Newsletter: December 2017

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member, 

Welcome to the fourth edition of the 2017 AAES newsletter! In January we welcomed Bob Sims to the Board of Directors. Also in January, Member Societies participated in the NAE engagement of engineering societies in undergraduate engineering education workshop. In April, the annual NAE-AAES Convocation brought thought-provoking and interesting discussions on “Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in Engineering – the Challenges and Opportunities of this Frontier”. We also had the privilege of celebrating our award recipients for their remarkable work and the General Assembly approved the sustainability policy statement. This fall, the AAES meeting programming focused on providing opportunities for underserved engineering populations and relating them to our Memorandum of Understanding regarding re-entry and alternative paths into the engineering profession.  

The 2017 AAES accomplishments would not be possible without you. Thank you to Gene Dinkins, P.E., for your years of service as an At-Large member of the AAES Board of Directors, as well as to Mark Woodson, P.E., for your years of service as the AAES Treasurer. Thank you to our Member Societies, Program and Standing Committee chairs and members, the Board of Directors and our AAES staff for your time, collaboration, and efforts. A special thanks to Melissa Prelewicz, P.E., AAES Executive Director, this year.

As we kickoff 2018, the future of AAES is unclear. A committee of Executive Directors and Board members will hold a face-to-face meeting early next year to create recommendations for the future of AAES. While this is the last edition of the AAES newsletter, 2018 AAES Chair Randy Over will communicate proposals with the Member Societies. Regardless of the next steps for AAES, the NAE-AAES Convocation, Awards Ceremony and Public Policy Symposium will be held April 23-24 in Washington, D.C. Finally, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as the 2016-2017 AAES Chair. I hope that you and your family and friends have a wonderful holiday season.



Alyse R. Stofer

2016-2017 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies



New AAES Chair, Vice-Chair, Board Member and Treasurer Start Terms January 1

On November 2, the AAES Board of Directors elected Randy Over, P.E., current AAES Vice-Chair and 2014 ASCE President, to assume the position of Chair beginning January 1, 2018, for a two-year term. Over retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation this year.

The Board also elected Alyse Stofer, 2016-2017 AAES Chair and 2013 SWE President, to the role of Vice-Chair for a one-year term. Stofer is a Senior Manager of Product Development Engineering for the endoVenous business at Medtronic.

Earlier that same day, the AAES General Assembly elected Brajendra Mishra, Ph.D., 2011 AIME President and Professor and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, to the AAES Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Further on December 5, the AAES Board of Directors approved the appointment of Dane Watson, P.E., as Treasurer for a three-year term beginning January 1 (similar to the positions above). Watson is a Managing Partner of Alliance Consulting Group, is completing his term on the AAES Audit Committee on December 31, and was IEEE-USA’s 2014 Secretary-Treasurer.

AAES wishes to express its gratitude for the exceptional service of outgoing Board member Gene Dinkins, P.E., who leaves the Board after three years of service, and outgoing Treasurer Mark Woodson, P.E., who leaves the position after four years of service.


AAES Spotlights Groundbreaking Educational Paths, Programs

The way engineers prepare for the job market is everchanging.

AAES leaders heard from two very different but equally relevant education programs at the November meeting in Reston, VA. Both align with AAES’ Memorandum of Understanding regarding re-entry and alternative paths into the engineering profession.

Stephen Phillips, Ph.D., Director of the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University, discussed his school’s online education options. Students can now do 100-percent online ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degrees.

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


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

WFEO General Assembly Meeting and World Engineering Forum Summary - Rome

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) General Assembly convened in Rome, Italy, in conjunction with the World Engineering Forum (WEF) with this year’s theme: “Safeguarding Humankind’s Heritage, The Great Challenge for Engineers”. The events, which spanned from November 26 – December 2, also included various WFEO committee meetings and an Executive Council meeting. The United States had a robust delegation of ten individuals in attendance with AAES Member Society participants from ASCE, ASME, ASEE, NSPE, and SWE. A few highlights are shown below.

