2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo

Miramar Beach FL

Mar 17 - 21, 2017

The 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo will take place March 17-21st at the Hilton Sandestin Beach in Miramar Beach, Florida.

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Barry Johnson

Assistant Director, National Science Foundation

Bio: Barry W. Johnson is an Assistant Director (Acting) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) responsible for the Directorate for Engineering. He was previously the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia where he continues to hold the L. A. Lacy Distinguished Professorship in Engineering. He is the author of two books, nine book chapters and more than 150 journal and conference articles. He is also an inventor on 34 issued patents. He has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors and is a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to fault-tolerant computing.

Bevlee Watford

Associate Dean Academic Affairs Director for the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, Virginia Tech

Bio: Dr. Watford is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) and Director of the Ware Lab in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Watford is also the incoming president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She earned all of her degrees from Virginia Tech's College of Engineering (BS Mining Engineering, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research). Dr. Watford was a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2005 to 2007 and a program manager for broadening participation in the engineering education and centers division of the NSF from 2013 to 2015. CEED received the 2010 Claire Felbinger Diversity Award from ABET and the 2011 NSBE-ExxonMobil Impact award for implementing successful research based efforts to improve retention. In 2008 Watford received the WEPAN Founders Award in recognition of her service to WEPAN and her efforts to increase the participation of women in the engineering profession. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Principles of Community Award from Virginia Tech in recognition of her efforts in support of diversity and inclusion.

Carlo Manfredini

R&D Director, Emona TIMS

Bio: Currently developing Remote Access lab equipment for Electronics, telecoms, signals / systems for EE and ECE programs worldwide. As well keeping busy with SDR teaching equipment for our telecoms range of hands on lab equipment.

Craig Forest

Associate Professor Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Bio: Craig Forest is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he also holds program faculty positions in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. He is a Fellow at the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle WA and he is one of the inaugural recipients of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Grants, a national research effort to invent the next generation of neuroscience and neuroengineering tools. He is cofounder/organizer of one of the largest undergraduate invention competitions in the US—The InVenture Prize, and founder/organizer of one of the largest student-run prototyping facilities in the US—The Invention Studio. He was named Engineer of the Year in Education for the state of Georgia (2013).

Eric Paulos

Associate Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Bio: Eric Paulos is the founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab, an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley, Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, Chief Learning Officer for the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a Co-Director of the Swarm Lab, and faculty within the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM). Previously, Eric held the Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor Chair in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where he was faculty within the Human-Computer Interaction Institute with courtesy faculty appointments in the Robotics Institute and in the Entertainment Technology Center. Prior to CMU, Eric was Senior Research Scientist at Intel Research in Berkeley, California where he founded the Urban Atmospheres research group. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in wearables, critical making, Epidermal Electronics, Urban Computing, sustainability, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies, and intimate media. Eric received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Eric is also the founder and director of the Experimental Interaction Unit and a frequent collaborator with Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories.

Gregory Boebinger

Director and Professor of Physics, National High Magnetic Field Lab

Bio: Dr. Gregory S. Boebinger received Bachelors Degrees in Physics, Electrical Engineering and Philosophy in 1981 from Purdue University. He studied one year at Cambridge University as a Churchill Fellow, after which he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Fall 1982, where he held Compton and Hertz Foundation Fellowships. His thesis research utilized high magnetic fields and ultra-low temperatures to study the fractional quantum Hall effect with Nobel Laureates Horst Stormer and Dan Tsui. The fractional quantum Hall states are many-electron collective states found in two-dimensional layers of electrons in the presence of strong magnetic fields. They exhibit features in common with both superconductivity and superfluidity; however, the fractional quantum Hall states are strikingly unique in that they exhibit fractional charge, that is, particle-like excitations that are composites of magnetic-field flux quanta and electrons, yet exhibit charges equal precisely to one-third of an electron charge. After receiving his Ph.D. in Spring 1986, Dr. Boebinger spent a year as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Paris at the Ecole Normale Superieure studying other quantum behaviors of electrons in quantum wells. In 1987, Dr. Boebinger joined the research staff at Bell Laboratories and established a unique pulsed magnetic field facility for physics research on semiconductors, f-electron compounds and superconductors in magnetic fields up to 60 teslas, more than one-million times the Earth’s magnetic field. For this research, he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996. In 1998, Dr. Boebinger became head of the pulsed magnet laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the three campuses of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab). In 2004, Dr. Boebinger moved to Florida State University to become director of the MagLab, with responsibility for all three campuses: the headquarters at Florida State University, the pulsed magnet laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the ultra-low temperature and magnetic resonance imaging laboratories at the University of Florida. The MagLab is the world leading magnet laboratory, developing and operating high magnetic field facilities that more than 1600 scientists use annually for research in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and engineering. More information can be found on the MagLab’s website: nationalmaglab.org Prof. Boebinger continues his own research on the high-temperature superconductors, using the intense magnetic fields to suppress superconductivity. The goal is to study the behavior of the samples in the absence of their high-temperature superconductivity, with the expectation that this behavior underpins the superconducting state. A detailed understanding of the non-superconducting states might well lead to an eventual understanding of high-temperature superconductivity. Prof. Boebinger is keenly interested in communicating science to the general public. His outreach has included commencement addresses, public lectures and demonstrations on levitation at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House, at Bell Laboratories, Los Alamos, and the Getty Museum. He has appeared on the History Channel and Discovery Channel and has written articles for Physics Today and Scientific American. He has a special interest in the historical development of materials research and the interplay of the Arts and Sciences.

