Workshops (see conference summary program for time and location)

Title Date & Time Organizer Description Fees
Undergraduate Research Workshop  April 29, 2016 afternoon Dr. Stephen Mecca The workshop will feature a panel of speakers and facilitators addressing both models of established undergraduate research programs and issues facing faculty members seeking to get an undergraduate research program underway.  Attendees will participate in small problem solving teams to address significant questions from sustaining or growing established programs to starting one from scratch.  If you are struggling with issues such as supporting an undergraduate research program, credit versus non-credit experiences, expectations, the impact of such programs on your students, workload considerations, time commitments, institutional and external support, this is a must attend program. None
 ABET Workshop April 29, 2016 afternoon Dr. Richard J. Vaccaro Current and Future Issues in Satisfying ABET Accreditation Criteria 


Invited Presentation:Preparing for the Future: Update on Proposed Revisions to ABET Engineering Criteria

Speaker:Dr. John A. Orr, Vice Chair of the ABET Engineering Accreditation CommissionProfessor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringWorcester Polytechnic Institute

Speaker Bio:

John A. Orr is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He served as Provost of WPI from 2007 through 2010 and prior to this he held the positions of Dean of Undergraduate Studies and head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  Dr. Orr received the BS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.  He began his career at Bell Laboratories and joined WPI in 1977.  Dr. Orr’s research interests span several aspects of communications and digital signal processing, including applications to the smart grid and power quality.  His other professional interests are in the areas of engineering education and sustainability.  Dr. Orr is Vice Chair of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission and an ABET-EAC team chair.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Society for Engineering Education, and past president of IEEE-HKN, the electrical and computer engineering academic honor society and of ECEDHA, the ECE Department Heads’ Association.

The ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission has proposed changes to Criteria 3 (Student Outcomes) and 5 (Curriculum).  These proposals represent the most significant changes to the criteria since the adoption of EC2000.  This presentation will review the history, rationale, timetable, and scope of the proposed changes.  A discussion period will include consideration of the impact on a program’s preparation for an ABET visit under the new criteria.

Contributed Presentations:

Presentationsdealing with a macroscopic process for satisfying ABET Criterion 4, Continuous Improvement, as well as an in-depth look at assessing a single outcome.

Recruitment, Retention & Diversity April 29, 2016 afternoon  Mr. Charles Watson  The panel will discuss several initiatives to improve diversity, recruitment, retention and inclusion in engineering and STEM. Although we strive to attract students from historically under-represented groups, namely African American, Hispanic American, and Native American; our programs are open to all. The question is what is the key to a successful graduation of under-represented minority students? It is because of this question that colleges and universities across the country have adopted minority engineering program initiatives to advance engineering, STEM learning, discovery and engagement through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become scholars. The workshop will feature a panel of speakers addressing the focal point within their colleges for diversity, and for working with underrepresented student groups at various levels. In addition, how they are actively involved in recruitment activities with high schools and middle schools throughout the Northeast while actively engaged in attracting, retaining and graduating the very best African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Women from across the United States and internationally. None
Fundamentals of Effective Teaching April 29, 2016 afternoon Dr. Grant Crawford, Ph.D., P.E.Dr. Mary Phillips, Ph.D. This three-hour, interactive workshop focuses on the fundamentals of effective teaching and is geared towards new faculty members or those wishing to review the foundations of their craft. It features seminars on how students learn and the characteristics of the effective teacher. The seminars are grounded on Richard Felder’s theory of learning styles and Joseph Lowman’s model of effective teaching. The workshop concludes with an overview of proven strategies, techniques, and resources that participants can use to increase their classroom effectiveness.Teaching Workshop flyer $40
International Engineering Education April 29, 2016 afternoon Dr. Sigrid Berka Internationalizing Engineering Education: Best PracticesThe University of Rhode Island International Engineering Program is a five-year curriculum leading simultaneously to degrees in an engineering field (BS) and a foreign language (BA), which includes both a semester of study and a six-month professional internship abroad. The IEP also offers opportunities for joint global research through its dual degree masters programs. The mission of the URI International Engineering Program is to produce bilingual, cross-culturally competent engineers for successful careers in the global workplace. The workshop will address the rationale for integrating a study with an internship component in this program, successful cooperation across the disciplines between engineering and the languages, key strategies in sourcing internships in Asia, Europe and Latin America, best practices in sustaining corporate relationships, as well as strategies of securing outside funding from corporations, private donors and foundations.Speakers:

