ASEE was recently notified that the Long Beach Convention Center, site of our planned 2021 Annual Conference and Exposition, will be used as a temporary shelter for migrant children who have crossed into the United States. As a result, the Long Beach Convention Center will not be available to host the 2021 ASEE Annual Conference, and the conference will move to a fully virtual format.
If you have made a hotel arrangement in the ASEE Block through the housing bureau, your reservation will be cancelled automatically.
If you made a hotel reservation OUTSIDE the ASEE block, you must cancel that hotel reservation directly. ASEE will not be able to cancel it for you.
The details of the virtual format, registration fees, and other issues will be confirmed in the coming weeks; the conference dates will remain July 26-29. Paper deadlines remain unaffected.
We look forward to creating a robust, exciting, and effective virtual experience for you, as we did in 2020.
Reminder that all ASEE papers are publish to present. If you are unable to attend the conference, your paper can still be published.
ASEE is deeply concerned about the circumstances of migrants and undocumented immigrants, especially the children entering our country. There has been a recent surge in unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. and we are encouraged that states like California are attempting compassionate efforts to address this humanitarian crisis.
We fully support the use of the Long Beach Convention Center to house unaccompanied minors on a temporary basis, relieving inhumane and unsanitary overcrowding at other facilities.
ASEE did not object to our in-person conference being cancelled for this important purpose, and we are readily willing to forgo our physical meeting given the circumstances. Our hearts go out to the families and community members on both sides of our border who are impacted by this historic situation.
ASEE encourages our members to think through how engineering can help create a more comfortable environment for what must be frightened, lonely, and confused children.