Full Schedule

Pre Symposium Workshops

April 11, 2018

1:00pm

ABET Staff

Solana Beach

ANSAC Institutional Rep Day

Session Description
Come join us for the Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) Institutional Rep Day!

8:30am - 4:30pm

Gloria J Rogers

Advanced Program Assessment

Session Description
This workshop has been designed and updated to help you take a critical look at your current assessment processes and take them to the next level of quality. For the first time, attendees will be given a Planning Guide to evaluate and document their current processes and areas of needed improvement. Attendees will develop a personalized action plan based on what they have learned that can be implemented upon returning to their own programs. More info >

8:30am - 4:30pm

San Diego, CA

Fundamentals of Program Assessment

Session Description
This one-day workshop is for those who are new to program assessment. The interactive sessions focus on designing program educational objectives, making student outcomes measurable, creating rubrics, and analyzing assessment data. More >

9:00am - 5:00pm

Adjunct Accreditation Directors

San Diego, CA

Self-Study Development Workshop

Session Description
In this workshop, our adjunct accreditation directors will walk you through every step of preparing your program's Self-Study Report. This document is the foundation of your accreditation review, so make sure it is the best representation of your program's total learning experience. During the course you will:
  • Go through the Self-Study Questionnaire step-by-step, taking a thorough look at each of the ABET Accreditation Criteria
  • Work with a small group led by the Adjunct Accreditation Director or a senior commissioner from your specific accreditation commission (ASAC, CAC, EAC, ETAC)
  • Systematically go through every stage of developing a clear, concise, and targeted Self-Study Report
Participation in this accreditation workshop is limited to two persons per institution. The content will be ideal for programs beginning a Self-Study Report for the 2018-2019 review cycle. Cost: $595

I Love a Clean San Diego | Beach Cleanup

April 11, 2018

1:30pm - 4:00pm

ABET Staff

I Love a Clean San Diego and ABET Beach Walk & Cleanup

Session Description
Sustainability is the theme of the 2018 ABET Symposium. It is also an important issue for the city of San Diego. Through its Climate Action Plan, San Diego has ambitious plans to divert all solid waste from going into the landfill by 2040. Come join us on a nature walk and cleanup on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and support the local organization I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD), as we see first-hand how trash makes in way form the inland communities all the way to the water through the city’s vast watershed. Enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather and help us do our part keeping the ocean safe and clean for everyone. Register >

Tours- UCSD Contextual Robotics Institute

April 11, 2018

1:30pm - 4:00pm

UCSD Faculty and Students

University of California San Diego

UCSD Contextual Robotics Institute — Free with Registration

Session Description
Designing an autonomous car for the open road? Easy. Designing one to operate on a university campus crowded with multiple forms of vehicles and pedestrians crossing the street while glued to their smartphones? Not so much… Building a robot that monitors the wellbeing of home-bound seniors, provides needed prompts about medications, nutrition and personal care…all while respecting the dignity and independence of the patient. Is it possible? Visiting irreplaceable cultural heritage sites made inaccessible by war and natural disasters…in 3D, from your easy chair. Can it be done? Join Symposium attendees in a visit to the University of California, San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute, experience a trip into the near future and discuss the teaching and learning implications of the rapidly developing field of robotics engineering. Register for Tour >

Tours- UCSD Microgrid

April 11, 2018

1:30pm - 4:00pm

UCSD Faculty and Students

University of California San Diego

UCSD Microgrid — Free with Registration

Session Description
Providing instruction on sustainability topics is a natural step for any university. But “walking the talk” on campus drives the message home for students and faculty alike. Be part of this rolling clinic as Symposium participants visit the University of California, San Diego to listen as university executives, student leaders and others describe the successes, the practical challenges, and the “lessons learned” from creation and operation of the institution’s own micro power grid, energy efficiency initiatives, carbon neutrality efforts, zero waste programs and focused plans to minimize contributions to climate change. Register for Tour >

Plenary Sessions

April 12, 2018

8:30am - 9:30am

Rossana D’Antonio, Allison Jordan, Michael Milligan and Sam Shen

Grand AB

Sustainability: Building a Better World

Sustainability
Session Description
In our Opening Plenary, thought leaders from academia, government and industry will share their experience embedding sustainability in their work. From the classroom, to one of our country’s largest counties to the wineries in California, our panelists will share their insights on issues ranging from the impact of climate change in their industries to ways to make our lives more sustainable. During this session, moderated by NPR’s Aarti Shahani, we will discuss the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead not only for STEM educators and students but also for society as a whole.   

