Catherine Skokan graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with BS, MS, and PhD in Geophysical Engineering. She was the first to receive a Masters and a Ph.D. in any field at Mines. After a short stint with the U. S. Geologic Survey, she joined Mines as a faulty member first in Geophysics and later in Electrical Engineering. While at Mines, her research topics included geophysical studies in the areas of geothermal, volcanic, and groundwater issues. As well, she was active in organizing and working with students in the Humanitarian Engineering Program and helped to develop a minor in this area. As a PI or CoPI, she worked on twenty research projects in the arena of engineering education. She is active in professional societies for both geophysics and engineering education. She is the past president of the Engineering and Environmental Geophysics Society and has served on the boards for the Colorado Association of Science Teachers and the American Society of Engineering Education. She presently serves as Vice President of External Affairs at ASEE. In this position, she leads the International Affairs Committee and is the ASEE representative to IFEES.
Presently, Dr. Skokan is retired but stays very busy in ASEE activities, teaching short courses and workshops for teachers or students, and traveling. She believes that international experiences are essential for every engineer’s education and often travels with CSM students. She also continues traveling and lecturing on cruise ships for the Road Scholar Program. Outside of engineering, music is a very important part of her life. She currently plays violin with the Mines orchestra, bassoon with the Mines band, erhu with the Mines Chinese Band, and with numerous chamber groups for receptions and church services.
Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.
It accomplishes this mission by:
- promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice;
- exercising worldwide leadership;
- fostering the technological education of society; and
- providing quality products and services to members.
In pursuit of academic excellence, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities. Strong communication and collaboration with national and international organizations further advances ASEE’s mission.
ASEE also fulfills its mission by providing a valuable communication link among corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. ASEE’s 12,000+ members include deans, department heads, faculty members, students, and government and industry representatives who hail from all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology. ASEE’s organizational membership is composed of 400 engineering and engineering technology colleges and affiliates, more than 50 corporations, and numerous government agencies and professional associations. ASEE directs many of its efforts at providing for open and ongoing dialogues among these groups.