Worcester Polytechnic Institute Hosts 2006 American Society for Engineering Education New England Section Conference

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Hosts 2006 American Society for Engineering Education New England Section Conference

WORCESTER, Mass., March 8, 2006 -- Engineering educators from across the nation will gather on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on March 17 and 18 for the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) New England Section Conference. This year's conference will focus on the theme of "Engineering Education and Practice for the Global Community," and it will be highlighted by a keynote talk from Ranch C. Kimball, secretary of Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a banquet presentation from Ioannis (Yannis) N. Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston.

The conference will also include three panel discussions with numerous experts in the field, the presentation of original research and development papers, and sessions on current issues and topics in engineering education. Exhibits featuring the latest engineering technologies will be on display throughout the first day of the conference.

Two awards programs will recognize students and faculty. A student poster competition will recognize exceptional academic project work related to the conference theme. The posters will be displayed throughout the first day, and the students will present their projects to a panel of judges before award winners are announced in the evening. The ASEE New England Section will also announce the winner of its annual Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in classroom instruction and project advising of engineering, engineering technology, or engineering science.

The conference will officially kick off with lunchtime welcomes from WPI President Dennis D. Berkey, and Provost and Senior Vice President Carol Simpson. The keynote address by Ranch Kimball will pick up on the conference's global theme and discuss how government can encourage global economic developments.

"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," says Simpson.

After the keynote address, the first panel will discuss marketing strategies developed by different companies to succeed in the global community. A second panel will highlight how engineering companies have developed educational and training programs to prepare engineers for a global workplace. WPI faculty and administrators will participate in the third panel presentation to outline WPI's award-winning global educational program. At the conference banquet, the Museum of Science's Miaoulis will speak about K-12 engineering curriculum integration.

On Saturday, participants will break up into individual sessions on specific engineering topics relating to the conference theme. These topics include mechanical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology/community colleges, the B.A. degree option in engineering, K-12 education issues relevant to engineering, seeking National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, industrial and automation in manufacturing, underrepresented groups in engineering, and innovations in engineering education.

To register, and for more information about the conference, visit the event's Web site.

About the American Society for Engineering Education

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.

ASEE's more than 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.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI was one of the nation's first engineering and technological universities. Its 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI's world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, and nanotechnology. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference in communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspectives Program, at more than 20 project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.