Weese honored by engineering education society
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dr. John Weese, Regents Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) W. Leighton Collins Award. The award is the society's highest for service to education in engineering and engineering technology and allied fields. Weese will be honored at the society's Annual Awards Banquet June 23 in Salt Lake City as part of the society's Annual Conference and Exposition. Weese's research interests are in the areas of solid mechanics, elasticity, dynamics, vibrations, structural dynamics, experimental stress analysis and acoustics. Weese joined the Texas A&M engineering faculty in 1986 as head of the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, a position he held until 1997. Since then, he has been a mechanical engineering professor, interim head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the accreditation coordinator for the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He was previously with the National Science Foundation, serving as director of the Division of Engineering Science in Mechanics, Structures and Materials Engineering, and director of the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. From 1974-83, he was dean of the School of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Old Dominion University. He was previously dean of engineering and a professor at the University of Denver and an assistant professor of mechanics at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Denver. Weese was ASEE president from 1999-2000 and received the society's Frederick J. Berger award in 1997 for academic leadership in technology education. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the 1994 recipient of the ASME Ben C. Sparks Medal. In 1997, he was named a Fellow of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, Virginia and Texas. Weese received doctoral and master's degrees in engineering mechanics from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University.