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Announcing the Inaugural Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference

March 22 - 24, 2015
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

This Inaugural Annual Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference will be hosted by The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and held at the Annenberg and Bush Library.

Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference (MYEEC): From Slump to Jump!

A brand-new conference dedicated to the middle years of the engineering curriculum and educational experience

Building on the existing interest to recruit, retain, and graduate engineering students and the multitude of efforts to enhance, improve, and expand the first year experience and the capstone experience, the Mid Years Engineering Experience (MYEE) Conference was established to focus solely on those middle years. With improvements mounting on addressing the freshman year, the next large hurdle, especially with respect to retention, is the sophomore year where there can be larger loses than even the freshmen year. This mid-year is often referred to as the Sophomore Slump or the Invisible Year. Following successful retention from the junior year, the emphasis shifts to discipline specific and professional preparation often referred to as the Junior Jump.

Join us in this national conversation on improving engineering student success in these mid years, as we aim to highlight the work that is already being done in the field. In addition, we seek to encourage new research and collaborations and increase the interaction among engineering faculty, staff, and administrators focusing on these key mid years.

This new conference, hosted by the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station invites engineering education scholars to submit extended abstracts to be considered for MYEE Conference. Selected authors will be invited to submit full papers for Special Issue of Advances of Engineering Education, focused on the mid years. MYEEC is a unique opportunity that allows attendees and presenters to experience and interact with colleagues. MYEEC provides opportunities to meet with other engineering educators, discuss ideas, reflect on the topics and issues from the sessions, and chart new directions and collaborations. We hope to create a new community focused on these middle years. More information can be found on the conference flyer or by scanning the web site. Please feel free to distribute and share widely.

Conference Structure

The structure of the Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference (MYEEC) is different because its goal is not just to present individual works but to create a learning and sharing experience for each attendee. MYEEC begins Sunday evening with a welcome reception. It continues Monday and Tuesday with a series of intermingled session of keynotes, paper presentations, group interactions, round table discussions, and interactive workshops. The hope is that each attendee will learn something new in these two and a half days. There is a second evening reception to develop a network of people with common interests.

Important Dates

Extended abstracts: January 18, 2015
Workshop proposals: January 18, 2015
Notification of authors: January 30, 2015
Early Registration Deadline: February 23, 2015
Final Version of Abstracts for Proceedings: March 1, 2015
Conference: March 22-24, 2015

More information can be found on the conference flyer or by scanning the web site.

Currently, the planning committee is working on the details of the inaugural MYEEC 2015, and as they become available, they will appear here. In the meantime, feel free to send suggestions or questions to the conference organizers at myeec@tamu.edu.

P. K. Imbrie, Texas A&M Engineering
Kristi Shryock, Texas A&M Engineering
Teri Reed, Texas A&M Engineering
Yakut Gazi, Texas A&M Engineering
Dan Budny, University of Pittsburgh
MYEEC 2015 Conference Planning Committee