of the Pacific
Northwest Section
American Society for
Engineering Education




2012 PNW-ASEE Section Meeting
"Facilitating Student Success"
March 15th - 17th
University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
Shiley Hall (Engineering Building)


-   Call for Papers *Deadline extended to January 25th*
-   Paper Format Guidelines
-   Conference Program

-   University of Portland Campus Map

-   Online Registration and Payment Form (Paypal)
-   Mail-in Registration and Payment Form (PDF)


Dr. Raymond Landis, Dean Emeritus of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles, will be the plenary speaker. Biography for Dr. Landis

 Dr. Landis has a deep-rooted background in engineering education. In the 1970's he founded the first Minority Engineering Program at CSU Northridge, and became a statewide leader in this area. Currently, twenty California engineering colleges operate MEP's based on his "community building/collaborative learning" model.

In the early 1990's Dr. Landis began a three-year NSF Curriculum Development grant "Improving Student Success through a Model 'Introduction to Engineering' Course." Significant outgrowth in this area lead to his text "Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career." Since its publication in 1995, the text has been used by over 80,000 students at more than 300 institutions across the country. 

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Blocks of rooms have been reserved for PNW-ASEE participants at the following locations:

  • Oxford Suites - Jantzen Beach (503-283-3030)
    Driving directions to conference
    15 rooms reserved at a rate of $79 + tax. Location is about 8 miles from campus, and 10 miles from downtown. Reservation cut-off date: Feb. 15, 2012. Be sure to mention you are coming to the PNW-ASEE conference.
  • Red Lion Hotel - Portland Convention Center (503-235-2100)
    Driving directions to conference
    15 rooms reserved at a rate of $89 + tax. Location is about 7 miles from campus, and 2 miles from downtown. Reservation cut-off date: Feb. 22, 2012. Be sure to mention you are coming to the PNW-ASEE conference. Public transportation is available to/from the airport, university, and city center.
  • Mariott group hotels offer special rates to those mentioning the "University of Portland". All of the group hotels are located near I-5 on the Columbia River, about 8 miles from campus, and 10 miles from downtown. The hotels include the Marriott Residence Inn (503-285-9888, $104 per night, plus tax), the Courtyard Marriott (503-735-1818, $94 per night, plus tax), and the Fairfield Inn & Suites (503-286-6336, $84 per night, plus tax).

All events (except the Friday lunch and dinner) will take place on the 2nd and 3rd floors or Shiley Hall on the University of Portland campus.


  • Outstanding Teacher - Craig Johnson, Central Washington University
    The Pacific Northwest Section of ASEE awards the Outstanding Teaching Award to recognize teachers in the section who are exemplary. In some past years, we had nominations that were not outstanding and so the award was not given. This year,10 names were submitted through the extremely rigorous ASEE national nomination process.

    Of those 10 nominees, one clearly stood out from among the group. This year's winner has been a high school teacher, a professional engineer, and a very active member of ASEE at both the national level-as the chair of the Material's Division-and at the section level-as a campus rep and the current Vice Chair/Chair Elect. In his nomination package, both students and colleagues noted his passion for engineering education and his dedication to students. Please join me in congratulating this year's Pacific Northwest Outstanding Teacher award winner, Dr. Craig Johnson for Central Washington University.
  • Outstanding Paper - Steven Zemke - Gonzaga University
  • Outstanding Campus Representative



To pass on useful information to future conference organizers, an assessment of this conference was performed and reviewed by the 2012 conference committee. Assessment of 2012 Conference

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Outreach and Retention

  • "Women Engineering Transfer Students: The Community College Experience." Susan Patterson, Independent Contractor - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Had I But Known: Transitioning from Engineering Practice to Academia." Melodie Selby, Walla Walla University - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Creating Pathways to Engineering for Youth in Alaska." Grant Baker, University of Alaska Anchorage - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "An Analysis of Factors Impacting Retention and Student Success in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University." Heys Jeffrey, Montana State University - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Design of a Research Internship Program for High School Students." Christof Teuscher, Portland State University - Abstract, Presentation

Capstone, and Project-Based Classes

  • "Putting more Engineering into Capstone Design and Senior Project Courses." Martin Weiser & Hani Saad, Eastern Washington University - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Microwave circuit design through active learning." Branimir Pejcinovic, Portland State University, ECE dept. - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Engineering Project Management and Entrepreneurship in Mechanical Engineering Technology." Craig Johnson, Michael Whelan, Charles Pringle, Central Washington University - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Laboratory classes: some ideas." Iris Baiocchi - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Continuous Improvement in CES Capstone Design Course at UW Tacoma." Jie Sheng Institute of Technology, UW, Tacoma - Abstract, Presentation

Freshman Experiences

  • "In-depth Look at Redesign of Freshman Electrical Engineering Courses for Improved Motivation and Early Introduction of Design." Phillip Wong Portland State University - Abstract, Presentation
  • "A First-Year Design Project Combining LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Kits and Other Materials." Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Portland - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Introduction to Engineering Course at Gonzaga University." Steven Zemke, Gonzaga University - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Community Service Learning in a First-Year Engineering Communication Course: Preliminary Reflections." Laura Patterson, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus  - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Engineering 1,000: Implementing an Activity-Based Orientation Program for Over 1,000 students."
    Ellen Momsen, Oregon State University - Abstract, Presentation
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Activity Design

  • "Setting up a Capture the Flag Game for a Computer Security Course." Tanya Crenshaw, University of Portland - Abstract, Presentation, Paper
  • "Preparing Engineers for Service." Michael Foster, George Fox University - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Engaging Students in Engineering Communication with Competition and Prizes: Presentation Idol." Katherine Golder, British Columbia Institute of Technology - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Signals and Systems: Theory and Practice." Puttipong Mahasukhon, Idaho State University - Abstract, Presentation, Paper

Program and Course Development

  • "Integrating Nanopositioner Design Issues into an Existing Automatic Controls Course." Santosh Devasia, Mech Eng Dept., U. of Washington - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Innovations in Articulating Two-Year and Four-Year Engineering and Technology Programs at Utah Valley University." Stanley Klemetson, Utah Valley University  - Abstract, Presentation
  • "Numerical and Graphical Illustrations of Fundamental Concepts in Automatic Control Systems."
    Robert Albright, University of Portland - Abstract, Presentation, Paper


The 2013 PNW-ASEE Conference is scheduled for March 7-9 at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington.

2011-2012 PNW Section Contacts

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