Pacific Northwest
Engineering Education

Newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Section
American Society for Engineering Education


2017 PNW-ASEE Section Conference:

"Teaching for Inclusion: Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond"

April 6 - April 8, 2017

Seattle University

Sponsored by College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University

Please register by March 28, 2017


Conference Registration Link

Registration Contacts:

Agnieszka Miguel


Address: 1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122 Local
Phone: 206.325.1400
Phone: 800.590.1801

Conference Lodging Link

Conference Transportation Information



Conference Schedule

Conference Abstracts

Thursday, April 6

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Student Center 160 - Fr. LeRoux Conference Center, Seattle University.  A reception will begin at 5:00 PM.  Dinner will be from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer at City of Seattle, will be providing the keynote address.

Friday, April 7

Registration will open Friday morning at 7:30 AM followed by breakfast at 8:00 AM in Student Center 160 - Fr. LeRoux Conference Center, Seattle University.  Dr. Janet Callahan, Boise State University will be giving a Keynote Presentation: "Change is Coming…Change with Inclusive Excellence" at 8:30 AM.

The ASEE PNW Section business meeting will be held for 10 -11 AM.   There will be one  session of papers before lunch which will include the ASEE PNW Section Awards and a keynote presentation by Keynote Presentation: "Of blindfolds and fig leaves: Faculty preconceptions of our undergraduates", by Dr. David Green, Seattle University. There will be two paper sessions on Friday afternoon.  Dinner will be held from 6 - 8PM at the Rhein Haus, 912 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.

Saturday, April 8

Saturday morning will begin at 8:00 AM with breakfast in Bannan Building 401 & 402.   This will be followed by two paper sessions or a single concurrent workshop session. The conference will close with a lunch round table discussion at 11:30 AM in Bannon 401.



Workshop 01
Session Session 1C (Student Center 160), Friday, April 8 at 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Using Systematic Literature Reviews to Enhance Graduate Student Learning

Pejcinovic, Branimir

Systematic literature review (SLR) is a skill assumed to be in the arsenal of all graduate students pursuing thesis options at MS or PhD level. Our initial survey of graduate students shows that they have very little experience in performing SLR. Discussions with other faculty confirm that a more formal training in SLR is needed. Experience with other soft-skills, such as technical writing, suggests that it is very important to provide a specific disciplinary context. Therefore, to learn SLR it would be best to incorporate it in various courses. In this workshop we will discuss why ISLR is a useful educational tool and how to do it in the context of a specific problem in a specific course.


Workshop 02
Session 3C (Pigott 208), Friday, April 8 at 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Contributing to and Using a New Open Website for Engineering Problems

Joseph R. Zaworski

Engineering educators’ imagination and creativity represent a source of exercises and problems far larger than those available in any given textbook. An open website has been developed to allow contributions of problems for engineering mechanics and free use of those problems by anyone that is interested. The goals for this workshop are to familiarize participants with the existing site, train them on its use, and then elicit their feedback. It will consist of two parts: (1) an organized program on using the website in its current configuration and (2) a discussion/ brainstorming period to review the ideas of the existing site, come up with possible improvements, and collect creative ideas, constructive comments, and approaches to implementation to improve this collaborative, open resource.


Workshop 03
Session 5B (Bannan 402), Saturday, April 9 at 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Getting Started with Cody Coursework: Hands-On with the Online Platform to Auto-Grade MATLAB Programming Assignments

Eric Davishahl

Participants will get started with an online auto-grading platform for MATLAB assignments named Cody Coursework. They will walk away knowing how to set up auto-graded MATLAB assignments by adopting existing problems from the Cody Coursework catalog, how to modify problems to better suit their assignment goals, and how to develop their own problems that can be automatically graded.