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Plenary Speakers

Aarti Shahani (Moderator)

Closing Plenary
Aarti Shahani is a Tech Reporter on NPR's Business Desk. Based in Silicon Valley, it's her job to cover the biggest companies on earth. In her reporting, she works to pinpoint how economies and human relationships are being radically redefined by the tech sector.
Shahani has an unconventional path. Journalism is her second career. Before it, she was a community organizer in her native New York City, helping prisoners and families being deported from the U.S. She loves learning from brilliant, intense people — be they the engineers who are building self-driving cars, or the jailhouse lawyers filing laser-sharp habeas petitions.
Shahani received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, with generous support from the University and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago. Her reporting has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors

Michael Milligan

Closing Plenary
Michael K. J. Milligan is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
Under his leadership, the organization has increased its geographical reach and diversity, now representing 35 member societies and accredited programs in 29 countries. Prior to joining ABET in 2009, Milligan held various leadership positions in the government and in academia. He also served 24 years as a career U.S. Air Force officer.
Milligan has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a B.S. from Michigan State University – all in electrical engineering. He also earned an M.B.A. from Western New England College, Springfield, MA, is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Colorado and Maryland and a Certified Association Executive (CAE).

Sam Shen

Closing Plenary
Dr. Sam Shen is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Co-Director of the Center for Climate and Sustainability Studies at San Diego State University. He is also a Visiting Research Mathematician at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.
Before moving to San Diego in 2006, Dr. Shen was McCalla Professor of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, and former President of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society. He held a variety of visiting positions at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, U.S. Climate Prediction Center, and the University of Tokyo.
His main research and teaching interests are in mathematical applications to global climate changes from perspectives of big data analysis and visualization. He is an author of three books, more than 100 journal papers, numerous governmental project reports, and a U.S. patent. He frequently speaks in media and at public events delivering climate data to classrooms and promotes climate change opportunities for technology development and job creation.
Dr. Shen holds a B.Sc. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yvette E. Pearson

Closing Plenary
Dr. Yvette E. Pearson is Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she is recognized for more than two decades of contributions to engineering education and research. She has provided leadership in acquiring and administering millions in funding, most of which has been for projects to improve recruitment, learning, retention, and graduation of STEM majors. One of her key focus areas is broadening the participation of students from underrepresented groups – minorities, females, and persons with disabilities – in STEM education and careers.
Dr. Pearson chairs ASCE’s Formal Engineering Education Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Society’s Committee on Sustainability. She also serves as Vice Chair of ASCE’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and was part of the team that successfully drafted what is now Canon 8 of ASCE’s Code of Ethics, which is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. On behalf of the Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), she was appointed to co-lead the development of the First Annual Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) conference, which will be held in Spring 2018. Until recently, she was also a delegate to ASEE’s Diversity Committee.

Rossana D’Antonio

Closing Plenary
Rossana D’Antonio serves as deputy director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. She provides executive leadership for the development of sustainable communities, resilient housing, private sector commercial marketplaces and jobs, and emergency management. D'Antonio created the Department’s Innovation Lab with a broad-based mission to develop and implement innovative and sustainable ideas that foster progressive changes in design projects, methodologies, and processes.
A 26-year department veteran, D'Antonio has an extensive background in many disciplines of engineering, management, operations and business processes. She received her B.S.  Degree in civil engineering from Fresno State and an MBA with emphasis in leadership and organizational development from Pepperdine University. D'Antonio holds dual registrations in the State of California in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering.  She is also credentialed as an Envision Sustainability Professional with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, a nationally recognized organization for civil infrastructure.
D’Antonio is a Fellow with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and currently serves as Governor for ASCE Region 9.  She is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity in the workplace through recruitment, mentoring, outreach and diverse advancement.

Emily Allen

Closing Plenary
Emily Allen is the dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. She currently serves on the California Forensic Science Institute Board, the ASEE Engineering Deans Council Executive Board, the HERS STEM Alumnae Advisory Group and the ABET Academic Affairs Council.  Allen earned a BS in metallurgy and materials science from Columbia University, and MS and PhD in materials science and engineering from Stanford University.

Invited Speakers

Richard K. Miller

Driving Curriculum Change: An Olin College Case-Study
Richard K. Miller was appointed president and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99. The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. He has been named the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate for his many contributions to the reinvention of engineering education in the 21st century. Miller serves as frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S. He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.

Gloria Rogers

Heart of the ABET Process is “Learning”
Gloria Rogers is currently serving as an ABET Adjunct Director for Professional Services and is a Senior Scholar for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. She facilitates the ABET professional development offerings and was the developer of the Institute for the Development of Excellence in Assessment Leadership (IDEAL). She has served as the Managing Director for Professional Services at ABET, Inc., and Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She has been an external evaluator for major science, math, engineering and technology initiatives and has served as Chair of two NSF national advisory committees and been a member of numerous review panels. She has given over 100 invited presentations at national and international conferences and facilitated workshops/seminars on over 100 campuses and 31 countries including a Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment in Lima, Peru. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Jenny Amos

First Time at Symposium
Dr. Amos joined the Bioengineering Department at the University of Illinois in 2009 and is currently a Teaching Associate Professor. She received her BS in chemical engineering at Texas Tech and PhD in chemical engineering from University of South Carolina. She has developed and offered more than 6 courses since joining the faculty and has taken the lead role in curriculum development for the department.

Barbara A Price

Barbara Price is an ABET Fellow, and former Chair of the Computing Accreditation Commission. She is also a long-time facilitator and mentor at ABET training for new program evaluators.

James Warnock

Fundamentals of Program Assessment
James is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He is responsible for coordinating the assessment activities of 11 engineering/computer science programs within eight departments. Actively involved in engineering education research, particularly the direct assessment of the development of students’ professional skills, he was the first person in the biological engineering program to use problem-based learning in his classes. He has since conducted research on how this pedagogy can help in the formation of professional skills.

Winston Erevelles

Closing Plenary
Winston Erevelles is a professor of engineering and the dean of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at St. Mary’s University. As the chief academic and administrative officer, he is responsible for the school’s academic programs, furthering education innovations and building the school's national and international reputation. To date, Erevelles has helped raise $6 million in partnership with faculty and staff across the school to fund these initiatives. He is also responsible for fostering faculty development in teaching, scholarship and service, as well as promoting undergraduate research, technology-based teaching and learning, and the integration of liberal arts and professional education. He is an adjunct director of engineering accreditation for ABET and former Chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Frank Hart

How to Become a PEV
Frank Hart is the former dean of the School of Engineering and Technology Science at Bluefield State College. He is an ABET Fellow, and recipient of the McGraw-Hill Award for outstanding performance in engineering technology education. Hart is also an adjunct director of engineering technology accreditation for ABET.

Daina Briedis

Closing the Loop: Best Practices in Assessment from the Trenches
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.