Message from the President

We realize there is a need to look ahead and to plan a course for the future of the asbe Foundation; if we’re not mov- ing ahead, we are falling behind. A number of board members and friends of the Foundation volunteered to form a Futures Committee. As of this writing, we have met twice and identified some goals to accomplish in the coming months. A new and user friendly web presence, a strategy to engage younger members in the work of the Foundation, and expanded outreach to encourage students to consider design and engi- neering careers are immediate priorities. Dave Barran

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 Tom Van Slembrouck from GM
  was Keynote speaker at this year’s
 Awards Dinner
 More than 150 students, parents,
teachers, and industry representatives attended
our Annual Awards Dinner on March 20

  Highschool Design Challenge

The Design Challenge Team has been working on next year’s contest even as this year’s contest has just been completed. The design problems have been selected, finishing touches are being done on the write ups, supporting materials are being gathered, and the package will be ready to go out to schools in September. The number of entries continues to grow and we are working to broaden high school participation.


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 Over $3500 in cash prizes
 were awarded to winners of
 the 60th High School Design Challenge
Roger Weekes, instructor
at Henry Ford College, nominated Zaid Al Kufi
for an asbe Foundation scholarship in
recognition of leadership and academic excellence


Design and Engineering Skills Survey

With the support of the Design and Manu- facturing Alliance (DMA) a study has been completed to identify the technical and human skills that are necessary for entry level designers and engineers.  These skill sets are now being verified by employers and will be discussed by educators in an effort to improve curriculum. Copies of the study can be obtained from John Frey at:

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Dennis Hughes from
Mott Community College presents a
course scholarship to a High School Design Challenge winner



 Annual Golf Outing

The Golf Committee headed by Vince Lauro is well along in planning this year’s asbe Foun- dation Golf Outing on September 12. The Committee is building on the success of last year’s outing and anticipates an even better event this year. Plan to join us for an enjoyable day of golf and networking. For information contact Jim Rop at: or 248 403-8365


StudNewsletter 2 150 ResCropdent Tours Program

We appreciate General Motors, General Dynamics, the Nissan Engineering Center, and the Stahl Automotive Museum for opening their doors to a total of 19 tours serving nearly 300 students. We continue to welcome additional companies to join our Tours Program. Teachers and students report that the tours provide valuable insights into industry and underscore the relationship between education and work. Instructors interested in an industry tour for the 2014-15 school year or companies willing to sponsor tours can contact Jim Varty at:



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