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Plenary Speakers

Aarti Shahani (Moderator)

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
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

Sustainability: Building a Better World
Michael K. J. Milligan is CEO and Executive Director of ABET. He is responsible for all aspects of ABET global operations, representing 35 technical and professional societies. Prior to joining ABET, Milligan held various positions in government and academia, including 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served as associate professor and deputy department head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and later worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, his MS from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a BS from Michigan State University. Milligan also holds an MBA from Western New England College and is a Certified Association Executive. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies and a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Maryland.

Allison Jordan

Sustainability: Building a Better World
Allison Jordan is Vice President, Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute, a public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses. She also serves as Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a non-governmental organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to promote environmental and social responsibility in California – the fourth largest wine region in the world – through the Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Previously, Jordan was a Senior Associate at SureHarvest and Vice President and Acting Executive Director of Resource Renewal Institute. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Psychology B.A. from Allegheny College, and is a fellow in the German Marshall Fund's American Marshall Memorial Fellowship program. Jordan and her husband are founding partners of Giordano Bros., a San Francisco-based restaurant, and parents of Sadie and Bo.

Sam Shen

Sustainability: Building a Better World
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.

Rossana D’Antonio

Sustainability: Building a Better World
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.

Yvette E. Pearson

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
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.

Karen Horting

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
Karen Horting - Karen Horting, CAE, is Executive Director & CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a 40,000 member organization founded in 1950. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. With more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and fund development, Ms. Horting came to SWE in March 2004 from the New York Academy of Sciences where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, overseeing the Academy’s development activities and long-range organizational planning. Prior to NYAS, Ms. Horting worked at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) managing both marketing and fund development on a global level for Science’s Next Wave, a ground-breaking career development website for graduate students and postdocs in STEM. Her previous experience also includes more than ten years in the paint industry. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director & CEO, she served as SWE’s Director of Fund Development from March 2004 through July 2006 and Deputy Executive Director from August 2006 through December 2013. Ms. Horting has a BS in Biology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. And she earned her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In May 2008, Ms. Horting earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She currently serves on the Leadership Circle of the 50K Coalition, the Automation Federation Board of Directors, the STEM Ed Coalition Board of Directors and the Association Forum CAE Working Group. Previously she served on the Board of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST) and the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau Customer Advisory Board.

Gozie Nwabuebo

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
Gozie Nwabuebo, a thought leader in education, is the architect and lead for Google’s Howard West program. A strategy and programs lead, Gozie is responsible for developing strategies and transformative programs to advance Google’s efforts to build highly-effective and inclusive teams. Prior to joining Google, Gozie impacted over 200,000 students, as he helped numerous prominent organizations worldwide deliver sustained increases in educational achievement. He founded and served as CEO of T21, a global education technology platform that advanced skills and employment opportunities for youth in emerging markets. He has founded and led several highly successful mentoring and career readiness programs for high school students in America, Africa and the Middle East.

Kristen Constant

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
Kristen Constant is the Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Iowa State University where she is leading Information Technology and the implementation of a comprehensive enterprise software modernization. She holds the rank of Morrill Professor and is the Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University where she served as chair of Materials Science and Engineering prior to her current position.  She earned a BS from ISU, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Her research relates to the fabrication of photonic structures specifically toward enhancing energy efficiency.  In addition to physical research, she is involved in research, service and outreach related to broadening participation in engineering education and practice, and in enhancing recruitment, retention and advancement of women and faculty of color in engineering.  She is a fellow of ASEE and serves on the ASEE Diversity committee and is on the Board of Delegates of ABET representing WEPAN.

Invited Speakers

Richard K. Miller

Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999.  Previously, he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Iowa, Associate Dean of Engineering at USC in Los Angeles, and assistant professor of engineering at 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 received the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education for his many contributions to the reinvention of engineering education in the 21st century.  Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.  Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors.  In 2011, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education.  Miller currently serves as Chair of the National Academies Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW).  He has served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has also served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE, NAS, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in addition to others.  Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities in developing countries.  A 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

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

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

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

Diversity and Inclusion: Great Minds, Greater Impact
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

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.