All Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Michelle Rudnicki

Great Minds, Greater Impact
Michelle Rudnicki is vice president of Industry Solutions, IBM North America Public Sector. In this role she and her team work with Public Sector clients to transform the way that they interact with their clients, citizens, and patients; progressing their digital services through the use of technology such as analytics, cognitive computing, mobile, and cloud. Prior to this role she was the VP for Cloud Computing for IBM Federal and IBM North America helping clients during the early adoption of cloud. She has also held roles as the VP of IBM Federal Smarter Planet Initiatives where she worked across IBM’s US Federal organization creating solutions in the areas of cloud, analytics, security, Smarter Cities and sustainability. She and her team leveraged IBM’s experience in these complex problem areas and applied it to the unique challenges of the Federal environment. Ms. Rudnicki has a deep background in implementing technology solutions having held sales leadership positions as the VP of Systems Technology Sales for IBM Federal and other roles within IBM’s Systems Technology Group. Ms. Rudnicki serves on the board of YSA and co-chairs the Parents Committee for the Division of Student Affairs for Virginia Tech. Ms. Rudnicki holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Ronald J. Daniels

Higher Education’s Role in Transforming Communities
Ronald J. Daniels is the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university. Since taking office in 2009, Daniels has focused his leadership on three overarching themes – enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, individual excellence, and community engagement. These themes are the backbone of the university’s strategic vision through 2020, and underscore the priorities of Johns Hopkins’ largest-ever fundraising campaign, a $5 billion effort. During Daniels’ tenure, the university has launched a series of multi-disciplinary initiatives aimed at addressing some of society’s most vexing issues, bolstered the efforts of faculty, staff and students to translate discoveries into novel technologies, invested heavily in student access, and extended its rich community partnerships. A law and economics scholar, Daniels is author or editor of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles.

Ian Waitz

Great Minds, Greater Impact
Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Dean, Waitz has focused on developing new programs and spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship, novel models and opportunities in residential education, expanded pathways for engagement with the Institute's alumni, friends and industry partners and programs and policies that will further enable MIT's ability to provide an exceptional learning and research environment for students, faculty and staff. As a researcher, Waitz has made advances in gas turbine engines, fluid mechanics, combustion and acoustics. The principal focus of his current work is on the modeling and evaluation of climate, the air-quality and noise impacts of aviation and the assessment of technological, operational and policy options for mitigating these impacts. He served from 2004 to 2014 as Director of the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER), an FAA, NASA, DOD, EPA and Transport Canada-sponsored Center of Excellence with participants from a dozen universities and 50 industry and government organizations. Waitz has also contributed to several influential policy documents and scientific assessments, including a report to the U.S. Congress on aviation and the environment.

Michael Cryor

Higher Education’s Role in Transforming Communities
Michael E. Cryor, the Chair of OneBaltimore, is President of The Cryor Group, LLC., a business development and strategic resource company. He is recognized for his ability to facilitate large complex agreements in both the public and private sectors. His work has benefited some of the largest corporations and prestigious public sector organizations in the world. Following the unrest in Baltimore in 2015, he was called upon by the City’s civic leadership to address many of the multi-generational systemic barriers that have plagued Baltimore and many urban cities throughout America. He is a director on the Boards of BGE, Pepco Holdings, the Hippodrome Foundation and the Center Club. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Janice Perlman

Great Minds, Greater Impact
Dr. Perlman is a research scholar, author, speaker and consultant. Her most recent book, Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro (OUP, 2010), traces the life histories of hundreds of urban migrants and their families over four generations. It is a follow-up to her seminal book, The Myth of Marginality (UC Press, 1976) that contested prevailing stereotypes about migrants and shantytowns and discredited the policies of eradication. She is the founder and President of The Mega-Cities Project; a global non-profit designed to “shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem solving”. She was a tenured Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and has since taught at NYU, Trinity College and several Brazilian Universities. She was Director of Strategic Planning for the NYC Partnership; Director of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the New York Academy of Sciences; and Coordinator of the Neighborhood Task Force of the National Urban Policy.

Darryll Pines

Higher Education’s Role in Transforming Communities
Darryll J. Pines is Dean and Nariman Farvardin Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park. As Dean, Pines has led the development of the Clark School's current strategic plan and achieved notable successes in key areas, such as improving teaching in fundamental undergraduate courses and raising student retention; placing new emphasis on sustainability engineering and service learning; and promoting STEM education among high school students. At a national level, Pines has testified before Congress on STEM education and has led an effort as part of the ASEE Deans Council’s K–12 STEM Committee to develop a potential College Board AP Exam in Engineering. He is the current Secretary on the Executive Committee of the National GEM Consortium, a national nonprofit providing programming and full fellowships to support increasing untapped domestic human capital at the graduate level in STEM fields. Pines' current research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing, and biologically-inspired structures.

