Newsletter: June 2016

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member

Welcome to the second edition of the 2016 AAES eNewsletter! I don’t know about you, but I was reenergized by the NAE-AAES Convocation and associated activities in April. The events in Washington, D.C. kicked off with the AAES Board of Directors (BOD) meeting, which was immediately followed by a joint BOD and Working Group meeting. The meeting was beneficial for both groups, who share a similar desire to focus on key areas such as K-12 (STEM), sustainability and diversity and inclusion in engineering. The Working Groups vocalized challenges and opportunities to the BOD, as well as prospects for connecting their work to the Grand Challenges, global engineering activities, and Society membership initiatives. The engaging conversations were made possible due to the active participation of members from each of the seven AAES Working Groups. 

The annual NAE-AAES Convocation and AAES Awards Banquet were again well attended. The morning session, organized by AAES, was highlighted with the panel on “The Revolution of Modeling and Simulation for Engineering”. The afternoon session, prepared by NAE, included a panel on “Education and Work in the Engineering – Engineering Technology Continuum”. Both the morning and afternoon panels offered rich dialogue and insights into different academia and industry efforts in these areas. Another highlight of the Convocation was the Keynote by Raymond Paul Giroux, Static Structures and Dynamic Engineering. Paul spoke to the complexity, ingenuity, and engineering skills that created the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Panama Canal and Hoover Dam. Paul was the recipient of the Norm Augustine Award. Congratulations to Paul and all of the award recipients. (See story below for more information on the award winners.)

The April events concluded with the Engineering Public Policy Symposium and the AAES General Assembly (GA) meeting. At the GA meeting, NACE International provided an overview on corrosion management and its applicability to other engineering disciplines. Also during the GA meeting, AAES Bylaws updates were approved. The refined Bylaws further define Affiliates, clarify BOD approved policies, and update the Committee and Working Group nomenclature to Standing and Program Committees. Standing committees include the Audit, Awards, Finance and Nominating Committees. Program Committees, formerly known as Working Groups, include the Diversity Coalition, Engineering Education, Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS), International Activities Committee (IntAC), K-12 (STEM), Lifelong Learning, and Professional Licensure. I look forward to broadening collaboration across the Program Committees and further promoting AAES’s vision and accomplishments throughout our Member Societies.



Alyse R. Stofer

2016-2017 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies

AAES Board and Working Group/Program Committee Meeting, April 17, 2016. From left to right: Bonnie Dunbar, K-12 Committee Chair; Bob Lindeman, AAES Board member; Allian Pratt, Diversity and IntAC staff contact; Randy Over, AAES Board member; Darlene Schuster, EFS Co-Chair; Elizabeth Bierman, AAES Board member; Reggie Vachon, IntAC Chair and past AAES Chair; Alyse Stofer, AAES Chair; Dale Jans, Professional Licensure facilitator; Cathy Leslie, Lifelong Learning Co-Chair; Vickie Rockwell, Diversity Chair and past AAES Chair; Ken Galloway, AAES Board member; Gene Dinkins, AAES Board members, Jim Melsa, AAES 2015 Chair; Ashok Agrawal, Engineering Education staff contact.


April Convocation and Events in Review

On April 18-19, AAES hosted and participated in several important annual events: the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)-AAES Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, the AAES Awards Banquet, and the Engineering Public Policy Symposium. The AAES Board and General Assembly also met. Please see below for highlights.

NAE-AAES 2016 Convocation Focuses on Innovation in Modeling and Simulation and the Engineering-Engineering Technology Education and Work Continuum

Collaboration was the common theme running through the 2016 Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, April 18, at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC.

“What I’m most excited about is the collaborative experience,” said Alyse R. Stofer, Chair of the American Society of Engineering Societies. “That’s why I appreciate the different speakers we have today.”

The event gathered members of AAES, the National Academy of Engineering, and other engineering societies for presentations, panel discussions, the AAES Awards dinner and banquet, and the annual Engineering Public Policy Symposium.

“How do we marry the missions of our two organizations and align our goals?” Stofer said. “I think it’s really through forums like this convocation.”

The opening session, titled The Revolution in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering, featured a panel of four experts – from both academic and industry backgrounds. Charles H. Romine, Ph.D., Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, served as moderator, setting up a talk about what he called “an astonishing transformation” in the engineering field.

David J. Odeh, S.E., P.E., Principal of Odeh Engineers Inc., put the recent engineering computing advancements into historical context – “Until the last 15 or 20 years we really were building structures the same way as in the 19th century.”

