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Dr. Bevlee A. Watford

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Dr. Bevlee Watford has directed the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity since its inception in 1992. In 1997, she became the associate dean for academic affairs. From 2005 to 2007 she was on leave from Virginia Tech serving as a program manager is the Division of Undergraduate Education for the National Science Foundation.  She was president of WEPAN from 2004 to 2005 and has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Minority Engineering Program Administrators. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineer Girl Website committee. Watford also served as the 2006-2008 program chair for the American Society for Engineering Education’s Women in Engineering Division and is now serving as division chair for 2008-10.

In 1994, Watford received a STEM Talent Expansion award from the National Science Foundation that provided $1.9 million to implement three activities: a bridge program for freshman, a mentoring program for freshman and transfer students, and a residential learning community for freshman students. Additionally, a transfer-student recruiting program provides a structured effort to work with Virginia community colleges to facilitate the successful transition of community college graduates to Virginia Tech. More recently, she received a $600K grant, also from NSF to establish the IDEAS program: Increasing Diversity through Engineering Academic Scholarships. In keeping with the University’s Strategic Plan, and the 3 years plan developed by the Dean of the College of Engineering, the IDEAS program targets first year students; specifically African American, Hispanic, and Native American (URM students) freshman and transfer students of all ethnicities, providing scholarships and academic support.

Dr. Watford has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1985); a Master of Sciences in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1983) and a B.S. in Mining Engineering (1981), the three degrees were received from Virginia Tech.

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Eng. Jaime Salazar C.

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Professor Jaime Salazar Contreras is an Agricultural Engineer, has a Master of Sciences degree in Structural Engineering and received a degree equivalent to a Ph. D. at the National University of Colombia (UNC). He is a professor of the National University of Colombia (for 33 years), where he was promoted as Emeritus Professor of the Department of Civil and Agricultural Engineering.  

In 2002 he became the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Colombia, where he previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Secretary of Academic Affairs, Department Chair and Academic Coordinator.

For eight years Jaime Salazar was the Executive Director of the Colombian Association of Engineering Colleges – ACOFI – to promote the curricular advancements of engineering programs and contribute to the Colombian model of accreditation.

Since 1999, he is the Executive Secretary of the Ibero-American Association of Engineering Education Institutions -ASIBEI- dedicated to support processes and projects aimed to the continuous education and training improvement for engineers in the Ibero-American region.

At the present Prof. Jaime Salazar is the coordinator of interdisciplinary research group of Education in Engineering – EDUCING, in the process of publishing two books related to the three moments of Educating in engineering: planning and preparation of curriculum, development and evaluation of the subject matter.

Moreover, he is leading the Foundation for the Promotion and Improvement of Education – PROMEDUC, carrying out activities related to the design and evaluation of educational models, supporting initiatives and design tutorial programs for educational projects, virtual courses, teachers’ training and coaching in self-evaluation and accreditation processes.

Prof. Jaime Salazar has authored, co-authored and edited 13 books with an important subject matter that contribute towards consolidating the training and education processes of Ibero-American engineers. Some of these volumes are: “Evolución en los tres momentos de la docencia en ingeniería;” “La formación práctica en la ingeniería: Hacia un modelo educativo más eficiente para el binomio Universidad-Empresa;” “Aspectos Básicos para el Diseño Curricular en Programas de Ingeniería.” “Folleto Institucional ASIBEI;” “Cultura, Profesión y Acreditación del Ingeniero Iberoamericano.”

Dr. Dave Holger

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Dave Holger, current Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate College at Iowa State University, received his B.S., M.S., and Ph. D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1970, 1971, and 1974, respectively. He was a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University during the 1971– 1972 academic year and received a Certificate for Post-Graduate Research in Engineering from Cambridge in 1972.

He joined the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at ISU in 1974 and was promoted to professor in 1984. In 1990, Holger was appointed chairman of the new Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics that was formed by the merger of the Department of Aerospace Engineering with the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.  In 2004 He was named Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate College. His responsibilities include graduate programs university-wide, international programs, the Honors Program.

Holger was awarded an NTNF (Norwegian) Senior Research Fellowship in 1986 and spent the 1986–1987 academic year as a visiting faculty researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, Norway. 

His contributions as a faculty member at Iowa State include service as president of the Faculty Senate during 1989-90, and were recognized by a Faculty Citation from the Alumni Association in 1993. He served as editor-in-chief of Noise Control Engineering Journal, the international archival journal of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, from 1996 through 2004, was the co-president of InterNoise 2006, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and as the Vice President for Governance of IINCE. In 1997, he was appointed to the Engineering Accreditation Commission as a representative from AIAA. Additionally, he has served as chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET’s Criteria Committee from 1999 through 2002, as chair of the EAC in 2004-2005, as Chair of the ABET Accreditation Council from 2005-2007, and as president of the ABET Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is currently a member of the Engineering Accreditation Board of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Chair of the governing group of the International Engineering Alliance, and Chair of the Sydney Accord. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering USA, a Fellow of ABET, and a Fellow of the AIAA.