ASEE’s 2015 Conference Connection – Tuesday, June 16

Our conference staff will be available at the registration desk in the Washington State Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 4AB, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Main Plenary II featured a keynote address by John Tracy, chief technology officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology, and recognition of the best 2014 conference papers. “Perspectives on Failure in the Classroom by Elementary Teachers New to Teaching Engineering,” by Towson University’s Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue and Elizabeth A. Parry of North Carolina State University, was recognized as the best overall conference paper (PIC) and “Investigating & Visualizing Measurement Error for Novice STEM Learners,” by Scott A. Sinex of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., was best overall Zone paper. Robert M. Brooks, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple Univeristy, was recognized as the winner of the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award.

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From Lynn Albers, North Carolina State University mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty member and former NSF GK-12 Fellow & SEIP Cooridnator:

Congratulations to Elizabeth Parry as she receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMSEM) this afternoon! Blessings to her and her family as she receives this much deserved recognition!

From Hermanta Sarma:

I was inspired by bright students receiving awards at the Plenary session on Monday.


Start the day bright and early at 7 a.m. with two sessions on the burgeoning field of K-12 engineering: Exploring High School Engineering Initiatives (Sheraton Seattle, Medina); and Integrating Engineering Across the Curriculum with the arts, social studies, science, and Common Core literacy and math standards (Sheraton Seattle, Kirkland).

The last Safe Zone/Positive Space Ally trainings (Washington State Convention Center, room 309) also start at 7 a.m., with level 2 training at 12:30 p.m. and final training from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s highlights include seven Distinguished Lectures, all from 10:30 a.m. to noon, covering a range of important topics. They include: To and Through: Creating an Ecosystem of Achievement for College Success (Washington State Convention Center, Room 608) by Karl Reid, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers; a panel of academic and industry experts discussing manufacturing and Unifying the Enablers for Innovation and the Talent for Making Value for America (Washington State Convention Center, Room 604); and a look at the National Academies report on the career choices of women in engineering (Washington State Convention Center, Room 612) by Alice Merner Agogino, the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Other sessions explore the Internet of Things (presented by Parametric Technology Corp. in room 611), the best papers from PICs and zones, and a framework for catalyzing change in engineering education.

ASEE President Nicholas J. Altiero hosts a Farewell Reception sponsored by Dassault Systèmes and Lockheed Martin (6 to 7:30 p.m., Convention Center Ballroom 6ABC). Come chat with him and with President-elect Joseph Rencis and others at this event that closes the 2015 Annual Conference.

Notable Sessions

Reimagining Engineering Information Literacy: Novel Perspectives on Integration, Assessment, Competencies, and Information Use 7 to 8 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Grand Ballroom A. Badging your way to information literacy and the integration of information literacy skills into mechanical engineering capstone projects are among the presentations in this session moderated by Greg Tourino.

How Can We Help? 7 to 8:30 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Ravenna A. This panel moderated by Scottie-Beth Fleming and Anastasia Marie Rynearson is focused on identifying ways in which ASEE Student Chapters may develop to meet the diverse needs of students located at various campuses across the nation and further integrate them into the ASEE community.

What do practitioners of the “drunken fist” style of Chinese martial arts have in common with those implementing innovative teaching techniques? Find out in Zui Quan Pedagogy – the Art of Risk Taking in the Classroom, a special session with four faculty members from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 304.

Focus on Student Learning, Lifelong Learning, and Educating the Whole Student 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 608. Avenues for using the Grand Challenges, common reading programs, and other holistic approaches to creating the lifelong learners we all hope first-year students will become are presented in this First-Year Division technical session moderater by Susan McCahan.

Prism columnist and Purdue University engineering education graduate student Mel Chua is among the panelists addressing diversity-related challenges in this A Year of Action on Diversity session, 8:45 to 10 a.m., Washington State Convention Center, Ballroom 2A.

Makerspaces in the Library: Using 3-D printers, Laser cutters, and Kits to Enhance Learning 12:30 to 2 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 604. FabLabs and outreach program collaborations are among the topics covered in this session moderated by Brianna Buljung.

Shell Eco-Marathon Americas: Supermileage Challange for High Schools and Universities, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 607. Presenters in this sponsor technical session will provide an overview of key principles, challenges, and benefits of a program that attracts over 500 universities and more than 10,000 students worldwide to build a vehicle that achieves over 8,000 miles per gallon.

“Ta-Da! You’re a Design Thinker!” leads this session on Design Pedagogy, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 602. Moderated by Marie C. Paretti and Wendy S. Reffeor, this session cover topics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell’s restructuring of its first-year introduction to engineering sequence to the hopes and concerns of students, faculty, and parents entering the inaugural yaer of an interdisciplinary, hands-on, competency-based learning experience.

Achieveing Scale of Educational Innovations 12:30 to 2 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 603. The panel moderated by Ann F. McKenna brings together several groups and initiatives focused on fostering an entrepreneurial mindset to advance the scaling and sustainability of educational innovations, including Epicenter, I-Corps L, the National Science Foundation, and VentureWell.


Exploring High School Engineering Initiatives (7 to 8:30 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Medina); Concepts and Conceptional Knowledge: Does it Stick? (7 to 8:30, Sheraton Seattle, Ravenna C); Self-Efficacy and Emotion, an ERM roundtable (8:30 5o 10 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Grand Ballroom C); Communication as Performance (8:45 to 10:15 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Willow B); Going International with Experiential Education (8:45 to 10 a.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 310); How to Establish and Engineering Leadership Program (8:45 to 10:15, Washington State Convention Center, Room 307); ETAC/ABET-related issues (8:45 to 10:45 a.m., Sheaton Seattle, Leschi); That Important Decision – Which Engineering Major? (12:30 to 2 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 608); Development as Faculty and Researcher (2:15 to 3:45 pm., Sheraton Seattle, Grand Ballroom C); Measuring the Impact of Community Engagement on Students (2:15 to 3:45 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 310); Student Motivation and Faculty Development (4 to 5:30 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 304)


Student Recruitment and Retention in ET Programs 7 to 8:30 a.m., Sheraton Seattle, Leschi.

Moderated by Stephen A. Strom, this session looks at design, industrial projects programs, and other ways to enroll and retain engineering techology students.

Retaining and Developing Women Faculty in STEM 7 to 8:30 a.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 618.

Moderated by Jenahvive K. Morgan, this session examines the impact of work/life balance policies on faculty careers, the story of one NSF ADVANCE project, and aspirations vs. shoulder tapping in engineering leardership.

First-Year Progreams Division Technical Session 10: Paying Attention to Retention 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., Washington State Conventions Center, Room 608.

LeTourneau University’s first-year attrition survey – “Why Do They Say They Are Still Leaving?” – and a look at the impact of living-learning communities are among the presentations in this session moderated by Chester Levern Miller, Jr.

Manufacturing and Machine Component Design 2:15 to 3:45 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 305

“Lawnmowers and Prospective Engineers: A Recruitment Exercise” is one of four presentations on this panel moderated by Charles E. Baukal, Jr.

Curricular and Program Innovations 4 to 5:30 p.m., Washington State Convention Center, Room 608

“Innovating Engineering Curriculum for First-year Retention” is among the panels in this First-Year Programs Division technical session moderated by Denise H. Bauer.