Baltimore — On March 16, the ABET Board of Delegates elected Dianne Chong, Ph.D., FSME, FASM, NAE, as its 2019-2020 president-elect, Gillian Bond, Ph.D., as its 2019-2020 secretary, and Andrea Koepke, Ph.D., as its 2019-2022 public director. They will be inaugurated during the fall governance meetings in November.
2019-2020 ABET President-Elect Dianne Chong, Ph.D., FSME, FASM, NAE, was the vice president in the Boeing Research and Technology organization. Prior, Chong was the vice president of materials, manufacturing, structures and support in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization.
Chong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Washington State Academy of Science in 2017. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Gordon Prize committee and the steering committee for EngineerGirl. Chong serves on the ABET Board of Directors, where she represents engineering. In this capacity, she leads the Engineering Area Delegation and supports the Engineering Area Commission. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. Chong received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, Chong received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. She also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University.
2019-2020 ABET Secretary Gillian Bond, Ph.D., currently represents the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) on the ABET Board of Delegates as well as on the Engineering and Engineering Technology Area Delegations, and has also recently been appointed to the Global Council. She is professor emerita of materials and metallurgical engineering at New Mexico Tech. Bond holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Imperial College, London University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bath in the U.K.
Bond has been involved in ABET accreditation activities for 20 years. She is a program evaluator for TMS and for the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and has chaired the TMS Accreditation Committee. Her other volunteer activities with ABET have included: eight years (2006-14) on the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), the last three as a member of the EAC Executive Committee; chairing the EAC Training Committee; serving as a support facilitator for ABET program evaluator candidate training; and participating in EAC Readiness Reviews.
2019-2022 ABET Public Director Andrea Koepke, Ph.D., achieved a bachelor of science degree in nursing and master of arts degree in nursing education from Ball State University. Her Ph.D. was earned at Indiana University with a focus on academic nursing administration and a cognate in higher education. Until 2008, she served as a faculty member, dean of the School of Nursing, and assessment coordinator at Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana. She then moved to the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio where she served as the dean of the College of Health Professions. Responsible for 15 educational programs and approximately 1000 students, she was a leader within the institution.
Dr. Koepke has extensive experience interacting with both specialized and regional accreditation agencies, serving as an accreditation staff member, consultant-evaluator, peer reviewer, member of an accreditation review board and self-study coordinator on two occasions as institutions were preparing for comprehensive visits. Most recently, she served as the associate vice president and assistant secretary at the Commission of Osteopathic College Accreditation, a department of the American Osteopathic Association. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve ABET as a public member, ensuring academic quality and continuous improvement in the educational programs accredited by the organization.
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Based in Baltimore, we are a global organization, with over 4,000 programs in 32 countries in the areas of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels.
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