General Information

Join us for the 119th Annual
Conference & Exposition!

Spurring Big Ideas in Education

June 10 - 13, 2012
San Antonio, Texas


Conference Overview

The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education.  It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.

The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition hosts over 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. Attendees include deans, faculty and researchers, students, and retirees. Distinguished lectures run on Wednesday, and there are two Main Plenaries. In addition to various award receptions and banquets, ASEE also will feature a complimentary "Meet the Board Forum," providing the opportunity for all registrants to meet with members of the ASEE Board of Directors and discuss current issues in engineering and technology.

The spouse/guest tours help make the conference an event for the entire family. Other highlights include the "Greet the Stars" orientation for new ASEE members and first-time conference attendees, the ASEE Division Mixer, and the "Focus on Exhibits" Welcome Reception, Brunch, Ice Cream Social and Closing Lunch. The 2012 conference will be in San Antonio, Texas. We look forward to welcoming you there.


A Message from ASEE President Don P. Giddens

To:      ASEE Annual Conference Attendees

From:  Don Giddens, ASEE President

Date:   August 30, 2011

RE:      Program Structure for 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

In order to respond to a variety of requests from various ASEE constituents and as part of an on-going effort to maximize the Attendee Experience at the Annual Conference and Exposition, there will be several changes to the program structure in 2012. These changes were developed through extensive discussions among staff, exhibitors and representatives of our membership.

Changes To Be Made:

Change the Annual Picnic to an all-inclusive Division Mixer Sunday afternoon, complimentary for all attendees.

  • The Division Mixer will be a reception that features each division where attendees will mix and mingle with members of their own divisions and with members of other divisions.
  • The mixer will feature tables staffed by those divisions that choose to do so.
  • Divisions will have the flexibility to do creative activities, prize drawings, etc.
  • This event gives the divisions an opportunity to showcase and promote themselves to attendees.
  • Light appetizers and complimentary soda and juices would be provided (an open bar is provided at the Welcome Reception which immediately follows).

Add a Welcome Reception Sunday evening in the Exhibit Hall.
This event would have complimentary beer and wine in addition to soft drinks. This adds another complimentary food and beverage function for our all attendees and exhibitors.

Change the concurrent Distinguished Lecture slot on Tuesday into a Second Plenary.
The Second Plenary will feature, a thirty-minute Keynote Presentation from a Leading Industry Executive, Sponsored by the Corporate Member Council, an address by the President-elect and addresses by the Best PIC Paper award winner from the previous year, the Best Zone Paper award winner from the previous year, and the National Outstanding Teaching medalist.

Add an Ice Cream Social to the Exhibit Hall at to be held from 3:45 to 4:15 on Monday
This provides another complimentary event to for all attendees and exhibitors.

Change the Exhibitor Happy hour on Tuesday evening to an Exhibit Hall Lunch Tuesday at Noon and then close the hall at 2:00 pm.
This provides attendees and exhibitors another opportunity to network as well as reducing exhibitor travel and expenses.

This revised schedule still retains 13 technical session and business session slots from Monday to Wednesday as previous years and does not interfere with the Sunday workshop schedule. It retains 5 concurrent Distinguished Lecture slots and continues to allow for the Monday and Tuesday evening Division social events.

Why we’re making these changes

These changes are in response to requests by Board members, divisions, members and exhibitors to provide more networking and F&B activities, maximizing their experience and their conference dollars.

Most critically, this schedule retains the following qualities of the Annual Conference and Exposition:

  • Quality Programming and Education Sessions
  • Opportunities for attendees and corporate partners to network and socialize
  • Outstanding product and corporate offerings
  • Outstanding customer service

We will very much appreciate feedback from attendees next year in San Antonio on the effectiveness of these changes, as we want to be constantly working to improve our programs.