Announcing the 7th Annual First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference

Enhancing the First Year of Engineering Education
Virginia Tech , Roanoke/Blacksburg, VA
August 2-4, 2015

This 7th Annual First Year Engineering Experience Conference will be hosted by The Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and held at the Hotel Roanoke and on the Virginia Tech Campus.

FYEE is your opportunity to meet with engineering educators interested in the first-year, discuss ideas, reflect on relevant topics and issues, and chart new directions and collaborations. It is an ideal forum for sharing ideas and learning about developments in engineering education as it pertains to first year students.

More information can be found on the conference flyer or by scanning the web site.


The 7th First-Year Engineering Education Conference will be hosted by the Department of Engineering Education and College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, continuing the dialog started at the University of Notre Dame in 2005, 2007 and 2009, the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and 2013, and Texas A&M in 2014. Over 200 attendees are expected including deans, department chairs, faculty in engineering and engineering technology, engineering and engineering technology student services professionals, advisors, K-12 teachers and industry leaders.

Conference Structure

The goal of the First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) is to create a learning and sharing experience for each attendee. The FYEE program begins at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Monday morning with a keynote welcome followed by a series of workshops. The afternoon begins with a unique "Discuss on the Bus" opportunity as the conference venue moves to the Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus for workshops and a networking reception.

Tuesday will feature a keynote followed by discussion and a series of "Best Practice" presentations focused on issues relevant to the unique interest of attendees.

New for 2015

FYEE offers a two-day package for K-12 classroom teachers who attend the conference. There will be sessions of special interest to K-12 teachers, and we've planned some surprises you won't want to miss. The discounted rate includes concurrent sessions, keynotes, events, and provided meals and reception on Monday and Tuesday.

We are planning sessions pertaining to and welcome contributions from student services professionals and advisors as we expand our focus in this area.

The planning committee is working on the details of FYEE 2015, and as they become available, they will appear here. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the papers from previous conferences, and don't hesitate to send suggestions or questions to the conference chair at

Conference Chairs

Tamara Knott, Virginia Tech,Director, First Year Programs
Marlena McGlothlin Lester, Virginia Tech, Director of Advising

Local Planning Committee

Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Kenneth J. Reid, Ph.D., Virginia Tech

FYEE Steering Committee

Dan Budny, University of Pittsburgh
Ray Landis, California State University, Los Angeles
Kerry Meyers, Youngstown State University
John Uhran, University of Notre Dame

FYEE Web Site Management

Dan Budny, University of Pittsburgh