2020 ASEE St. Lawrence Section Annual Conference

About the Conference

In collaboration with the 2020 New York Cyber Security and Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Spring Conference

Conference Theme: Engineering at the Intersections of the Design, the Arts and Technology
Dates: April 3+4, 2020

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is delighted to host the 2020 ASEE St. Lawrence Section Annual Conference on April 3 and 4, 2020. It is in collaboration with the 2020 New York Cyber Security and Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Spring Conference. The conference theme is Engineering at the Intersections of Design, the Arts and Technology.

Please join us at the conference to tour several state-of-the-art laboratories, enjoy the Friday evening banquet with an open bar at the Polisseni Center, listen to our visionary plenary speaker, meet with other engineering educators to discuss and reflect on session topics and advance new ideas, learn what students are doing from their posters at the lunch buffet, and end the conference with ice cream from Ben and Jerry's.

We invite our partners in industry to support this annual conference by being a sponsor or an exhibitor. Conference will be attended by more than 150 students, faculty, and administrators from universities and colleges in the Northeast USA. Please see the Sponsors and Exhibitors section below.

Please submit an abstract for a full paper or an extended abstract. We welcome all those who are interested, even if your work falls outside the conference theme – our main stipulation is that your work relates to engineering or engineering technology education. Please see the Call for Papers below. Abstracts are due by December 22, 2019.

Please submit an extended abstract for the Student Poster session on your engineering education or research project. Please see Call for Student Posters below. Abstract submission will begin January 21, 2020.

Schedule

Friday, April 3, 2020

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Registration Desk {Gleason (09) Hall, Brinkman Lab Entrance}

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Lab Tours {Gleason (09) Hall, Brinkman Lab Entrance}

Banquet {Gene Polisseni Center, Club Lounge}

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Casual Reception, Open Bar

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  Banquet Dinner

Introductions: Dean S. Ramkumar, CET, RIT

Section Awards

Speaker: Dr. S. Hoover, Executive Director, Global Cybersecurity Institute

Saturday, April 4, 2020

8:00 am – 11:00 am  Registration Desk {Gleason (09) Hall, Brinkman Lab Entrance}

8:00 am – 8:30 am  Coffee, Beverages, Snacks {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

8:00 am – 8:30 am  Board Meeting, NYSETA {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2129}

8:30 am – 9:30 am  Main Plenary {Gleason (09) Hall, Xerox Auditorium}

Introductions: Dean D. Edwards, KGCOE

Keynote: President David Munson, RIT

President-Elect Sheryl Sorby, ASEE

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Break {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

9:45 am – 10:45 am Sessions A

Session A1: Student Lightening Presentations {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2159}

Moderator: Emily Wood, U of Buffalo

  1. Troubleshooting and Data Collection Protocol for an Electrodynamic Drying System – Work in Progress; Rebecca Jones, Grove City College
  2. Thinking Aloud: How do Biomedical Engineering Students Solve SV Tasks; Emilie MacKinnon, RIT
  3. Impact Reducing 3D Printed Running Shoe Midsoles; Bennett Wong, RIT
  4. Optimal Stencil Cleaning Process for Consistent Solder Paste Deposition for Ultra-Fine Components; Romit Nag, RIT
  5. Automated Fluid Mixer; Amariah Barton-Harris, Buffalo State College
  6. Server Room Environmental Monitoring and Control; Thomas Wallen, Buffalo State College
  7. An Exploration of Prescription Opioids Addiction; Joe Campbell, RIT
  8. First Engineering Technology Classroom Design Experience on Catapult in a Deaf Classroom; Keaton Bourdaux, RIT
  9. Buffalo State College Micro-Grid Project 2019-20; Colin Pelton, Buffalo State College
  10. MCC 2019 Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Competition; Justin Payne, Monroe CC
  11. Augmented Reality Maintenance; Ryan Lukowski, Buffalo State College
  12. BAJA NVH Reduction; Tom Sayles, Buffalo State College
  13. Baby Car Seat Project; Hamad Alrobayan, Buffalo State College
  14. A Case Study of Noise Reduction in a Salt Processing facility; John Chambers, RIT
  15. Thermal Reliability of Pb-Free Solder Alloys in Different BGA Applications; Raynier Salomon, RIT
  16. The Need for Modularity in assisted devices; Ian Kaminer, University at Buffalo
  17. Closed loop speed control and protection circuit for an AC induction motor; Joshua Evans
  18. Teaching First Year Students the Engineering Design Process with a Tupperware Shape-O Ball Toy; Jonathan Zdisnski, Houghton College

