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Materials Education 2003 Topical Trends And Outreach Efforts

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



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Materials Division Business Meeting

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8.837.1 - 8.837.6



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Session 2264

Materials Education 2003 Topical Trends and Outreach Efforts Craig Johnson, Mark Palmer

Central Washington University / Kettering University


This research explores the history of topical trends in the ASEE Materials Division. This history will be compared with national trends. It is observed that creative materials education efforts in non-major curricula are highly sought, following national trends of higher contact numbers of students in related engineering programs vs. relatively small numbers of students in materials programs. Issues of implementing laboratory curricula reflect the increasing attention to safety and liability concerns. Every year, at least one topic has been multi-disciplinary and co- sponsored with another division.

Analysis of other efforts in Materials Education will be presented, along with any interaction the ASEE Materials Division has with these efforts. Specific mention will be made of efforts by TMS. TMS has materials education efforts, and it disseminates information through respective meetings and publications. Thus far, efforts of these organizations have been independent and compartmental.

The data presented in this study will be used during the business meeting to generate discussion and selection of future materials division session topics. It will also be used as a focus for a discussion on any outreach efforts that the materials division may enact.


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has a mission to support engineering education both internally and externally. An external aspect may include joint sponsorship of an appropriate conference, or the support of internships with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Internal ASEE efforts may include relevant articles in the organization’s journal (PRISM) and the annual conference. ASEE is structured with ‘divisions’ (by topic) that sponsor a portion of the annual conference. This internal engineering education effort is subsequently described.

American Society for Engineering Education Divisions has the responsibility of supporting the organizations efforts in their discipline. This includes publishing ‘requests for papers’ in the summer PRISM journal issue, and implementing the paper acceptance, review and presentation policies for the annual conference. This effort is done within the divisions, with little interaction (within or between the divisions). Also, typical division by-laws result in regular turn-over of officers. This is reflected in limited awareness of what session topics have been presented in the past.

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

Palmer, M., & Johnson, C. (2003, June), Materials Education 2003 Topical Trends And Outreach Efforts Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12118

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