Newsletter: December 2016

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member

Welcome to the fourth edition of the 2016 AAES newsletter, and congratulations on another successful year! In January we welcomed Elizabeth Bierman, Ken Galloway and Bob Lindeman as the three new Board members. In April, the annual NAE-AAES Convocation brought thought-provoking and interesting discussions with panels on “The Revolution of Modeling and Simulation for Engineering” and “Education and Work in the Engineering Technology Continuum”. In April we also had the privilege of celebrating our award recipients for their remarkable work. 

Several Program Committees (formerly Working Groups) were reinvigorated after the face-to-face Board and Committees meeting in April. As a result of the committees’ work, during our November General Assembly meeting we had the opportunity to approve an AAES Diversity and Inclusion policy, and hear about recent activities of the Engineers Forum on Sustainability Committee.

During the November General Assembly meeting, speakers and panel discussions focused on the ever changing needs to support engineers in a global environment. During the session on “Preparing the U.S. Engineer” in a global workplace, members had the opportunity to learn about progress on the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, the demand driven efforts propelled through Engineering for Change, and how Engineers Without Boarders USA is preparing engineers for the future through multi-curricular experiences. In the other session, “Supporting the International Engineer”, members learned about the Global Engagement Index, as well as ABET’s global activities and NCEES’s international engagement. (See article below for further session information.)

Furthermore in 2016, the Engineering Competency Model received the ASAE Power of A Gold Award, which recognized the initiative’s efforts to build a competitive workforce. Thank you to all those that contributed to making the Engineering Competency Model possible and are continuing with the promotion and Tier V efforts.

The 2016 AAES accomplishments would not be possible without you. Thank you to Jim Melsa for your years of exceptional service and for serving as the 2015 AAES Chair. Thank you to our Member Societies, Program Committee chairs and members, the Board of Directors and our AAES staff for your time, collaboration, and efforts spent furthering AAES’s mission.

In 2017, I look forward to continuing the strategic planning discussions that were kicked off at the November Board of Directors and General Assembly meetings. I hope that you and your family and friends enjoy the holiday season, and I’ll see you at the 2017 NAE-AAES Convocation and General Assembly Meeting April 24-25, 2017. 



Alyse R. Stofer

2016-2017 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies


New AAES Vice Chair and Board Member Start Terms in January

On November 3, the AAES Board of Directors elected Randy Over, P.E., current AAES Board member and 2014 ASCE president, to assume the position of vice chair beginning January 1, 2017 for a one-year term. Over is an Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 Construction Engineer Emeritus.

Earlier that same day, the AAES General Assembly elected J. Robert Sims, 2014-2015 ASME president and eminent fellow at Becht Engineering Co., Inc., to the AAES Board of Directors for a three-year term also beginning January 1.

AAES wishes to express its gratitude for the exceptional service of outgoing Board member James Melsa, Ph.D., who leaves the Board after six years of service, including serving as chair in 2015.


AAES Session Focuses on Engineering as a Global Profession

The first session in the overall program, “Engineering is a Global Profession: Preparing the U.S. Engineer and Supporting the International One,” featured a panel of industry and association leaders presenting and discussing ideas and best practices for the industry’s consideration of a global strategy, followed by the AAES General Assembly meeting, Nov. 3, at ASCE Headquarters in Reston, VA.

Proctor Reid, Director of Programs for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) led off the session, outlining various initiatives that NAE has undertaken to advance the global competency of U.S. engineers.

Read the full article and view the presentations and speaker bios.


Congratulations to the 2017 AAES Award Recipients

AAES is pleased to announce the winners of six awards to be presented at a banquet ceremony following the NAE-AAES Convocation, April 24, 2017, at the National Academy of Sciences Building (2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). 

Mary Poulton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of Mining & Geological Engineering, University of Arizona, is the winner of the 2017 National Engineering Award. She was selected for advancing engineering education, including developing programs to encourage enrollment of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and science; and for creating the Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources, an interdisciplinary facility to research applied engineering solutions for sustainable development issues.