Joe Palca (Moderator)

Great Minds, Greater Impact
Joe Palca is one of the world’s top voices in science and technology journalism, which makes us incredibly fortunate to have him returning as host of the 2017 ABET Symposium and moderator of our Plenary Discussion – Great Minds, Greater Impact. Since joining NPR as a science correspondent in 1992, Palca has covered a range of topics— everything from robotics and quantum computing to public water supplies, fuel emissions, and air quality. He is the eponymous host of Joe’s Big Idea show. The veteran reporter and experimental psychologist by training has won many science writing awards, including the National Academies Communications Award and the AAAS Journalism Prize. He is also co-author of the 2011 book “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us”.

Invited Speakers

Damon Tull

Dark Matters and Black Holes: A Discussion on Retention and Diversity in STEM
Damon L. Tull is the Director for Fellowships and Research Opportunities, for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Professional Services Sector. He an author, inventor, and STEM education advocate with broad experience in academic, government, and corporate research environments. He has developed and managed advanced technologies as a professor, a consultant, and as the founder of two high technology start-up ventures. He is the author of dozens of publications, granted patents, and technical contributions in the field of digital image and video processing and computer vision. Tull has served as a consultant to numerous engineering research and higher education federal government agencies and non-profit organizations. Tull holds the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

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.

Janice Zdankus

The Badge and Certificate Movement: Opportunity or Threat?
Janice Zdankus is the Vice President of Quality for Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Group (HPE). In this role, Zdankus and her team are transforming the digital experiences customers have with HPE’s products, solutions and support information to foster positive customer business. She serves on the ABET Board of Directors and Industry Advisory Council, and is an active supporter of increasing the interest and representation of youth and minorities in the STEM fields. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), and Connect, an HPE user group community, and as liaison to the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

Michael Creed

Building and Managing Effective Industry Advisory Councils
Michael Creed is the co-founder of a nationally ranked consultancy that furnishes a wide variety of engineering, surveying and planning services to public and private sector clients in the energy, land development, transportation and water industries. He is a member of the ABET Industry Advisory Council, and former chair of the Civil, Construction and Environmental Department Advisory Council at North Carolina State University.

Megan Howie

Five Tips for Faculty To Help with Closing Leadership Gifts
In her role as Associate Dean for External Relations, Megan Howie oversees fundraising and alumni relations as well as marketing and communications for the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering. She serves as the school’s chief development officer. Throughout her 19-year career, she has worked in alumni engagement, annual giving, stewardship and major gift fundraising. In addition to other accomplishments, last year she oversaw the school’s most successful fundraising year. A 1997 graduate of Salisbury University, Megan earned a BS degree in business, with a concentration in marketing and management.

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.

Heather MacCleoud

Global Learning in STEM: Strategies and Best Practices
Heather MacCleoud is NAFSA's Director of Academic Programs. In this role she oversees the development of the Global Learning Colloquia Series as well as outreach and partnership development to promote global learning in professional schools and throughout the post-secondary curriculum. She works with higher education institutions, business communities, NGOs and governments to help universities develop international partnerships as well as to internationalize curriculum and programming so that graduates are prepared to enter a diverse workforce and succeed in a global environment.

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

Starting and Maintaining an Industry Advisory Board in an Engineering Department
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.

Edward Coyle

Starting and Maintaining an Industry Advisory Board in an Engineering Department
Edward Coyle is the John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He is the Director of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, which integrates research and education by embedding large-scale, long-term teams of undergraduates in the research efforts of faculty and their graduate students. He also Directs the VIP Consortium: 24 universities that have VIP Programs and work together to improve and disseminate the results of their work. Coyle was a co-recipient of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering’s 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. Coyle is an IEEE Fellow and his current research interests include systemic reform of higher education, signal and information processing, and wireless and sensor networks.

Shawn Purvis

How to Institutionalize a Corporate Partnership – Sharing Stories for your Institution, Unit and Department using a Cybersecurity Case Study
Shawn Purvis is sector vice president and general manager for the Cyber division of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. The division is responsible for delivering cyber and security solutions to intelligence, defense, federal, state and international customers. Key capabilities for the division include global provisioning of full-spectrum cybersecurity to include IT infrastructure and architectural design and services, command and control deployment and operations, intelligence collection, net-centric cloud-enabled data distribution and storage, data analytics and development of intelligence products with web-enabled collaboration and visualization. Purvis has 20 years of experience in the global security, intelligence, information systems and defense industry.

