Mines professor emerita named ASEE Fellow

Washington, DC, July 28, 2010 – Joan Gosink, professor emerita of the Division of Engineering at Colorado School of Mines was recently named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Fellow member status is a distinction conferred upon those who have been members for at least 10 years and have made valuable contributions to engineering education.
Gosink served as director of the engineering division at Mines from 1991 until her retirement in August 2003. Under her direction, the division was designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. During this period, student enrollment grew from about 500 students to about 1,000, and external research funding increased by 800 percent. The program also expanded to include masters and doctorate degrees in engineering systems and an undergraduate specialty in environmental engineering.
Before coming to Mines, Gosink was a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was engaged in research on permafrost, ice processes and katabatic winds. She is recipient of numerous grants related to engineering education, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAAN). She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served on the ASME Board of Education and on the ASME Nominating Committee. Gosink served as a program director at NSF in two directorates: engineering and education, and human resources. She is also an experienced ABET evaluator and currently is an ABET commissioner. The Denver Post named her “Unique Woman 2000” for her efforts on behalf of women in engineering.
She received her BS in math from MIT, MS in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and her PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berekely. Gosink founded the Multidisciplinary Engineering Constituent Committee at ASEE, and steered its growth into the Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, which now has more than 1,300 members. She served as chair of both the committee and the division. She was instrumental in establishing ASEE as lead society for ABET review of multidisciplinary programs.
The number of Fellows selected each year is dictated by ASEE policy. Each year, a Fellow Member Committee reviews nominations of candidates for Fellow status and makes recommendations to the ASEE Board of Directors. Gosink, along with 12 other newly-selected Fellows, was inducted at a special awards ceremony held at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Louisville, Ky., June 23, 2010.
Sandra Wingate-Bey, ASEE / 202-331-3550
Karen Gilbert, Mines Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu

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