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Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE SYMPOSIUM?

The 2019 ABET Symposium starts Wednesday, April 10, with ABET Program Assessment and Self-Study Workshops. The main plenaries and breakout sessions are from Thursday, April 11, to Friday, April 12. There will be another chance to attend one of our workshops on Saturday, April 13.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

The ABET Symposium will have a dedicated room block at the Omni Hotel at a discounted rate. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. You can click here to book your stay, or you can contact the hotel directly at (214) 744-6664. Please mention the ABET Symposium room block upon check out. 

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 744-6664

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE ABET SYMPOSIUM?

Plenary Sessions
Cybersecurity: How are you preparing your institution, your program, and your students to address the current and future challenges of protecting internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyber attacks? Have you taken the role of active adversary into your teaching and programs to ensure security? Have you integrated security themes into engineering, engineering technology or applied science programs in addition to computing? Sessions in this focus area highlight any projects or curriculum innovations that relate to the many topics associated with cybersecurity such as application security, information security, network security, disaster recovery/business continuity planning, operational security, and end-user education.

Breakout Sessions
The speakers are all specialists in their fields from around the globe. Ranging from ABET Experts to captains of industry. Each of our Symposium speakers will be there to share their learned lessons and best assessment practices with you. Sessions at the ABET Symposium fall into four overarching themes: Accreditation, Assessment, Cybersecurity and Sustainable Development. Using these four focus areas, you can budget your time and make sure you can get the most out of your Symposium experience. 

Networking
With over 800 people in attendance, it is not hard to imagine that you’ll meet peers that will connect to share experiences, best practices or inspiring sessions with. Plus, we help you break the ice with daily networking breaks, meals and a welcome reception. 

WHAT IF I NEED HELP ONSITE?

The Symposium features an onsite help desk and knowledgable ABET staff to help with any information you might need. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION? 

People who register for a Regular Pass may attend plenaries, breakout sessions, discussion dens, networking breaks, lunches and the welcome reception. 

ARE THERE GROUP DISCOUNTS?

During the registration process, there is a button to click once you are partially through that allows you to “Add Person.” The only way to have the group discount applied is to register in this manner. The group discount is applied at every 4th interval calculated at the non-discounted registration rate of $1095.00 per person. At the full registration price of $1,095, the fourth person in the party would receive a 66% ($728) discount. 

HOW DO I PRESENT AT THE SYMPOSIUM?

If you would like to speak at this year’s ABET Symposium, more info can be found here, or please contact Susan Parker at sparker@abet.org.

HOW DO I GET A VISA FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL?

If you need a visa letter for international travel to the Symposium, there are only a few short steps to take.

1. Register and pay for the Symposium.
2. Send an email to visa@abet.org to request your letter.
    Please include:
         Full Name
         Position/Title
         Institution
         Address
         Email Address
         Confirmation number

Please allow 7 business days for processing. More info on visa letters can be found here.

JUSTIFY YOUR TRIP

Do you need assistance in providing your organization with information to justify your trip to attend the 2019 ABET Symposium?

We’ve developed a “Justify My Trip” letter template you can use to help state the business and academic case for your attendance. Please download this letter template which outlines some of the highlights of the event and provides an area for you to enter your requested budget. This document is in Microsoft Word format and is fully editable. 

REGISTRATION CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS

Registrants for the ABET Symposium agree to provide ABET with written notice to cancel their registration. To receive a refund, mail or e-mail a written notice of cancellation to:

ABET
Meetings Department
415 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
E-mail: meetings@abet.org

Refunds

A. If written cancellation notice is received 15 days or more prior to the Symposium date, ABET will refund the amount paid to date, minus a 25% service charge.

B. Written notices of cancellations will not be accepted within 14 days of the event start date. ABET will not refund the registration fee, and will bill the registrant for any amount left unpaid to date, based on the applicable fee at the time of registration. 

C. If you must cancel your registration because you are unable to obtain a visa in time to attend the Symposium, ABET will refund the full amount of the registration fee paid to date.

Substitutions

If you are not able to attend the Symposium after registering and paying, you may transfer your registration to anyone. All registered attendees may access this option via their ‘Accounts’ page on Cvent. The option to modify your account and transfer your registration will close 24 hours before the event start date. 

Workshop Cancellations

– Please be sure to register for the workshop you plan on attending. Space is limited and the workshops will sell out. 
– When registered for a Symposium workshop, you are only registered to that exact workshop. 
      If space is available, you may switch to another time slot of the same workshop. 
– Because of the limited space and high demand, there will be a cancellation fee if written notice is not given XX days before the event start date.
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