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Michael Lightner and Richard Miller

Grand AB

A Fireside Chat with Michael Lightner and Richard Miller

Session Description
A fireside chat is an informal conversation between a moderator and his/her guest. The term was first used to describe a series of 30 evening radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. Since then, the concept evolved into a two-way interactive discussion that keeps the audience actively engaged. Last year, Olin President Richard Miller spoke about his experience creating a forward-thinking and innovative engineering school from scratch, 20 years ago. Our participants had so many questions and were so inspired by what they heard that we knew we had to bring Miller back for more. So we invited ABET President Michael Lightner to guide this highly anticipated discussion that you cannot miss. We will be taking your questions prior and during the session via our Symposium App.

April 13, 2018

8:30 am -9:30 pm

Kristen Constant, Karen Horting, Gozie Nwabuebo and Yvette E. Pearson

Grand AB

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
In our Great Minds, Greater Impact plenary session, our panel of luminaries will take the stage to discuss how diversity & inclusion initiatives are shaping not only their own organizations but the entire STEM field. They will share some of the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way and how they see their field evolving in the next few years and decades. Aarti Shahani joins us again guiding this thought-provoking discussion and engaging the audience in a Q&A session.

Sessions

April 12, 2018

10:00am - 11:00am

Jenny Amos

Harbor H

Competency-base Assessment: Reassessing assessment methods to produce holistic engineers

Assessment
Session Description
Engineering curricula often separate the technical knowledge that engineers possess from the social implications that their knowledge engages. However, organizations like ABET and the National Academy of Engineers have begun to challenge this misconception through new outcomes and the socially-focused engineering grand challenges. In this session, we will share a competency-based assessment framework based which leverages the following principles: learning is derived from multiple sources, learning engages the whole person and contributes to that person’s development, and learning must occur in context because its significance relates in part to its’ impact on greater contexts. This framework also highlights experiences as unique meaning-making events that create diversity among learners. By reframing our assessments in engineering to focus on the development of holistic engineers, we can produce students who possess core technical capabilities that can be applied to disciplinary problems within societal contexts leading to impactful results.

10:00am - 11:00am

Justin Hess

Harbor G

Engineering Education and UN Sustainable Development Goals: Continuing the Conversation

Sustainability
Session Description
At the 2018 ABET Symposium, members of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Formal Engineering Education Committee led a workshop that provided a framework for starting to think about our roles as engineering educators in training future engineers to work toward the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The primary activity during that workshop was one that engaged participants in a disciplinary group-based exercise to develop a matrix, mapping various levels of their disciplines’ contributions to each of the SDGs, including those that have strong societal foci and are atypical for engineers to consider (e.g., those related to poverty, hunger, equity, etc.). This workshop will extend that conversation to engineering curricula. Specifically, participants will expand the matrices to include curriculum, namely core courses into which the UN SDGs may be integrated, and ultimately, map courses and specific learning objectives to ABET EAC student outcomes.

10:00am - 11:00am

Steve Yalisove

Harbor A

Exploiting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Team Based Learning Success

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
Large lectures are typically held in sloped amphitheater-style classrooms that greatly reduce the value of diversity in the room. Passive teaching is, by its very nature, only passively inclusive and there is little opportunity for teams to develop mutual respect for each other, the basis of equity. Active learning methods such as team-based learning alternatives to large lecture can exploit diversity, equity and inclusion in a scalable and less expensive approach as long as there is a sufficiently large flat classroom and the flexible furniture and technology available. This session will demonstrate an approach that has been implemented at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan to take advantage of the diversity in the classroom and teach leadership through mutual respect, helping the lowest achieving member on each team and ensuring that each student is included.

10:00am - 11:00am

Lori Troxel

Harbor C

Sustainability in Engineering: From first year to the last

Sustainability
Session Description
Different courses and pedagogical methods are used to teach sustainability. The National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering are used to expose students to the many challenges that engineers can play a part in solving. Design thinking is used as a framework for students to design challenges to problems. Students design solutions to real-world problems both on campus and in the city. Senior design projects include sustainability aspects also. This session will describe how sustainability is taught through these various methods.

10:00am-11:00am

John Steadman, Grant Crawford

Harbor B

Using the FE Exam for Effective Outcomes Assessment in all Engineering Disciplines

Assessment
Session Description
This session highlights best practices in outcomes assessment using the recently revised NCEES Subject Matter Reports to provide participants with information about the strengths and weaknesses of students in a program. The presentation will specifically focus on using the FE results as one tool in assessing the new ABET Student Outcomes and how to relate this to the results associated with the “a through k” outcomes. Participants can then practice using these exam results in a variety of outcomes assessment activities, with data from several engineering disciplines.