James Kurose

Assistant Director, CISE, National Science Foundation, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, National Science Foundation

Bio: Dr. Jim Kurose is an Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he leads the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $900 million, CISE’s mission is to uphold the nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose is on leave from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences. Dr. Kurose received his Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University and a BA degree in physics from Wesleyan University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Jeffrey Yerglet

Assistant Professor & Department Chair, Undergraduate Management Golden Gate University, Integer Leadership Consulting

Bio: Dr. Jeffrey Yergler spent 22 years working in senior leadership positions in large non-profit/sectarian organizations before moving to full-time academic instruction in 2007, at Olympic College. At Olympic, Jeff served as lead faculty for organizational leadership and resource management. In 2011, he joined GGU and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, also serving as the chair of the Undergraduate Management department. Jeff is Principal for Integer Leadership Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in leadership training and development, executive coaching, and management training solutions. He is actively engaged in publishing book reviews and qualitative research identifying the management practices that drive employee engagement.

Jenna Carpenter

Dean, School of Engineering, Campbell University

Bio: Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is the Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University. Prior to that, she served for 26 years at Louisiana Tech University, as Associate Dean and Department Head and Director of the Office for Women in Science and Engineering. Dr. Carpenter served as Louisiana Tech’s SWE Faculty Advisor for thirteen years. She is the 2015-2016 WEPAN Immediate Past President. Dr. Carpenter was Principal Investigator of Louisiana Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, which sought to create a culture of success for women faculty in engineering and science, and previously served as co-Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Knowledge Center Project, which created an online database/professional community focused on women in engineering and science. She also served as Vice President for Professional Interest Councils on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), as Director-at-Large for the ASEE Women in Engineering Division, as national SWE Faculty Advisor/Counselor Coordinator and as First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Carpenter currently advises on diversity and mentoring programs for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations. She is an ABET Program Evaluator, Co-Chair of the mathematical societies’ Joint Committee on Women, Chair of the MAA Council on the Profession, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

Maria Petrie

Executive Director, LACCEI - Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions

Bio: Dr. Maria Mercedes Larrondo Petrie is a Professor of Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean of International Affairs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University. She serves as Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), a non-profit network of more than 200 academic institutions that offer Engineering degrees in Latin American and the Caribbean, and others interested in academic and research collaborations with this region. In 2016, she received the Duncan Fraser Global Engineering Educator Award given by the Global Engineering Deans Council, and was inducted into the Pan-American Academy of Engineering. Currently, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Education Society, on the Executive Board of ASIBEI (Ibero-American Engineering Education Society), on the Advisory Board of Engineering for the Americas (headquartered of the Organization of American States), on the International Board of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), and on Boards of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) International Division, Women in Engineering Division and Minorities in Engineering Division. She was past Vice President for the Americas of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), and a Past President of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines. She is part of the Education Committee of the Pan-American Federation of Engineering Organization (UPADI), and the Director of the OAS Center of Excellence in Engineering for the Americas. Her research focuses on modeling complex systems, security, ethics, remote laboratories and engineering education. She has more than 250 refereed publications and has been awarded about three million in grants.

Mark Spong

Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas, Dallas

Bio: Dr. Spong is Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is Past President of the IEEE Control Systems Society, a Fellow of both the IEEE and the IFAC and has served as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, and as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He served as Vice President for Publication Activities from 2000-2002 and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He served as General Chair of the 2010 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the 2001 IEEE Conference on Control Applications.