It was when the visualization technology improved, Odeh continued, to the point that these tools became more easily accessible to engineers in the field that the industry overhaul began.

“We’re not replacing theory and experimentation,” said Alex R. Larzelere, President of Larzelere and Associates, LLC. “Modeling simulation is a way to see the unseeable.”

These improvements in visualization technology can reduce risk, maximize efficiency, enhance sustainability, and – as Peter W. Voorhees, Ph.D., Frank C. Engelhart Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, told the convocation – streamline the development of new materials.

This is where collaboration came in again – within engineering disciplines.

“This is something that traditionally has not been the case. Designers design buildings and the construction company builds buildings,” Odeh said. “We need to take away the wall between the two. We have to adapt to new paradigms.”

Said panelist Chenn Q. Zhou, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation at Purdue University Northwest: “The more interaction the better. The key word is together.”

The second session, Education and Work in the Engineering-Engineering Technology Continuum, focused on assessing the state of the engineering profession and the value of engineering education models.

Katharine G. Frase, Ph.D., Vice President and CTO of IBM’s Global Public Sector, moderated the two panel discussions. Donna Ginther, Ph.D., of the University of Kansas, and Daniel Kuehn, of the Income and Benefits Policy Center Urban Institute discussed different data analysis regarding the engineering workforce. Next, educators and employers provided their insights on the engineering and engineering-technology education and work continuum.

“Engineering is significantly healthier than other science fields in terms of salaries and employment opportunities,” Ginther said. “I look at the data and I think this is a healthy and robust workforce.”

In addition, Raymond Paul Giroux, Senior Engineer, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., and the 2016 Norm Augustine Award recipient, gave an inspirational keynote presentation on the people and stories behind several U.S. mega engineering projects. 

To learn more about what was discussed at the convocation, see the 2016 Convocation presentations and presenter bios.

2016 Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies, April 18, The Revolution in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering panel and moderator. From left to right: Chenn Q. Zhou, Ph.D.; Peter W. Voorhees, Ph.D.; David J. Odeh, S.E., P.E.; Alex R. Larzelere; and Charles H. Romine, Ph.D.

AAES Celebrates Achievements of 2016 Award Winners

AAES honored seven dedicated engineers and professionals at its awards banquet – once again held in the stunning rotunda of the NAE Building - on April 18 following the convocation. AAES congratulates the recipients and thanks them for their leadership and notable achievements in their fields.

  • National Engineering Award – Sarah A. Rajala, Ph.D.
  • John Fritz Medal – H. Vincent Poor, Ph.D., NAE
  • Kenneth Andrew Roe Award – Brajendra Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Norm Augustine Award – Raymond Paul Giroux
  • Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal – Wendi Goldsmith, Ph.D., P.G.
  • AAES Engineering Journalism Award – Jessica Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Chair’s Award – Betty Shanahan

 AAES Award Banquet, April 18, 2016. Award Winners from Left to Right: Wendi Goldsmith, Ph.D., P.G.; Jessica Morrison, Ph.D.; H. Vincent Poor, Ph.D., NAE; Sarah Rajala, Ph.D.; Betty Shanahan; Raymond Paul Giroux; Brajendra Mishra, Ph.D. Photo credit: Granted Photography

Click here for more information on the 2016 award winners and to view photos from the banquet.

Nominations are invited for the 2017 awards through October 15, 2016. Recognize worthy individuals from your Society. Visit AAES's awards page for more information, including a description of each award and the nomination form. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact


Engineering Leaders Gather for 2016 Engineering Public Policy Symposium

Over 130 society leaders from 44 multi-disciplinary engineering organizations (representing more than two million engineers) attended the Engineering Public Policy Symposium, as the “Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Research and Development Budget Outlook / Research & Emerging Technologies” were explored. Taking place on April 19th in Washington, DC, ASME served as the Chair and lead organizer of the Symposium, which was made possible by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation.

2016 Engineering Public Policy Symposium, April 19, 2016. Research and Emerging Technologies Panel. From left to right: Panel Moderator: Donald P. McConnell, Vice President of Industry Collaboration, Georgia Institute of Technology; Arati Prabhakar, Ph.D., Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Ellen Williams, Ph.D., Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E); Pramod P. Khargonekar, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF).


