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Volume 9, Issue 11

November 2014

Kaye Receives Grinter Award, Bowman and Kelly Named ABET Fellows

Larry A. Kaye, Ph.D., P.E., received the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, ABET's highest honor, at the ABET Annual Awards Banquet this past month. To learn about Kaye's 35 years of ABET service, see this press release.

Also, longtime volunteers Douglas R. Bowman, Ph.D., P.E., and David P. Kelly, MBA, were inducted as the 2014 ABET Fellows. Read this press release to see their award citations and more.

Cornell and Purdue Programs, DeLoatch Named 2014 Diversity Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity!

  • Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering
  • Purdue Women in Engineering Program
  • Eugene M. DeLoatch, Ph.D.

Read all about how they are facilitating or achieving diversity and inclusiveness in the technological segments of our society in this press release.

ABET Installs 2014-15 Board of Directors

At its fall meeting last weekend, the ABET Board of Directors swore in the Board Officers for its 2014-15 term. Among those taking the oath were K. Jamie Rogers to take her seat as ABET President and Lawrence G. Jones, who was elected President-Elect in March.

View the complete 2014-15 Board of Directors roster.

NACME Joins ABET as Newest Associate Member Society

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) is the latest addition to ABET's society membership. Since 1974, NACME has supported initiatives that aim to increase the number of successful African-American, American Indian, and Latino students in STEM education and careers.

Spotlight: Kathleen Kramer, Ph.D.

Throughout her career Kathleen Kramer has seen much success, but nothing compares to starting a brand new school of engineering at the University of San Diego (USD). A separate School of Engineering had been the vision since the highest ranked undergraduate program at USD started as part of the College of Arts and Sciences more than 25 years ago.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 ABET Symposium

Do you want the latest information on next year's keynotes, sessions, and presenters? Or do you just want to sign up as soon as registration is open? Then get on our mailing list.

To get the latest Symposium updates, send your email and contact information to comms@abet.org.

And in the meantime, mark your calendar Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, for the 2015 ABET Symposium in Atlanta, GA.

Support ABET's New Learning Center Through the ABET Foundation

Created in 2008 to advance, promote and support the charitable, educational and scientific purposes of ABET, the ABET Foundation is now initiating a fundraising campaign to raise money for ABET's new learning center. The plan is to have a state-of-the-art facility to host ABET events, including committee meetings, and workshops. In addition, the space will be made available to ABET's member societies on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you are interested in learning more about the ABET Foundation and its fundraising efforts, please visit www.abetfoundation.org.

January's IDEAL in New Orleans Is Filling Up. Apply Now to Secure Your Seat.

You could spend January 5-8 building a solid program assessment plan while exploring the historic Big Easy, but only if you submit your IDEAL application soon!

The Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL) focuses on the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective assessment leader and to manage the change process in your program or college. Seating is limited to 40 participants, so apply now or kiss your chances to indulge in jambalaya, café au lait, and best assessment practices goodbye!

Shop Amazon and Support ABET

Want to fuel ABET causes while you shop online? Go to smile.amazon.com and select ABET as your preferred charity, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to ABET. Just type ABET into the search bar when you login through the URL above and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to support ABET. Make sure you go to smile.amazon.com (not just amazon.com) to take advantage of this offer.

Play a Part in Ensuring the Future of Technical Education

Become an ABET Program Evaluator. Program Evaluators play an indispensable role in the ABET accreditation process, reviewing program Self-Study Reports, visiting campuses to assess programs seeking ABET accreditation and reaccreditation, and recommending accreditation actions. They also develop accreditation expertise relevant for their own institution, and learn about creative and innovative practices occurring in other programs.

The volunteer application deadlines for most ABET Member Societies are coming up by year's end, so apply now for selection, training, and assignment during the 2015-16 accreditation cycle.

Monte Phillips Receives ASCE's Highest Honor

ABET Past President Monte L. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The distinction is the society's highest accolade and an honor shared by only 649 of their worldwide membership since 1852. Full Article

Speaker's Kit Slides Now Available

Want to teach your colleagues more about ABET? How about making a presentation at an upcoming meeting? ABET has developed PowerPoint slides explaining ABET's mission and structure, the ABET accreditation process, the value of accreditation, ABET's global activities, and everything a potential program evaluator needs to know. Volunteers who wish to use slides about any of these topics may contact the ABET Communications Department with their requests.

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