Session A2: Sustainability {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2149}

Moderator:

  1. Carbon Footprint Assessment of Alternative Strategies for Retirement of Wood Products; Brian Thorn, RIT
  2. Food Waste – to - Energy: Teaching Students about Waste Disposal Options and the Science of Resource Recovery; Jan DeWaters, Clarkson U
  3. Hydraulic fracturing, Fracking Volcanos, Geothermal Energy and Social Sustainability: An Anticipatory Ethical Analysis; Richard Wilson, Towson U
  4. Compressive Mechanical Properties of Three-Dimensional (3D) Printed Thermoplastics; Raymond Lam, Queensborough CC

Session A3: Grand Challenges Scholars Program {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2139}

Moderator:

  1. Making an Olin Grand Challenges Scholars Program: Co-Creating with Students; Alison Wood, Olin COE
  2. Application of Risk Management Principles to Assess UAV Routing Options for Commercial Delivery in Urban Areas; Kevin O’Donnell, Farmingdale State College
  3. Development of an Interdisciplinary Grand Challenges Course; Matthew Marshall, RIT
  4. Outcomes of a Grand Challenges Regional Collaborative Workshop; Sarah Brownell, RIT

10:45 am – 11:00 am  Coffee Break {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

11:00 pm – 12:00 pm  Sessions B

Session B1: Interactive Workshop {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2159}

Remaking Education though Storytelling I: Deepen; Sarah Brownell, RIT

Session B2: Simulation and Planning {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2149}

Moderator:

  1. Educational Neural Network Development and Simulation Platform; Albert Knebel, RIT
  2. Developing a New Course about Planning and Operation Problems of Plug-In Electric Vehicles in Smart Grid; Mehdi Rahmani-Andebili, Buffalo State University
  3. Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Systems Simulation; Michael Kuhl, RIT
  4. Preparing Future Human Factors Engineers for Developing Ergonomic Products using Computer Aided Design and Prototyping; Pranav Kuber, RIT

Session B3: Computer Controlled Vehicles {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2139}

Moderator;

  1. The Advancement of Autonomous Vehicle Navigation; Jon Laos, RIT
  2. Monroe Community College Drone Design Team; Justin Payne, Monroe CC
  3. Using NIST’s Shortwave Broadcast Signals to Experience and Understand Ionospheric Radio Propagation; Paul Crilly, US Coast Guard Academy
  4. Hydropower Through Tidal Energy: Ethical and Anticipated Ethical Issues; Richard Towson, Towson U

Session B4: Undergraduate Student Skills {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2129}

Moderator:

  1. Designing the Precision Manufacturing Technology’s sub-baccalaureate program for future deaf students at NTID:  A SWOT analysis; Dean Laury, RIT
  2. Ensuring Student Success - Developing Nontangible Skills in the Technical Workplace; James Mallory, RIT
  3. Skillset Shifts in First-year, First-semester Chemical Engineering Students; Kyle Trenshaw, U of Rochester
  4. Teaching Chemical Engineering Practice Through Piping and Instrumentation Diagram Design; Thomas Meadowcroft, Rowan U

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Lunch {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Student Poster Presentations {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

Moderator: Emily Wood, U of Buffalo

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm  President-Elect S. Sorby, ASEE {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2159}

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm  Break {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Sessions C