EWC Reports an 18% Increase in Engineering Degrees Awarded Since 2010

According to the American Association of Engineering Societies’ Engineering Workforce Commission, the number of engineering degrees awarded has increased 18% since 2010 to 155,504 degrees awarded in 2015. Reflected in that growth are significant increases in the number of women earning engineering degrees and growth in 4 key engineering disciplines. Specifically, the number of Master’s degrees awarded to women in 2015 increased 12.9% from the previous year, outpacing men by 4.1%. The engineering disciplines that experienced the most growth from 2014 to 2015 were:

  • Agricultural (22% increase)
  • Petroleum/Natural Gas (14% increase)
  • Mining/Mineral/Geological (12% increase)
  • Computer (12% increase)

The 2015 EWC Engineering & Technology Degrees publication will be available later this month. It provides detailed data on the degrees awarded by degree level, ethnicity, gender and discipline, as well as year-to-year trend data, national summary tables, institution orderings, state totals and individual institution data for approximately 360 colleges and universities.


Pack Your Travel Bag with STEM Outreach!

Traveling abroad? Participate in the State Department's Science Technology and Innovation Expert Partnership and inspire youth to pursue STEM careers, motivate the next generation of engineers to create solutions to shared global challenges, and discuss strategies for involving more women and minorities in STEM careers. 

Learn more and make a difference!


Working Group/Program Committee News

AAES Rep Participates in UN Commission on the Status of Women

In March of this year, Stacey DelVecchio, the AAES representative to the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ (WFEO) Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee, had the opportunity to represent WFEO at the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations Headquarters. Learn about the event through DelVecchio’s report below.


Commission on the Status of Women:  CSW60

On March 14 and 15, 2016, I had the opportunity to represent WFEO at the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York. This was the first time WFEO was invited to participate and it proved to be an impactful event.

The Commission consisted of numerous reports prepared by UN Women, including an emphasis on two themes: the priority theme (women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development) and the review theme (the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls).

While these themes hit at the heart of severe issues women and girls face around the world, there was a session that was closer to the work we do at WFEO. The countries of Denmark, United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland hosted a session on “More women in science and technology - an investment in the future!”. Click here to read DelVecchio's full report.

Stacey M. DelVecchio, representing WFEO at UN Headquarters;
 New York City, USA


Technology as a Way to Achieve SDGs

The First Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) met June 6-7 at the UN in New York. What will be an annual forum is an integral part of the Technical Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) that is charged to find ways to leverage technology for achievement of the goals. The TFM provides input on STI to the High-Level Political Forum that will meet in New York in July. AAES participated for WFEO in a side event organized by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). Bill Kelly, Chair of the AAES IntAC Task Force on Global Sustainability, made a presentation on “Building Engineering Capacity” at the side event.  According to the 10-member advisory group to the TFM, capacity building is one of the ways achievement of the goals can be accelerated (statement).

Session 3 of STI Forum, Realizing the potential of science, technology, and innovation for the SDGs. Forum held June 6-7, at the UN, New York City. Photo courtesy of Bill Kelly.


New AAES Rep. Named to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Russel C. Jones, Ph.D., P.E. has been approved by the AAES Board of Directors to serve as the AAES representative to the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He succeeds Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Henry J. “Hank” Hatch, P.E., in this role. The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO is a Federal Advisory Committee to the Department of State that supports worldwide humanitarian development and values by coordinating efforts and delivering expert advice from the federal, state and local governments and from non-governmental organizations on issues of education, science, communications and culture. 


Engineering Competency Model Outreach Materials Available for Use

The Lifelong Learning Working Group spent the remainder of its 2015 United Engineering Foundation grant monies on promotional pieces for the Engineering Competency Model (ECM), which was released last summer. They include a handout, PowerPoint presentation with talking points/speaker’s guide for a variety of audiences (e.g. association leadership and members, industry, educators, counselors, students), and a two-minute video. These outreach materials are available to all to assist in promoting awareness, understanding, and use of the model.



Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS) Update

EFS priorities for 2016 include: development of a draft statement on sustainability for all participating societies to adopt and development of a workshop early 2017 to produce a consensus document in response to challenges the group perceives in meeting goals set at COP21. Because those who will need to execute the goals are not engineers, EFS members will discuss how engineering will have to be rethought, designs changed and retrofitted, and so on.


