Data Impact

The 2020 ABET Symposium

What to Expect

Immersive Digital Experience

Take advantage of the unique opportunities and unexpected discoveries our new virtual format has to offer. Each registration includes one-year access to content, so you’ll be able to learn at your own pace and watch any sessions you missed!

Inspiring Plenaries

Experts from academia, industry and government come together to discuss the leading challenges we face today.

Informative Sessions

Our illuminating sessions cover foundational topics (accreditation and assessment) as well as emerging data science trends in our themed focus area, Data Impact.

Networking Opportunities

Make real connections and share valuable insights with peers.

2021 Speakers

  • Ensheng (Frank) Dong

    Louis M. Brown Engineering Fellow, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Ensheng Dong is a Ph.D. candidate and Louis M. Brown Engineering Fellow of the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering (CaSE) and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a member of the Infectious Disease Dynamics (IDD) group at the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in interdisciplinary research on network science, mobility modeling, spatial analysis, geo-visualization, and infectious diseases. His recent work includes forecasting the risk of measles in the US and the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), predicting dengue outbreaks in Sri Lanka, building and maintaining the JHU CSSE coronavirus dashboard, and modeling the global coronavirus pandemic.

  • Hongru Du

    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Hongru Du is a second-year Ph.D. student at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. He received his MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2019 and BS in Material Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. His current research focuses on understanding the role human mobility plays in COVID-19 Transmission and constructing an interpretable machine learning model to make predictions of incident cases/deaths of COVID-19 for the near future.

  • Kimia Ghobadi

    John C. Malone Assistant Professor, Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Department of Civil & Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Kimia Ghobadi is a John C. Malone Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She is the associate director at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) and a member at the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. Before joining JHU, Kimia was a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management and collaborated closely with the Massachusetts General Hospital on improving healthcare operations. She obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and worked with the University Health Networks and the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto on automated radiation therapy treatment plans. Kimia is a recipient of the INFORMS Judith Liebman Award and multiple fellowships, including the Canadian National Science and Engineering fellowship (NSERC) in graduate and postdoctoral levels.

    Kimia's research interests include mathematical models, optimization, and analytics with a focus on complex systems. She is interested in healthcare problems that are implementable and have a meaningful impact on society. To solve such problems, she is developing inverse optimization, mixed-integer programming, and online algorithms models and techniques. Her recent research interests include inverse optimization and machine learning techniques, data-driven modeling, COVID-19 resource allocation, and optimal medical decision-making.

  • Maximilian Marshall

    Jay D. Samstag Engineering Fellow, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    Max Marshall is a first-year Ph.D. student and the Jay D. Samstag Engineering Fellow at the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. He has previously worked in biofuel development and energy and water systems research. His ongoing research is focused on short-term COVID-19 forecasting, and contributes weekly predictions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ensemble modeling group.

  • Andrew T. Phillips

    Provost, United States Naval Academy

    Andrew Phillips is the Provost at the U.S. Naval Academy. He became the chief academic officer in 2009 after having served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

    As the Provost, Phillips is responsible for leadership and oversight of all facets of the Naval Academy academic program including the School of Engineering and Weapons, the School of Mathematics and Science, the School of Humanities and Social Science, the Naval Academy library, museum, registrar, Office of Research and Scholarship, Center for Teaching and Learning, International Programs Office, Center for Regional Studies, Center for Academic Excellence, Center for Cyber Security Studies, the campus assessment program and all faculty personnel matters.

    Phillips began his academic career as a civilian faculty member in the Computer Science department at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988. He is currently the Computing Area Director and member of the Board of Directors for ABET, has been a program evaluator for ABET since 1997 and was a member of its Computing Accreditation Commission from 2004-2009. He is a former President of the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB) and a Team Chair/Program Evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Phillips is a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and he earned his master’s (in 1986) and doctor of philosophy (in 1988) degrees, both in Computer Science, at the University of Minnesota.

The networking possibilities at the Symposium are huge. We have many experts from the technical areas, academia, NGOs and industry. There are a lot of connections to make at the event!
I’ve never been to any professional event that is so on-point, and still a really good time!
You’re engaging all these different parts of your brain — I leave with big takeaways but I also leave with a dozen little takeaways.
The thing that’s in largest demand right now is cybersecurity. The skills are essential and part of getting the skills is an agreed accreditation process. So in my view, ABET is absolutely essential to the security of the nation.
I was impressed the first time I attended the Symposium with the amount of very clear, deliberate education. I keep coming back because people are always so open to help provide the information we need to take back to our programs and implement the type of changes that ABET is about.
You never know what you might find, but even if you’re an old-timer, you’ll always learn something new here!
I’m encouraged that we really are making some positive changes to the STEM profession by the dialogue taking place here at the Symposium.