WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dr. Edward A. Hiler, vice-chancellor and dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University was made a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education at the Society’s recent annual conference held in Washington, D.C.
Each year a special Fellow Committee considers and recommends to the ASEE Board of Directors the names of candidates to receive the Fellow designation. For 1996, only eight ASEE members received Fellow status, a distinction conferred upon those who have been Society members for at least 10 years and have made valuable contributions to engineering education.
Hiler earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in agricultural engineering from The Ohio State University. He served as head of the agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University from 1974 through 1988, after developing strong research and teaching program in soil and water engineering. Research interests include improvement of water use efficiency of crops, irrigation, energy, production of methane from biomass.
Hiler was elected to National Academy of Engineering in 1987. He has received the Texas A&M Distinguished Service Award, Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Distinguished Alumnus of College of Engineering-The Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of American Society of Agricultural Engineers and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Agricultural Engineers (England).
More than 1,600 engineering educators from the United States and Canada convened at the ASEE conference to exchange ideas on the future directions for engineering education and research. The conference offered a variety of interactive exhibits, student displays and informational technical sessions.
The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit association of more than 10,000 engineering faculty members, U.S. colleges of engineering and engineering technology, corporations, and other organizations dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering and engineering technology education. ASEE plays a key role in developing and promoting policies that will enable engineering education and its allied branches of science and technology to meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.