Vilas Mujumdar, D.P.A., P.E., is the winner of the 2017 Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. He was selected for his leadership contributions that have helped shape public policy for natural hazard reduction through a holistic systems approach; for representing U.S. engineers to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations and as a member in the Pan American Academy of Engineers.

Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., Science Evangelist, is the winner of the 2017 Norm Augustine Award. She was selected for her clear passion to make engineering and science understandable to young people and the general public enabled by a splendid talent to communicate in an articulate, engaging, and meaningful manner via social media, the web, books, periodicals, and broadcasting.

Frank Kreith, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, is the winner of the 2017 John Fritz Medal. He was selected for his outstanding contributions to the fields of heat transfer, solar energy and transportation via research at National Renewable Energy Lab, authoring/editing more than 15 textbooks, teaching at the University of Colorado and public policy via the National Council for State Legislatures.

Mike Lindblom, reporter with The Seattle Times, is the winner of the 2017 AAES Engineering Journalism Award. He was selected for educating the public on the critical role civil engineers play in managing a mega project through his comprehensive investigative series on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project (SR 99) and “Big Bertha,” The Seattle Times, January through August 2015.

Jessica Kogel, Ph.D., Owner and Principal Consultant, GeoIntellus LLC, is the winner of the 2017 Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal. She was selected for her leadership as chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ Task Force on Mining and Sustainability that fosters close collaboration between the global mining industry, NGOs and the local community to increase environmental stewardship, improve economic conditions and contribute to social equity.

The AAES Chair's Award recipient will be announced in the new year. Visit AAES’s awards page for more information, including a description of each award.


Pack Your Travel Bag with STEM Outreach!

During your next trip abroad, participate in the State Department's Science Technology and Innovation Expert Partnership (STIEP) and inspire youth, including females and minorities, to pursue STEM careers. Learn more about how to get involved and help motivate the next generation of engineers to create solutions to shared global challenges.


Program Committee News

AAES Adopts Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement

On November 3rd, the AAES General Assembly adopted a diversity and inclusion policy statement brought forward by Vickie Rockwell, chair of the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee. Leading up to this adoption, the policy was approved by the D&I Committee in August and by the Board of Directors in September. The policy encourages “its member societies to create environments that draw upon the strength of all of its membership” and “have in place a Diversity and Inclusion Policy designed to support and increase the participation of a diverse engineering workforce.” If AAES Member Societies do not have a D&I policy in place, we welcome them to adopt ours. 

Vickie Rockwell, D&I Committee Chair, presenting at the November 3rd General Assembly meeting.


Member Societies News

NSPE Urges Incorporation of PE into California Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

On November 11th, NSPE submitted public comment to the California Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the department’s revised draft regulations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles. In the draft regulations, the CDMV allows manufacturers and suppliers to self-certify, thereby eliminating a critical third-party safety check. NSPE urged the CDMV to include a requirement for a vehicle demonstration test to be conducted by a professional engineer, internal to the development company. The professional engineer will affix his or her seal to the engineered component, attesting to the conclusion that the design is adequately protective of the public health, safety, and welfare.


Holiday Giving Highlighted in NSPE Speaks

The latest edition of NSPE Speaks kicks off the holiday season this month with a special giving-themed episode of the podcast. In this episode, the podcast crew highlights engineering charities and service organizations, interviews DiscoverE Executive Director Leslie Collins about the work her organization is doing, and discusses a number of great gift ideas for engineers and kids. As always, the podcast also includes a roundup of engineering and Society news. You can access the episodes on the NSPE’s website or listen on iTunes.


Updated Oil and Gas Rule Emphasizes Critical Role of PEs

NSPE commends the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for increasing the role of licensed professional engineers in an updated oil and natural gas production safety final rulemaking. The final rule addresses issues such as safety and pollution prevention equipment design and maintenance, production safety systems, subsurface safety devices, and safety device testing. Of particular importance to NSPE were changes to the approval of safety systems design and installation features. Under the new rule, the as-built diagrams must be approved and sealed by a licensed professional engineer.


