November 1, 2012
Baltimore, MD - ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology disciplines, installed its new officers on October 27 at the semiannual meeting of its Board of Directors, held in Baltimore.
The following individuals will serve as the officers of the ABET Board of Directors for the 2012-13 term:
Karan Watson, Ph.D., P.E., is ABET President. Watson has been involved with ABET and accreditation for more than 20 years. Previously, she represented the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) on the ABET Board of Directors for six years. Watson is the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University.
Monte L. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., is ABET President-Elect. Before assuming this position, he was the Representative Director from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) on the ABET Board of Directors for seven years. Phillips is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of North Dakota as well as a design consultant and forensic engineer.
Jeffrey J. Siirola, Ph.D., begins his second one-year term as ABET Secretary. Previously, Siirola was the President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for 2005 and served as one of the society's representatives on the ABET Board of Directors. Siirola recently retired from his position as a Technology Fellow at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn.
Craig N. Musselman, P.E., starts a two-year term as ABET Treasurer. Musselman has served as the Representative Director from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) on the ABET Board of Directors, and he was a member of the ABET Finance Committee for two years. Musselman is the Founder, President, and General Manager of CMA Engineers, Inc., a consulting civil and environmental engineering firm based in Portsmouth, NH.
Larry A. Kaye, Ph.D., P.E., is ABET Past President. Kaye is a fellow of ABET and of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), which he represented on the ABET Board of Directors for six years. Kaye spent much of his career in various technical, managerial, staff, and executive positions at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.
In addition, two individuals will act as Board Representatives to the Executive Committee for the 2012-13 term:
Lawrence G. Jones, Ph.D., continues as a Board Representative to the Executive Committee while simultaneously serving as one of three Representative Directors from CSAB, Inc., on the ABET Board of Directors. Jones was inducted as an ABET Fellow in 2009. Currently, he leads the Product Line Practice Initiative at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.
In addition, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Ph.D., continues as a Board Representative to the Executive Committee while simultaneously serving as the Representative Director from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) on the ABET Board of Directors. Wolfe was inducted as an ABET Fellow in 2009. She is Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.
View the complete roster for the 2012-13 ABET Board of Directors.
ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, is a federation of 31 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for more than 75 years.
ABET currently accredits over 3,200 programs at more than 670 colleges and universities worldwide. More than 2,000 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET also provides leadership internationally through workshops, memoranda of understanding, and mutual recognition agreements, such as the Washington Accord. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.