ETLI 2021

Engineering Technology Leaders Institute


8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Registration

Registration


Virona Mehta

8:30 - 9:00 am - Session 1

Welcome

Presentation Video Link: MP4

Slides - Minerick: PDF

Speaker:

Adrienne Minerick, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering, ADVANCE Leader, Michigan Technological University and ASEE President. Within ADVANCE, she leads the Academy for Responsive Leadership (ARL) initiative which engages deans, department chairs, and directors in capacity building workshops and peer to peer learning to better advocate for, include, support, and empower underrepresented minorities at Michigan Tech.

Opening Comments:

Hugh Jack, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Ballenger Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University. The school has a unique blend of engineering technology and engineering programs under one roof. He is an active proponent for the role of engineering technology as a path to an engineering career. He holds degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and has research interests in robotics, automation, design, and the internet of things.

Adrienne Minerick

Hugh Jack

Session 2a - 9:00 - 10:15 am

Access to Professional Engineering Careers and Licensure

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Thompson: PPTX

Irrational barriers to professional licensure have blocked some professional paths for engineering technology graduates in some states and at the federal level. This comes at a time when industry needs more engineering talent. The reasons for this are based on easily disproved misconceptions including math preparation and ethical responsibility. This presentation will provide background on the various state PE licensing requirements. These will be compared to the industrial need for preparation and how well it is aligned to the knowledge and skills of engineering technology graduates.

Speaker and Organizer:

Marty Gordon, Professor, Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Speaker:

Shawn E. Thompson, M.S., Vice President of Engineering – PCB Piezotronics. Shawn Thompson holds Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in American and European-American manufacturing for thirty-five years. Mr. Thompson has held senior leadership roles in iconic, industry-leading companies in the Automotive, Machine Tool, Software and Medical Device industries. He holds patents in instrument design and is Vice President at one of Western New York's most successful, high-technology companies. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance and served on the Workforce Redevelopment Advisory Committee for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's advisory panel to Governor Cuomo's “Buffalo Billion” revitalization initiative. Mr. Thompson has lectured extensively as an adjunct faculty and serves on Industry Advisory Boards to Buffalo State College, Erie Community College, Niagara County Community College, Alfred State College and the University of Washington and has lectured for 26 consecutive years at the University at Buffalo’s Engineering Career Institute.

Marty Gordon

Session 2b - 9:00 - 10:15 am

Creating New Programs to Allow Access

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Kulatunga: PPTX

Slides - Bertoline: PPTX

The technical aptitudes of first-year engineering technology students have been decreasing for some time. COVID-19 forces higher education institutions to rethink program delivery and credentialing. Shifts in job markets present new opportunities for retraining and reskilling. Online education and technologies allow alternative delivery modalities. Companies prefer students with skill mastery over high GPAs. This session offers opportunities for engineering technology programs in the online domain, a novel rapid skill development program for first-year engineering technology students called Discipline Specific Skill Acquisition (DSSA) to attract new students, and opportunities to create student ready campus by addressing DEI.

9-9:30 Opportunity for Developing Apprenticeship like Programs at the College Level

9:30-10:00 Moving ET programs Online

10:00-10:15 Attracting students by addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at community colleges

Speakers and Organizer:

Athula Kulatunga, Ph.D., is the founder of an apprenticeship-like skill development program for first-year engineering technology students piloted at Purdue University Northwest. He is the Department Chair of Engineering Technology, which houses EET, MET, and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs. He also serves as vice-chair of ECET Department Head Association of ASEE. His research interests include power electronics, smart-grids, and energy management.

Speaker:

Gary R. Bertoline, Ph.D., is the senior vice president for Purdue Online & Learning Innovation and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University.

Lara Sharp, Dean of STEM at Springfield Technical Community College.

Athula Kulatunga

Gary Bertoline

Lara Sharp

Session 3 - 10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Analysis of the Knowledge and Skill gaps?

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Irwin: PPTX

Slides - 4 Pillars of Manufacturing Engineering: PPTX

Slides - Perry: PPTX

Slides - O'Donnell: PPTX

Slides - Marzano: PPTX

This session will review Professional Society Bodies of Knowledge, correlating CIP codes to accreditation content, and the skills gaps in engineering graduates.

  1. An Introduction to the Session - John Irwin

  2. ASME Vision 2030 for ME/MET – Convergence with a Difference - Thomas Perry

  3. From Theory to Application – What Today’s Employers Need - Shannon O'Donnell

  4. SME BOK & 4 Pillars update - Suzy Marzano

  5. Wrap up and final discussion - John Irwin

Speaker and Organizer:

John Irwin, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Michigan Technological University

Speakers:

Shannon O’Donnell is a leader in global higher education. With over 20 years of experience ranging from teaching, to managing international student programs, to sales and marketing roles in education, Shannon focuses on making a positive difference for educators and students at every step. Driven by her desire to enable learners, Shannon joined Siemens Digital Industries Software as Strategy Lead for the company’s Global Academic Program. The program empowers the next generation of digital talent through industrial strength software and curriculum, project-based learning, and STEM competitions to support more than 4,000 institutions worldwide. Shannon develops strategic programs and brings together resources to assist educators and learners. Shannon is an active contributor to ASEE and the Alumni Board for the School of Communication at Illinois State University. She has a B.S. in Communication and Political Science and as a M.A. in Communication from Illinois State University.

Thomas Perry, P.E., F.ASME, has served the industry, academic and professional society communities for over 40 years, most extensively as Director of Engineering Education for ASME until retirement in 2017. In that role he managed ASME advocacy and operations role in ABET accreditation, faculty/ department head development and grant-funded projects, fellowships and scholarships in engineering/engineering technology education, focusing on diversity/inclusion advocacy and industry-practice infusion in the undergraduate curriculum.

