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Release: Immediate

UI to host Oct. 9-11 regional engineering education meeting

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will host the 59th Annual North Midwest Section Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Oct. 9-11 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The ASEE meeting, the first of its kind to be held at the UI in more than a decade, is expected to attract about 200 engineering educators and professionals from business and industry and will focus on the theme "Outcomes Assessment in Engineering." The meeting will include many technical sessions, as well as tours of world-class research being conducted at the university in facilities such as the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, Iowa Driving Simulator, and Iowa Spine Research Center. Two 90-minute workshops will provide opportunities for personal growth in specific areas of future importance in engineering education. A special three-hour workshop will deal with efforts to improve technological literacy and the capability of all K-12 students.

Featured speakers and their topics are:

* 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, Triangle Ballroom, Dr. Richard Seagrave, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University, and former chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission, "Outcomes Assessment, Criteria 2000."

* Noon, Thursday, Oct. 9, Second Floor Ballroom, Ed Moldt, Entrepreneurial Consultant for the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation and the UI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, "Educating Engineers for Tomorrow."

* 8:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10, Triangle Ballroom, Dr. Michael Pritchard, professor, department of philosophy, Western Michigan University, "Preventive Ethics and Engineering Education."

* Noon, Friday, Oct. 10, Second Floor Ballroom, Dr. Richard Emmert, vice president of Du Pont (retired), member of the National Academy of Engineering and member of the UI College of Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, "Choices."

* 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, Second Floor Ballroom, Dr. Louis Frank, Carver/James A. Van Allen Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa, "Small Comets and Atmospheric Holes."

Additional information may be obtained by accessing the ASEE meeting web page at or by contacting Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Conference Chair Norb Malik at 335-5950.

The American Society for Engineering Education is a professional organization committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice; exercising worldwide leadership; fostering society's technological education; and providing quality products and services to its members.