Kettering vice president and provost to lead ABET

By Website Administrator | Apr 5, 2002

John D. Lorenz, vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at Kettering, has been named president-elect for 2002-2003 by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

John D. Lorenz, vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at Kettering, has been named president-elect for 2002-2003 by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET accredits 2,500 engineering, technology, computing, and applied science programs at more than 550 colleges and universities nationally.

Kettering University President James E.A. John called the ABET election a good opportunity for Kettering. "This is a very influential position," he said. "It gives Kettering a lot of exposure and enhances our position as a leader in engineering education."

The decision was made at the spring ABET board meeting March 16 in Baltimore. Lorenz will begin his term in November 2002. The service is part of a three-year commitment to ABET, followed by one-year terms as president and immediate past president.

Lorenz said ABET is very supportive of innovation in engineering education. "ABET is careful not to be prescriptive in influencing engineering education programs. I like being part of that," he said.

Lorenz is secretary of the ABET board, serving his second consecutive one-year term. He has been a member of the ABET board of directors, representing the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), since 1997. He also serves as a member of the finance committee. Lorenz is a member of the Technology Education Initiative (TEI) Project Team. His past experiences include serving as a program evaluator for Manufacturing Engineering programs and former board liaison to the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC).

Lorenz said he hopes to focus on the accreditation of programs offered through distance education and new engineering options, such as biomedical engineering. "What isn't entirely clear to me," Lorenz said, "is to what extent ABET's practices and procedures should be influenced by business, industry and academia. We'll be looking at what role each entity should play."

"In general, I believe engineering education in the U.S. is the best in the world. I also believe we can make it better," he added.

ABET is a federation of 31 professional and technical societies. Since 1932, ABET has provided quality assurance of education through accreditation. ABET is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Its headquarters are in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information on ABET, go to:www.abet.org.