2012 ASEE National and Society Awards

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The following members received the Fellow grade of membership in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education. This distinction was conferred by ASEE's board of directors at the awards banquet held during the ASEE annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Janie Fouke

Professor and Dean (Designate)

College of Engineering

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jane Fraser

Professor and Chair

Engineering Department

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Jeffrey E.Froyd

TEES Research Professor

Texas A&M Experiment Station

Texas A&M University

Lawrence J. Genalo

University Professor

Materials Science and Engineering Department

Iowa State University

Thomas M. Hall Jr.

Professor (retired)

Engineering Technology Department

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Robert J. Herrick

Distinguished Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department

Purdue University

Marybeth Lima


Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department

Louisiana State University

Charles McIntyre

Associate Professor

Construction Management and Engineering Department

North Dakota State University

Matthew W. Ohland

Associate Professor

Engineering Education Department

Purdue University

Diane T. Rover


Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Iowa State University

Richard Zollars


Chemical Engineering Department

Washington State University


The Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, established in 1928, recognizes excellence in teaching, contributions to research and technical literature, and achievements that advance the profession of engineering college administration.

Lester A. Gerhardt, professor of electrical, computer and systems engineering (ECSE)andcomputer science and information technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), received the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award for his demonstrated excellence and impact over nearly four decades in advancing engineering education. As a dedicated teacher, he contributed to innovative advances in interactive and self-paced instruction and multidisciplinary design learning. As a pioneer and passionate leader in global engineering education, he succeeded in providing international opportunities for engineering students in the United States and abroad through his cofoundingof the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program and development of RPI's Engineering Education Across Cultural Horizons Program. Gerhardt has demonstrated dedication, excellence, and achievement in engineering education administration through numerous key leadership positions at RPI and in his professional societies.

Gerhardt" s career combines both industrial and academic experience at Bell Aerospace and RPI. He worked at Bell for 10 years on the visual simulation of space-flight, including the Apollo Program's moon landing, for which he received several patents and the Bell Outstanding Management Award. His academic career of more than 40 years at RPI continuously combined teaching, research, and academic administration. His research specialty is digital signal processing.

Gerhardt has conducted sponsored research and taught each semester, and is recognized for his unwavering commitment to excellence in both areas, concurrent with his more than 35 years of administrative responsibilities. His teaching responsibilities include both undergraduate and graduate course development, as well as teaching in virtually all modalities. He has published and presented extensively with his students, winning several best paper awards. …