News from the North Central Section
Cook, Clare F., Moshen, J. P., ASEE Prism
The ASEE North Central section (NCS) has been an active component of the national society. This section includes the geographic areas of Michigan, Ohio, the western side of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia With its more than 1,200 members, much activity has been taking place in the section. Activities include sectional conferences, participation at the national level, support of sectional and national recognition, and awards.
Our most recent sectional conference, held at Ohio State University, attracted participants from across the section. Paper presentations included topics on teaching, capstone design, K-12 outreach, and research. Starting two years ago, the section included a student paper session with a $1OO award for the one deemed best. This has attracted student submissions from across the section and produced many excellent presentations. The 2003 winning paper is "Simplified Integrated Design for Fixed Film Biological Nutrient Removal (FFBNR)", authored by Derek Heckler and Andrew Glover with their adviser Bruc'e Berdanier of Ohio Northern University. The best paper award went to Margaret F Pinnell and Leon Chuck, both of the University of Dayton, for their paper "Developing Technical Competency and Enhancing the Soft Skills of Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Students Through Service-Learning". This paper also won the Zone Il Best Paper award for 2003.
The sectional conferences are traditionally held in April and draw attendees from across the North Central and other sections. Oakland University, case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, and the University of Detroit-Mercy have hosted other recent conferences.
Industry has played a key role in the North Central section conferences over the years. The section has enjoyed donations, vendor displays, training sessions, and paper presentations at the conferences. Companies such as National Instruments, Autodesk, Prentice Hall, General Motors, and Ford Motor Co. have helped make the sectional conferences multidimensional. Each conference has provided a vehicle …
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Publication information: Article title: News from the North Central Section. Contributors: Cook, Clare F. - Author, Moshen, J. P. - Author. Magazine title: ASEE Prism. Volume: 13. Issue: 3 Publication date: November 2003. Page number: 52. © AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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