2012 ASEE National and Society Awards
ASEE FELLOWS NAMED
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.
Professor and Dean (Designate)
College of Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Professor and Chair
Colorado State University-Pueblo
TEES Research Professor
Texas A&M Experiment Station
Texas A&M University
Lawrence J. Genalo
Materials Science and Engineering Department
Iowa State University
Thomas M. Hall Jr.
Engineering Technology Department
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Robert J. Herrick
Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department
Louisiana State University
Construction Management and Engineering Department
North Dakota State University
Matthew W. Ohland
Engineering Education Department
Diane T. Rover
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Iowa State University
Chemical Engineering Department
Washington State University
BENJAMIN GARVER LAMME AWARD
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.
Administratively, during his more than decadelong tenure as ECSE department chair at RPI, the department was cited as one of the most improved departments in the United States by the National Academy of Engineering. …