Conference at a Glance


The Program begins Thursday morning with a series of highly interactive Workshop sessions - each topic area featured was selected for their timeliness and value related to first year engineering programs. The purpose of the workshops are to describe the main First Year Engineering focus areas that most attendees are connected with in their present position. The session will allow people to meet others that work in their area and share common discussion topics. The morning sessions will provide concentrated professional development and the range of topics offers opportunities for everyone from new faculty and staff members to the most experienced educators to expand their skills and knowledge. These sessions will be followed by lunch where the Keynote luncheon speaker will summarize the concepts from the morning sessions. In the afternoon the conference will break into two time slots that will continue with a number of invited interactive discussions that will continue the discussions started in the morning sessions. Thursday evening has a number of activities to promote discussions between conference attendees.

The Friday technical program will offer a number of sessions, presented in parallel tracks. The presentations will be a series of best practice descriptions that were submitted based on the call for papers, from the conference attendees. The presentations will include the description of completed work and additional presentations describing preliminary developments of ongoing, cutting-edge projects. Approximately 100 presentations are expected.

A complete schedule of technical sessions showing paper titles, and author names, is available by clicking here


Daily Schedule

Thursday, August 8

7:00 am – 5:00 p.m. Registration in the third floor common area until 5:00pm, then at the Reception. When the program moves to the University Club registration will take place in the University Club.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome snacks and coffee
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Invited Workshops A, B, C and D
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon Focus Session Workshop: What Makes a Successful First-Year Engineering Program
at the University Club Ballroom B
noon – 1:30 p.m. Welcome Keynote Lunch by Teri Reed-Rhoads
at The University Club Ballroom B
Network with conference attendees
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussions
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Best Practice Sessions 1
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tours of Swanson School of Engineering facilities
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Tours of University of Pittsburgh Nationality rooms
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Thursday night Reception

Friday, August 9

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcoming Coffee/Tea and Juice
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Conference Best Practice Sessions 2
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break of Coffee/Tea and Juice
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Keynote: The Power of Empowering Students
at the University Club Ballroom B
by Lorelle A Meadows
noon – 1:00 p.m. Lunch at The University Club Ballroom B
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conference Best Practice Sessions 3
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break Coffee/Tea and Soft Drinks
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Conference Best Practice Sessions 4
Friday Evening Networking Activity on your own with conference attendees


Conference Topic Areas

Listed below is the topic Areas from the Call for Papers. Below each topic is a list of the papers in the various sessions that fall into these track.


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