In this session, Dr. Milligan will discuss ABET's role in helping shape the global technical professional of tomorrow. He will provide his views on some of the unique challenges facing future engineering education, and will provide insights into ABET's expanding international engagement. He'll also share his thoughts on learning in a collaborative/teaming environment and how the incorporation of these methods into a student's academic program potentially impact the future global workforce.
Michael K. J. Milligan is Executive Director and CEO of ABET, a nonprofit organization that accredits nearly 3,700 college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology located in 30 countries. In this role, Milligan leads a full-time staff headquartered in Baltimore supporting the operations of over 2,200 accreditation Experts. Milligan is responsible for all aspects of ABET’s global operations and reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining ABET, Milligan worked for the Aerospace Corporation developing a new generation environmental satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). He also served 24 years as a career U.S. Air Force officer working in the areas of operations, international research & development, and technology acquisition. He served six years as an associate professor and Deputy Department Head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado. Milligan earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, an M.S.E. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a B.S. from Michigan State University - all in electrical engineering. He also earned an M.B.A. from Western New England College, Springfield, MA and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Milligan is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Maryland. He lives in Severna Park, Maryland, with his engineer wife and their two sons.
The readySTEMgo-project aims to improve the retention rates of higher education STEM programmes by focusing on the academic readiness of incoming students. We intend to identify those students with an increased propensity of dropping out in an early stage of the chosen STEM programme. To achieve this goal, we identified the key STEM competencies that are required to be successful in a STEM study programme and we selected diagnostic tests to identify students at risk.
Students’ course-taking and math and science GPA in secondary school are the most consistent predictors, as proven already in many other studies. Additionally, the results of this project indicate that some self-regulatory skills are also among the prime indicators for underperformance in the first year of a science and engineering programme. And an important conclusion is that the secondary school teacher board can judge the capabilities of their students with a high predictive value. This calls for a closer collaboration between universities and secondary schools in counselling students during their decision-making processes.
The presentation will discuss the predictors in more detail and give an overview of some interventions currently running at the European partner universities of the project.
Greet Langie holds a MSc- and PhD-degree in Physics from the University of Leuven (Belgium). From 2012 until now she’s the vice dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology (KU Leuven, Belgium). She is the founding chair of LESEC (Leuven Engineering and Science Education Center, http://set.kuleuven.be/LESEC), a research center focusing on applied educational research in engineering and science HE-programmes. Her recent research activities focus on key skills of incoming students in STEM education, possible intervention initiatives and the training of students in order to reduce the skills mismatch in the professional field of engineering. She's the project coordinator of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership 'readySTEMgo' in which she focuses on early identification of STEM readiness and on targeted academic interventions (see http://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/readystemgo), and the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance ‘PREFER’, a project aiming to stimulate students to actively explore the wide variety of engineering roles in the labor market and to provide them with appropriate training opportunities (see http://preferproject.eu/).
|10 Apr 2017||Submission of structured abstracts (full, short paper), Special Session Proposals|
|24 Apr 2017||Invitation for complete paper submission (full, short papers)|
|22 May 2017||Submission deadline for full and short papers, work in progress, special sessions’ papers, posters, workshops, tutorials|
|07 Jun 2017||Notification of Acceptance|
|10 Jul 2017||Author Registration Deadline & Camera-ready Due|
|27 Sep 2017||Conference Opening|