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ONU to host 2012 ASEE Section Conference

Mar 7, 2012

Ohio Northern University’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering will host the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) North Central Section Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24.

The two-day event is dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members, and industry and government representatives.

A new component has been added to this year’s conference to help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) education at the K-12 level. Modeled after the highly successful K-12 workshop event that is held prior to each annual ASEE national conference, workshops for K-12 educators will be offered, and the conference venue will offer an opportunity for K-12 STEM educators to network, share best practices, interface with potential higher education and industry partners, and visit one of Ohio’s leading higher educational institutions that offers numerous STEM degree programs. K-12 STEM teachers are encouraged to attend and register at the reduced student rate.

Two workshops geared towards STEM education are scheduled. The first is “Industry and Higher Ed Partnerships with K-12 Education to Enhance STEM Education,” moderated by Meg Draeger, STEM programming coordinator at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio, and Dr. Andrew Shepherd, program manager for the Riverside Research Education and Training Directorate’s STEM efforts, which include electronic textbook development, internship partnerships, and STEM outreach. A second workshop will focus on “Using Advanced Technology and Innovative Partnerships to Educate the Next Generations of America’s Technical Workforce,” which will be conducted by Shepherd.

The conference will feature student and faculty papers and posters as well as additional workshops, including “Using the Engineering Equation Solver (EES) in Engineering Courses,” conducted by Jed Marquart, ONU professor of mechanical engineering,and “Improving First-Year Engineering Retention and Success,” moderated by Kenneth Reid, ONU director of first-year engineering, and Dan Budny, associate professor of civil engineering and academic director of the Freshman Engineering Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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, government and industry representatives, and K-12 educators 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.

Online registration and additional information is available at the conference website: www.onu.edu/node/37941

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