Call for Presenters is Open for NSPE Professional Engineers Conference

NSPE has opened the call for presenters for its annual Professional Engineers Conference to be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, July 19-23, 2017. Featuring two full days of professional development, continuing education, and networking, #PECON17 will include at least 25 one-hour sessions, presentations by national leaders, and commercial exhibits around the theme “Focusing on the Future.” Individuals interested in presenting sessions on engineering ethics, innovation in engineering, technical topics of interest to the PE, or leadership development should complete the submission form at by January 17, 2017. For questions, please contact Tanika Coates, Education Manager, at


ISA's Standards & Practices Board Presents Annual Awards

The Standards & Practices (S&P) Department of the International Society of Automation (ISA) annually publishes 15 to 20 new or revised standards and technical reports that improve the safety, cybersecurity, and efficiency of industrial processes. Each year the ISA S&P Board selects and presents awards in recognition of outstanding efforts that have resulted in ISA standards or technical reports, or significant outcomes for an ISA standards committee. For 2016, five individuals received annual rewards at the recent ISA Fall Leaders Meeting.


ASEE Works to Engage Teachers in K-12 Engineering Education Policy Decisions

Norman L. Fortenberry, ASEE Executive Director, recently co-chaired a workshop on “Enhancing Teachers' Voices in Policy Making Related to K-12 Engineering Education.” The activity is a project of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine's Teacher Advisory Council and the National Academy of Engineering. Fortenberry co-led a committee that planned a two-day, national event that explored how to empower classroom teachers as leaders in policy decisions, identifying and strengthening pathways for teachers to be involved in policy without removing them from the classroom. Desired areas of teacher leadership in K-12 engineering education include: Pre-service and in-service teacher education, curriculum development, and materials development.


Keith Roe Discusses the Transformation of ASME at the President's Luncheon

During his speech at the President’s Luncheon in Phoenix in November, ASME President Keith Roe discussed the pivotal juncture the Society stands at today as it embarks on its new strategic path. He also reviewed the key steps ASME has taken in the past year to ensure its future greatness, including the selection of five technologies that will be the focus of forthcoming programs and products and the formation of four new Society task forces to support ASME’s strategic plan.

During his speech at the President’s Luncheon, ASME President Keith Roe said ASME was at a transformational moment in its history, calling it “a remarkable time” and “a time of incredible opportunity in a changing world.”



Final Round of the ASME Student Design Competition Draws Student Teams from Around the World

Twenty-one student teams from 10 countries faced off at the 2016 ASME Student Design Competition Finals, which were held in November at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona.

Engineering students from the United States, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Turkey, Peru and China took part in the final round of this year’s competition, which asked students to design and build battery-powered, compact manufacturing systems that could fire paper projectiles through the air. At the end of the competition, the team from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo took home the competition’s first prize.



Future Engineers, the ASME Foundation and NASA Launch the "Mars Medical" Design Challenge

The Future Engineers program, which was developed in collaboration with the ASME Foundation and NASA, recently launched its fifth collaborative competition: the “Mars Medical” Design Challenge. The new competition asks students from the K-12 community to create a digital 3D model of a medical or dental object that could be used by astronauts to maintain their physical health on a three-year mission to the red planet. The focus is on space medical needs, which may include diagnostic, preventative, first aid, emergency, surgical and/or dental purposes. Submissions are being accepted through January 25, 2017 at



ASCE Leadership Heads into 2017 More Diverse

With diversity a key theme at the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, Oregon, it was fitting that the Board of Direction meeting, at the outset of Convention week, welcomed the most diverse Board in Society history. The Board will include six women, led by 2017 President Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, and President-Elect Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE. ASCE highlighted key upcoming releases such as the Dream Big giant-screen film and a new online version of ASCE7-16 on Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and other Structures.



