Opening Keynote

A recent Accenture report forecast that the manufacturing sector will reap the greatest financial benefit from AI adoption, with a gain of $3.8 trillion expected by 2035. AI has the potential to significantly transform the landscape of higher education, raising questions about its implications and costs. The opening plenary of ABET’s highly anticipated 2024 symposium will ignite discussion and debate, both on and off the stage, about how yesterday’s science fiction is becoming today’s reality in higher education.

After Dr. Hamid Fonooni, ABET’s President, provides an overview of ABET’s achievements and current goals, Dr. Michael Milligan, ABET’s CEO, will introduce this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Panetta, with a dynamic TED-style presentation centered on the theme of the symposium. Dr. Panetta, an AI pioneer, Dean of Graduate Education for the School of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University, will then share her vision for AI and its potential impact on higher education. As a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering, Dr. Panetta’s keynote promises to be a captivating presentation that should not be overlooked.