  • In the election, unfortunately U.S. nominee Reggie Vachon, AAES past chair and current AAES International Activities Committee chair, was not selected for the President-elect position. Instead, he was elected to the role of Executive Vice President. Gong Ke (China) was selected to serve as the President-elect. 
  • Speakers from the U.S. at the WEF:  Stacey DelVecchio (Vice-Chair of the WFEO Committee on Women in Engineering (WIE)) made several presentations and chaired a day-long session on “Smart Technologies for an Effective Development”. Karen Horting and Nancy Grossman also made presentations.  
  • The WFEO United Nations Relations Committee (WURC), chaired by Reggie Vachon, met. Important items to note included the formation of a task force to pilot a project to develop a report card system to convey information on the status of infrastructure in a country. Also, WURC is encouraging the WFEO Standing Technical Committees to provide input into the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.
  • Next year, 2018, is WFEO's 50th anniversary. The anniversary meeting will be held in London in conjunction with Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), who is also celebrating their 200th anniversary.  The tentative date is the week of October 22.

Click here for further summary by Vilas Mujumdar, U.S. Representative to WFEO.


Member Societies News

50K Coalition Leadership Circle Receives NACME Diversity Award

The 50K Coalition Leadership Circle has received the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering’s (NACME’s) 2017 Diversity Vision Award. Originally envisioned by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the 50K Coalition is a 40-organization collaborative formed by NSBE, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The Coalition’s goal is to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually in the U.S. by 2025. The honor was given during the 2017 NACME Awards Gala in New York City this past October 18.

Members of the 50K Leadership Circle receives award at Cipriani's 42nd Street in New York City on October 19, 2017. Left to right are: Irving Pressley McPhail, Ed.D., President and CEO of NACME; Sarah Echohawk, CEO of AISES; Karen Horting, ED and CEO of SWE; Karl W. Reid, Ed.D, ED of NSBE; and Raquel Tamez, CEO of SHPE


NSBE's Summer Engineering Experience Expanded to 15 Cities

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) held its 2017 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program in 15 cities this summer. SEEK is the nation’s largest summer engineering program geared toward African-American pre-college students.

The program is in the midst of a large, three-year expansion funded by a $2-million grant from the National Science Foundation to NSBE and its project partners, Purdue University and Virginia Tech. NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D. is the principal investigator of the project, which is titled “Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering Experiences.” The NSF grant will be used to expand the SEEK program to 31 sites and serve up to 19,000 African-American, Hispanic and female third through fifth graders across the U.S., by 2019.


Seeking U.S. Students for 2018 WISE Internships

Each year, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their memberships to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington. AAES Member Society sponsoring societies are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers USA (through IEEE). Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while at the same time, learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making. The Princeton Review ranks the WISE Program as one of the best Internship opportunities in the United States. The application deadline for the 2018 program is December 31, 2017. WISE Summer 2018 program dates are June 3-August 4. 


IEEE-USA Receives Top Honors for Products and Services in 2017

In 2017, IEEE-USA was honored with 37 awards from international awards competitions in 2017; receiving multiple awards from Hermes Creative Awards, AVA Digital Awards, MarCom Awards, International Academy of Visual Arts & Sciences Communicator Awards, and APEX. Among IEEE-USA products and services honored were the IEEE-USA Website, INSIGHT, eBOOKS, podcasts, Leadership Forum show opener, annual report, Leadership Connection newsletter and MOVE Outreach Initiative.


Three New Survey Reports Available from IEEE-USA

IEEE-USA has three new survey reports available, with valuable statistics and findings about the engineering industry: the 2017 IEEE-USA Salary Survey Report; the 2017 IEEE-USA Employment Survey Report, and the 2017 IEEE-USA Consultants Fee Survey Report. Members and non-members alike can purchase these information-packed reports.


ASCE Conducts International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017

ASCE’s third International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) kicked off with local solutions to global sustainability challenges. The conference consisted of an impressive panel of opening plenary speakers, which launched an urgent push for sustainable engineering. ICSI 2017 was held over three days and included workshops, lectures, and panel discussions. Read more about the outcomes of ICS 2017.


ASCE Earthquake Team Investigates in Mexico

To help mitigate future disasters, ASCE sent its Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) team to Mexico City. ASCE IRD investigated the performance and recovery of the lifeline systems following the Sept. 19 earthquake. The team gathered information that will aid in developing more resilient infrastructure. Regular updates were posted to ASCE News as team members reported on their findings.  Read more about ASCE IRD's efforts


Dream Big - Plans to Get Film into Every U.S. Public School

ASCE’s giant-screen film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, has surpassed the 1 million paid viewer mark in less than six months. The Dream Big Project, led by ASCE with a coalition of engineering organizations and sponsors, created the film as a global outreach campaign to encourage engineering careers in young people. The goal for 2018 is to get Dream Big into every public school in the U.S. Read more about the film's success.


