2024 ASEE St. Lawrence Section Annual Conference

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The York University, Lassonde School of Engineering is delighted to welcome our regional partners as we host the 2024 ASEE St. Lawrence Section Annual Conference in-person in on Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, Toronto Canada.

Conference theme: Developing the Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow.

Franz Newland – Associate Professor at York University

Title of Talk: “Leading through learning: future engineering leaders… and educators?”

Bio: “Dr Franz Newland is an associate professor – teaching stream at York University in the department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering. He is also a romantic idealist, who recognizes and inadequately tries to work to overturn his privilege. Through this privilege, and good fortune, he has been able to collaborate on creating the “cross-campus capstone classroom”, which has won the Airbus GEDC award for diversity in June 2020 and the STLHE D2L award in June 2023. He was also awarded the ASEE St Lawrence section outstanding educator award in April 2021. He is a lifelong learner, a dotty dad, husband and friend to a quaker parrot.”

Lisa Cole – Director of Programming at k2i – Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Title of Talk: “Creating Opportunities in STEM with k2i academy at the Lassonde School of Engineering.”

Description of Talk: The k2i academy was created by Dean Jane Goodyer during a challenging time in our history as we pivoted programs online and tackled the diverse and complex challenges due to COVID. In this talk, Lisa Cole, will share the journey of the k2i academy team and Lassonde in creating an innovative space for transformational change in STEM education. She will share some of the lessons learned and the strategies that keeps this work moving forward. Inclusive design approaches inform and shapes the work at k2i academy. Lisa will share these approaches and illustrate the power of human connection, critical reflection, and commitment to action in the journey for transformative change in STEM education.

Bio: “Lisa Cole is the Director of Programming at k2i (kindergarten to industry) academy at the Lassonde School of Engineering. The k2i academy is an innovative ecosystem, committed to dismantling systemic barriers to opportunity for underrepresented students in STEM. Launched in June 2020, k2i academy works alongside some of the largest school boards in Canada to co-create strategic directions for system change work in STEM education in Ontario. Alongside innovative partners and collaborators, k2i academy has reached over 27,000 youth, educators, families, and community in over 230,000 hours of STEM learning experiences. k2i has employed over 400 high school students in work-integrated learning programs and empowered over 130 undergraduate STEM students to engage in this work as mentors and leaders. The k2i academy is an award-winning team, passionate about creating equitable and inclusive opportunities for students to explore STEM fields and careers, and to develop the skills and mindsets that will enable them to become future innovators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.”

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for the 2024 ASEE STL Annual Spring Conference at Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 26 – 27, 2024

Who should consider submitting: 

  • Engineering educators at all levels
  • K-12/K-I educators
  • University/college faculty
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • Graduate students
  • Undergraduate students

Topics: All submissions should be connected to engineering education and engineering technology. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic and industry collaboration
  • Assessment of teaching and learning
  • Connected engineering communities
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in engineering
  • Experiential learning and project based learning
  • Integrating technology into engineering education
  • Leadership and entrepreneurship in engineering
  • Outreach and pipeline solutions
  • Trends and innovations in engineering education

The abstract body is limited to 2000 characters (with spaces) and should succinctly summarize the work to be presented. All abstracts should be written in good English and proofread. Good practices indicate an abstract should contain enough new information, contain a clear objective and/or hypothesis, a clear and concise summary of essential methods, results, and conclusions. For works in progress, abstracts should disclose primary findings and should avoid promissory statements such as “experiments are in progress” or “results will be discussed”.

All abstracts must be presented with 15 minute presentations during the technical sessions and have the option of being accompanied by a full paper (< 15 pages) or extended abstract (< 4 pages). Papers and extended abstracts will be reviewed for publication on the ASEE STL Section website and ASEE National website.

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit discipline specific topics related to their research or capstone projects. All student project abstracts must be accompanied by a poster presentation to showcase their work.

Awards: The Best Paper Award, Best Diversity Paper Award, and Best Poster Awards will be presented at the conference and will be posted on the ASEE STL Section website.

For Attendees

Please join us at the conference, enjoy the Friday evening banquet, listen to our visionary plenary speaker, meet with other engineering educators to discuss and reflect on session topics and advance new ideas, meet up and coming students committed to changing the world and advancing technology as they present their posters at the poster session, and end the conference with awards, recognition and an ice cream social.