10:00am-11:00am

Doug Bowman and Winston Erevelles

Harbor I

We Are Interested in Seeking ABET Accreditation: Are We Ready?

Accreditation
Session Description
Considering ABET accreditation for the first time? You cannot miss this session. You will gain a firm understanding of the foundational processes and procedures of the ABET accreditation process, what is needed to prepare for the initial accreditation of a program and where to turn for further information. We will go over the entire process of ABET accreditation — from how to apply, to the purpose of the Self-Study Report and what to expect during the on-site visit. You will also understand what a due process response entails and when to expect the final decision.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Jon Daries

Harbor H

An Open-Source Web Application for Criteria 3 & 4

Assessment
Session Description
We have developed a web-based application for tracking Student Learning Outcomes (Criterion 3), the mapping of these outcomes to courses and assignments and the collection of data to be used as part of Criterion 4: Continuous Improvement. Additionally, the application allows for the uploading of syllabi, assignments and example student work. In this session, we will demonstrate the application and outline its uses. As the application is open-source, other institutions can use the application on their own campus (some assembly required).

11:15am - 12:15pm

Barbara Price and Steve Phillips

Harbor I

Building Online and Hybrid Degree Program – Models that work

Accreditation
Session Description
Nearly a generation of academic commentators have touted the growth of online programs as a means of enhancing learning productivity, lowering instructional costs and expanding student access. Yet a variety of real and perceived barriers have slowed the successful introduction of these programs — particularly in an all online format — to technical education. This session highlights the successful launch of a series of online undergraduate engineering programs at one institution, and it considers instructional features and methodologies used, faculty support requirements, forecasting student demand and the economic model that supports such ventures. A major element of the session will address ABET accreditation requirements and methods several different institutions employ to demonstrate learning outcomes.

11:15am -12:15pm

Susan Conry, Art Price

Harbor B

Demonstrating Compliance with Criterion 4

Accreditation
Session Description
Intended primarily for faculty and administrators of programs planning for an ABET accreditation review, the focus of this session will be on the evaluation of a program relative to Criterion 4, Continuous Improvement. Expectations of Program Evaluators (PEVs) for demonstrating compliance with various aspects of Criterion 4 will be discussed and demonstrated. You are encouraged to participate in the discussion and ask questions. You will learn how to demonstrate and document a continuous improvement process in order to satisfy Criterion 4 and how to present evidence of a good continuous improvement process effectively to PEVs.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Ellayne Ganzfried

Harbor A

Developing Communication Competence in a Diverse World: Tips and Tools

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
Communication is the essence of being human and, done effectively, it is key to obtaining desired outcomes in academic, business and personal relationships. Developing communicative competence involves understanding the various principles, forms and styles of communication and how to use them effectively. This session will give you the tools you need to bridge communication gaps and increase your competence as a communicator.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Rachel Brennan and David Riley

Harbor C

Mapping Sustainability in Project-Base Design Courses to ABET Student Outcomes

Sustainability
Session Description
This session will engage participants in a dynamic developmental discussion to examine how project-based design courses in sustainable engineering topics can be mapped to ABET Criterion 3: Student Outcomes. A collection of established sustainability teaching strategies across multiple engineering disciplines will be highlighted to provide insight into emerging patterns in practice. Through active learning exercises, participants will gain a shared perspective on the potential contributions of sustainability education to the achievement of ABET Student Outcomes. After attending this session, participants will be equipped to lead the development of a unique but elegant approach to aligning sustainability education with ABET at their respective institutions.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Byron Washom

Harbor G

The Journey to Carbon Neutral—Strategies and Lessons from UCSD

Sustainability
Session Description
Providing instruction on sustainability topics is a natural step for any university. But “walking the talk” on campus drives the message home for students and faculty alike. Byron Washom who served as Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego, will discuss the successes, the practical challenges and the “lessons learned” from creation and operation of the institution’s own micro power grid. You’ll learn more about their energy efficiency initiatives, carbon neutrality efforts, zero waste programs and focused plans to minimize contributions to climate change.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Truc Ngo

Harbor C

Alternative Approaches to Integrate Sustainability into Engineering Education

Sustainability
Session Description
This session focuses on both conventional and non-conventional approaches to integrate sustainability teaching into engineering curriculum at the University of San Diego. You will learn best practices along with challenges encountered throughout the implementation process. In addition, you will learn examples of sustainability problem-solving exercises, such as case studies and problem sets.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Gloria Rogers

