead to outsourcing are megatrends which cannot be stopped by politicians. (See

  US universities resist some outsourcing of services – A report from the US-based Institute for Higher Education Policy looks at 35 universities with enrollment of 15,000 students or more, and concludes that there is substantial resistance to outsourcing certain services in order to control rising costs.  The institutions surveyed indicated that they would most resist outsourcing human resources and financial and accounting services, for fear of losing their identity and sense of community.  The report says that some institutions will not consider outsourcing because they are generally resistant to change, because they cannot see how it would help reduce costs, or because as parts of large state systems they do not have the autonomy to do so, writes Audrey Williams June in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (See


6 – Journals

  Annals of Research on Engineering Education – A new web site has been developed at the US National Academy of Engineering, a web portal/journal for the community of people interested in research and practice within engineering education. The site is intended to be collaboratively generated by the community through the submission of comments, recommended resources, advice, questions, and concerns. The aim is to highlight what has been learned in engineering education, reflect on how that learning occurred, and discuss how best to advance the enterprise. (See

  Issues in Science and Technology – The Fall 2005 issue is focused on Information Technology and the Research University. Featured articles include Envisioning a Transformed University, Cyberinfrastructure and the Future of Collaborative Work, the Economic Imperative for Teaching and Technology, Managing a Rapidly Changing Environment, and Even Universities Change. (See

  European Journal of Engineering Education – The September 2005 issue of EJEE includes ten articles on a wide variety of engineering education topics, including: engineering and science institutions in the UK, assessment of graduates, challenges for higher education in Russia, environmental engineering, Microsystems engineering, nontraditional manufacturing, and freshman design experiences. (See


7 – Meetings

  AAEE/ASEE Global Colloquium - The Australasian Association for Engineering Education hosted a conference on engineering education in Sydney, Australia from 26-30 September 2005. Jointly sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education, the meeting included papers in three tracks: globalization of engineering education, k-12 pipeline, and transformation of the disciplines. (See

  ICEE2006 – The 2006 International Conference on Engineering Education will be held at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez from 24-28 July 2006. A list of topics on which papers are sought, and other details of the conference, can be found at Abstracts are due by 15 February 2006.

  Engineering for the Americas Symposium – A major conference on enhancement of engineering education in the Hemisphere of the Americas will be held in Lima, Peru on 29 November to 2 December 2005. Organized by the Organization of American States, the invitational conference will focus on needs of the productive sector for engineers, enhancement of engineering education and its quality assurance, and country level plans for development of engineering education and engineering practice. (See 

  WFEO General Assembly – The biennial General Assembly of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 16-22 October 2005. In addition to organizational meetings of the WFEO Executive Council and General Assembly, a conference with presentations on several topics was conducted: capacity building, resources and environmental perspective, energy efficiency and renewable resources, prevention and mitigation of natural disasters, and anti-corruption. During the meeting Dato Lee of Malaysia completed his term as President, Kamel Ayadi of Tunis was installed as President of WFEO for the next two years, and Barry Grear of Australia was elected President-elect. (See



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