2020 Annual Conference

Northeast Section (ASEE-NE)
University of Bridgeport, October 16th – 17th, 2020
The Path to Impactful Innovation in 21st Century Engineering Education

Greetings from the General Chair
Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organization and technical committees, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 Annual Conference Northeast Section (ASEE-NE), University of Bridgeport, October 16th – 17th, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference is held in a virtual format. The theme of the conference is “The Path to Impactful Innovation in 21st Century Engineering Education.” The conference focuses on the trends and the changing landscape of engineering education. The conference is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curricula, and providing prime networking opportunities for faculty members, students, and industry representatives.

The conference features professional research papers sessions, in addition to student papers sessions and student posters presentations. The conference also hosts ABET workshop, keynote speeches, and lightning talks.

We look forward to a rich program, and many presentations on the cutting-edge of research within various engineering disciplines. Topics to be covered through the various conference tracks include, but are not limited to: advances in engineering and research, best practices in online engineering education, engineering education and accreditation, innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering education, engineering ethics, diversity and racism in engineering education, lab-based instruction and learning, and applied research and technology.

We look forward to your participation and hope that you will enjoy the conference.

Khaled Elleithy, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering, Business, and Education
University of Bridgeport

Detailed schedule at: http://www.ubconferences.org/tentative-schedule/

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sheryl Sorby
President of ASEE
Professor of Engineering Education, University of Cincinnati
Topic of Speech: “An Update from the ASEE Board of Directors and a Call for Action on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Curricular Change”

Friday, October 16, 8:15 am – 9 am
Zoom link: https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/92277887434

Dr. Sheryl Sorby is currently a Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Cincinnati. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland conducting research in engineering education and is a professor emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. She is the PI or coPI on more than $14M in grant funding, most for educational projects. She is the former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech and served at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education for nearly three years. Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, Dr. Sorby served as chair of the Engineering Fundamentals Department at Michigan Tech. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the newly adopted First Year Engineering Program at Michigan Tech. She received a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Engineering Mechanics, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, all from Michigan Tech.

Dr. Sorby has a well-established research program in spatial visualization and has been actively involved in the development of various other educational programs. She received her first grant from the National Science Foundation in 1993 to develop a course and course materials for helping engineering students to develop their 3-D spatial skills. She has received numerous follow-up grants from the NSF and the US Department of Education to further her work in developing and assessing spatial skills. Her spatial skills curriculum has been adopted by nearly 30 engineering programs across the U. S. In 2005 she received the Betty Vetter award for Research on Women in Engineering through the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN) for her work in improving the 3-D spatial skills of engineering students. She received ASEE’s Sharon Keillor award for Outstanding Woman Engineering Educator in 2011. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and is the current President of ASEE. She has published more than 150 papers in journals and conference proceedings and is the author of seven textbooks.


Dr. Roman Kuc
Professor of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Yale University
Topic of Speech: “Quo Vadis (Latin: where are you going), Engineering Education?”

Friday, October 16, 12 noon – 12:30 pm
Zoom link: https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/94124749519

This presentation reviews engineering teaching practices in the light of recent advances in machine learning using perceived value by the student as the function to be maximized. The value of a course from the student’s point of view, both short and long term, provides the motivation for the student to do well. Examples of successful and in-progress approaches are given.

Roman Kuc received the BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He began his engineering career at Bell Laboratories where he investigated efficient digital speech coding techniques. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale where as the Director of the Intelligent Sensors Laboratory he is pursuing research in biometric sensors for robotics and bioengineering. Prof Kuc until recently served as the Associate Dean of Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the author of four textbooks, most recently Electrical Engineering in Context of Digital Information Age, and co-author of the Sonar chapter in the new Handbook of Robotics.


