Lorenz leads ABET

By Website Administrator | Nov 13, 2003

ABET Inc., the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, installed its new officers Nov. 1 at the biannual meeting of its Board of Directors in Minneapolis, Minn.

ABET Inc., the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, installed its new officers Nov. 1 at the biannual meeting of its Board of Directors in Minneapolis, Minn. The following individuals will serve on the ABET Board of Directors for the 2003-2004 term:

John D. Lorenz, Ph.D., is the 2003-2004 ABET president. Lorenz, who has completed two terms as ABET secretary, as well as a term as ABET president-elect, has been active in ABET activities for nearly 15 years. He has represented the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as visit team chair for the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), Representative Director on the ABET Board, and Board Liaison Representative to the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC). Lorenz also served as a member of the ABET/NSF Technological Education Initiative (TEI) Project Team.

Lorenz is vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost at Kettering University in Flint, where he joined the faculty in 1973. He is also the Robert & Claire Reiss Professor of Industrial Engineering at Kettering. Lorenz earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Richard O. Anderson, P.E., is the 2003-2004 president-elect. Anderson has been a member of the ABET Board of Directors, representing the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1999. He has served on the International Activities Committee and the Strategic Planning Task Group, and currently serves on the ECEI Resource Council. He was a member of the EAC from 1994 to 1999 and an ASCE program evaluator from 1991 to 1993. Anderson is the principal engineer with Somat Engineering, Inc., and a licensed professional engineer in eight states. He earned his M.S. in civil engineering (Geotechnical) from Michigan Technological University and his M.S. in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Richard C. Seagrave, Ph.D., is the 2003-2004 ABET secretary. As secretary, Seagrave will dually represent ABET and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). During his years on the board, he has served on the International Activities Committee of ABET and as board liaison to the EAC. In 1999, Seagrave was named an ABET fellow. He was a member of the EAC from 1992 to 1997 and served as chair in 1996. Seagrave is distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

Allen I. Ormsbee, Ph.D., is serving the second year of his second two-year term as ABET treasurer in 2003-2004. Former chair of the ABET Finance Committee, Ormsbee is professor emeritus of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1999, he retired as professor and chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

James H. Dooley, Ph.D., P.E., is serving his second year of a two-year term as board representative to ABET's Executive Committee. Dooley has been a member of the board of directors, representing the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE), since 1998. He has been a member of the Finance Committee and the strategic planning committee, and served as amember of the EAC from 1990-1995. Dooley is currently the president of Silverbrook Limited in Federal Way, Washington.

William S. Clark, P.E., begins his service as board representative to ABET's Executive Committee, a two-year term. Clark began his association with ABET in 1984 as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serving as a program evaluator for engineering technology programs. He joined the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) in 1987 and was its chair in 1994-95. He subsequently led the criteria committee that wrote the initial version of the outcomes-based evaluation criteria, now referred to as TC2K. A fellow of ABET, Clark was selected as one of IEEE's three representative directors to the ABET Board of Directors in 2001. Clark is currently a director of finance at BellSouth Corp. in Atlanta.

Larry D. Nixon, P.E., is the 2003-2004 ABET past-president. Nixon has served as a member of the ABET Board of Directors, representing the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). He has also served as a board representative to ABET's Executive Committee and chair of the Finance Committee. As a former member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), Nixon served as chair of the Policy and Procedures Committee and on the Executive Committee. He was also a member of the transition team for the integration of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (now CSAB, Inc.) and ABET. Nixon is a senior member of and served as an engineering program evaluator for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Nixon is a founding principal and president of the firm Bass, Nixon, and Kennedy, Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. He is a licensed professional engineer in 16 states and a registered land surveyor in North Carolina. Nixon received his degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Barbara Martin and Amy O'Leary, Ph.D., are the newest public members of the ABET Board. Martin is bureau chief of Organizational Development at the Montana Department of Transportation. O'Leary is associate director for Financial and Organizational Studies at the Virginia Transportation Research Council.

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ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 32 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70years. ABET currently accredits some 2,500 programs at over 550 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 1,500 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities. ABET also provides leadership internationally through agreements such as the Washington Accord (www.washingtonaccord.org), and offers educational credentials evaluation services through ECEI (www.ecei.org) to those educated abroad. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.