Member Societies News

AAES Member Societies Join Coalition to Graduate 50K Diverse Engineers

On April 20–21, leaders of academia, industry and our nation’s preeminent engineering professional societies joined The 50K Coalition to work toward the Coalition’s bold national goal of graduating 50,000 female, Hispanic, black and Native American engineers annually, by 2025. Hosted by the 50K Coalition Leadership Circle and funded by the United Engineering Foundation, the convening was held at ASCE’s Bechtel Conference Center in Reston, Va. Among the participants were representatives of 10 AAES member societies as well as AAES past Chair and current AAES Diversity Working Group Chair, Victoria Rockwell. The 50K Coalition Leadership Circle is composed of the executive directors/CEOs of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), NSBE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and SWE.

To learn more about the work of the Coalition, contact Constance Thompson at

Photo of The 50K Coalition Collective Impact Workshop participants. Held April 20-21, 2016. Photo credit: Granted Photography.


Engineering Educators-as-Whistleblowers Featured in ASEE's Prism

ASEE’s Prism magazine put out a special section on engineering educators-as-whistleblowers, spurred by the Flint water crisis. “Call them heroes or troublemakers, they step out of their conventional roles as teachers and researchers to respond to emergencies, expose public health threats, investigate what they perceive as wrongdoing, uncover the root causes of catastrophes, or influence policymakers. What they share is a sense of mission—a belief that in some instances, only engineers can provide the answers society deserves.” This type of reporting was recently recognized when Prism won four awards for writing and two for design from the Communicator Awards.



ISA Delivers Cybersecurity Training Courses at U.S. National Guard's Cyber Shield Exercise

The International Society of Automation (ISA) provided industrial control systems cybersecurity training at the National Guard’s Cyber Shield exercise, held at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, April 17-30, 2016. More than 900 soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors, and civilians representing 47 states and territories participated in the training event to assess their skills in responding to cyber-incidents.

ISA was chosen by the National Guard as an industry partner because of its leadership and experience in developing the world’s only consensus-based industrial cybersecurity standard (ISA/IEC 62443). Read the ISA press release and view the Cyber Shield 2016 video for more information.


EPA Requests NSPE's Input in Response to Mine Disaster

The Environmental Protection Agency recently requested that NSPE review and provide input to a best-practices report and checklist the agency is developing in response to the Gold King Mine disaster. Last year, a blowout at the Colorado mine resulted in more than three million gallons of toxic wastewater polluting rivers in three states. NSPE has played a leading role in advocating for a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge of all federal engineering projects to minimize future incidents, and this latest development is an important step forward as public and federal stakeholders gain greater understanding of the value of PEs.


Deepwater Horizon Ruling - Increased Role for Licensed PEs

On April 29, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) completed a process six years in the making: developing comprehensive safety regulations in response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout disaster in 2010. Last year, NSPE submitted a public comment commending the BSEE for its proposed rule to require a licensed PE in cementing and casing situations to examine, review, approve, and certify changes or remedial measures. This final rule accepts and formalizes these requirements. NSPE commends the BSEE for enacting this critical change and recognizing the key role of the licensed PE.


NSPE Continues Its Efforts to Address Autonomous Vehicle Safety

NSPE continues to provide its expertise in the autonomous vehicle discussion, advancing the Society’s mission of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare in the development and deployment of these technologies. On May 3, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, submitted a formal comment for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rulemaking, expected to be finalized this summer. In April, NHTSA convened a national hearing in Washington, DC, to gather input on developing Guidelines for the Safe Deployment and Operation of Automated Vehicle Safety Technologies, at which NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden presented on NSPE’s position.


NSPE Launches New Podcast, NSPE Speaks

The latest edition of NSPE’s new podcast, NSPE Speaks, is now available! Launched in March, NSPE Speaks provides news of importance to the professional engineer, updates on advocacy and outreach from NSPE and state societies, ethics cases to ponder, interviews with PEs and others, and off-the-beaten-path engineering-related topics. This latest episode features a chat about tragic disasters and licensure, an interview with NSPE's "New Face" of Engineering, and a MATHCOUNTS challenge.


 IEEE-USA Offers USPTO Webinars to Non-IEEE Members

IEEE-USA is offering two upcoming webinars to non-IEEE members. IEEE-USA has partnered with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) to educate people about the national and international patent process. These summer webinars will take a more international focus. “Patent Cooperation Treaty” will take place on July 14. Participants will learn how the Patent Cooperation Treaty makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries, by filing a single "international" patent application. On 11 August, “What Small Business Owners, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs Need to Know About China” will educate participants about the differences between the Chinese and U.S. patent systems, including China's utility model system. Non-IEEE members can go to the IEEE-USA webinar page and click “Register” to attend those specific webinars as well as view an archived webinar, “Global Dossier – Modernizing the Global Patenting System,” that took place June 9.