Harbor H

Heart of the ABET Process is “Learning”

Assessment
Session Description
When you lose sight of student learning, the process is easily reduced to a checklist of things to comply with as opposed to an amazing opportunity to engage students and faculty in meaningful conversations designed to create a vibrant academic experience. This session will discuss the foundational principles of student learning and demonstrate how they should be reflected in the program processes. Participants will be able to explain the principles of student learning; they will be aware of the centrality of “learning” to the ABET process and they will be able to identify improvements to student involvement in the accreditation processes.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

April Cheung, Jim Aylor, Hamid Fonooni, Ann Kenimer

Harbor I

How to Prepare for Your ABET Site Visit

Accreditation
Session Description
A team of evaluators visits the program facility where they verify the information in the self-study report and conduct interviews with students, faculty members, administrators and advisory board members. A draft statement is then written based on the team’s experience on this visit. An onsite visit is one of the most important events throughout the accreditation cycle. The presenters have had many years of experience as accreditation commission editors, team chairs and program evaluators. This interactive session will discuss best practices in preparing for an onsite visit, logistics for the visit, the arrangement of the display materials area and how to prepare for the interviews. It is intended for those who are involved in preparing for or participating in an ABET accreditation commission visit during the 2018-19 or 2019-20 cycle. You will interact with presenters to explore current best practices in the ABET accreditation commissions.

1:30pm - 2:30 p.m.

Patsy Brackin

Harbor G

Introducing Freshmen to Professional Responsibilities Using Sustainability Case Studies

Sustainability
Session Description
Discussion of professional responsibilities is often considered only in the junior or senior years. Using case studies can help freshmen begin to consider professional responsibilities. This session describes methods for using sustainability case studies to introduce freshmen to social, environmental and economic considerations in engineering practice.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Ed Coyle and Julie Sonnenberg-Klein

Harbor A

Vertically Integrated Projects: Diverse, Multidisciplinary and Scalable Project Base Learning

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context and has been established at 22 institutions. During this session, you will learn about this model and aspects of the Georgia Tech implementation that contribute to diversity; compare/contrast VIP with other models; identify VIP institutions that could serve as mentor-sites, and identify specific ways in which VIP can be integrated into their respective curricula. Participants will leave with an understanding of the VIP model and an actionable plan.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

William Anderson and David Riley

Harbor C

IAC Sponsored Session: Sustainability: Perspectives from Industry & Academia

Sustainability
Session Description
Join us for an interactive panel as we hear the perspectives from two leaders in industry and academia on sustainability and the interdisciplinary trends in higher education. William (Bill) Anderson is a national Director of City & Regional Planning at AECOM, focused on comprehensive planning, urban economics, and implementation. Because of his experience and educational background, he’s keenly aware of the importance of integrating engineering, planning and design in a curriculum for all three professions. David Riley, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State, will share some of the sustainability teaching strategies he has used successfully across multiple engineering disciplines. Through this discussion, you will get insight into the emerging trends in both academia and industry and how they are shaping the engineers, planners and scientists of tomorrow.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

James Warnock

Harbor B

The Department Chair’s Survival Guide to Program Assessment

Accreditation
Session Description
Department chairs have a number of competing priorities for their time and attention such as allocation of (limited) resources, scheduling classes, faculty hires and annual evaluation, fundraising, and dealing with student concerns. It is hardly surprising that program assessment is often overlooked until a review is imminent at which point a sense of mild panic sets it. This session offers key principles and practical tips to help new or seasoned department chairs effectively and efficiently manage the assessment process. Topics covered in the session include documenting assessment processes, effectively engaging constituents in the review of program educational objectives, establishing sustainable timelines, and creating a culture that values assessment.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

April Cheung, Frank Young and Venny Fuentes

Harbor A

Fostering Respect for Diversity Using Curriculum, Goals and Personal Example

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
Current ABET Criteria require (either explicitly or implicitly) outcomes supporting respect for diversity. Even if these requirements were not there, the curriculum of ABET-accredited programs should instill a respect for diversity in all of their graduates. In this session, we will introduce methods that relate the importance of respect for diversity to professional competence and career advancement. We will also share examples of how the curriculum can include information and exercises that relate to respect for diversity both as a “soft skill” and as a contributor to quality engineering design. There will be some discussion about evaluating the effectiveness of such curriculum content.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Allen Parrish and Larry Jones

