Prism Magazine News

NOMINATE A YOUNG SUPERSTAR: Prism magazine plans a repeat of its widely read “20 Under 40” issue, highlighting especially talented engineering and engineering technology teachers and researchers. Please send your nominations and a brief description of the nominees’ achievements to with “20 under 40” in the message line. Note: Choices will be based on both accomplishments and variety.

STUDENT COLUMNIST SOUGHT: Prism’s current millennial voice, Mel Chua, has earned a Ph.D. and so is no longer a student. She leaves big shoes to fill. We’re looking for an engineering student who writes with skill, flair, and attitude, and who can back up a point of view with evidence. We pay a modest honorarium. Students should send a resume and writing samples to

ASEE GSW Annual Conference

ASEE GSW Section 2018 annual conference is being hosted in Austin, Texas on April 4-6, 2018. The theme for the conference is “Engineering Education Research: Improving Engineering Teaching and Learning.” As part of the meeting, there is a student poster competition. Please follow the link for the call for papers:

Position for ASEE Student Division Executive Board Open

The Diversity Chair is the newest chair in our Executive Board. This position serves as a communicator between our division and the diversity division and helps to plan and enact a session based around diversity at the annual conference. The Diversity Chair may also schedule online meetings and help our division help push forward ASEE’s goals towards diversity and inclusion. If you are interested, please send a brief bio and why are interested in the position to

Position Announcement


The Mechanical Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, invites applications for two full-time, academic year, tenure-track faculty appointments at the assistant professor rank in mechanical engineering design. This is an opportunity for candidates who are passionate about undergraduate education to join a unique institution that values teaching and applied research activities. Preferred specializations include human centered design, design theory and methodology, creativity in engineering, bio-inspired design, design thinking, engineering education, and machine design.

For details, qualifications, and application instructions, visit and search for requisition #104508. Review begin date: October 1, 2017. Applications received after this date may be considered. EEO.

Visit Student Division on Twitter and Facebook!

Do you follow us on Twitter?  Are you a member of the ASEE Student Division Facebook page?  
Check out our social media pages throughout the year to keep up to date on SD.  We had a great time rolling them out during the Annual Conference, and now we’re going to keep that up throughout the year.
Twitter: @ASEE_SD
While you’re there– post something and/or tweet at us @asee_SD and we’ll retweet you!  If you run a ASEE Student Chapter, let us know about your activities lately.  If you’re an engineering or engineering education student– let us know what you’re studying.  If you’re stuck on or not sure where to find some resources for your coursework or research– try asking the extended SD community.

ASEE 2017 Volunteers Wanted

Abstract submission for the 2017 ASEE Conference in Columbus, OH are officially open! We are now seeking volunteers to help review abstracts for the conference. Abstract review will occur during the last two weeks of October with the deadline of Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Paper reviews will occur during February, with a deadline of Sunday, February 26, 2017.

If you are interested in the opportunity to serve ASEE and our Student Division as a reviewer, please fill out this form:

In response, you will receive an e-mailed invitation to review from (the ASEE Paper Management system), which will direct you to log in at the ASEE website to accept or decline the invitation.  Pending your acceptance, you will then receive notifications from the system when you have been assigned abstracts/papers to review.

Thank you for all that you do and we look forward to seeing you in Ohio!

The 2017 ASEE conference will be held in Columbus, Ohio, June 25-28, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Danielle Grimes at

2016 ASEE Student Division Technical Paper Sessions and Poster Presentations

Student-led Research on Engineering Education are presentations by students leading engineering education research projects.  Student Division is excited to be a venue for these budding researchers and to provide an early and supportive conference presentation experience.


Student-led Research on Engineering Education – Quantitative Methodologies

Tuesday 8:00am – 9:30am

A primary focus of Student Division is to provide a venue for graduate and undergraduate student authors to present their work at ASEE.  In this session, students employed quantitative and statistical methodologies to investigate a range of educational issues, from diverse student retention to specific pedagogical interventions.


Student-led Research on Engineering Education – Engineering Education Graduate Research Consortium

Tuesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm

A poster session where students present on their ongoing research to get feedback from faculty mentors experienced in engineering education research.  Come talk to students about their ongoing research!