Session C1: Interactive Workshop {Gleason (09) Hall, Xerox Auditorium}

Remaking Education through Storytelling II: Dissent; Sarah Brownell, RIT

Session C2: Curriculum Development {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2159}

Moderator:

  1. Vertical Integration of Experiences Through the Biomedical Engineering Curriculum; Cory Stiehl, RIT
  2. Curriculum Enhancement to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program and Undergraduate Aerospace Option by Including Contemporary Issues of Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System; Agamemnon Crassidis, RIT
  3. A new General Education course that combines technology, LGBTQIA+ and diversity topics in an accessible and inclusive learning environment; David McLaughlin, U Massachusetts, Amherst
  4. A Scholarship Program for Students Transferring from Two-Year Colleges; Franz Foltz, RIT
  5. Mapping the Technical Knowledge and Skills requirement of the Electronic Manufacturing Industry using Topic Modeling; Martin Anselm; RIT

Session C3: Curricular Innovations {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2149}

Moderator:

  1. Use of Flow Visualization Projects to Personalize Introductory Fluid Mechanics for Students; Douglas Bohl, Clarkson U
  2. Mid-semester Course Feedback Surveys Extend the Reach of an Engineering Teaching Center; Kathryn Dimiduk, Cornell U
  3. The effects of recitation classroom environment on attendance and performance in an introductory mechanical engineering course; Laura Slane, U of Rochester
  4. Multiple Choice Learning Assessment for Intermediate Mechanics of Materials: Insights from Think-Aloud Interviews; Matthew Ford, Cornell U
  5. Singularity Functions Revisited: Clarifications and Extensions for the Deflection of Beams of Non-Uniform Flexural Rigidity under Arbitrary Loading; Stephen Boedo, RIT

Session C4: Innovative Experiments {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2139}

Moderator:

  1. Active Learning in Dynamics: Hands-on Shake Table Testing; Amanda Bao, RIT
  2. STEAMing Textile Smart through Classroom Research and Teaching; Christine Heusner, RIT
  3. Catapult Design Experiences for Deaf Engineering Technology Students at NTID; Dean Laury, RIT
  4. A Hands-on Activity to Assist Students in Making Connections between Topics in Heat Transfer; Jennifer O’Neill, RIT
  5. An Undergraduate Experiment to Introduce Surface Science Fundamentals; Katherine Gascon, U of Rochester
  6. Prosthetics, Exoskeletons, BCI's, Robots, and War: An Anticipatory Ethical Analysis, Richard Wilson, Towson U

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  Ice Cream Social {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  Conference Awards {Gleason (09) Hall, Erdle Commons}

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Board Meeting, ASEE STL Officers {Gleason (09) Hall, Room 2129}

Registration

  • Early Bird (including Priority status): ends February 25, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Regular: ends March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Late: from March 24 to April 4, 2020

Register

Registration Type Early (before  2/25/2020) Regular (after  2/25/20) Late (after 3/23/20)
Professional (Friday and Saturday) $140 $170 $200
Professional (Saturday only without banquet) $100 $130 $160
Guest (Reception and Banquet) $40 $70 $100
Student (with Reception + Banquet) $70 $100 $130
Student (without reception and banquet) $30 $40 $70
Retiree (with reception and banquet) $70 $100 $130
Retiree (without reception and banquet) $40 $70 $100

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gain valuable exposure for your brand and help us ensure the success of our annual conference by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.  We offer several opportunities to display your company's products and services.

  • Rent a table to exhibit* your products and services: $250
  • Distribute your company's literature in the program handout: $500
  • Display your company's logo on the conference website: $1,000

*Exhibitors must register for the conference.

