2012 Spring Mid-Atlantic ASEE Meeting

What: 2012 Spring meeting of the ASEE Mid-Atlantic section.  The theme is "Engineering the First Year".

Where: Clayton Hall, University of Delaware, Newark DE

When: April 20-21, 2012

Highlights: Kickoff Address by Ray Landis, Keynote Address by Andy Lau, Morning Plenary by Michael Vaughan, 31 papers, and, of course, the Ice Cream Social.

Program: The final program can be found Here.  Highlights include the following:

  • Kickoff talk by Ray Landis, Friday 3pm
  • The banquet and Keynote by Andy Lau, Friday 6-9pm
  • A plenary by Michael Vaughan (University of Delaware) on Saturday morning
  • Landis's workshop for faculty on Saturday morning
  • 31 papers on various topics in engineering education, including 10 focusing on First Year issues.

Kickoff Address: Ray Landis, Dean Emeritus of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
California State University, Los Angeles, "First things first. First an engineering student; then an engineer." To be given Friday, April 20, 3pm. 

Dr. Landis received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and his Ph.D degree from UCLA, all in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for five years at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, was an engineering professor at California State University, Northridge for 18 years, and served as Cal State L.A.’s Dean of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology for 16 years.

He has received many honors and awards for his work, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring, and the first Wang Family Excellence Award as the outstanding administrator in the California State University System. He was cited as one of the top 100 educational leaders of the 20th century by Black Issues in Higher Education.

Landis will conduct a workshop Saturday morning for faculty. The workshop is to "model active learning approaches for building first-year engineering students into learning communities, strengthening their commitment to engineering, and facilitating change in their attitudes and behaviors to those appropriate to success in math/science/engineering coursework."

Landis is also the author of the highly successful book, Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career, which has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Keynote Address: Andy Lau, Associate Professor of Engineering, Penn St. University (University Park Campus), "Design for a Better Tomorrow", to be given during the Friday evening banquet.

For 12 years, Andy has been the Coordinator of the Freshman Seminar Class at Penn St. 

Thousands of first year engineering students have taken the freshman seminar.

Abstract: Engineers contribute significantly to the world we inhabit, and to the better sustainable world we envision for our children.  Good design relies on both "know-how" - the understanding of how things and organizations work and an appreciation of complex systems, and "know-why" - a grounding in what people and the world need to flourish.  This learning is best accomplished through well designed projects that are inspiring, engaging, and relevant.  The successful student will be a better engineer: a better communicator, team member, innovator, leader, and humanitarian.

We anticipate a highly entertaining and informative talk, and a lively discussion afterwards.

Plenary Session: Michael Vaughan, Senior Assistant Dean of Engineering Academic Affairs, University of Delaware, "EGGG101: Introduction to Engineering … the UD Approach to Early Engineering Education." To be given Saturday morning, April 21. 


Dean Vaughan received both his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.  During his graduate work he was a Micro-Electronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC) Fellow.  He is currently completing work for a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UD in Transportation Engineering.

He serves as Campus Principal Investigator of the NSF funded Greater Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the NSF/AMP Bridges to the Doctorate Program and other sponsored research programs.  In addition to his many on and off-Campus involvements, Dean Vaughan is the Immediate Past President and former Treasurer of the Board of the National GEM Consortium.

Dean Vaughan joined the UD in 1992 after prior experience as Assistant to the Dean of Engineering/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University and Senior-level Electronics Engineer at the Naval Underseas Warfare Center in Newport, RI. 


All participants must register.  All papers must have at least one registered author. 

We are using the Regonline.com service.  You can register at http://www.regonline.com/2012aseemidatlanticmeeting


  • ASEE Members, $125
  • Non-Members, $150
  • First 40 Students, $0.  The free option is closed (full). 
  • Students with Banquet, $100
  • Students without Banquet, $50.

Industrial Sponsorship: If you are interested in sponsoring some portion of the meeting, or renting a booth, please contact us.  See below for contact information.

Paper Submission:  Acceptance emails went out March 29.  If you did not hear from us about your submission, please contact us ASAP.

Submissions are closed.  If you still want to submit something, please contact one of the chairs below.

We used the Easychair.org web service for paper submission https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aseemidatl2012

All papers will be published on the ASEE website: http://www.asee.org/papers-and-publications/papers/section-proceedings/middle-atlantic

Program Committee: Please contact us if you would like to volunteer for the program committee.

Optional Workshop: Engineering Academic Leadership

On Thursday, April 19, the meeting will be preceded by an optional workshop sponsored by ASEE: Engineering Academic Leadership. The cost is $475. Keynote talks are by Dr. Ronald Bennett, Honeywell Chair of Global Technology Management, and Dr. Elain Milliam, University of St. Thomas. More information can be found at http://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/conferences/special-workshops#Academic 

Registration for the Workshop is separate from the conference.  The ASEE is handling registration for the workshop.

Hotel and Lodging:

The Courtyard Marriott is adjacent to Clayton Hall.  We have reserved a block of rooms at $151. Please contact them yourself as soon as possible.  They are holding the rooms for a limited time.  UDMarriott

Other Hotels Nearby:

Embassy Suites near I95 about 2 miles from meeting
Super8 Main St, Newark, long walk to meeting, a budget hotel
Hilton 5 miles away, very nice, pricey.
Holiday Inn Express 3 miles away, near I95
Comfort Inn next to Holiday Inn

Information: Email us at mailto:aseemeeting@ece.udel.edu or call at 302-831-2405.

Co-Chairs: Ken Barner and Charles Boncelet, ECE Department, University of Delaware.

Revised: 19 April 2012