Ted Imes

How to Institutionalize a Corporate Partnership – Sharing Stories for your Institution, Unit and Department using a Cybersecurity Case Study
Ted Imes is the sector director for talent discovery and university relations at Northrop Grumman. He is responsible for strategic activities as related to diversity across multiple business locations nationwide and for cross-functional collaboration with senior leaders to meet emerging business needs. Previously, Imes was responsible for implementing a multi-million dollar corporate citizenship strategy and plan across 14 locations. He has also supported programs across the ES technology centers EO/IR, Cyber Warfare, Science & Technology and Advanced Technology.

Cedric Walker

Makerspaces: Understanding Promise and Measuring Reality
Cedric Walker is the Maker-in-Chief and professor emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. In this role, he heads the Tulane MakerSpace, a 4,100 square foot, student-run facility equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and numerically-controlled milling machinery. The MakerSpace is open to people from multiple disciplines who have shared interests, especially in engineering and technology.

Stephen M. Phillips

Preparing for a Review of the Online/Hybrid Program
Stephen Phillips has led the rapid expansion of academic programs in electrical, computing and energy engineering at Arizona State, including introduction of an entirely online undergraduate program in electrical engineering. He is a member of the ABET Board of Delegates and a former president of the Electrical and Computer Department Heads Association.

Christopher Levey

Makerspaces: Understanding Promise and Measuring Reality
Christopher Levey is an associate professor of engineering at Dartmouth College. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy where he teaches classes in material science and microfabrication technology. He has received the Thayer College of Engineering outstanding faculty service award on two occasions.

Emily Allen

The Value of Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering: Recommendations of the ABET Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
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, the ABET Academic Affairs Council and is Chair of the ABET Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  Allen earned a BS in metallurgy and materials science from Columbia University, and MS and PhD in materials science and engineering from Stanford University.

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.

Edward Calusinski

New Collar Jobs and The Implications for Technical Education
Edward Calusinski is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, the company’s second highest technical designation. Calusinski is an integral member of the Financial Services Sector Executive Team, demonstrating leadership to the sector units and across IBM by consulting with senior management on industry trends, technical and business strategies and their implementation. He is currently focused on cloud technologies and strategies as well as leading the development of IBM's Insurance Industry platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). He previously served as Executive IT Architect and CTO for the Financial Service Sector Americas. Calusinski is a member of the ABET Industry Advisory Council.

George List

Starting and Maintaining an Industry Advisory Board in an Engineering Department
Dr. George List is a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at NC State. He is also a Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Dr. List has over 30 years of experience in the areas of traffic operations, sensors, instrumentation and simulation, traffic flow and analysis, network design and analysis, and logistics. Dr. List received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971, an Master’s of Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1976, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. Dr. List also possesses a Professional Engineer’s (PE) license in the state of New York.

Bill Wepfer

Hiring and Evaluating New Faculty
William Wepfer is chair of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. The Woodruff School is the oldest and largest Georgia Tech academic unit by enrollment and is the largest mechanical engineering program in the US. A member of the ABET Board of Delegates, Wepfer has received numerous recognitions, including Fellow of ASME, Fellow of ASHRAE, the Outstanding Faculty Award from ASEE, the Minorities in Engineering Award from ASEE, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from Georgia Tech. He is a former chair of the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Darrell Velegol

10 Steps Toward a Sustainable and Valuable ABET Process
Darrell Velegol attended West Virginia University for his BS in Chemical Engineering, and he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1997​, where he also completed a post-doc.  ​ ​In June 1999, Velegol joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State, where he ​is now Distinguished Professor.  He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching since then.  He co-teaches a Coursera MOOC in "Creativity, Innovation, and Change", which has enrolled over 250,000 students worldwide. He has also been developing the field of "chemical game theory", re-framing classical game theory ​to study ​questions in power and strategic decisions from economics and political science. Darrell's goal at Penn State is to coach "Wild Scholars", students who can imagine great dreams and win great victories. When he was asked in 2009 to lead his department's ABET effort, that's the view he had.  In his talk, he will discuss the challenges the department had at the start, how he worked alongside a dedicated team to move forward and 10 steps to creating a vibrant ABET process in your department.

Renetta Garrison Tull

A More Worldly Graduate: How to Engage Your Students Globally
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.

Naguib Attia

New Collar Jobs and The Implications for Technical Education
Naguib Attia is the VP of Global University Programs at IBM. In this role, he is responsible for setting up IBM’s academic relations strategy, creating next generation global technical training programs in collaboration with universities and research institutions, and managing the overall award programs budgets. Previously, he was the VP and CTO of IBM Middle East and Africa, responsible for inventing and leading technical solutions for MEA as well as leading the Africa Skills Initiative. With more than 25 years of industry, manufacturing, research, and academic experience, Attia has contributed to the development of IBM’s intellectual capital, industry insights, and overall solution portfolio.

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.