2022 ETLI

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General Information

The Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) is an annual meeting of stakeholders involved with engineering technology education. Participants come from across the US representing institutions like community colleges, companies, professional organizations, and universities. The objective is to promote high-quality engineering technology education to support students, their families, and the companies they will join. Sample agenda items include curriculum, accessibility, industry needs, advocacy, and licensing. (The group is not political but does try to inform governmental actions.)

The annual ETLI is hosted by the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE.) The ASEE is the international organization for Engineering Education. The mission of ASEE is to advance innovation, excellence, and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession.

Engineering Technology (ET) is one branch of engineering education that focuses on the application of engineering theory to the real-life practice of engineering. Most of the faculty who teach in ET programs have many years of actual industrial experience working as an engineer. Graduates of these 4-year programs become engineers in all industries. According to a study conducted by the National Academy of Engineering, ET programs have nearly twice the diversity of traditional engineering programs.


Legislative Impact!

The leadership of the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) is working with ASEE’s federal relations partners at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC (Lewis-Burke) to schedule congressional and Senate meetings on Thursday, September 29. These meetings are optional and not required to attend the conference.

Congressional meetings will give you the opportunity to meet with the staff of your representatives in Congress and promote awareness of the importance of ET and your institutions’ priorities. Times are subject to change, but the meetings are typically held between 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM after a morning prep session at the hotel. Lewis-Burke will schedule the meetings, as well as provide background and talking points, but they will not attend meetings.

Community College Curriculum

The morning sessions on Friday, September 30 will focus on community colleges and their role in the engineering career pathways. ........


Presentation by ABET

Our Evolving Identity

Presentation on Polytechnics

Administrative Skills Training

A session for new administrators in Engineering Technology programs will be offered in the afternoon of Friday, September 30. This will be hosted by experienced administrators and cover the basics and tricks you need to know to effectively lead your program.

Licensing Advocacy Training

There remain discriminatory practices at both the state and federal levels that have been found to discourage potential students from entering ET programs. The ETLI provides a forum to create strategies to eliminate these artificial barriers to entry that subsequently negatively affect the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace.

Professional Engineering licensure is now available to Engineering Technology graduates in many states. A Friday afternoon session will focus on the process of advocating for your students in your state.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

5:00 pm - ETC Meeting

6:30 pm - Opening Reception

Thursday, Sept. 29

Visits to the Hill

8:00 am - Welcome to Advocate Day - ETC Chair?

8:10 am - Training - Advocating Skills

This session features ASEE’s federal relations partners, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC (Lewis-Burke), a Washington D.C.-based government relations firm with over 30 years of experience advocating for non-profit universities and research organizations. The discussion provides an overview of the current state of play in Washington, briefings on key federal issues that apply to engineering technology and workforce development, and tips for impactful ET advocacy to get participants ready for their visits to Capitol Hill.


Bill Ruch

Miriam Quintal

9:00 am - Team Formation and Planning

Unlike previous years, some congressional offices are only accepting virtual meetings. For these offices, Lewis-Burke will prioritize scheduling virtual meetings near the beginning or end of the day so that they can be taken in group members’ hotel rooms. For Lewis-Burke to schedule these meetings, at least one participant from each group must serve as a Virtual Host for their group. Virtual Hosts will simply need to provide a Zoom or Microsoft Teams link for Lewis-Burke to send to congressional staff during the scheduling process, agree to serve as the point of contact for congressional staff in case of technical difficulties, and initiate the meeting. If multiple participants agree to be Virtual Hosts in one group, Lewis-Burke will select one host. Lewis-Burke will reach out to Virtual Hosts ahead of the scheduling process to confirm their role.

9:30 am - Depart for visits

Note: Details for the visits will be established based on the survey you completed during registration.

5:00 pm - Post-visit(s) debrief

6:30 pm - Dinner

Speaker - TBA

Friday, Sept 30

Strategy Day

7:45 am - Breakfast and Registration

Join us for a light breakfast and some casual conversation before the program starts. This is a great chance to meet new friends and colleagues.

8:30 am - Welcome

8:40 am - Keynote Address


Joseph Morelle - Congressman, New York - https://morelle.house.gov/about

9:15 am - Networking Break

9:30 am - Session 1

Skills Gaps and the Education Pipeline

As new graduates enter the workforce, employers must continue their education to meet industry needs. The need for better human skills, like communication, are known by employers and educators alike. Educators spend significant effort covering fundamental knowledge so that graduates can participate in lifelong learning. Schools spend time trying to bridge the fundamentals to skills required in various industries. Given the limits of time and access to workplaces, educators are limited on which essential workplace skills they can teach. The session will cover a study on skills gaps related to Industry 4.0. The data applies to programs at community colleges and universities. The survey process will also be described so that it can be duplicated for different skills sets for other regions and industries.


Marilyn Barger - FLATE

Richard Gilbert -

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Session 2

Funding Updates and Opportunities

This session will be led by NSF program officers and will focus on opportunities for 2 and 4-year programs that seek to Engineering Technology education.


Celeste Carter - NSF Program Office


12:15 pm - Break

12:30 pm - Lunch

ABET and the Future of Accreditation


Bill Wepfer - William Wepfer served as the Eugene C. Gwaltney Jr. School Chair and Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech from 2008 to 2018. Wepfer’s research covered the areas of thermal systems, heat transfer and thermodynamics. Wepfer is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ABET and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

He was a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET for 12 years and served as Chair of the EAC during the 2014-15 accreditation cycle. Wepfer served on the Board of Governors of ASME (2016-19) and represents ASME on the ABET Board of Delegates. He has served on departmental advisory boards at Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University. After 38 years of service, Wepfer retired from Georgia Tech on April 1, 2018, and holds the title of Professor Emeritus. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Lynne.

1:30 pm - Break

1:45 pm - Session 3

The 21st Century Polytechnic: How ET can Grow and Flourish

Purdue’s former College of Technology was created in 1964 with the creation of engineering technology programs. For many years the college flourished despite headwinds coming from the usual sources. At the turn of the century, the college’s fortunes changed for the worse. Enrollment began to decline, and the value of the college at a research-intensive university came into question. Under new leadership in the college in 2011 and new leadership at the university in 2012, the College of Technology and its ET programs were re-imagined. The transformation of the college and our ET programs into a 21st century version of the Polytechnic Institute emerged. The result has been a complete reversal of fortunes for the college. After ten years of declining enrollment, the Polytechnic has had record enrollment and has been the fastest-growing college at Purdue University. New ET degree options were created, and a new building will be opened in January 2023. What was formed at Purdue can be replicated to advance all ET programs nationwide. Those attributes that contributed to the success of ET programs at Purdue will be shared and described.


Gary Bertoline, Dean Emeritus, Purdue University

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Session 4

Track 1 - State Lobbying Workshop - Licensure Equity and Negative Messaging Correction for your State

Speaker: Marty Gordon

Track 2 - Training for Technology Department Chairs

This workshop is intended for new administrators of technical departments in 2 and 4-year schools. The session will cover core knowledge and tips for success. A panel session will provide opportunities for interaction with experienced administrators and learn problem-solving solutions that they may take back to their institutions. Participants will exchange ideas and experiences, talk through challenges, and build working relationships. The workshop will provide new administrators with the knowledge and opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and encourage the success of their institutional units.


Jafar Al Sharab

Ken Burbank

4:45 pm - Adjourn

5:30 pm - Informal dinner with friends