Exploring Research Methodologies in Engineering Education

Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm

This session focuses on exploring qualitative methodologies. Papers in this session range from advising on best methodological practices, to exploratory studies led by student research teams. Participants and authors will have an opportunity to jointly learn from each other and discuss implications of their diverse approaches.


Tricks of the Trade sessions are a unique offering of Student Division, where authors are focused on offering advice to undergraduate or graduate student audiences


Tricks of the Trade – Reflections and Advice on the Educational Process 

Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm

In this interactive session, a panel of paper authors will reflect on their experiences as graduate students, teaching assistants, and mentors in order to provide valuable insights for students earlier in the academic process.


Tricks of the Trade – Experiences Designing Courses and Communities

Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm

In this session, you will hear about experiences and advice designing a range of courses, communities, and outreach efforts.


Please come support our student authors, and hear from authors who have valuable advice and experiences to share with students!  Stay tuned for another conference preview in the next few days!



2016 ASEE Student Division Program Chair

2016 ASEE Student Division Programming: Pathways and Community in Engineering Education.

Supporting Transitioning Engineering Education Researchers – Panel Session Reflecting on Shifts into a Diverse Set of Faculty Career Paths
Monday 11:30 – 1:00pm
Preparing oneself for the transition into a faculty position is a daunting task, and even more so when it is unclear exactly what type of transition you will be making. Due to the nature of the emerging field of engineering education, many members of the ASEE community are finding themselves in this position of uncertainty. Will you be entering a general engineering department, a discipline-specific engineering department, or a position outside of traditional disciplinary boundaries? Will you be entering a tenure track position or a non-tenure track position? Will you be at a research-intensive institution or a smaller institution focused on teaching?
This panel session is designed for engineering education researchers who are currently transitioning into or are planning to pursue a career in academia in the future. During the session, panelists will (1) provide insight regarding what “transitioning” may look like for engineering education researchers who pursue various academic positions and (2) discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with different career options. The panelists will provide highlights from their first-year as faculty members and facilitate a dialogue on the topic of preparing scholars for conducting engineering education research in diverse positions in academia.

Non-academic Career Pathways in Engineering Education
1:15pm – 2:45pm
Are you interested in how engineering education knowledge & skills can be applied outside of academia? Join us in an interactive session about non-academic opportunities with individuals doing engineering education work in a variety of settings, including industry, non-profit organizations, and consulting. Some of the topics within this panel and small-group discussion will include: non-academic roles currently available, how graduate students can position themselves to best “pitch” their expertise to employers unaware of the discipline, and how employers can consider leveraging engineering education researchers within their companies. The panel session is open to everyone, including graduate students, academic advisors, industry representatives, and government representatives.

Panelists include:
Meagan Pollock, Director of Professional Development @ National Alliance for Partnerships in Academia. Site:
Xavier Fouger, Senior Director at Global Academia Programs Dassault Systemes
Alan Peterfreund, Sage Fox Consulting

Moderated by Gurlovleen Rathore and Tasha Zephirin. Light refreshments will be provided.

Early Career Networking Event / Student Division Happy Hour
Monday 6pm-7:30pm
Continue the networking and career pathways conversations at Morton’s Steakhouse!

“Tricks of the Trade” – Reflections and Advice on the Educational Process
Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
In this interactive session, a panel of paper authors will reflect on their experiences as graduate students, teaching assistants, and mentors in order to provide valuable insights for students earlier in the academic process.

Community in Engineering Education: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
This special session will draw on the CELT Engineering Education Pioneers and Trajectories of Impact project (NSF 1263512) in order to scaffold and support community building in engineering education, with a particular focus on new community members (including graduate students and junior faculty). For the Pioneers project, graduate students and junior faculty interviewed over 40 individuals identified as pioneers in engineering education. The interviewers then created short profiles of the pioneers, including the pioneers’ perspectives on their own challenges, strategies, contributions, and lessons learned. In preliminary analysis of the interviews, the importance of supportive communities has emerged as significant, both as a means for overcoming career challenges, and as a way of contributing to the field. The pioneers’ stories as presented in their profiles, as well as the lessons learned by the interviewers during this experience, provide valuable insights into the importance of communities for navigating careers in engineering education. In particular, the session will address the following questions:

1. What types of communities, large and small, exist within the field of engineering education (thinking of both the pioneers’ early careers and today)?
2. In what ways do we benefit from having these communities? …from being part of these communities?
3. How can we sustain and grow these communities?