Martin Uman

Distinguished Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Bio: Dr. Martin A. Uman earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, the latter in 1961. For the next ten years, he first worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona and then as a Physicist Fellow at the Westinghouse Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1971, Dr. Uman joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Florida as a full Professor. Since then, he has been the Director of the UF Lightning Research Laboratory, the part of which is involved in the artificial initiation (triggering) of lightning from natural thunderstorms. This laboratory was later renamed the UF International Center for Lightning Research and Testing. From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Uman was department chair, and, presently holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. Dr. Uman is generally acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading authorities on lightning. He has authored or co-authored five books on the subject of lightning (the latest in 2008) and a book on plasma physics. He has written seventeen book chapters and encyclopedia articles on lightning, and he has authored over 500 journal and conference publications. Dr. Uman was the recipient of the 1996 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal, the 2001 AGU John Adam Fleming Medal, and the 2010 International Conference on Lightning Protection’s Karl Berger Award. He was named the Florida Scientist of the Year by the Florida Academy of Sciences for 1990 and the 1988-89 University of Florida Teacher-Scholar of the Year, the most prestigious UF faculty award. He is a Fellow of three professional organizations: the IEEE, the AGU, and the American Meteorological Society. Other awards include NASA’s 1992 and 1996 Group Achievement Awards to the Galileo Probe Spacecraft Team and three IEEE prize paper awards: the 2001 IEEE Power Engineering Society Surge Protective Devices Committee Prize Paper Award; the Electromagnetic Compatibility Society 1982 Transactions Prize Paper Award; and the Industry Applications Society, Industrial and Power Systems Department, 1994 Ralph H. Lee Prize Paper Award.

Michel Maharbiz

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences , University of California, Berkeley

Bio: Michel M. Maharbiz is a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the extreme miniaturization of technology focused on building synthetic interfaces to cells and organisms. He is known as one of the co-inventors of "neural dust", an ultrasonic interface for vanishingly small implants in the body. His group is also known for developing the world’s first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles. This was named one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2009 by MIT’s Technology Review (TR10) and was in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Inventions of 2009. Prof. Maharbiz received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley under nanotechnologist Professor Roger T. Howe (EECS) and synthetic biologist Professor Jay D. Keasling (ChemE); his thesis work led to the foundation of Microreactor Technologies, Inc. which was acquired in 2009 by Pall Corporation. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) and a member of the Society for Neuroscience. Prof. Maharbiz is a Chan-Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub Investigator (2017), a Bakar Fellow (2014), recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009), a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow. Michel’s long term goal is understanding developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines.

Nayda Santiago

Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Bio: Nayda G. Santiago is professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) where she works in hardware-software systems design, broadening participation, and teaches the Capstone Course in Computer Engineering. Since 2006 she is member of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI) where she is a trainer using the Affinity Research Group (ARG) Model. Dr. Santiago directed the Caribbean Celebrations of Women in Computing, part of the ACM-W celebrations project. Nayda Santiago is NCWIT academic alliance member, member of Henaac, former board member and lifetime member of SACNAS, member of the CIAPR, senior member of the IEEE, member of the ACM, and senior member of the Latinas in Computing (LiC) organization. Dr. Santiago has been awarded 2017 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award, 2008 Henaac Educator Award, 2008 Distinguished Computer Engineer of the CIAPR, and UPRM Distinguished Alumni award. Dr. Santiago is a Licensed Engineer in Puerto Rico. She is passionate about increasing diversity in computing.

Peter Balyta

Vice President, Academic Engagement and Corporate Citizenship; President, Education Technology, Texas Instruments

Bio: Peter Balyta, Ph.D., is vice president of academic engagement and corporate citizenship for Texas Instruments, and president of its Education Technology business. He is responsible for leading teams that focus on the mission of teaching, learning and being inspired by STEM subjects and the impact TI makes in the communities in which it operates. This includes several groups and programs that span TI, all of which aim to help students develop a strong educational foundation, setting them up for future success in a workforce that increasingly demands STEM skills: Education Technology, a global business that delivers market-leading science and math learning products, teacher professional development and classroom resources for the K12 market. The university program, which works with university engineering faculty and students to facilitate the inclusion of TI technology in the learning experience. Collaboration with university engineering research faculty to work on life-improving research projects. Corporate citizenship, which is accountable for the company’s social, environmental and economic impact around the world through community and employee engagement and philanthropy. This includes investments that improve access to education and STEM subjects. Before starting his career at TI in 2000, Balyta was a mathematics educator, math and science district supervisor and a TI Teachers Teaching with Technology™ (T³™) instructor. In his roles at TI, he has brought his enthusiasm and experience from the classroom to support and drive TI’s education vision of equipping and inspiring future generations of leaders and engineers. Balyta holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and technology education from McGill University; a master of science in mathematics from Concordia University; and a master of business administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He remains an educator at heart and is passionate about engaging today’s students in STEM subjects to build the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce

