The Main Plenary is traditionally the most highly anticipated session at the ASEE Annual Conference, with more than 2,000 attendees enjoying this important keynote address. Join your friends, colleagues, and industry partners for the official kickoff of the 119th Annual Conference and Exposition. In previous conferences, ASEE has featured the participation of dynamic visionary leaders such as Charles M. Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering; Carl B. Mack, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers; Gu Binglin, President of Tsinghua University, and many others.
"Keeping it Real -- Preparing Students for Industrial Practice"
A panel of academic and industry representatives will discuss effective ways of preparing engineering students for industrial practice.
Corlis DUPE Murray
Vice President, Global Engineering Services at Abbott Laboratories
Corlis Murray was appointed to her current position in December 2008. Previously, she served as Divisional Vice President, Quality Assurance for Abbott's global nutrition business.
Ms. Murray joined Abbott in 1989 and has held a variety of management positions in quality, operations and engineering in Abbott's nutrition and diagnostics divisions.
Prior to joining Abbott, Ms. Murray held positions in engineering and quality at Recognition Equipment and Xerox Corporation.
She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ms. Allyson Womac Peerman
Vice President of AMD
Allyson Peerman is AMD's Vice President of Public Affairs, responsible for the company's Government Affairs, Community Affairs and Corporate Responsibility efforts worldwide. In this role, Allyson oversses the company's public opinion matters, issues management, charitable giving, external affiliations, education issues and corporate responsibility leadership.
Allyson has 29 years’ experience in the field of public and community relations, including 19 years with AMD. She serves on the International Advisory Board for the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College and is also an active member of the Austin community. Allyson graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a Journalism degree in Public Relations. Previous employers included Tracor, NPC Homebuilders, the Austin Area Research Organization, Great Hills Development Corp., Ernst & Ernst and Foley's.
Public affairs, issues management, community relations, charitable giving, education issues, corporate responsibility, event management
Dr. Niaz Latif
Dr. Niaz Latif is the Dean of the School of Technology and also the interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at Purdue University Calumet (PUC). Before joining PUC, he was a Professor and Head of the Department of Industrial Technology (1999-2006), and Assistant Dean for Statewide Technology Administration (2006-2007) in the College of Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette. During 1990-1999, he taught as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Northern Kentucky University. He is a fellow of the Academic Leadership Program under the Committee on Institutional Cooperation of Big 10 Universities.
Dr. Latif is one of the Directors of the Engineering Technology Council under American Society for Engineering Education. He also serves on the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Dr. Latif has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology. He is a Board member of the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana.
Dr. Latif earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri—Columbia and an M.S. from South Dakota State University (SDSU); both degrees are in Agricultural Engineering. He also received a second Master’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical) from SDSU. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Dr. Latif has supervised graduate student research at both Master’s and Doctoral levels. He has authored/co-authored numerous refereed journal articles and peer reviewed conference proceedings articles, and has made national and international conference presentations. Dr. Latif’s publication record includes articles related to academic program development and program assessment.
Dr. Horace Keith Moo-Young P.E.
Dr. H. Keith Moo-Young is Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at California State University-Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in civil-environmental engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Masters of Technology Management from the University Pennsylvania, and is a licensed professional engineer and Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was formerly the Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Villanova University, and has served as a Professor at Lehigh University.
The emphasis of his research is on hazardous and solid waste management and technologies. As a research, Dr. Moo-Young has secured over $4.0 million in research funding from federal and state agencies and corporations such as NSF, DOE, Department of Education, and Department of Defense. Dr. Moo-Young has led an industry consortium research project on Manufactured Gas Plant Remediation Strategies for the Electric Power Research Institute that included fifteen Public Utilities. Furthermore, he has over 200 refereed papers and invited talks. He is also the co-inventor of one patent.
Dr. Moo-Young has received numerous national awards including service as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Policy Fellow. He currently serves as a member of U.S. EPA Charter Science Advisory Board and Chairs of the Environmental Engineering Committee. Dr. Moo-Young also served on national environmental advisory panels for the Water Environmental Research Foundation, National Science Foundation Committee of Visitors, the Department of Energy, and Department of Defense.
Dr. Christine Ortiz
Christine Ortiz is the Dean for Graduate Education and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ortiz obtained her BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and her MS and PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, all in the field of materials science and engineering. After graduation, she was granted an NSF-NATO post-doctoral fellowship which she used to carry out research in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. Dr. Ortiz's research program focuses on the ultrastructure and nanomechanics of structural biological materials (musculoskeletal and exoskeletal) with the primary goal being to quantify and understand new nanoscale mechanisms, phenomena, and design principles and how they determine function, quality, and pathology. Dr. Ortiz has over 140 scientific publications in more than 20 different academic journals. She has given more than 100 invited lectures, over 30 of which were international, taking place in 12 countries and at eight different Gordon Research Conferences, and currently serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ortiz has supervised a total of 60 students from eight different academic departments. She has received over 20 national and international honors, including most recently the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow Award; the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award; and the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is also a fellow of the Department of Defense Science Study Group. As Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Ortiz’s office focuses on diversity and climate, professional and personal development, community, personal support, immigration and financial assistance for the graduate community.
Dr. Thomas Byers
Bing University Fellow for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
At Stanford University since 1995 as an engineering professor, Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is a Bing University Fellow in Undergraduate Education as well as founder and co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program, the popular Entrepreneurship Corner (ECorner) website of thought leader videos, and a set of global Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (REE) conferences for educators and policy makers. He is a founding principal investigator for the new EpiCenter, which is funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all engineering and science colleges. He is the lead author of a popular textbook called Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise that is published by McGraw-Hill. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Gordon Prize by the National Academy of Engineering in the USA and Stanford University's Gores Award, which is its highest honor for excellence in teaching. He is a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, World Economic Forum, Conservation International, and several private enterprises. He is also a visiting professor at the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology. Tom was executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation during its formation. Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He also earned a PhD in Business Administration (Management Science) at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Michael Richey
Associate Technical Fellow of Boeing
Michael Richey is an Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company. Michael is currently supporting workforce development and engineering education research, and is responsible for leading learning science research, which focuses on learning ecologies, complex adaptive social systems and learning curves. He also provides business leadership for engineering technical and professional educational programs, and leads cross-organizational teams from academia and government.
Michael holds an MS in international business from the Ecole Superieure De Commerce De Lille and a Stanford Certified Project Manager certificate from Stanford Center for Professional Development. He is currently pursuing a PhD focused on organizations and innovation. Michael often represents Boeing internationally and domestically as a speaker and presenter and has authored multiple patents and papers, and has co-authored a book focused on engineering education.