Welcome to the 2017 ASEE Zone 2 Conference

In the spirit of engineering collaboration and innovation, ASEE's Zone II will be held at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 2-5, 2017. The Zone II 2017 Conference is the joint conference for the three ASEE Zone II sections: North Central, Southeastern and Illinois/Indiana. ASEE members from the other zones and interested engineers are welcome to participate in this spring conference. The three sections usually have annual spring conferences. During this spring 2017 the Zone II conference will serve as the sections' annual conference. Note: The National ASEE 2017 will be in Columbus, Ohio in June 2017.

The program committee welcomes you to San Juan, and hopes that you will find your time here enjoyable and valuable as you participate in the broad range of experiences that have been planned. This multi-sectional collaboration will allow attendees to select from multiple sessions and workshops. The conference will incorporate optional excursions to Castillo San Felipe del Morro (below, left) and the Arecibo Radio Telescope (below, right). The El Morro fortress is located in Old San Juan which is about 15 minutes from the conference venue. This excursion is planned for Sunday, March 5 after noon. The Arecibo telescope is the largest dish antenna in the world. The dish, built into a bowl in the landscape, focusses radio waves from the sky on the feed antenna suspended above it on cables. This half-day trip will be offered on Saturday, March 4 after noon.

There are opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to present their work at the conference. Abstracts for papers and posters may be submitted on this web site by Friday, September 9, 2016. The Zone II Conference is a unique opportunity that allows attendees and presenters to discuss ideas, reflect on the topics and issues from the sessions, and chart new directions and collaborations. Invited facilitators from around the country will hold short workshops and discussion groups on important topics. Conference attendees are encouraged to share best practices through technical sessions.

The Zone II conference begins on Thursday morning with several invited workshops continues with afternoon's individual section's executive board meetings and concludes with the welcome reception at the Las Olas Terrace. Friday morning begins with a breakfast buffet for all the ASEE engineering divisions meetings. All attendees are invited to come to breakfast sitting with your fellow engineering discipline. This breakfast serves as a unique opportunity to get involve with ASEE. We will have a keynote presentation followed by four concurrent lively paper presentation sessions and networking. Friday concludes with a dinner evening reception and awards banquet. Saturday morning will have concurrent paper presentation sessions and a recruitment fair in the afternoon. Sunday morning has the last concurrent paper presentation sessions with the concluding lunch with an invited guest presentation.

We look forward to seeing you all, Zone II General Chairs

2017 Zone 2 General Chairs

General Chair
Barbara Bernal
Kennesaw State University

North Central Section Chair


A Special Thank You ....

The conference is in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 2 - 5. Welcome to the Island of Puerto Rico. This year the North Central Section is joining with the Southeastern and Illinois-Indiana sections to host the Zone 2 conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is the perfect time of year to sit back and evaluate your courses for this past semester and attend the conference to get ideas on how to improve your courses.

We hope you enjoy your time at the conference and find the program sessions, workshops, and tours fun and rewarding. The planning and execution of any conference such as this involved the dedication and hard work of many people. I want to express my sincere thanks to the following:

  • The 200 plus people that registered for the conference by February 15 and the others still registering during the conference. These attendees are representing over 80 different institutions.
  • The 207 students that make up the 61 student teams in the poster competition
  • The 369 authors that make up the 154 presenters in the 28 technical sessions
  • The 10 exciting workshops
  • The staff at the Caribe Hilton, especially Gerardo and Diana Vela
  • The Arecibo Observatory staff and experience at the facility
  • The local universities especially the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and the Universidad del Turabo

Enjoy your time learning, laughing, and exploring the local area. I look forward to discussions with you all as we take in the event together.

Finally consider attending the North Central 2018 sectional Conference at Akron

Thank you for coming!

Dan Budny, ASEE North Central Section Chair


Illinois/Indiana Section Chair


Welcome to our combined 2017 ASEE Zone II and IL-IN Section Annual Conference in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. I am always excited to arrive at our conference each year, and with a location like this, this year is great one! The overall experience of the event, learning from those who are sharing their education research, meeting new friends, catching up with those who I may only see here once each year is excellent. This always allows me to return refreshed and renewed, ready to finish the semester with ideas for the future.

Thank you to all of the authors who have come to share their research. Learning from your efforts and your presentations are the heart of why we come together each year and your support this year is much appreciated. The combined conference this year will allow opportunities to participate in an even more diverse group of paper, posters, and presentations than our typical annual conference, and I know this will greatly enhance our combined experience.

Be sure to say hello and thank our General Conference Chair, Barbara Bernal, for heading up this special event for Zone II when you see her. It has been her vision for some time to bring together the sections and open up the opportunity in San Juan for this event, and this year that vision has been realized. I believe that without her efforts, vision, and intimate knowledge of this beautiful local area, this conference would not have been possible and I am thankful for her leadership.

I do look forward to our next annual conference back in our section and am excited to be currently working out the details with Purdue University in West Lafayette in preparation for them to be our host site in 2018. The date will be March 24th, 2018 and the theme is, "Reflecting on the Path of Engineering Education: Transforming the Field". It will be great to see the growth and advancement that has taken place at the Purdue campus since our last conference visit.

Enjoy your time learning, laughing, and exploring the local area. I look forward to discussions with you all as we take in the event together.

Thank you for coming!

Best Regards,

Thomas Trusty, ASEE IL-IN Section Chair


Southeastern Section Chair


Welcome to the 2017 ASEE Zone II Conference! We in the Southeastern Section are tremendously excited to have worked with the North-Central and Illinois-Indiana sections in putting together the first Zone II conference in many years. I always look forward to our own section conference for the same reasons I've looked forward to this conference: an opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends, all of whose professional endeavors share the goal of this conference's theme, Engineering Everywhere for Everyone.

I must begin by thanking each of the conference authors for helping make this conference possible. Whether presenting a poster for the first time or faithfully sharing a presentation year after year, your work helps motivate and enrich us, your peers. Please continue supporting our section and zone conferences in the future by continuing to share your work.

I must next thank Southeastern Section stalwart Barbara Bernal for her vision and boundless enthusiasm in making a Zone II conference in Puerto Rico a reality. Next I must recognize Zone II Chair Gary Steffen along with the conference's technical program chairs: Dan Budny (North-Central Section), Thomas Trusty (Illinois-Indiana Section), and Sally Pardue (Southeastern Section). These folks have truly performed the lion's share of the work necessary to hold this year's conference. Lastly, no conference could take place without the hard work of all the other section, unit, and division officers who play vital roles and make Zone II the best in the ASEE. Thank you all!

What makes our section and zone strong, of course, is our volunteer workforce. We encourage everyone attending the conference to become further involved with your ASEE section by considering officer positions. If you have never been an officer before, you can start by volunteering as the secretary for one of the divisions. If you have worked your way through a division chair and are interested in the Programs, Awards and Recognition, or Publications and Promotions Units, then seek out one of the current Unit officers and let them know you are interested. The division and unit officers will be selected during the conference’s business meetings.

For 2018, the Southeastern Section returns to its traditional conference event, this time hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in beautiful Daytona Beach, FL. As always, we look forward to connecting with colleagues and sharing our ideas on providing first-class engineering education for all of our students. We hope you'll join us!

Thanks for coming, and a centro, adentro!

John Brocato President, ASEE-SE


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