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Nominations for 2004 ASEE Elections

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Nominations for 2004 ASEE Elections

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Presented on the following pages are candidates for offices in the 2004 ASEE elections. These candidates were selected by the 2003 ASEE nominating committee chaired by Gerald S. Jakubowski. The nominations were received by the executive director as required by ASEE's constitution. The nominating committee believes that the candidates offered here are eminently qualified and deserve close consideration by the membership.

Additional nominations of eligible candidates may be made by petitions of at least 200 individual members. Nominees so proposed must indicate a willingness to serve before their names are placed on the ballot. Such petitions and agreements must be presented to the executive director no later than Jan. 1, 2004.

Write-in votes will be accepted for all offices. In all cases, a simple plurality constitutes election. The official ballot, which will be provided to each individual member by March 1, must be returned by March 31.

Editor's note: Due to space limitations and in the interest of fairness to all candidates, the biographies and statements may have been edited to fit the allotted space. For the uncut biographies and statements, please visit our Web site at


Ronald E. Barr

Ronald E. Barr is professor of mechanical engineering, and current holder of the Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship #1, at The University of Texas-Austin, where he has taught since 1978. He previously taught at Texas A&M University. He received both his B.S. (electrical engineering) and Ph.D. (biomedical engineering) degrees from Marquette University in 1969 and 1975, respectively. He spent two years in military service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Barr has been a member of ASEE since 1979, and has served the society in various capacities at the section, division, zone, and national levels. He was chair of the Engineering Design Graphics Division and chair of the Gulf-Southwest Section. He served two terms on the ASEE Board of Directors as Chair of Zone III (1997-1999), and as vice-president of member affairs (2000-2002). During his second term on the Board, he chaired the ASEE Long Range Planning Committee. Barr is an ASEE campus representative and is faculty adviser for the ASEE Student Chapter at the University of Texas-Austin.

Barr has received numerous grants from NSF for curriculum innovation in engineering education, and frequently publishes articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings on educational topics. He currently is a participating faculty member in the NSF-sponsored VaNTH Engineering Research Center for Bioengineering Educational Technologies. During his career, he has won four first-place and two second-place best paper awards at meetings where he has presented. Barr received the AT&T Foundation Award (1990) for excellence in engineering teaching and the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award (1993) for innovation in engineering education. In 1999, he became the 50th annual recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Design Graphics Division. Barr was elected to the grade of ASEE Fellow in 2000.

Barr is on the editorial boards of the Engineering Design Graphics Journal and the international Journal for Geometry and Graphics. He served five years as graduate adviser for mechanical engineering and six years as graduate adviser for biomedical engineering at the University of Texas-Austin. His research interests are in biosignal analysis, biomechanics of human movement, solid geometric modeling, and engineering computer graphics. He has supervised to completion five doctoral dissertations and 52 master's theses. In addition to ASEE, he is also a member of ASME, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Triangle Fraternity. Barr is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Candidate's Statement

It is a sincere honor to be a candidate for ASEE president-elect. …

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