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                                                                                      Oct. 21, 2004


Catholic University to Host Engineering Educators Conference

More than 60 members of the American Society of Engineering Educators will gather at The Catholic University of America on Oct. 22 and 23, for the Fall 2004 ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Meeting.  The theme of the meeting is the “Engineering Workforce of the Twenty-First Century.”


“We’re very honored to host the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Fall 2004 Conference and  are  very  pleased to welcome the ASEE members to CUA” said Charles Nguyen, dean of CUA’s School of Engineering. “We hope the weekend’s events will stimulate new developments in the field of engineering education and will lead to improvements in the engineering workforce.”


The conference will include two days of workshops, speakers and more than 20 presentations from ASEE members, with a focus on how engineering educators should look to the future to address the changing needs of industry.


“As we educate people for the workforce, we need to make sure they are prepared to incorporate the latest engineering standards into design,” said CUA Civil Engineering Professor William Kelly, co-organizer of the conference. “Participants in this conference will hopefully come away with new strategies for meeting the needs of industry, and will be able to translate them to the classroom.“


John A. Brighton, assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference’s banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. His speech will include comments on new issues facing the engineering workforce, which will be further explored during various workshops and presentations on Saturday.


Charlie Maguire, vice president of engineering for Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering, will deliver plenary remarks at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. He will also offer an industry perspective on issues facing educators as they prepare engineers for the workforce.


The conference is co-sponsored by ASEE and The CUA School of Engineering.


For more information on the conference, the program and papers that will be presented, visit the ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference Web site at: http://faculty.cua.edu/kellyw/ASEECUA/.




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