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Organizing a Student Poster Session in an ASEE Section Conference

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division Poster Session

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society

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24.964.1 - 24.964.17



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Steve E. Watkins Missouri University of Science & Technology

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DR. STEVE E. WATKINS is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University
of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla. His interests include educational
innovation. He is active in IEEE, HKN, SPIE, and ASEE including service as the 2009 Midwest Section
Chair and the 2012 Midwest Section Conference General Chair. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas
at Austin (1989). Contact:

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Les Kinsler Kansas State University, Salina

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Les Kinsler is a Professor with the Engineering Technology Department at Kansas State University Salina campus. Mr. Kinsler received his M.S. Degree in Computer Science from Wichita State University (KS) in 1987 with an emphasis in Software Engineering. He received a B.S. in both Physics and Mathematics from Emporia State University (KS) in 1972. Mr. Kinsler teaches classes in programming, software engineering, and fluid mechanics. His research interests include embedded systems and controls as well as teaching methodologies.

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Julia L. Morse Kansas State University, Salina

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Julia L. Morse is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering Technology at Kansas State University's Salina campus. A Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) and a Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI), she teaches lecture and laboratory courses in the areas of computer-aided design, manufacturing, and automation. Ms. Morse earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Auburn University, where she also worked with Auburn Industrial Extension Service. Her work in industry includes engineering experience in quality control, industrial engineering, and design and development functions for automotive parts manufacturers in North Carolina and Germany.

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Doug Carroll Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Doug Carroll is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Missouri S&T and is the Director for the Cooperative Engineering Program, a cooperative effort with Missouri S&T and Missouri State University. Dr. Carroll founded the student design center at Missouri S&T and served as its first director. He also served as the advisor for the solar car project for 12 years, including two national champion teams. He has worked with many students on design projects in his career.

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Organizing a Student Poster Session in an ASEE Section Conference Engineering projects provide important technical and communication experiences forundergraduate and graduate students. Often project documentation and presentation are limitedto local venues and communication modes are limited to written reports and oral presentations.Opportunities to present technical work at conferences can provide additional experience inprofessional communication (especially in preparing abstracts and in visual design), can preparestudents for future conference participation, and can enrich the conference program for allparticipants. A section conference provides good first experiences beyond local venues andsignificant opportunities for student interaction with professional educators. Several issues existwhen including student poster sessions in engineering education conferences. How can thecontent of posters be related to an engineering education theme? How are communicationprinciples of audience and purpose incorporated into the session guidelines and review process?What approaches facilitate student participation? What roles do faculty advisors have? Theorganization of a student poster component at a section ASEE conference is described includingsubmission guidelines, acceptance criteria, best-poster rubrics, and suggestions for futureimplementation. Lessons learned during two years of hosting such as poster session arehighlighted especially with regard to the abstract and poster evaluation rubrics. The intents ofthe poster sessions are to showcase student work in senior design/capstone projects, competitiondesign projects, student research projects, etc. and to build student communication skills. Posterrequirements included content on specific technical accomplishments and lessons learned toaddress educational and pedagogical aspects of the student work. The work of faculty advisorswas recognized by allowing faculty to be secondary authors. Student communication skills werepromoted by guidelines and rubrics that encourage succinct written summaries and effectivevisual design. The poster sessions facilitated interaction between students and educators andgave greater dissemination of the student work. Abstract Evaluation Feedback: Student Poster SubmissionWriting StyleIs the abstract well-written and easy to read and understand? Is the authors’ intent clear? Isthe abstract focused on appropriate objectives?Writing MechanicsAre the grammar, spelling, and formatting appropriate for professional presentation andpublication?Topical Relevance to ConferenceDoes the proposed poster content address work of interest to engineering, engineeringtechnology, or engineering education?GoalsDoes the abstract clearly communicate the goals or need addressed by the project?Technical Accomplishments and Design Lessons LearnedDoes the proposed poster and paper address “Technical accomplishments and design lessonslearned” (as specified in the Call for Student Posters)?MethodologyDoes the approach or methodology seem appropriate? Does the methodology apply relevantengineering & technology practices and principles, where appropriate?Results/Findings/ImplicationsAre the results clearly described? Are the results based on data or other evidences developedthrough the methodology?Overall Reviewer AssessmentAccepts as is Accept with minor revision suggestedAccept with revision required Not accepted Table. Evaluation Feedback Categories for Student Poster Abstract

Watkins, S. E., & Kinsler, L., & Morse, J. L., & Carroll, D. (2014, June), Organizing a Student Poster Session in an ASEE Section Conference Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22897

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