March 17-18, 2006

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has been posted - Abstracts are due February 10, 2006. Read the Call for Papers...

WPI hosted engineering educators from across the nation at the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education's New England Section Conference on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, at their Worcester campus.

This conference focused on Engineering Education and Practice for the Global Community and features several experts in the field. Topics included the role of government to encourage global economic development, global marketing strategies, educational programs adopted by practitioners and case studies of world community service projects developed at WPI. "Engineering departments in colleges and universities, with our industrial partners and government agencies, must all work together to prepare the next generations of engineers for the new global reality." said Carol Simpson, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President of WPI.

Mr. Ranch Kimball, the Secretary for Economic Affairs in Massachusetts, presented the keynote address [PPT 333KB] and discussed how government can encourage global economic developments.

Panel I focused on the theme - "The Global Eningeering Market". This panel was facilitated by Professor McRae Banks, WPI Management Department, and included:

Steve Mazak, Accelerance, Inc.
Al Barry, Central Industrial Supply, Inc.
Marie Planchard, Solid Works Coporation

Panel II focused on the theme - "Educational Initiatives Designed for the Global Community" This panel was facilitated by Professor John Wilkes, WPI Social Science and Policy Studies, and included:

Mary Leslie, CDM University,
John Grandin, URI International Engineering Program, and
Jeffery Russekkm ASCE Body of Knowledge Committee Member.

Panel III focused on the theme - "Projects for Engineering Students around the World". This panel was facilitated by Professor Holly Ault, WPI Mechanical Engineering, and inlcuded:

Leigh Duren - Mechanical Engineering major, class of 2006 WPI
Tara Barden - BSME, class of 2005 WPI
R. William Lapp Jr. - Technical Escalation Manager, Cisco Systems; BSCS, class of 2002 WPI

Student poster presentations were displayed throughout the first day on topics related to the conference theme as well as topics presented on the second day parallel sessions.

The banquet speaker was Ioannis N. Miaoulis, President and Director of the Boston Museum of Science. His talk was titled "K-12 Engineering Curriculum Intergration".

On Saturday, participants will break up into individual sessions on specific engineering topics, including mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology/community colleges, the BA in engineering, K-12 education issues relevant to engineering, seeking NSF Career Awards, Industrial and Automation in Manufacturing, Underrepresented Groups in Engineering, and innovations in engineering education.

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