Tulane dean to lead national engineering education group

April 10, 2013

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, has been elected president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education. 

Altiero has been active in the organization for years, currently serving as chairman of its Engineering Deans Council, which consists of 344 members, representing more than 90 percent of U.S. engineering deans.  The primary objectives of the council are to provide vision, advocacy and influence on U.S. public policy regarding engineering education and research.

Altiero joined the faculty at Tulane University in 2000 as dean of the School of Engineering.   In 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, Tulane was restructured and Altiero was named inaugural dean of the integrated School of Science and Engineering.

“The role of ASEE has never been more significant than it is today,” Altiero said.  “As our nation and the world place more and more emphasis on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and the development of innovation-driven economies, ASEE must assume a leadership position in promoting public awareness and informing public policy.”

Founded in 1893, ASEE works to enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members and promotes activities aimed at increasing student enrollment in engineering and engineering technology at colleges and universities.  The group’s more than 12,000 members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students and government and industry representatives.

Altiero serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Louisiana Innovation Council, the Nominating Committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authorities and the Board of Trustees of the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School.  He currently serves as vice president of Core Element, a New Orleans-area program that provides materials and training for hands-on science education to K-12 teachers.

Altiero begins his term as ASEE president-elect in June and as president in June 2014.

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