Register as a sponsor

Please contact Professor James LeeJHLEME@RIT.EDU585-475-2899

Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Engineering at the Intersections of Design, the Arts and Technology

Please join us for the 2020 conference. We welcome all those who are interested, even if your work falls outside of this year’s theme. Topics of general interest include:

  • Engineering at the Intersections of Design, the Arts and Technology
  • Grand Challenges Scholars Program
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Accessibility
  • Two year schools to Four year school linkages
  • Discipline-specific topics and instructional materials
  • Experiential Learning
  • Other Engineering Education related topics

1. Topics should be connected to engineering and/or engineering technology education. They can be related directly to the conference theme or contribute to engineering education generally.

2. Presentations (for Full Papers and Extended Abstracts) will be organized into sessions around the categories above. Full Papers will be reviewed for publication on the ASEE section and ASEE national websites. Extended Abstracts and Student Posters will be published on the ASEE St. Lawrence website only.

3. Conference registration of at least one author is required to present any paper, extended abstract, or student poster.

  • Propose a paper: Full papers are appropriate for late-stage research projects with conclusive results; mature, theoretically-grounded position papers; or papers reporting on a well-tested professional or teaching practice. Each paper is limited to 15 pages in length including references. All submissions will undergo a blind review. Conference registration of at least one author is required to present any paper. 
  • Propose an extended abstract: Extended abstracts are for participants who want to present at the conference, without the task of writing a full paper. Each extended abstract is limited to two pages including references. All submissions will undergo a blind review. Conference registration of at least one author is required to present any abstract.

We invite submission of an abstract for a full paper or an extended abstract from academia and industry on any topic that may benefit engineering and/or engineering technology education. Topics of particular interests are listed above. Abstracts are due by December 22, 2019.

Abstract should be 300-500 words in length, well-written with enough new information, clear objectives and/or hypothesis. It should provide clear and concise summary of essential methods, results, and conclusions as supported by the data. Please do not include any figure or table in an abstract.

Submission is a three-step process: (1) submission of an abstract, (2) submission of draft paper or extended abstract, and (3) submission of final paper or extended abstract. Each abstract will receive at least one review. Author of an accepted abstract will prepare a draft of the full paper or extended abstract for a peer review; at least two reviewers will review the draft. To aid both the reviewers and the readers, each full paper will be limited to 15 pages whereas an extended abstract will be limited to two pages, including references.

All submissions and reviews are made through the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit (CMT) website. It will be necessary for you to register on the website if you are not already a user. Abstracts are due by December 22, 2019. You will be notified that your abstract is accepted by January 6, 2020. Submit your abstract here.

  • Abstract submission for Full Papers and Extended Abstracts is now open
  • Extended to December 22, 2019: Abstracts due by 11 pm EST. 
  • January 6, 2020: Primary authors will be notified of abstract acceptance.
  • January 27, 2020: Full versions of Papers and Extended Abstracts due. These should be fully written, following the instructions provided below, ready for reviewers.  
  • February 20, 2020:  Paper and Extended Abstract authors will receive comments and notes on their work.
  • March 9, 2020: Final versions of all submission types, along with copyright releases, are due by 11:59pm EST

All submissions are expected to be original and polished work. The format for an extended abstract is identical to that of a full paper except for the page length. Page number limit is two pages for an extended abstract, and fifteen pages for a full paper.

While there will be the opportunity to revise the draft submission from reviews, those revisions should be minor since there is no review – revise – review cycle for this conference. All papers should explicitly state their motivating questions, relate to relevant literature, and contain an analysis of the effectiveness of the interventions. The ASEE rubric for draft paper evaluation is here with the formatting instructions shown below.

One of the paper authors must register, attend the conference, and present the paper for it to be published in the conference proceedings. Please select at least one secondary subject area so that your paper can be properly tagged.

Author and institution names can be included in the body of a draft paper. This is a blind (not a “double-blind” review). Formatting instructions and draft paper evaluation rubric can be found here. Submit your full paper or extended abstract as a single PDF file using Microsoft CMT here.

If you are submitting a full paper, please also submit this copyright transfer form.

Title of Paper: The title must be centered with at least a one and one-half inch margin on the left and right. 14 point bold Times New Roman typeface is required.

