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Presenting the award: from left, Shell Oil Foundation VP Hasting Stewart, Points of Light president and CEO Robert Goodwin, eWeek Future City director Carol Rieg and Connect America partner council chair David Chaney.

Future City named Connect America partner of the year
Seattle, WA - The National Engineers Week Future City competition has been named Connect America partner of the year. Connect America is a program of the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network (www.pointsoflight.org).

Future City is an educational outreach program that highlights the engineering profession. Teams of middle school students, each working with an engineer-mentor, design a city of tomorrow on the computer. Then they build a model of the city using recycled materials and present it to a panel of judges.

The program was launched in 1992. Today it reaches more than 1,100 schools each year, touching the lives of some 30,000 students. There are 7,500 Future City volunteers, more than half of them engineers, says Future City national director Carol Rieg.

For more about Future City or info on becoming a volunteer mentor, see www.futurecity.org.


NASA announces 2006 fellowship awards
Washington, DC - NASA has announced awards in the 2006 NASA administrator's fellowship program. The program helps develop the scientific and technical workforce by enhancing the professional development of NASA employees and the faculty of minority-serving institutions. It is managed and administered by the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corp for NASA's Office of Education.

This year's fellowship recipients include:
Manmohan D. Aggarwal, PhD, Alabama A&M; University.
Beth A. Brown, PhD, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD).
Dawn M. Elliott, PhD, NASA Kennedy Space Center.
Louis J. Everett, PhD, University of Texas.
Dr Julius L. Harp, North Carolina A&T; State University.
Carolyn E. Knowles, NASA HQ (Washington, DC) project manager.
John O. Lassiter, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL).
Goang S. Liaw, PhD, Alabama A&M; University.
John V. Shebalin, PhD, NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX).
Malcolm K. Stanford, PhD, NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH).
Michael W. Watson, PhD, Fisk University (Nashville, TN).

To learn about the 2007 awards visit www.uncfsp.org/divstNAFPinst.aspx.


Key Women in Energy presents awards
Washington, DC - Two technical women received top honors at the 2005 Key Women in Energy awards ceremony.

Margaret A. Yaege, general manager, pipelines and terminals for ConocoPhillips (Houston, TX), received the top award for teamwork in her former roles as president of Alaska Pipeline Co and VP of ConocoPhillips Alaska (Anchorage, AK).

June Willis, power exchange services manager, Eskom Transmission (Germiston, South Africa), received the award for innovation/creativity.

Linda K. Rader, founder and chair of Key Women in Energy, notes that one overall winner was selected in each of seven categories. Besides teamwork and innovation/creativity, these include leadership, pathfinders/trailblazers, wisdom, visionary and potential.

Founded in 2001, Key Women in Energy recognizes women who have made significant contributions to the energy industry and its related businesses and research enterprises. Nominations are generated primarily by industry colleagues and peers. For more information or to learn about the upcoming 2006 award search, see www.keywomeninenergy.com.


HiSoftware selected to keep web sites accessible
Nashua, NH - Gateway Computers and Clemson University have joined the organizations using HiSoftware's AccMonitor products for accessibility compliance at their websites.

The AccMonitor software contains a site quality module that assists with quality and accessibility assurance for assistive technologies like screen readers, text readers and voice-activated devices.

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in IT, offer new opportunities for people with disabilities, and encourage development of technologies to help achieve these goals.


WTS names exec director, opens DC office
Washington, DC - Diane James is the new director of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), a networking and career development association for women involved in the transportation industry. James is the first full-time director for the organization; until now, WTS has employed outside management companies to work with its volunteer officers.

James served as executive director of Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, and Women in Cable Telecommunications prior to her move to WTS.

WTS has also opened a new office in Washington, DC. For more about the group see www.wtsinternational.org.


CCNY names Dr Barba engineering school dean
New York, NY - City College of New York (CCNY) has named Dr Joseph Barba dean of its Grove School of Engineering. Barba, the son of immigrants from Mexico, is a graduate of CCNY and has been a member of its faculty for twenty-four years.

He received his BSEE degree from CCNY in 1975 and his MSEE two years later. In 1981 he completed a PhD in EE at the City University of New York.

He joined the CCNY faculty as an adjunct lecturer in EE in 1977. He has been faculty advisor for the school's Latin American Engineering Student Association, a chapter of SHPE, for twenty-two years. The chapter has helped CCNY become one of the leading producers of Hispanic engineers in the U.S.

Barba is also director of the New York STEM Institute, a CCNY summer enrichment program for New York City high school kids interested in careers in math, science, technology and engineering.

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