Setting new records in Montreal
The 2002 ASEE annual conference held in Montreal drew a record attendance. The main plenary speakers William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering and John Brooks Slaughter, CEO and president of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, both talked about issues of great importance to the engineering community. Wulf spoke of the urgent need for reform. “I think it is only a slight exaggeration to say that our students are being prepared for practicing engineering in a world that existed when we were trained, but not for the 21st Century,” he says. Slaughter talked eloquently about the need to attract more minorities to the profession. “And while I argue for the need to increase the number of minority engineering students, I feel equally strongly about increasing the number of minority engineering faculty in our nation’s colleges and universities,” he said.
A record 3,300 people took part in the 109th annual conference, the largest and among the most successful to date. The number of papers published from the conference is also the highest ever, at 1,340. One the highlights of the conference was the inauguration of Eugene M. DeLoatch, dean of engineering at Morgan State University, as ASEE’s new president. As he approached the podium to deliver his presidential speech at the awards banquet, the crowd stood to applaud the historic moment. DeLoatch is the first African-American to be elected president of ASEE.
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