Author and Affiliation: Leave a line blank between title and author list. Use 12 point Times New Roman. List all author names followed by a list of their affiliations. You do not need to disguise author names or affiliations in the body of the paper.

Footers: These will be automatically added to your papers.  Please leave them blank.

Body of the Paper (beginning under the title information on the first page and continuing with all subsequent pages)

First Page: The paper will be in a one-column format with left justification. There must be a one inch margin on the left, right, and bottom.

Font: Times New Roman typeface is required, 12 point, skipping one line between paragraphs.

Second and All Subsequent Pages: There must be a one inch margin all around (top, bottom, right, left) in one column format, left justification, skipping one line between paragraphs. Font: Times New Roman typeface is required, 12 point, using only standard symbols and abbreviations in text and illustrations.

Abstracts: Abstracts are not required, but can be included between the title and the body of the paper, but not on a separate page.

Headings: Headings are not required but can be included. If used, headings must be left justified, lowercase, with the same font and size as the body of the paper. There must be only one space between the heading and the paragraph.

Page Numbering: Do not number the pages.

Length: An extended abstract is limited to two pages. A full paper is limited to fifteen pages. Pages can be landscape to accommodate graphics if necessary, all other requirements above still apply.

 Biographical Information: No biographical information is required.

References: The preferred reference style is IEEE.

Call for Student Posters

We welcome submission of posters from students related to their engineering experiences, including but not limited to education. Poster topics related to technical design or engineering research activities are encouraged.

Student poster submission is a two-step process: (1) submission of an extended abstract for review, and (2) submission of a poster and a single Power-point slide for a “lightening” presentation as PDF files. Each abstract will receive at least one review. Author of an accepted abstract will prepare a single slide for a 2 – 3 minute presentation in session A, and also a poster for display and discussion during the student poster session.

One of the poster authors must register, attend the conference, and present the poster for the poster to be included in the conference proceedings. Please select at least one secondary subject area so that your poster can be properly tagged.

Abstract should be 300 - 500 words in length, well-written with enough new information, clear objectives and/or hypothesis. It should provide clear and concise summary of essential methods, results, and conclusions as supported by the data. Please do not include any figure or table in the abstract. Reviewers will use the following five points as a guide to rank the abstracts:

  1. Does the abstract title describe the subject being written about?
  2. Does the abstract make a clear statement of the topic of the poster?
  3. Does the abstract describe the work to be discussed in the poster?
  4. Does the abstract engage the readers by describing what the poster is about and why they should be interested in it?
  5. Is the poster related to engineering education, design or research?

All submissions and reviews are made through the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit (CMT) website. After log-in, select your role as "Author". Use the "Edit Submission" button to submit your revised abstract PDF file.

Anticipated Schedule for Posters

  • January 20, 2020: Student Poster Abstract Submission Open.
  • February 3, 2020: Student Poster Abstracts due by 11:59pm EST via website. 
  • February 20, 2020: Abstract authors notified of acceptance.
  • March 9, 2020: Revised Abstracts due..
  • March 23, 2020: Final posters due electronically. Poster presenters will bring their own poster for display. ASEE St. Lawrence section will not be printing them for participants. Electronic versions will be used for our online gallery. 
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 in the Erdle Commons
  • All poster presenters should have their work in place by 11:45am EST.
  • Posters should be removed at the close of the event.
  • Stands or wall fasteners will be provided.

Hotel Accommodations

Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport

175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY, 14623

All reservations must be received by April 2nd in order to secure the discounted rate offers provided below.  Please note that even though rooms may still be available after April 4th the discounted pricing below may no longer be valid or available for booking.

$113 + Tax: ASEE-STL Conference No Breakfast 
$123 + Tax: ASEE-STL Conference Including Breakfast

Conference Planning Team

Parking and Travel Info

Parking and travel info will be finalized at a later date. Please check back later.

One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623