Catherine F. Pieronek
Director, Academic Affairs
and Women's Engineering Program, College of Engineering
Phone: (574) 631- 4385

John J. Uhran, Jr.
Senior Associate Dean Emeritus, and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Phone: (574) 631-7432


The idea of this workshop is to bring together people who are interested in making the first year experience for engineering students, the best that it can be, keeping in mind that it is a transition year, one in which we are trying to make a high school student into a college student. It is also intended to have each participant interact with each other and the workshop leaders as much as possible with the idea of sharing thoughts that can be taken back home and possibly acted on.

All meeting and registration will take place in our conference center, McKenna Hall directly across from the Morris Inn.

Workshop Schedule
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Campus tour for those interested
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner
Entertainment and greetings
8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Cracker Barrel disscussions
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Session #1: Keynote

Dr. Gerald Jakubowski,
President, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Past President of ASEE

“Personal Thoughts on the Recruiting and Retention of Engineering Students”  

9:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Session #2: How Do We Prepare First Year Engineers to Stay the Course?

Dr Stephen Carr, Panel Leader
Northwestern University

Dr. Pablo Debenedetti 
Princeton University

Dr. Matthew Ohland
Purdue University

Dr. Sven G. Bilén
The Pennsylvania State University

Dan Budny 
University of Pittsburgh

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session #3: What are Today’s Students Like?

Student Panel
Both High School Seniors and First Year Students

Dr. Douglas Tougaw, Panel Leader
Valparaiso University

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


Speaker: Dr. David Billington
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University 

“Engineering in the Modern World”                          

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Session #4: Small Group Discussions
All Session Chairs will be involved
as Leaders
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Session #5: Open Forum – Summaries and Questions and Answers

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Cuseo, Professor of Psychology and Director of Freshman Seminar at Marymount College (CA)

“Student Success and College Quality: What Really Matters”



7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Session #6: Technology and Engineering Education: How Do We Start in FY

Dr. David Berque, Panel Leader
DePauw University

Dr. Jay Brockman
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame

“Integration of Conventional and Web-Based Media in an Engineering Course”

Ms. Kerry Meyers/Leo McWilliams
“Technology in the Classroom Friend or Foe?”
University of Notre Dame

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session #7: A Conversation on Diversity Issues in Engineering?

Dr. Ray Landis, Panel Leader
Dean Emeritus of Engineering and Technology California State University at Los Angeles

Mr. Ivan Favila
University of Notre Dame

Mr. Derrick Scott
University of Michigan

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Checkout and Buffet Lunch

Speaker: Dr. David Cohn, Director, Business Informatics, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

“Engineering 2.0 – Coping with a Flat World”

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Session #8: Presentations

Dr. Kathy Zerda, et al.
University of Houston

“A Unique Collaboration between Senior Design Students and First Year Engineering Students”

Dr. Scott Miller/
Dr. Jeff Cawlfield
University of of Missouri-Rolla
“Advising First-Year Engineering Students: Effective Advising of a Large Freshmen Engineering Cohort”

Kerry Meyers/Leo McWilliams
University of Notre Dame
“A Working First Year Engineering Model: the Hands-on, Project Based Experiences at Notre Dame”

Ms. Rhonda Wiley-Jones/
Dr. Kelly Strong
Iowa State University
“First-Year Curricular Integration through Learning Communities”

Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, et al.
Wright State University

“The Wright State Model for Engineering Mathematics Education: Uncorking the First-Year Bottleneck”

Participants from 2006

*Participant questions and comments will be a part of every event and a DVD of the proceedings will be made available to all registered participants.