Harbor I

The Future of Cybersecurity Education: 2-Year and 4-Year Programs

Assessment
Session Description
Cybersecurity has a rapidly increasing presence, but as an evolving field, the consensus is still forming about the scope and content of the undergraduate cybersecurity and cybersecurity engineering curricula. Recent work on model undergraduate curricula along with ABET pilot B.S. program criteria is a solid start. Changes to existing CAC and EAC Criteria will be briefly reviewed. But a community needs to coalesce around these efforts for them to be successful – to provide feedback and a foundation for the future. Further, two-year programs offer new challenges and opportunities. ABET has started to build a community within these two-year colleges to support this effort, but there is much that must be done before this can happen. In this session, we will present recent work to advance cybersecurity education. We urge that potential volunteers attend this session to provide input and brainstorm the future.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Heather MacCleoud

Harbor G

Global Learning for Global Results

Sustainability
Session Description
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals highlight the interconnected nature of poverty, climate change and conflict. As programs prepare students to tackle the challenges associated with these goals, they need strategies and resources to support students in developing intercultural competence, global awareness and a sense of responsibility and agency to create change. This session will address best practices in providing effective learning opportunities to develop intercultural and global competencies of students; what students in STEM fields need to understand about how their actions impact both local and global communities; and how global learning opportunities can be effectively provided, assessed and communicated. The presenter will share examples of successful programs that have aligned high-impact cultural and global learning experiences with academic coursework, including curriculum integration, assessment and articulation of learning outcomes.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Scott Danielson, Donna Reese, John Orr and Bob Soule

Harbor H

Top 10 Tips for Writing Good Self-Study Reports

Accreditation
Session Description
A program’s self-study report (SSR) provides the accreditation team chair and evaluator their first impression of the program they are reviewing as well as critical information for the review. Thus, a clear and complete SSR helps ensure a successful review process. To provide a favorable picture of your program, information must be aligned with reader’s expectations and needs. Based on our experience as accreditation commission editors, team chairs and program evaluators, this session will address the self-study report from the visit team’s perspective. We will present best practices for writing an effective self-study report, including elements related to demonstrating compliance with Criterion 4. In addition, we will present a methodology for judging SSR completeness that programs can use before submission of the SSR.

April 13, 2018

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Ron Ulseth and Rebecca Bates

Harbor I

How the Innovation Award Winners Create “Shovel Ready” Graduates

Sustainability
Session Description
Winners of the 2017 ABET Innovation Award, Iron Range Engineering and Twin Cities Engineering are upper-division, project-based programs that draw students from community colleges. The programs value student autonomy and self-directed learning and emphasize leadership, entrepreneurship and inclusion, while meeting the standard ABET outcomes. Come to this session to consider questions that spark academic innovation and to learn about how the creators of these programs have built a culture that supports student learning and competence in technology, design and professionalism, creating “shovel ready” graduates who can dive into engineering projects on their first day of work.

10:00am - 11:00am

Mike Leonard, Patsy Brackin, Diane Rover and Jeffrey Keaton

Harbor B

Anticipating Transition: Engineering Criteria Revisions Coming in 2019 – 2020

Accreditation
Session Description
This session will introduce strategies for programs to use in transitioning to EAC's revised criteria in 2019-20 and beyond. We will review a fictitious sample self-study, Upper-State University, used in PEVC training. During this time, you will review the current performance indicators used at Upper-State and map those indicators which support the revised criteria (C3 and C5). You will also discuss any indicators to add to or delete from the Upper-State program assessment plan based on the criteria changes that take place in 2019-20. Finally, you will look at you own programs' assessment plans and make suggestions for changes in your programs. We encourage you to bring you programs' assessment plans with you to the workshop.

10:00am - 11:00am

Jeffery Fergus

Harbor I

The Development of Effective Program Educational Objectives

Accreditation
Session Description
To build a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable natural and built environment, the role of future engineers and scientists should evolve as policy leaders, environmental stewards and life-cycle planners. Engineering analysis and design will change profoundly when sustainability-driven scientific principles and concepts are integrated into the planning phase of a project. These changes will require renewed engineering curriculum, adapted continuing education programs for practitioners, experimental and project-based learning, and increased public awareness and expectations. This presentation will describe components of a university course on sustainability principles for engineers. A brief summary of the evolution of different sustainable rating tools will be presented. The presentation will also discuss components of class projects used in the undergraduate course to use different sustainability rating tools in evaluating real-world civil infrastructure projects.

