The 2019

ABET Symposium

April 11-12

Dallas, Texas

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S. Lamar Street Dallas, Texas 75202

2018 ABET Symposium

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 San Diego to Sharjah to Santiago to discuss all things ABET.


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.

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.

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.

Tours- UCSD Microgrid

UCSD has put much time and thought into what keeps the lights on. On this tour, we will take an in-depth look at the campus’s principles of sustainability, and how projects like the microgrid will help them achieve their goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.

Tours- UCSD Contextual Robotics Institute

Designing an autonomous car for the open road?  Easy.  Designing one to operate on campus crowded with multiple forms of vehicles and pedestrians crossing the street while glued to their smartphones?  Not so much…

Join Symposium attendees in a visit to the UCSD Contextual Robotics Institute, experience a trip into the near future of robotics engineering.

Space is limited.  

ABET in conjunction with I Love a Clean San Diego, will be coordinating a Community Cleanup on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at a local beach near our host hotel, the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Post Symposium Workshops

Round out your trip to San Diego with a Program Assessment Workshop.

2018 Symposium Speakers and Presenters

Plenary Speakers

Invited Presenters

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

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 2017-2018 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 11, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 12, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 13, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 14, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The 2018 List of Self-Study Reports >
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