UB Hosts Virtual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education

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The 2020 Annual Conference Northeast Section (ASEE-NE) took place at the University of Bridgeport this year, in virtual format.

The theme of the conference was “The Path to Impactful Innovation in 21st Century Engineering Education,” focusing on the trends and the changing landscape of engineering education. Taking place over two days in October, the conference was a platform for fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curricula, and providing great networking opportunities for faculty members, students, and industry representatives.

“The conference had a rich program, and many presentations on the cutting-edge of research within various engineering disciplines,” says Dr. Khaled Elleithy, the executive chair. “We covered advances in engineering and research, best practices in online engineering education, engineering education and accreditation, innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering education, engineering ethics, diversity and racism in engineering education, lab-based instruction and learning, and applied research and technology.”

Twenty full-length papers were selected to be presented in the conference, all describing significant and innovative research contributions in the field of engineering and education. There were also twenty-five student posters and fifteen student papers selected to be presented. Each poster was judged based on technical rigor, poster format, and the student’s ability to convey the poster content to the judges through an oral presentation. Monetary awards were given for the top three graduate/undergraduate posters as well as the top three K-12 posters.

“This conference was notable for the high-quality posters and presentations from K-12 students,” says Dr. Navarun Gupta, the chair of the organizing committee. “High school students from Connecticut and Massachusetts presented interesting posters about predicting gestational diabetes and a Robotic Project called Game Changers, among many others.”

The conference also hosted an ABET workshop, lightning talks, and three keynote speeches. The first keynote speaker was Dr. Sheryl Sorby, the President of ASEE and Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Cincinnatil. She gave a presentation called, “An Update from the ASEE Board of Directors and a Call for Action on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Curricular Change.” Dr. Roman Kuc, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Yale University spoke on “Quo Vadis (Latin: where are you going), Engineering Education?” Dr. Mark Reed from the Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering at Yale University gave his presentation on “Future Electronics: When Moore’s Law Drives off the Roadmap.”

The biggest takeaway from the conference? Engineering education is changing, and UB is proudly at the forefront of that change. “It was an impressive lineup of keynote speakers and a diverse participation from faculty and students,” says Dr. Gupta. “We received a lot of positive feedback about both organization and quality, and many of the faculty papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.”

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