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Speakers from Google, Stanford University, and Other Innovative Organizations Convene to Analyze and Discuss Innovation in Education

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Registration for the ABET Annual Conference can be found on the conference registration website, http://www.abet.org/annual.shtml.

ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, has announced its conference schedule, which features keynote speakers from Google and Stanford University. The 2011 ABET Annual Conference will be held October 27-28, in Baltimore, and will offer panels, presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking opportunities around the theme of “Innovation in Technical Education.” The two-day conference will be organized into four tracks, focusing discussion on innovation in curriculum, student engagement, workforce development, and accreditation.

Google Vice President, Dr. Vint Cerf, who is widely recognized as one of the two co-fathers of the Internet, will open the conference as the featured speaker on Thursday morning, October 27. Dr. James Plummer, Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University, will provide keynote remarks on Friday morning, October 28.

The scheduled conference panelists and presenters include representatives from professional societies, industry, government, and more than 18 academic institutions. Registration for the ABET Annual Conference can be found on the conference registration website.

Conference Schedule:

Thursday October 7:

Keynote Speech by Vint Cerf, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google: "The Value of Innovation and Its Role in Higher Education"

Innovation in Curriculum: Plenary Panel Sessions

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Curriculum Design”

  •     Wendy Newstetter, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  •     Nina Polok, Ph.D., MBA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  •     Cecelia Wigal, Ph.D., P.E., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

“Study Abroad Programs”

  •     Sigrid Berka, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
  •     Lester A. Gerhardt, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  •     Richard F. Vaz, Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“Incorporating Consideration of Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal Contexts”

  •     Renata S. Engel, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  •     Eckhard Groll, Ph.D., Purdue University
  •     Robert Warrington, Ph.D., Michigan Tech

Innovation in Student Engagement: Concurrent Sessions (offered twice)

“Effectively Partnering with Community Colleges to Expand Pathways to Education”

  •     Richard Cerkovnik, Ph.D, Anne Arundel Community College
  •     Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E., Texas A&M University
  •     Cecelia Wigal, Ph.D., P.E., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

“Online Delivery”

  •     Harvey Gullicks, Ph.D., P.E., University of North Dakota
  •     Terry M. Spear, Ph.D., Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  •     Sue Talley, Ed.D., Capella University

“Project-Based Learning (e.g. Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, Operating)”

  •     John A. Orr, Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  •     Jessica Townsend, Ph.D., Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  •     Robert J. Niewoehner, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy

“Pathways to Engaging Underrepresented Populations”

  •     Kamal Bichara, Ph.D., Kent State University Tuscarawas/Project Lead the Way
  •     Raluca Cocianga, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
  •     C. Diane Matt, CAE, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)

Friday October 28:

Keynote Speech by James Plummer, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Engineering, Stanford University: "Educating Engineers for 21st Century Careers"

Innovation in Workforce Development: Plenary Panel Session

  •     Truman T. Bell, ExxonMobil Corporation
  •     Dianne Chong, The Boeing Company
  •     Robert E. Slockbower, Army Corps of Engineers
  •     Darryl A. Stokes, Constellation Energy
  •     Mark Wallace, UPS International

Innovation in Accreditation: Concurrent Brainstorming Sessions
How ABET Can Better Foster Innovation in…

  •     Curriculum Design
  •     Student Engagement
  •     Workforce Development

ABET Town Hall Discussion

  •     ABET President Phillip E. Borrowman, P.E., S.E.
  •     ABET President-Elect Larry A. Kaye, Ph.D., P.E.
  •     ABET Past President David K. Holger, Ph.D.
  •     Incoming ABET President-Elect Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E.
  •     ABET Executive Director Michael K.J. Milligan, Ph.D., P.E.

About ABET
ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 31 professional and technical societies representing these fields. ABET currently accredits over 3,100 programs at more than 650 colleges and universities in 23 countries worldwide. ABET also provides leadership internationally through workshops, consultancies, memoranda of understanding, and mutual recognition agreements, such as the Washington Accord. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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