2023 ETLI

48th Annual Meeting


The Engineering Technology Leaders Institute (ETLI) is the dedicated annual meeting of stakeholders in engineering technology education. Participants come from community colleges, companies, professional organizations, and universities across the country. Engineering technology deans, chairs, coordinators, directors, faculty, employers, and advocates are invited to attend, participate, and network. The Institute promotes high-quality engineering technology education to support students, their families, and the companies they will join. Typical agenda topics include, but are not limited to, curriculum, accessibility, industry needs, advocacy, transferability, 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 international organization for engineering education. ASEE's mission 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 contemporary practical applications of engineering principles and concepts. Graduates of these 2 and 4-year programs normally move into engineering careers in all industries. Notably, these programs have higher levels of diversity than traditional engineering programs.


Workshop 1:

NSF Update/FLATE Mentoring and Partnering—Best practices for 2 and 4-year institution collaborations.

Workshop 2:  

ABET (ETAC) self-study tips and tricks with Barbara Christe


Presentation by ABET

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. 

Monday, October 9

(Blue room, Omni Shoreham Hotel)


Workshop 1:  NSF Update/FLATE Mentoring and Partnering—Best practices for 2 and 4-year institution collaborations.

Workshop 2:   ABET (ETAC) self-study tips and tricks with Barbara Christe


ETLI Kick-off Dinner  (Speaker TBA)

Tuesday, October 10

(Blue room, Omni Shoreham Hotel)

8:00am-8:45am Breakfast/Vendors

8:45am-9:00am Welcome

9:00am-10:00am Keynote:   TBA

10:15am-11:00am Faculty focus:  Hiring and mentoring new faculty (panel)—succession planning, hiring strategies, mentoring.

11:00am-11:45am 2 to 4 year institution ET Transfer

12:00pm-2:00pm Lunch with ABET Update/Vendors

2:00pm-2:45pm Public Relations—how to create an elevator pitch; promoting programs; best way to disseminate information; improve communication between marketing and tech programs; marketing for DEI-B (belonging).

3:00pm-3:45pm The Evolving Demands on Our Graduates - Where Industry is Going.


Session A: Graduate degrees in Engineering Technology.

Session B: Preparation of Incoming Students–Panel of 2 and 4 year student

success professionals and faculty

Evening Activity--ASEE 150th Gala  Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C. (Extra Ticketed Event)

Wednesday, Oct., 11

(Blue Room, Omni Shoreham Hotel)

8:30am-11:00  ETC board meeting with breakfast

Engineering Technology Council


Prof. Martin E. Gordon DFE P.E., ETC Chair, Professor and Director of External Academic Relations, Rochester Institute of Technology (CET)

Dr. Clay Gloster Jr, ETD Chair, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Dr. Hugh Jack P. Eng., ETLI Chair and Member at Large, Distinguished Professor, Western Carolina University

Dr. Robert Weissbach P.E., Chair, Department of Engineering Technology, Purdue University Indianapolis

Prof. Gary D Steffen, Chair, Director, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Dr. Vukica M. Jovanovic, Associate Professor, Director Old Dominion University

Dr. Jafar F. Al-Sharab, Department Head, Director Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Dr. Vassilios Tzouanas, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Director University of Houston - Downtown

Prof. Ronald E. Land, ETNF Chair, Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington

Dr. Ken Burbank, Secretary/Treasurer, Professor and Head, School of Engineering Technology, Purdue University at West Lafayette (PPI)

Prof. Patricia Fox, Past Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. John L. Irwin, Chair-Elect, Professor/Chair, Michigan Technological University

Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry, Ex Officio Member, Executive Director, American Society for Engineering Education

Dr. Jacqueline A. El-Sayed, Ex Officio Member, Managing Director of Professional Services, Chief Academic Officer, & Director Institutional and Strategic Development, American Society for Engineering Education

Engineering Technology Division Leaders

Orlando Ayala, Assistant Program Chair CIEC, Old Dominion University

Marilyn Dyrud, Authorized Listserv Sender, Oregon Institute of Technology

Marilyn Dyrud, Program Chair, CIEC, Oregon Institute of Technology

Clay Gloster, Past Chair, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (CoE)

John Irwin, Secretary, Michigan Technological University

Vukica Jovanovic, Program Chair, Old Dominion University

Christopher LeblancChair, University of New Hampshire

Jay Porter, Publicity Chair, Texas A&M University

Jay Porter, Webmaster, Texas A&M University

Scott Segalewitz, Membership Chair, University of Dayton

Rustin Webster, Member-At-Large, Purdue University, New Albany

Wei Zhan, Treasurer, Texas A&M University