Sarah Rajala

James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, Iowa State University

Bio: Dr. Sarah Rajala is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. She is a former president of the American Society for Engineering Education and chaired the Global Engineering Deans Council. She was named the 2016 national engineer of the year award by the American Association of Engineering Societies and received the 2015 national Harriett B. Rigas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society honoring outstanding female faculty. Dr. Rajala’s previous leadership positions were at North Carolina State University as associate dean for research and graduate programs and associate dean for academic affairs in the college of engineering; and Mississippi State University as a department chair and dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. Dr. Rajala earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ABET, American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Scott Rust

Senior Vice President of R&D, National Instruments

Bio: As senior vice president of R&D, Scott Rust leads the R&D vice presidents and their worldwide organizations in driving product development to equip scientists and engineers with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery. Since joining NI in 1990, Rust has held positions in R&D, Strategic Marketing, and Applications Engineering, including vice president of PXI Test System Products for R&D. In this role, Rust and his teams were responsible for the global development and strategic direction of PXI measurement products such as RF, digitizers, signal generators, digital multimeters, high-speed digital I/O, switching, power supplies, and PXI platform products including PXI chassis and controllers. He also established NI Penang as a center of excellence for the design and development of future NI products. Rust is the inventor or coinventor of seven patents, and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Stephanie Ogden

Dean of R&D and Math Department Chair, , Knox County Schools

Bio: As Dean and Lead Teacher, Dr. Stephanie Ogden led in the design and implementation of the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville, TN, a public secondary magnet school offering a choice for students expressing an interest in our trans-disciplinary STEM curriculum, experiential instructional strategies, and school culture built on a foundation of relational trust and sustained by our STEM habits: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Design, Innovation, Inquiry, and Professionalism. The Chair of the Math Department at her school, Stephanie is a leader in AP Calculus and a member of the Course Development Committee for AP Engineering. The Dean of R&D, she has served as PI on grant applications and facilitated innovative curriculum initiatives between and among university personnel, partners in STEM businesses, and faculty members at the school. A national leader in STEM teaching and learning, Stephanie speaks widely on creating and sustaining schools as communities of leaders. As a member of the International School Leadership Development Network, Stephanie contributes to global research in educational leadership for social justice. Increasingly concerned about the long-term impact of educational policies and practices on schools and society, Stephanie aims to influence school and district leaders to think and act in ways that develop and support excellent teachers and the profession of teaching.

Teri Reed

Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, Office of Research, University of Cincinnati

Bio: Dr. Teri Reed serves as Assistant Vice President of Economic Development in the Office of Research and is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.S. in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent seven years in the petroleum industry, during which time she earned her MBA. She subsequently received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Reed helped establish the scholarly foundation for engineering education as an academic discipline through co-authorship of the landmark 2006 JEE special reports “The National Engineering Education Research Colloquies” and “The Research Agenda for the New Discipline of Engineering Education.” She is the 2016 – 2017 President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). She is also a member, board member and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She serves as an ABET Engineering Accreditation Council evaluator for ASEE, and served as a reviewer of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2008 report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering, and the 2010 report, Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? Reed has received a number of professional honors including the 2015 William Elgin Wickenden Award, the 2013 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education, 2007-2008 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program fellow, and, in fall 2012, Purdue University’s One Brick Higher Award, one of Purdue’s highest honors given by the university president.

Thomas Dick

Professor, Mathematics and Coordinator of Collegiate Mathematics Education, Oregon State University

Bio: Thomas Dick is a professor and former chair of Oregon State University’s department of mathematics. He also serves as the Oregon State University’s Coordinator of Collegiate Mathematics Education, Faculty Director of the OSU Math Learning Center and the OSU Math Excel (Treisman Emerging Scholars) program. His main interests in mathematics education research are in the use of technology to enhance mathematics teaching and learning. . He is a former chair of the editorial panel for Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and a former chair of the Advanced Placement Calculus Test Development Committee.