Dr. Mark A. Reed
Departments of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering
Yale University.
Topic of Speech: “Future Electronics: When Moore’s Law Drives off the Roadmap”

Saturday, October 17, 9 am – 9:30 am
Zoom link: https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/93180145648

Integrated semiconductor devices are the underlying engine for the information technology industry. Continued progress and innovation is contingent not only on the downscaling of device dimension and material innovation, but also addressing the ever-increasing problem of power dissipation. Charge-based electronics is approaching its’ limits to meet these constraints, and a search is underway for post-CMOS successors. This talk will discuss the physics and technology of scaled integrated devices, and the prospects for successors including atomic and molecular-scale electronic systems.

An emerging exciting frontier is the interfacing of electronics to chemical and biological systems, enabled by nanoscale devices. This capability not only enables a range of novel scientific investigations, but many important applications, and the possibility of neuromorphic and ultra-low power dissipation systems.

A challenge in engineering education is training the next generation of scientists and engineers to learn the multidisciplinary aspects presented by this challenge. A few examples from broad audience nanoscience courses will illustrate how traditional discipline boundaries are limiting this, but also presents some new opportunities.

Prof. Mark A. Reed received his Ph.D. in Physics from Syracuse University in 1983, after which he joined Texas Instruments. In 1990 Mark joined Yale University where he holds the Harold Hodgkinson Chair of Engineering and Applied Science. He was chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1995 to 2001, and is the founding Associate Director of the Yale Institute for Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering.

Mark’s research activities have included the investigation of electronic transport in nanoscale and mesoscopic systems, artificially structured materials and devices, molecular scale electronic transport, chem/bio nanosensors, and nanoionic transport. Mark is the author of more than 200 professional publications and 6 books, has given over 75 plenary and over 400 invited talks, and holds 33 U.S. and foreign patents on quantum effect, heterojunction, and molecular devices. He was the Editor in Chief of the journal Nanotechnology (2009-2019), is the present Editor in Chief of the journal Nano Futures, and holds numerous other editorial and advisory board positions.

Mark has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World. His awards include; Fortune Magazine “Most Promising Young Scientist” (1990), the Kilby Young Innovator Award (1994), the Fujitsu ISCS Quantum Device Award (2001), the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science (2002), Fellow of the American Physical Society (2003), the IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology (2007), Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2009), a Finalist for the World Technology Award (2010), and the CBA Distinguished Alumni Award (2019).


About the Conference

The American Society for Engineering Education Northeast Section (ASEE-NE) invites papers, presentations, and posters for our annual conference hosted at the University of Bridgeport from October 16th through 17th, 2020. The conference theme of ‘The Path to Impactful Innovation in 21st Century Engineering Education’ focuses on trends and changing landscape of engineering education.

Conference Topics

  • Advances in Engineering and Research
  • Best Practices in Online Engineering Education
  • Engineering Education and Accreditation
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education
  • Engineering Ethics
  • Diversity and Racism in Engineering Education
  • Lab-based instruction and learning
  • Applied research and technology innovation

Professional Papers

Authors are invited to submit full-length papers describing significant and innovative research contributions in the field of engineering and education. Accepted and presented papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore®. Full details of submission procedures and requirements for authors of accepted papers are available at http://www.ubconferences.org/professional-papers.

The Student Posters

Competition provides an excellent forum for students to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Each poster will be judged based on technical rigor, poster format, and the student’s ability to convey the poster content to the judges through an oral presentation. Monetary awards will be given for the top three graduate/undergraduate posters as well as the top three K-12 posters.

Exhibition Opportunities

The Conference exhibit area will provide your company or organization with the opportunity to inform and display your latest products, services, equipment, books, journals, and publications to attendees from around the world. For further information, contact Nasir Sheikh, nsheikh@bridgeport.edu.

Lightning Talks

In addition to peer-reviewed presentations, ASEE-NE 2020 welcomes presentations from diverse sources including industry, academia, and K-12 educators. Lightning talks typically present work in progress, discuss new ideas and help establish opportunities for collaborative work.

Interested speakers are encouraged to submit proposals to the Workshop Chair Dr. Prabir Patra (ppatra@bridgeport.edu) as soon as possible.