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Letter From the Chair

Dear Members of the ASCE Global Center for Excellence in Computing and International Members,

There is much good news. First of all, I would like to introduce to you the new Committee which was formed a few months ago:

These people have injected much new energy into the committee. Hazar Dib, Vice-Chair, has been working hard on designing a new web site for the Center and recently, this has involved intense collaboration with ASCE. Such collaboration is often frustrating and I commend Hazar for his hard work, patience and determination to see this job through. Our new website is due to go on-line very soon.

Esther Obonyo, Secretary, has been working with Tomasz Arciszewski (Past-Chair) and myself on renewing our mailing list. If you are receiving this message, you have recently expressed an interest to participate. We are looking forward to working with you.

Ken-Yu Lin, Esther, Hazar and myself have compiled brief summaries of experiences we have recently had with international interns. We have all had very positive experiences and we hope to encourage others to take on students from abroad for short stays. Sharing experiences and facilitating such exchanges has become a new activity of the Center. Our summaries will be posted soon on our new website. They may give you ideas for doing something yourself.

Many of the 15 teaching modules that are available for free downloading have been revised and extended over the past six months. They contain useful information for modernizing computer courses. As programming becomes a high-school subject and as students arrive at university with reasonable computer-skill sets, we will be able to use lecture time for teaching important fundamental concepts. Amongst many other advantages, this knowledge will provide technical agility for computing developments during their careers. If you would like to add a module please contact me.

Any and all comments are welcome. There will be more news in the coming months. In the meantime, welcome, thanks for your interest and we look forward to your input.

Sincerely,

Ian Smith
Chair, ASCE Global Center for Excellence in Computing