Tracy Clark

Brand Strategist, Account Director, Tailfin Marketing

Bio: Tracy’s affinity for higher education is no secret. After earning her MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business, she spent 8 years on the client side at Emory University. She then joined the agency world, bringing her brand strategy talents to higher education clients across the US, from Michigan Tech (yep, it’s above the mitten) to Harvey Mudd to Georgia Tech. Tracy’s been with Tailfin since 2013, keeping clients brand-savvy and co-workers engaged with humor and Spotify playlists. Off-the-clock time includes playing music and driving to the nearest body of water.

Elliot Douglas

Program Officer, National Science Foundation

Bio: Dr. Douglas is the Program Director for Engineering Education. He is also Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the University of Florida. He is Director of the Engineering Education Collaborative which brings together faculty interested in all aspects of engineering education, from improving their teaching to conducting education research. His research interests lie at the intersection between education research and engineering education practice. His work aims to understand complex thinking processes and learning in students, and to use this information to design effective teaching practices, and includes research in critical thinking, active learning, and problem-solving. He has recently begun a project to examine the culture of inclusion in high tech firms through the narratives of minority engineers. He also conducts work on qualitative methodologies in engineering education research. He has published a textbook, Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering: A Guided Inquiry, which provides faculty teaching Introduction to Materials a means to easily incorporate active learning techniques into their classrooms. He has been involved in faculty development activities since 1998, most recently presenting workshops on active learning through the POGIL Project. Dr. Douglas received SBs in Materials Science & Engineering and MSE & Music from MIT in 1988, and his PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering from UMass-Amherst in 1992. He then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for four years before joining the University of Florida in 1996. He has served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and Chair of the Educational Research & Methods Division of ASEE.

Bonnie Ferri

Georgia Tech

Bio: Dr. Ferri is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Over the last ten years, Dr. Ferri has been active in developing and implementing innovative pedagogical methods in her classes including active learning, flipped and blended classes, and hands-on learning. She co-developed two Massive Open Online Courses that have enrolled over 100,000 people, and she has initiated several programs within the School of ECE that involve and benefit both faculty and students, including the development of an ECE-centric makerspace. She has received many honors and awards for her teaching, mentoring, outreach, and research in education including the 2017 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2016 Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, the Notre Dame Women’s Achievement Award, and the Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society. She was an invited speaker at a National Academy of Engineering workshop on education. She is very active in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering, including middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate level activities. Dr. Ferri has been active in the IEEE Control System Society by serving two terms on their Board of Governors, being the Program Chair for the 1998 American Control Conference, and serving as a chair of the Control System Society Technical Committee on Education. Dr. Ferri received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, the M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1988.

Greg Abel


Bio: Greg’s career began in advertising at McCann-Erickson and Fitzgerald+Co in Atlanta, then jumped to the digital space, with marketing mega-consultancy US Web/CKS (later marchFIRST) where he helped to develop digital strategy and online user experiences for a range of consumer brands. In 2002, Greg co-founded Tailfin, which has grown into a diverse, award-winning marketing and creative services agency, focused on higher education, technology, healthcare and hospitality. In his spare time, Greg is an avid (or maybe “rabid” is a better term) Atlanta sports fan and a single-engine airplane pilot.

Wilfrido Moreno


Bio: Wilfrido Moreno received his M.S.E.E & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa – Florida in 1985 and 1993 respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa – Florida. Since 1994, Dr. Moreno has been facilitating students and faculty mobility throughout the Latin American region; over 120 faculty members have earned their Doctoral degrees from USF. From 2003 he has served as the R&D Initiative Director for the Ibero-American Science and Technology Educational Consortium (ISTEC) fostering academia-industry-government Teaching/Learning & Research collaborations throughout the Ibero-american region. Dr. Moreno is a founding member of the former Center for Microelectronics Research, (CMR), which is currently the Nanotechnology Research & Education Center, (NREC). Dr. Moreno is the author of over 100 technical publications. His research interests are oriented toward system integration by providing "off-the-shelf" hardware/software solutions to industrial applications in areas such as Digital Signal Processing, Communications, Energy, Robotics & Control, Nano/Micro-electronics, Medical Engineering and Multimedia solutions applied to engineering education.

Ashish Ahuja

Senior Manager, IoT platform ecosystem & mass market, Renesas Electronics Corporation

Sanyogita Shamsunder

Executive / Leader – 5G Planning, Verizon

Jane Tucker

Coach Sessions

Yvette Huet

Coach Sessions

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