Tulane dean named president of national engineering education group

June 18, 2014

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Nicholas J. Altiero, dean of the Tulane School of Science and Engineering

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

“It is an honor to assume the presidency of ASEE, an organization that for 121 years has influenced the quality of engineering and engineering technology education in this country,” said Altiero, who took over the presidency at the ASEE’s annual conference June 18 in Indianapolis. 

“I see this as a unique time to position ASEE for the future and look forward to working with the board of directors in completing a strategic plan for the organization within the next year.”

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, who served as president-elect this past year, succeeds Kenneth Galloway of Vanderbilt University. He will serve one year as president and the following year as immediate past president.

Altiero joined the faculty at Tulane 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.

Altiero serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America, 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 is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an ASEE fellow and a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society.


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