10:00am - 11:00am

John Borton

Harbor H

Developing and Assessing Student Team Skills in an Online Classroom

Assessment
Session Description
Employers of STEM program graduates expect students to develop team process skills while completing an undergraduate degree. Managing and evaluating team projects is one of the greatest challenges for faculty members. Arguably, in an online classroom, this process is even more challenging. Instructors must facilitate the development of team process skills, evaluate those skills and concurrently address issues related to late or minimal student contributions to the project working within an asynchronous, digital environment. This workshop presents a course design and evaluation process that addresses all three of those items in an online learning environment.

10:00am - 11:00am

Malay Ghose Hajra

Harbor G

Incorporating Sustainability Principles and Rating Systems in University Courses and Curricula

Sustainability
Session Description
Sustainable Development is defined as any development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With noticeable global climate change, unprecedented amount of waste generation, increased demand on water, energy, and other natural resources; conservation and use of alternatives in infrastructure design and construction will become standard practice for future projects. All branches of engineering play a vital role in designing sustainable projects and in shaping and achieving the sustainability credentials for a project. Engineers, scientists, and researchers can extend their research, education and professional practices in the fields of highways, environment, transportation, renewable energy, coastal infrastructure including flooding and erosion, as well as earthquake prediction using innovative and sustainable design practices. To build a more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable natural and built environment, role of future engineers and scientists should evolve as policy leaders, environmental stewards, and life-cycle planners. Engineering analysis and design will change profoundly when sustainability driven scientific principles and concepts are integrated in the planning phase of a project. These changes will require renewed engineering curriculum, adapted continuing education programs for practitioners, experimental and project-based learning, and increased public awareness and expectations. This presentation will describe components of a university course on sustainability principles for engineers. Brief summary of the evolution of different sustainable rating tools will be presented. The presentation will also discuss components of class projects used in the undergraduate course to use different sustainability rating tools in evaluating real-world civil infrastructure projects.

10:00am - 11:00am

Panos Prevedouros

Harbor C

Sustainability Options, Courses and Track for BS in Civil Engineering

Sustainability
Session Description
Between 2010 and 2018 the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Hawaii has modernized its senior year curriculum to include a Technical Elective on Sustainability (TES, with seven course options) and a track focused on Sustainability and Innovation (S&I Track) which includes up to five sustainability-specific technical electives (TE). A recent introduction of ENVISION by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in one of the sustainability courses (CEE 444) resulted in 30 out of 36 students becoming certified as ENVISION sustainability professionals (ENV SP) prior to the completion of their BSCE.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Richard Olawoyin

Harbor H

Efficient Preparation Strategies for Online/Hybrid Programs

Assessment
Session Description
This session will provide an outline on how to properly structure the assessment process for online/hybrid programs. You will learn strategies on how to choose the most effective assessment and evaluation processes that ultimately help improve the quality of student learning. At the end of the session, you will be able to: Define a simplified process for assessing online/hybrid programs; apply systematic processes for evaluating students’ attainment of program outcomes and for closing the loop; and facilitate the team visits of online/hybrid programs by organizing all components necessary for a successful visit.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Zane Mitchell

Harbor C

The M.A.G.I.C. Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach Towards a Sustainable Inclusive Community

Sustainability
Session Description
The University of Southern Indiana, Dr. Bill Thomas (a nationally-renowned expert on aging,) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) have embarked on a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging in the community.  The MAGIC Project will create a Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community (MAGIC) housing model for both students and older adults.  Academic areas involved in this project will include students and faculty from engineering, nursing and other health professions, art, sociology, early childhood education, and many others.  The project will consist of designing and building a prototype dwelling modeled after Dr. Thomas’ Minka sustainable homes (300-700 s.f.)   Specific goals for engineering students engaged in the project will be to improve upon the energy efficiency and sustainable construction of previous dwellings built by Dr. Thomas while working with faculty and students from other disciplines to ensure that what is designed and built meets the needs of the community.  Engineering students will also be developing streamlined manufacturing processes for future homes to eliminate waste and decrease the cost of fabrication.  The ultimate goal is to develop a community centered around a “pod” of MAGIC homes on or very near the USI campus which would house not only students but also older adults.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Nayef Abu-Ageel

Harbor G

Promoting Enviroment Justice Through Collective Community Action

Sustainability
Session Description
In this session, we describe a funded program that enables college and pre-college students to collect environmental data such as temperature and concentration of carbon dioxide in their local communities. To provide community empowerment, the collected data is posted on an interactive website that allows journalists, policymakers and people to compare environmental data for a wide range of communities. Ten college and pre-college educational institutions in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia were invited to participate in the initial phase of this project. Presenters will share their experiences in designing and implementing a program that enabled college and pre-college students to improve their understanding of the impact of engineering solutions on the environment and society.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Torey Nalbone