ASME President Charla Wise Addresses the Society's Path at the President's Luncheon

During her speech at the President's Luncheon at the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition on Nov. 6 in Tampa, Fla., ASME President Charla Wise discussed the path ASME has embarked upon to become the “go-to” engineering organization for addressing technology-related challenges and the various areas the Society is working on — including leadership, collaboration and engagement — to help assure that it reaches that goal.


Engineers Honored for Their Service to the Profession and to Society at IMECE 2017

“Without engineering, civilization does not exist,” Adrian Bejan, Ph.D., told a receptive and enthusiastic audience at ASME's 2017 Honors Assembly. Dr. Bejan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Duke University, was being awarded the Ralph Coats Roe Medal for his contributions to the public appreciation of the role of engineering in society. He was one of eight engineers honored at the gala event, which was held Nov. 6 during ASME’s annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Tampa, Fla. 


ASME Workshop and Congressional Briefing Explores Technology Development Goals for Advanced Gas Turbines

ASME recently convened a workshop and congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on Realizing Gas Turbine Performance Goals through Advanced Manufacturing. The events explored technology development in gas turbine industrial sectors and how public-private partnerships like Manufacturing USA are enabling manufacturers to create jobs and achieve technology goals, all while supporting overall U.S. public policy priorities in energy, transportation, and national security. The two-day event, which brought together leaders from a wide variety of industrial sectors and related organizations, was held Oct. 17 and 18 at the Rayburn House Office Building. 


AIST's T.C. Graham Prize Awards $20,000 for Innovative Steel Applications

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) is looking for ideas that make an impact! The purpose of the T.C. Graham Prize is to recognize innovative new applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Submit your entry and two-page abstract by April 30, 2018.


Emerging Leaders Alliance to Host 11th Annual Leadership Conference

The Emerging Leaders Alliance will be presenting their 2018 Leadership Training Conference, which will be held November 4-7, 2018 at the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church, VA.  The conference will offer an array of leadership training relevant to emerging engineering and scientific professionals. Individual participation is $1,500 per person, and discounts are available for multiple attendees, sponsors, and new partner organizations.



Events and Items of Interest

Update: NAE Project on Role of Engineering Societies in Engineering Education 

The proceedings of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) workshop, Engineering Societies and Undergraduate Engineering Education, is now available for download on the National Academies Press website. The January 2017 workshop identified five opportunities for collaboration among engineering societies to support progress in engineering education that are being explored in a series of follow on workshops. On September 18, 2017, the NAE held the first of these to explore the possibility of a joint society competition for undergraduate students based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. AAES and a number of member societies participated in the workshop, which brought together university faculty and administrators, representatives of engineering societies and companies, and students to examine how such a competition might be organized and administered. A brief summary of the discussions will be published in early 2018.  A second follow-up workshop is tentatively scheduled for February 12, 2018 at Georgia Tech to explore the role that societies might play in defining “impact” on the engineering profession as a criterion for assessing faculty success. For further information or to register for the February 12 workshop, contact the Project Director, Dr. Ken Jarboe, at


NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society Director Search

NAE is seeking a new Director for its Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES).  The CEES Director will  lead the development of a multiyear portfolio of activities, including the NAE Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, to advance the CEES mission, which is to engage current and future engineering leaders in industry and academia as well as representatives of public and private organizations and government in (1) identifying and examining the ethical and societal challenges of engineering, (2) bringing these challenges to the attention of the engineering profession and society, and (3) developing programs, resources and recommendations to address these challenges. The full job listing can be accessed via the following link. Applications including a cover letter, names and contact information of three references, and curriculum vitae should be submitted online no later than January 8, 2018, to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Office of Human Resources Job req # 170214-4.

NAE Awards Call for Nominations

The NAE Awards Call for Nominations for the 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, the 2019 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, the 2018 Simon Ramo Founders Award, and the 2018 Arthur M. Bueche Award will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on April 1, 2018.  To submit a nomination, please click on