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Research Paper: Where Do We Meet? Understanding Conference Participation in a Department of Engineering Education

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Faculty Development Lightning Talks

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Faculty Development Constituent Committee

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33241

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https://peer.asee.org/33241

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115

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Tahsin Mahmud Chowdhury Virginia Tech

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Tahsin Mahmud Chowdhury is a PhD student at Virginia Tech in the department of Engineering Education. Tahsin holds a BSc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from IUT, Dhaka and has worked as a manufacturing professional at a Fortune 500. He is actively engaged in different projects at the department involving teamwork, communication and capstone design with a focus on industrial engineering practice.

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Ashley R. Taylor Virginia Tech

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Ashley Taylor is a doctoral candidate in engineering education at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, where she also serves as a program assistant for the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity and an advisor for international senior design projects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Ashley received her MS in Mechanical Engineering, MPH in Public Health Education, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Her research interests include access to higher education, broadening participation in engineering, the integration of engineering education and international development, and building capacity in low and middle income countries through inclusive technical education.

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Homero Murzi Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3849-2947

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Homero Murzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering (BS, MS), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and in Engineering Education (PhD). Homero has 15 years of international experience working in industry and academia. His research focuses on contemporary and inclusive pedagogical practices, industry-driven competency development in engineering, and understanding the barriers that Latinx and Native Americans have in engineering. Homero has been recognized as a Diggs scholar, a Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence fellow, a Diversity scholar, a Fulbright scholar and was inducted in the Bouchet Honor Society.

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Desen Sevi Ozkan Virginia Tech Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1996-7719

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Desen is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.

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Hannah Claire Strom Virginia Tech

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I am currently a Sophomore Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering with an intended Spanish minor at Virginia Tech. I am participating in Undergraduate Research with the Engineering Education department and intend to study Engineering Education in graduate school. I have previously worked as a grader for the Foundations of Engineering Class and assisted teaching Matlab once a week. I also work as a peer mentor for incoming freshman through the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. I wish to explore more about engineering education throughout my undergraduate career.

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Abstract

This Lessons Learned Paper focuses on understanding the different types of conferences where graduate students and faculty members in a department of engineering education typically present their work. The field of Engineering Education (ENGE) has been growing considerably in the last years, especially with the creation of several engineering education departments around the country. The Engineering Education community has developed several spaces in the United States(i.e. American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) annual conference, ASEE regional conferences, Frontiers in Education conference (FIE), etc.) and internationally (The Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) conference, the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) conference, the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), among others), to continuously discuss the trends of the field. Nevertheless, engineering educators come from a very broad range of backgrounds, including people from several engineering disciplines, people from different educational backgrounds, people with different social science backgrounds, and even people with many different industry experiences. Hence, researchers have different roots that directly impact the way they conduct their research and the way they share their work. Many of them will present their work beyond the traditional venues created for engineering education, to better adapt to their disciplinary roots, or to develop connections in different fields required to move their research forward.

The purpose of this paper is to better understand what type of conferences members of an engineering education department typically attend. Data is being collected quantitatively using a survey that is being distributed to everyone in a well-established engineering education department (40+ graduate students, 25 faculty members). Results will provide a better understanding of where members of the department share their work and where they attend to develop their academic connections. Results will help us to better understand the field and the diversity of backgrounds it entails. Results also will be especially useful for people new to the engineering education field that will be able to track not only the most traditional and recognized conferences in ENGE, but also become familiar with new venues that might be of interest for them based on their disciplinary background.

This lessons learned paper will be presented as a lightning talk, however, it will include a portion of the conversation focused on the audience. To do that, we expect the audience to engage during the talk by using real-time feedback (e.g. Polleverywhere) to gather their preferences on attending conferences and see how those preferences contrast to the findings of our study.

Chowdhury, T. M., & Taylor, A. R., & Murzi, H., & Ozkan, D. S., & Strom, H. C. (2019, June), Research Paper: Where Do We Meet? Understanding Conference Participation in a Department of Engineering Education Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33241

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