Harbor I

Proposed Revisions to Applied and Natural Science Program Criteria

Accreditation
Session Description
As ABET advances into new areas with accredited programs in biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry and geology, ANSAC has devised protocols for handling requests from programs applying for accreditation in discipline areas that do not yet have program-specific criteria. This session will explain ANSAC processes and review recently approved changes to ANSAC Criteria. We will ask you for feedback and insights. As a result of this session, we may consider suggested modifications and changes for incorporation into the current plans for additional applied and natural sciences criteria development.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Gretal Leibnitz

Harbor A

Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) Project

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
We will showcase an innovative faculty-centric approach to leading department culture change to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the Women in Engineering ProActive Network’s Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity (TECAID) project to pilot and scale professional development and resources to build inclusive academic engineering environments. In this session, you will be led through the "TECAID Model: Leading Engineering Department Culture Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” using their own examples. We will share TECAID resources (e.g., TECAID website, Case Studies, Learning Modules) to support participant “next-steps” for department culture to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Thomas Hall and Scott Dunning

Harbor B

Successful Transition to the Planned Changes to ETAC Criteria 3 & 5

Accreditation
Session Description
Multiple ABET Commissions are modifying their Criteria 3 and 5 in significant ways, with some commission changes in effect in fall 2018 and others expected to be effective in fall 2019. Thus programs planning for evaluation in the next two years are either finishing their self-study report (SSR) or will begin work on their SSR in the coming year. During this session, we will focus on providing insight to possible adaptations in continuous improvement processes related to upcoming criteria changes and how such adaptations might simplify program ABET preparations in the coming months. We will present specific examples and you will discuss how to allow multiple viewpoints to be heard, as often there is no one “right” answer. While we have deep expertise in ETAC evaluations, we believe the content will be helpful to programs being evaluated by any commission changing its Criteria 3 and 5.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Monica Gray

Harbor A

Broadening Participation in Engineering at Minority-Serving Institutions: An HBCU Case Study

Diversity and Inclusion
Session Description
African Americans are underrepresented in both the engineering workforce and in study abroad programs. In 2014, Lincoln University, the nation's first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), started its Engineering Science Program and made a deliberate decision to infuse study and research abroad in the curriculum as a retention and competency-building strategy. This presentation describes the journey, challenges, successes as well as the resulting impacts on the minority participants.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Kristin Imhoff

Harbor B

Charting New Waters: ABET’s Student Outcomes

Assessment
Session Description
A large private institution on the east coast is working to effectively manage the transition process between sets of student outcomes. With programmatic and course assessment rooted in the Engineering Accreditation Commission's student outcomes, there is unease setting in surrounding the proposed changes to these student outcomes. Even with mappings provided by EAC and ASEE linking the existing a-k to the proposed 1-7, questions remain on how programs should best manage the "new" outcomes. This session will highlight the college's facilitation of the transition between student outcomes with an emphasis on utilizing and expanding current assessment practices within programs. In addition, we will explore the questions raised internally and provide the answers and proposed actions to mitigate changes and maximize sustainable assessment practices.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Arka Pandit

Harbor C

Sustainability at the Core: Addressing the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century

Sustainability
Session Description
As we are progressing in the 21st century, we are faced with a multitude of problems: changing the climate, increasing population and resource constraints, to name few. If we are to address these challenges, the need to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of decision making has grown from a preferred alternative to an imperative. Consequentially interest in sustainability has abounded in recent years, be it in research or in education. However, the incorporation of sustainability has remained fragmented, particularly in STEM education. In most cases, the application has been limited to offering sustainability themed courses. Typically, these courses are offered as technical alternatives, not as a core requirement of the curriculum. While it is not always possible to include courses on sustainability as part of the core curriculum, there are options to include sustainability as part of the core courses that are being offered currently. This session will focus on ways to implement sustainability in every core STEM courses that will equip the students with relevant tools to incorporate sustainability into their decision making.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Kamilla Trubicki and Michael Rabl

Harbor G

Sustainability in University-Industry Cooperation

Accreditation
Session Description
Today’s world is moving incredibly fast, and this requires higher education institutions to keep their offerings up to date. Many institutions are adapting by including practice-related aspects such as co-ops in their curricula. However, providing practice-oriented education requires not only effective but also efficient (and thus sustainable) university-industry cooperation. We will use our own institution as an example to present ways of cooperating with industry on different levels – from basic contacts to strategic partnerships in research and teaching. We will share experience and best practices for sustainable and effective university-industry cooperation that ensure hands-on education for engineering students.