Technology Leaders to Speak at IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum

IEEE-USA’s Future Leaders Forum will focus on early career technology innovators and thinkers. Attend July 28-30 in New Orleans to meet world-renowned technology leaders and learn how to become one yourself. Speakers include Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; Tracy Chou, a former software engineer for Pinterest; Nancy Reese Martin, GE Global Research Center; Jonathan Chew, Walt Disney Imagineering; and more. 


IEEE-USA Insight Podcast: Episode 13

IEEE-USA InSight Podcast: Episode 13 features news and information on a variety of topics, including: IEEE-USA's new Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVE); IEEE-USA’s College Edition 2016 New Face of Engineering; a Newsmaker Interview with IEEE Life Fellow Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, who leads the National Science Foundation's $800 million Directorate of Engineering; and more. Check out all of the IEEE-USA Podcasts.


Planning for the Third Engineering Solutions for Sustainability Symposium is Underway

Save the date for the third Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources symposium and workshop to be held February 18-19, 2017 at the Hyatt Denver Convention Center. AIME and its Member Societies are co-hosting – other partners are welcome. The theme is “Toward a Circular Economy.” A call for abstracts and invitations for plenary speakers will go out in June.


Get Fired Up for the 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition

The 2017 TMS Bladesmithing Competition challenges teams of university students to produce knife or sword blades by hand hammering or trip hammer forging for judging and display at the TMS 2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2017) in San Diego, California, February 26–March 2, 2017. For background on this popular event, first held at TMS2015 in Orlando, Florida, read the JOM article, “TMS Bladesmithing Competition Sparks Ingenuity.” Then view the complete rules, guidelines, instructions, and rubrics on the 2017 TMS Bladesmithing website. The TMS2017 Bladesmithing Competition is made possible, in part, from the generous support of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and Battelle.


AIME Celebrates 145 years with Historical Plaque Dedicated in Pennsylvania

On May 16, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME), along with the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), joined the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for the dedication of an official Commonwealth Historical Marker commemorating the 1871 founding of the American Institute of Mining Engineers in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The first meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers was held May 16, 1871, in the Wyoming Valley Hotel — the Guard Center now stands at the site. To read the story of the quest for the historical marker, view the article in the Citizens Voice.


Failure to Act on Infrastructure Costs Families $3,400 a year

ASCE’s “Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future 2016” report, released in May, estimates that continued underinvestment in infrastructure will cost each U.S. family $3,400 a year over the next decade. “Poor infrastructure means more congestion on our roadways, broken water lines and power outages, and an inability to get our goods to market,” said ASCE Past President Greg DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, chair of ASCE’s Committee for America’s Infrastructure.


The Business Case for Sustainability - ASCE Intercharge

For businesses, sustainability is more than a pursuit to help the planet; it can be a money maker. In this ASCE Interchange, Bob Willard of Sustainability Advantage, an author and leading expert on quantifying the business value of corporate sustainability strategies, discusses how businesses can avoid risk, create efficiency, save money, and grow revenue through strategic implementation of sustainable solutions. Additionally, he explains how engineers can be change agents in making sustainability a reality for their clients.


Events and Items of Interest

NAE Project on the Engagement of Engineering Societies in Undergraduate Engineering Education

Engineering societies play an important role in building capacity in the field. They provide continuing education opportunities, set professional standards, and offer student support. This summer, as part of an NSF-sponsored project, the NAE will conduct a survey of engineering societies on their engagement in engineering education. The survey results will be presented at a national conference in early 2017 where societies will share information about their efforts and, as appropriate, consider cooperative action to support the engineering education enterprise. A report summarizing the conference discussions will be made freely available.

NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society - Call for Applications

The NAE Center for Engineering Ethics and Society invites teams to apply to attend a collaborative workshop on addressing obstacles, identifying solutions, and developing institutional plans for effectively incorporating ethics in the curriculum and culture of engineering education. The application deadline is September 19. For more information, see the call for applications.

View the NSF 2016 Video Showcase " STEM for ALL"

View more than 150 videos highlighted on 2016 STEM for All. All projects featured in these 3-minute videos were funded by the National Science Foundation and represent cutting-edge research and development in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Computer Science education. See which videos were recognized due to online votes cast between May 17-23.