Suzy Marzano, Suzy Marzano is currently the Sr. Manager of Industry Development and Technical Activities at SME. Ms. Marzano joined SME in 2015 and has taken on numerous roles and responsibilities including the lead interface with SME Committees and Technical Communities targeted to domains: Manufacturing Research and Education, Accreditation, SME Journals and Technical networks and communities. Marzano leads targeted programming and initiatives for industry development and engagement among industry, academic and government professionals. Marzano was also appointed as an At Large Director for ASEE’s Manufacturing Division. Prior to SME she worked for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives for almost 10 years in in a Professional Development and Education capacity. She led the development and implementation of an accreditation program for Healthcare IT executives and oversight of continuing education activities including live activities, web-based, and accreditation offered to other providers. Marzano also led the development and management of e-learning initiatives, in-person conferences, courses, and workshops. Marzano began her career in Ann Arbor Michigan at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where she was responsible for the design and development of molecular diagnostic and pharmacogenomic assays to assess the toxicity of compounds in a GLP laboratory environment. Marzano led the implementation of laboratory information systems and development of high throughput screening (HTS) assays within the Molecular Pathology lab. She aholds BS degrees in Biology and Psychology and a MS in Molecular Biology from Michigan State University.

John Irwin

Shannon O'Donnell

Tom Perry

Suzy Marzano

Session 4 - 12:30 - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Updates from ABET

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Sussman: PPTX

Dr. Sussman will discuss recent issues related to accreditation criteria, policies and procedures as they apply to the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET. Elements of COVID – 19 impact upon the ongoing performance of program accreditation reviews will be incorporated.

Presenter:

Joseph L. Sussman, Ph.D., F.ABET, F.ASME, Chief Accreditation Officer, Chief Information Officer

Introduction:

Marty Gordon, Professor, Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Joe Sussman

Session 5 - 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Advocating for ET

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Gloster: PDF

ETD/ETC Sponsored Video Link: Youtube

Notes: GDOC (to be shared later)

A video was created to promote Engineering Technology with funding from the ASEE ETD and ETC. The video does not promote a single school and can be used and/or edited for any school. The video creation process will be shared, and the video will be shown!

Discussion:

The floor will be opened for a moderated discussion considering the following topics;

  • Engineering Technology is the Degree, Engineering is the Career!

  • Finding a unified definition of who we are

  • Corporate HR awareness - hiring counts

  • The T-word

  • Common marketing messages

  • Social media marketing

Speaker and Organizer:

Clay Gloster, Vice Provost for Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate College at NCA&T. Past chair of the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). His current research focuses on broadening the participation of minorities in science, engineering, and engineering technology. Leads the Verizon Innovative Learning project at NCA&T which has impacted more than 1100 minority middle school males.

Session 6a - 3:15 - 4:45 pm

The Evolving Federal Landscape, What It Means for Engineering Technology, and Advocacy Tips

Session Video Link: Youtube

Slides - Quintal & Bruno: PPTX

The new Congress and Administration have pushed a flurry of major science, technology, and workforce measures to advance competitiveness and rebuild American infrastructure. In this session, ASEE’s federal relations partners at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC will provide a “state of play” from Washington that distills emerging opportunities for Engineering Technology educators and practitioners. The session will conclude with tips on how to advocate with government officials virtually and in your communities as we ramp up for the resumption of in-person advocacy in 2022.

Speakers and Organizer:

Miriam Quintal, Managing Principal, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Amanda Bruno, Associate, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC

Amanda Bruno

Miriam Quintal

Session 6b - 3:15 - 4:45 pm

How to chair an ET program effectively

Session Video Link: MP4

Slides - Kulatunga & Jack: PPTX

New Department Heads, Directors, or Chairs of Engineering Technology programs are welcome to this training session. Leadership topics will be presented from an Engineering Technology perspective. These will include personnel, budgets, facilities, shared governance, planning, students, accreditation, and politics. The session will provide multiple opportunities for discussion and questions.

Speaker and Organizer:

Athula Kulatunga, Ph.D., is the founder of an apprenticeship-like skill development program for first-year engineering technology students piloted at Purdue University Northwest. He is the Department Chair of Engineering Technogym, which houses EET, MET, and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs. He also serves as vice-chair of ECET Department Head Association of ASEE. His research interests include power electronics, smart-grids, and energy management.

Speaker:

Hugh Jack, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Ballenger Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University. The school has a unique blend of engineering technology and engineering programs under one roof. He is an active proponent for the role of engineering technology as a path to an engineering career. He holds degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and has research interests in robotics, automation, design, and the internet of things.

Athula Kulatunga

Hugh Jack

Session 7 - 5:00 - 6:45 pm

Community Mixer

Video Recording or Slides are Not Available

Get together with old friends and make some new ones. You are welcome to relax and enjoy a beverage of your own choosing at home while catching up. The main room will be used for general discussions, but breakout rooms are available for more intimate conversation.

Optional Breakout Session:

5:30 – 5:40. ASEE Faculty Teaching Excellence Task Force Discussion (Donald P. Visco, Jr., The University of Akron and Task Force Chair)

Attend this short breakout session to learn more about efforts to recognize EET faculty training, proficiency and leadership in teaching and education. Plans for a focus group to obtain feedback from Engineering Technology Leaders (like yourself) will be discussed.

Closing Comments:

Hugh Jack, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Ballenger Distinguished Professor in the School of Engineering + Technology at Western Carolina University. The school has a unique blend of engineering technology and engineering programs under one roof. He is an active proponent for the role of engineering technology as a path to an engineering career. He holds degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and has research interests in robotics, automation, design, and the internet of things.

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