Baltimore – On April 1, The ABET Board of Directors elected Mary Leigh Wolfe, Ph.D. as its 2017-2018 president-elect. She will be inaugurated during the fall 2017 ABET Board of Directors Meeting in October.

S_wolfe-mary2017-2018 President-Elect Mary Leigh Wolfe, Ph.D., has represented the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) on the ABET Board of Directors since 2010. She is professor and head of the department of Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech and was the 2015-2016 president of ASABE.

Wolfe has been involved in the accreditation of educational programs for 26 years. She was the chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET for the 2007-08 accreditation cycle and past-chair for the 2008-09 cycle. She began volunteering for ABET in 1991 as a program evaluator and has since participated at every level of ABET accreditation.

She is a member of the ASABE Foundation Board of Trustees and has previously served on the ASABE Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors. She is a fellow of ABET, of ASABE and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

In addition to Wolfe, the following individuals will serve as officers on the ABET Board of Directors during the 2017-2018 term:

Michael Lightner, Ph.D., will become the 2017-2018 ABET president. He is professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he has been on faculty since 1981 and served as chair from 2006-2014. He currently serves as the vice president for Academic Affairs for the four-campus University of Colorado System. Lightner earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University, all in electrical engineering.

A member of the ABET Board of Directors since 2008, he is a dedicated leader in our organization. His various positions include five years as ABET director from IEEE, two years as ABET secretary, and two years as Engineering Area Director. Committees that he has served on include: Audit (member, then chair), Governance (chair), ad hoc Governance Group and ad hoc Rules of Procedure of the Board of Delegates.

Wayne-BergstromWayne R. Bergstrom, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., will become 2017-2018 ABET past president. He is a Bechtel Distinguished Engineer at Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corporation where he has served as a principal engineer on a wide variety of globally-distributed power generation and transmission projects. He has 39 years of civil/geotechnical engineering experience in governmental, industrial and private practice employment.

Bergstrom is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states and has been granted certification as a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering by the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He joined ABET as a program evaluator in 1993. Since then, he has filled a variety of ABET roles, including evaluation team chair and EAC commissioner, where he served five years on its Criteria Committee. He is currently in his seventh year on the ABET Board of Directors and sits on its Executive, Finance and Governance Committees.


Stu Zweben, Ph.D., will be the 2017-2018 secretary. He is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from CUNY City College, an M.S. in Statistics and Computer Science from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue. From 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2011, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in Ohio State’s College of Engineering. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, Stu served as chair of OSU’s Computer Science and Engineering Department for 11 years. He held a faculty position at Ohio State for more than 37 years prior to his retirement.

Stu is a fellow and a former president of ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery), a fellow and former president of CSAB, and a fellow of ABET. He began his accreditation-related work when CSAB first formed in the mid-1980s as the organization that accredited computer science programs, and he served on CSAB’s first accreditation commission, which later became part of ABET. From 2009-2011, he chaired ABET’s Accreditation Council, and from 2008-2009, he chaired ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC). He has been a program evaluator for both CAC and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and a team chair for CAC. In 2012, Stu received ABET’s Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, ABET’s highest honor.


Craig N. Musselman, P.E., will begin his second year of his third two-year term as ABET treasurer. Previously, Musselman was the representative director from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) on the ABET Board of Directors for five years, as well as a member of the ABET Finance Committee for three years. He has 42 years of experience in planning, design and construction administration of public works projects and is the president of CMA Engineers, Inc., a 30-person civil and environmental consulting engineering firm based in Portsmouth, NH.


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