Join your friends and colleagues at our Monday Plenary.
As we close our “125 Years at the Heart of Engineering Education” anniversary celebration, an acting troupe will offer a dramatic representation of ASEE's recent years. The troupe is directed by Jeffrey Steiger, known for his unique theatrical presentations of academe-themed issues, and who presented ASEE’s early years at the 2018 Monday Plenary.
ASEE President's Award Winner
National Student STEM Winners
Dr. Emily Boyd
Washington University of St. Louis
In this talk, Dr. Boyd will address the advantages and challenges non-tenure track (professional track) faculty face in academia. She will summarize the genesis, findings, and outcomes of the study she chaired on professional track faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) and share her experience leading university-level policy and cultural changes as co-president of WashU’s Association of Teaching, Research, and Practice Faculty. Dr. Boyd will offer observations and suggestions on how universities and engineering departments can create more welcoming and supportive environments for this increasingly prevalent and important part of the professoriate.
The ASEE President’s Award recognizes organizations that make the best use of print, broadcast, or electronic media to (a) encourage K-12 students to enter engineering schools and pursue engineering careers and/or (b) influence public opinion and create recognition of the critical role that engineering plays in today's technology driven society. The 2019 award goes to Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering for its Engineering Gift Guide. The annual publication increases awareness of the many toys, games, and books that promote engineering thinking and design and are fun for both boys and girls, and also shares INSPIRE’s research findings with people who have or work with children.
The award is funded by the ASEE Engineering Deans Council.
Emily Boyd is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Since joining WashU in 2015, Dr. Boyd has dedicated herself to supporting students and improving the work environment for non-tenure track (professional track) faculty. She is the Director of the WashU Summer Engineering Fellowship, an undergraduate research program for underrepresented minorities. She co-leads the Women & Engineering Program and, in 2017, founded the Women & Engineering Leadership Society for undergraduate students and alumnae. Dr. Boyd oversees a student/alumni mentorship program, Mentor Collective. As co-president of WashU’s Association for Teaching, Research, and Practice Faculty, Dr. Boyd has led policy and cultural improvements for professional track faculty at the school and university levels. She serves as faculty advisor to WashU’s ASME and SWE student chapters. She is a member of ASEE and has been an active ASME volunteer for over a decade.
Dr. Boyd’s technical area of expertise is in thermal fluid sciences, which she enjoys teaching to undergraduate and graduate students using team-based learning. She is a recipient of the 2018 Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Boyd received her PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 where she researched film cooling technology to improve the efficiency of gas turbine engines. She received her bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
Project: EVA Zip Tie Cutter
Team C.E.R.O.: Lone Star College - CyFair
Maria Gonzalez, Francesca Liso, Sean Palmer, James Philippi, Daniel Vasek
Team C.E.R.O. is an award-winning student team from Lone Star College–CyFair that has developed the first-ever tool from the NASA Mirco-G NExT program to be used on the International Space Station. The mission of Team C.E.R.O. (Cutting Extraction Retention Operations) is to develop a safe and reliable zip tie cutter to be used during spacewalks. The team of five is led by Daniel Vasek and includes Francesca Liso, Maria Gonzalez, Sean Palmer, and James Philippi. Advisers are Dr. Yiheng Wang and Jared Cammon. The project was first submitted to the Texas Space Grant Consortium Showcase, where the team received many awards, including being named the Spring 2018 Top Overall Design Team. Impressed by the zip tie cutter, a facilitator from NASA’s NEEMO mission invited the team to test the prototype at the Aquarius Habitat, the world's only undersea research station. The prototype performed with flying colors in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab as part of Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-G NExT) challenge. Following its Micro-G NExT success, it was tested on the Active Response Gravity Offload System (ARGOS) facility by astronaut Chris Cassidy, who described the tool as elegant and magnificent. The tool is set to enter orbit this year and is slated to be used during the repair of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).
Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Competition
Project: The Fly Flat
Race to Zero Team: Prairie View A&M University
Shannen Martin, Cynthia Suarez-Harris, Ledell Thomas, Kennia Lopez, Aaron Farray, Noah Perkins, Reuben Cheeks, Kristin Clark, Shelby Skinner, Kaylah Wesley, Shelly Pottorf, Assistant Professor, April Ward, Assistant Professor, Shannon Bryant, Design-Build Specialist.
In April of 2018, a Race to Zero design team from Prairie View A&M University’s School of Architecture, nicknamed “The Mod Squad”, took home the First Place Prize in the Urban Single-Family Housing Contest and the Grand Prize in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition with their Fly Flat Design. The Fly Flat is a modular housing design that responds to current needs for resilient and affordable housing. Using a regenerative design framework,
the project addresses environmental, economic and social resilience by providing net zero energy, hurricane-ready, affordable infill housing for the Independence Heights neighborhood in Houston. The team achieves these goals through a modular system designed to be built by students in our new Fabrication Laboratory as soon as funding becomes available. Environmental goals for the design were tracked via compliance with such design standards as Passive House, Zero Energy Ready Home, and Low Impact Development strategies. The project utilizes community partners and envisions the use of a land trust to ensure long-term affordability. Finally, the innovative fly roof system over each home is designed to house a community solar co-op that has the potential to power every home in the neighborhood.
EEin25 ASEE/ EngineeringCAS Student Video Contest
Project: Innovation in Engineering Education
Students: Zachariah Beasley and Sadhu Moka, University of South Florida
Innovation in Engineering Education depicts new instruction methods adapted to include advancements in technology over the next 25 years. The video notes the flexibility and ease with which future generations will acquire engineering education, leading to a diversified and professional student body. We present broader ideas of how classes are taught, how a portfolio can be utilized, and how leveraging peers can lead to scalable, social learning. Ultimately, engineering education will lead the way for a more universal, quality education.