  • Sigrid Berka, Executive Director International Engineering Program: “Rationale for a five-year dual degree international engineering program”

o   5th year German IEP student: “Impact of the year abroad in Germany on my life and career path”

  • Silke Scholz, Director Spanish IEP: “Leveraging local corporate partners for internships abroad”

o   5th yr Spanish IEP student: Impact of the year abroad in Spain/Mexico on my life and career path

o   Steven Wojciechowski, IEP alum `93 currently working at Hexagon Intelligent Automation, Quonset, RI: “Benefits for Industry”

  • Michelangelo LaLuna, Director Italian IEP: “Launching the Italian IEP – Developing university agreements, corporate network, and scholarship funds for the IIEP.
Simulation Workshop featuring Abaqus® FEA and Topology Optimization April 29, 2016 afternoon Dick Rotelli and Dimitri Soteropoulos of Dassault Systemes SIMULIA Learn how computer-based Engineering Simulation is driving innovation, and why Simulation is a key technology for today’s engineering students to know.  This workshop will include: 1.      An overview of modern simulation technology, including Finite Element Analysis (FEA), with many industry examples of the value it provides in today’s design process. 2.      An introduction to the simulation software products from Dassault Systemes SIMULIA that are available to Academia for education and research. 3.      A hands-on workshop, using the Abaqus® FEA software, taking a SolidWorks® CAD part though structural analysis and then topology optimization to yield a non-intuitive re-design.  Attendees will be able to setup, solve, and view results all within the given time frame. Note: Part 3 above is limited to 35 participants.ASEE-Flyer-3 None
Matlab WorkshopsPart 1: MATLAB for Life Scientists and EngineersPart 2: Deep Learning for Image Processing & Computer Vision April 29, 2016
Adam Barber & Johanna Pingel Part 1: MATLAB for Life Scientists and Engineers1:00 – 2:00pmMATLAB provides a flexible environment for teaching and research in a wide range of life science applications, including signal processing and image processing, math and optimization, statistics and data analysis and computational biology.  We will provide an overview of MATLAB as a flexible and powerful tool for data analysis and visualization.Highlights include:

  •  Access data from many sources (files, other software, hardware, etc.)
  •  Use interactive tools for iterative exploration, design, and problem solving
  •  Automate and capture your work in easy-to-write scripts and programs
  •  Share your results with others by automatically creating reports
  •  Build and deploy GUI-based applications


Part 2: Deep Learning for Image Processing & Computer Vision


Deep learning is a machine learning technique that can learn useful representations or features directly from data, images, text and sound. Deep learning models can achieve state-of-the-art accuracy, sometimes exceeding human-level performance in object classification. In this session, we will discuss typical object detection and object recognition workflows using MATLAB & deep learning techniques.

Highlights include:

  •  Accessing and managing large sets of images
  •  Leveraging the use of pre-trained networks for feature extraction
  •  Using standard computer vision techniques to augment the use of deep learning
  • Speeding up the training process using GPUs and Parallel Computing Toolbox
COMSOL Introduction to Multiphysics Modeling April 29, 2016 1:15pm-4:15pm Mian Qin COMSOL, Inc On April 29th, COMSOL will give a free multiphysics modeling workshop that will offer an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with modeling and simulating with COMSOL Multiphysics®. 

Who should attend? Anyone interested in simulating and optimizing engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, fluid flows, etc. Applications of the software are found in virtually every area of science and engineering.

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