The 2018

ABET Symposium

April 12-13

San Diego, CA

Grand Hyatt Hotel

1 Market Pl San Diego, CA 92101

2017 ABET Symposium

Citizen Tech: Technical Programs Reshaping Society

The Symposium is our flagship event for accreditation, assessment and the global exchange of best practices in STEM education. Build your network. Learn new strategies. And share ideas with like-minded individuals from all over the world. Our premier event brings together passionate faculty from Los Angeles to Lisbon and all the way to Ho Chi Minh City to discuss all things ABET.
For the first time in history, the number of people living in cities has surpassed the number of those living in rural areas. Lured by career prospects and opportunities for advancement, young professionals are flocking to cities across the planet. But if many cities are experiencing a renaissance and leveraging on this influx of talent and entrepreneurship, this comes with a cost and a new challenge: ensuring that they can provide appropriate living conditions for the overall population. And this means that the students in classrooms today will be those coming up with technologies and solutions to make life in cities safer, more sustainable and more comfortable. More >


Sessions at the Symposium fall into four focus areas. Use these overarching themes to budget your time and hone in on the topics that are most important to you.

Plenary Sessions

Invited panelists whose backgrounds include research, urban development, technology and higher education will discuss topics exploring Citizen Tech: Technical Programs Reshaping Society. These panels are moderated by NPR’s Joe Palca, one of the world’s top voices in science and technology journalism.

Pre Symposium Workshops

Arrive early and get a head start with Self-Study Report Development Workshops, Program Assessment Workshops, or by participating in our Institutional Representatives Day.

Post Symposium Workshops

Round out your trip to Baltimore with a Program Assessment Workshop.

Discussion Dens

Inspired by the “Fishbowl” conversation model and intended to foster group participation, our Discussion Dens are much more intimate and dynamic discussions than your standard presentation – no slides, no handouts, just a very compelling story to share.

2017 Symposium Speakers and Presenters

Plenary Speakers

Invited Presenters

Invited Presenters

Renetta Garrison Tull

Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she is the Co-PI and Founding Director for the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) for the 12 institutions in the University System of Maryland, and Co-PI Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at UMBC. Dr. Tull has worked with thousands of students from Alaska to Puerto Rico, and in Latin America through graduate school preparation workshops that have been sponsored by AGEP, The National GEM Consortium, National Society of Black Engineers, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicano, and Native American Scientists, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Alliance/Merck Ciencia Hispanic Scholars Program. She has presented workshops on graduate school admissions, “The Success Equation,” STEM initiatives, and PhD Completion in Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and schools across the United States. Tull is on the board of advisors for the PNW-COSMOS Alliance to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students who complete STEM graduate programs, and is a speaker on “GRADLab” tour with the National GEM Consortium. She is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer” and an ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity winner.
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Daina Briedis

Daina Briedis, an Adjunct Director at ABET, is a both a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Program Assessment in the College of Engineering. Dr. Briedis has been involved in several areas of discipline-based education research (DBER) including student retention, curriculum redesign, and the use of technology in the classroom. Daina helps facilitate student success through evidence-based improvement processes both at the college and the program level. She has been a co-PI on two NSF grants in the areas of integration of computation in engineering curricula and in developing comprehensive strategies to retain early engineering students. She is active nationally and internationally in engineering accreditation and program assessment and is a Fellow of ABET, the AIChE, and ASEE. Over the past 26 years, Daina has served ABET as a program evaluator for AIChE, a team chair and member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), the first chair of the EAC Training and Materials Development Committee, and an Executive Committee member of the EAC. She was a program evaluator on one of the very first “EC2000” visits and subsequently chaired several new criteria visits. Briedis has been an AIChE Representative Director on the ABET Board of Directors and has been involved in the design teams for the new program evaluator and train-the-trainers training materials. She is a lead facilitator for the program evaluator training sessions. She also consults in the area of assessment and evaluation. She was elected a Fellow of ABET in 2007 and a Fellow of the AIChE in 2011, and she is an ABET Senior IDEAL Scholar.
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2018 Location

San Diego, CA

San Diego is located in sunny, Southern California. While you're not at the Symposium, make sure to explore the city where you can:

Self-Study Reports

Throughout the ABET Symposium you get access to Self-Study Reports that have been chosen by ABET evaluators from the 2016-2017 program reviews.
We select Self-Studies that:
  • Follow the Self-Study Questionnaire Guidelines
  • Address each criterion
  • Avoid extraneous information
  • Effectively use graphs, tables, and charts
  • Leverage appendices
The chosen Self-Study Reports are not necessarily examples of programs that are in full compliance with ABET Criteria. They are meant to be examples of well-crafted Self-Study Report documents.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 21, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The 2017 List of Self-Study Reports >
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