ASCE's 12 Flagship Journals Celebrate 60 Years

ASCE's journals have enhanced the civil engineering profession with new techniques, materials, best practices, and lessons learned since 1956. The original 12 journals are celebrating their 60th anniversary with free access to a selection of papers. Today, ASCE publishes 36 journals across many civil engineering disciplines. Authors are ASCE members and non-members alike and the community surrounding each journal is international and multidisciplinary.


Convention a Launch Pad for Next Phase of ASCE Grand Challenge

Civil engineers around the world have begun taking a pledge to support the ASCE Grand Challenge and its goal of cutting infrastructure life-cycle costs in half by 2025. The ASCE 2016 Convention was an ideal venue for engineers of many disciplines to share ideas and strategies to achieve the goal. A new ASCE Grand Challenge website encourages civil engineers to support the initiative by clicking an “I’m in!” button. While there, visitors can share relevant professional experiences, follow updates on outreach projects, and more.


AAES Member Societies Contributing to the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability Symposium

Registration is open for the third Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources - “Towards a Circular Economy” symposium in Denver, Colorado, February 18-19. Hear speakers from AIME’s Member Societies, ASCE, and AIChE, as well as Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Bank, Idaho National Lab, ChevronPhillips, Deloitte, Schlumberger, Umicore, and Anadarko. Discounts available for partner society members and AAES is a promotional partner – see details at


TMS Moves to New Headquaters Location

On October 1, 2016, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) officially opened for business at its new headquarters on 5700 Corporate Drive, Suite 750, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237.

The new office is located 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and 40 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport, while also being equipped with state-of-the art teleconferencing technology to facilitate communication and collaboration over distances. While the address has changed, the main TMS phone numbers remain the same: 724-776-9000 and 800-759-4867(U.S. and Canada Only). 


Explore IEEE-USA's New, Free Webinars

Explore the latest free, publicly accessible, webinars posted to IEEE-USA's growing library. Webinar presenters include representatives from LinkedIn, Walt Disney Imagineering, Microsoft Hololens, and more! Topics include:

  • Taking Challenges to Opportunities: Tips and Tricks to Own Your Career
  • Civility in the Workplace
  • Preparing Reliable Estimates for Professional Services
  • Knowing the Secret to Being a World Changer
  • Teaming at a Distance: Learn How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company
  • Landing Your Dream Job in Today's Competitive Landscape


Read a New IEEE-USA E-Book: Why STEM Is Important

Why STEM Is Important, a new IEEE-USA e-Book by Harry T. Roman, describes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as all about combining content and process to solve problems, and creating new products and services--a fundamental necessity for economic growth. It is not about making kids into engineers, but rather about how to help them think and analyze more effectively. Many who read this e-book will see how closely it mirrors what we do on the job. Maybe you will work with local schools, helping students and teachers solve relevant problems. Perhaps you already are. If not, consider getting involved. It's very important for young people to see the world through our engineers' eyes.


Events and Items of Interest

Save the Date: NAE Workshop on Engineering Education and Engineering Societies     

Mark your calendars! The National Academy of Engineering’s project on The Role of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education is hosting a 1.5-day national conference on January 26–27 (Thursday–Friday) in Washington. Come join university representatives, government officials, and your colleagues from engineering societies to share your insights, learn what others are doing, make new contacts, and explore possible collaborations to support and enhance engineering education. We want to hear from you! An agenda and formal invitations were sent in December. If you have any questions about the project or workshop, please contact the Project Director, Dr. Ken Jarboe at


Connecting Girls with Engineering Organizations around the World

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) invites your participation in an exciting new resource on the EngineerGirl website (, a dynamic resource designed to promote a robust and diverse engineering workforce. The new Where They Work directory, launching in December, will celebrate the companies, professional societies, academic institutions, and nonprofits where engineers are making a difference. We invite you to share the exciting things that engineers are working on in your organization! Just ask a designated representative from your organization to fill out the registration form. Questions? Contact Simil Raghavan (