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Humberto Gomez

Harbor H

Using ABET Accreditation as a Catalyst to Create Globally-Focused Engineering Programs

Sustainability
Session Description
Since 2012, Universidad Del Norte has used ABET accreditation criteria to spearhead multiple initiatives toward international collaboration, going beyond student mobility. In this session, the presenter will share his experience using ABET accreditation criteria as the catalyst for building globally-focused engineering programs at a large private university in Latin America. Using ongoing international collaboration initiatives in partnership with other universities in the United States, the presenter will highlight the impact of quality education efforts to promote international collaboration between engineering programs, allowing students in different countries to work together tackling the world’s grand challenges with innovative and sustainable solutions.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TBD

Harbor AQ

ANSAC Town Hall

Session Description
Applied and Natural Sciences Accreditation Commission town hall

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TBD

Harbor I

CAC Town Hall

Session Description
Computing Accreditation Commission town hall

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TBD

Harbor B

EAC Town Hall

Session Description
Engineering Accreditation Commission town hall

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TBD

Harbor G

ETAC Town Hall

Session Description
Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission town hall

Discussion Dens

April 12, 2018

11:15am - 12:15pm

Joe Sussman, Jane Emmet, Anna Karapetyan, Sherri Hersh

Discussion Den

Ask Me Anything #AMA – International Accreditation

Discussion Den
Session Description
These are organic conversations that over the last few years have gained popularity at our Symposium. There is no agenda, powerpoint or podium. Not even a room. We have incorporated the Ask Me Anything #AMA format to these sessions, making them even more spontaneous and engaging. This means that you can bring your questions about International accreditation, and Joe Sussman, our chief accreditation officer, and ABET headquarters staff will answer them. 

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Winston Erevelles, Charles Hickman and Frank Hart

Discussion Den

Ask Me Anything #AMA – Why Become a PEV?

Discussion Den
Session Description
These are organic conversations that over the last few years have gained popularity at our Symposium. There is no agenda, powerpoint or podium. Not even a room. We have incorporated the Ask Me Anything #AMA format to these sessions, making them even more spontaneous and engaging. This means that you can bring your questions about becoming a program evaluator, and our ABET Experts will come up with the answers.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Joe Sussman, Jane Emmet

Discussion Den

Ask Me Anything #AMA – Accreditation

Discussion Den
Session Description
These are organic conversations that over the last few years have gained popularity at our Symposium. There is no agenda, powerpoint or podium. Not even a room. We have incorporated the Ask Me Anything #AMA format to these sessions, making them even more spontaneous and engaging. This means that you can bring your questions about accreditation, and Joe Sussman, our chief accreditation officer, and Jane Emmet, the director of accreditation will come up with the answers.

April 13, 2018

10:00am - 11:00am

Joe Sussman, Jane Emmet

Ask Me Anything #AMA – Accreditation

Discussion Den
Session Description
These are organic conversations that over the last few years have gained popularity at our Symposium. There is no agenda, powerpoint or podium. Not even a room. We have incorporated the Ask Me Anything #AMA format to these sessions, making them even more spontaneous and engaging. This means that you can bring your questions about accreditation, and Joe Sussman, our chief accreditation officer, and Jane Emmet, the director of accreditation will come up with the answers.

11:15am - 12:15pm

Gloria Rogers and James Warnock

Ask Me Anything #AMA – Assessment

Discussion Den
Session Description
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. ABET experts and staff will answer any and all questions regarding program assessment.

Post Symposium Workshops

April 14, 2018

8:30am - 4:30pm

2017 Symposium Schedule

San Diego, CA

Advanced Program Assessment

Session Description
This workshop has been designed and updated to help you take a critical look at your current assessment processes and take them to the next level of quality. For the first time, attendees will be given a Planning Guide to evaluate and document their current processes and areas of needed improvement. Attendees will develop a personalized action plan based on what they have learned that can be implemented upon returning to their own programs. More info >

8:30am - 4:30pm

2017 Symposium Schedule

San Diego, CA

Fundamentals of Program Assessment

Session Description
This one-day workshop is for those who are new to program assessment. The interactive sessions focus on designing program educational objectives, making student outcomes measurable, creating rubrics and analyzing assessment data. More >