ASEE 2023 Midwest At A Glance

Sunday, September 10, 2023

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration Entrance of UnityM
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration Entrance of Platte RiverM
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Workshops
  • Session 1, UnityM: Discussing the impact of AI tools on Engineering Education ClassroomsW1
  • Session 2, UbuntuM: ABET Continuous Improvement: A Review of Current Criteria and Proposed DEI AdditionsW2
Check Session
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Social & Dinner Platte RiverM

Monday, September 11, 2023

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast RegencyM
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Entrance of RegencyM
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Welcome: Jena and Sohrab Asgarpoor.
  • Opening Keynote Speaker: Doug Durham
Swanson AuditoriumM
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Industry Panel Session 1:
UNL College of Engineering: Industry Focus on Preparing the STEM Workforce of the FutureP1
Swanson AuditoriumM
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Mid-morning Break: Snacks RegencyM
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 2A, 2B, 2C & 2D

Session 2A, UbuntuM:
STEM Education Milestones
  • Piloting a framework to evaluate and guide student understanding of global, socio-cultural, environmental, and economic design factors, Kaycie Lane, Logan A Perry
  • Senior Capstone Projects: Student Success from an Impossible Design, Alexander Douglas
  • Membrane Research Experiments for High School Students as an Introduction to STEM Research, Thomas McKean, Gary Bates, LaShall Bates, Ranil Wickramasinghe
Session 2B, UnityM:
Student Poster Session
  • Constant Current Battery Load Discharger and Tester, Benjamin L Cuebas, Rohit Dua
  • Morse Code to Text Translator, Nathaniel J Van Devender, Michael S Hardesty, Rohit Dua
  • Work-in-Progress: Open-Source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Test Bed, Stephen Pierson; Han Hu, Landon Lemmons, Larry Marshal, Lucas Efrid, Wan Shou.
  • Interactive Virtual Tool for OpAmp Circuits, Ian Tognoni, Steve E Watkins
  • A Teaching Plan for Introducing Engineering in 1st-2nd Grade Classrooms in Northwest Arkansas, Ian Popp, Heather Walker
  • Enhancing Engineering Education through Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Case Study on Waste Plastic in Sustainable Infrastructure, Kaylee Cunning, Joseph Tighi, Braden Olson, Nitish Bastola, Isabella Bueno, Jamilla Teixeira, Jessica Deters
  • Understanding the Impact of KS-LSAMP Undergraduate Scholars Activities at Kansas State University with the Implementation of Lean Manufacturing Techniques, Shiseido Robinson, Mirit Shamir, Amy Betz, Beth Montelone
Session 2C, HeritageM:
Civil Engineering Education
  • Application of Active Learning Strategies and the Backward Design Method in Undergraduate STEM Courses, Zina A Ebrahim, Abdelrahman Awawdeh, Marc Maguire
  • Experiential Learning and Exposure to Professional Experience in Civil Engineering Education, Sanjay Tewari
  • Strategies for Enhancing Performance Optimization Amidst Workforce Shortage in the Construction Industry, Rebecca B Kassa
  • Literature Review of Student Success in Statics Course, Calvin Cuddy, Jessica Deters
Session 2D, Chimney RockM:
Computer Science Education
  • Leveraging Large Language Models in Education: Enhancing Learning and Teaching, Hossein Saiedian
  • Teaching Functional Programming Paradigm with F#, Huabo Lu, Rong Li
  • Introducing Deep Learning to Undergraduate Engineering Majors, Lin Zhang
  • Facilitating Investigation of Drone Precision Landing for Education, Balaji Balasubramaniam
Check Session
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • Dean’s Welcome: Dr. Lance Pérez
  • Student Poster Awards (Dr. Rohit Dua, Program Chair)
  • Information Session: IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub, Steve E Watkins, Ph.D.
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3A, 3B & 3C

Session 3A, HeritageM:
Mechanical Engineering Education
  • Motivating Learning in the Face of Generative Artificial Intelligence, Sara E Wilson
  • Comparing Entrepreneurial Mindset Among Graduating Senior Students in Mechanical Engineering Through Course Selection/Training Strategy and Question Formulation Technique, Rajeev M Nair, Yimesker S Yihun, Talha Khan, Yuva Tammineni
  • Exploring the Critical Need for Interpersonal Skills in Engineering Students, Stuart P Bernstein
Session 3B, Panel:
UNL Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, UnityM:
  • Improvisation Skills for Complete EngineersP2
Session 3C, UbuntuM:
Electrical and Computer Engineering Education
  • Software Lab Implementation of Amplitude Modulation during COVID-19 Isolation, Won M Jang
  • (WIP) PBL: Building the Connection between Theory and Practice using Integrated Projects, Adam C Lynch, Gary Brooking
  • Incorporating Games into Circuits Instruction with Kahoot!, Robert S Woodley, Amardeep Kaur, Theresa M Swift, Steve E Watkins, Rohit Dua, Michael Gosnell
  • Small-scale low-cost process control trainers, Eduard Plett, Chad Bailey
Check Session
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break: Snacks RegencyM
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 4A, 4B & 4C

Session 4A, UbuntuM:
Electrical and Computer Engineering Education
  • An Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Robotics and Automation to Fill an Industry Gap, Julia L Morse, Tim Bower, Eduard Plett
  • Work-in-Progress: A semester-long circuit project for general engineering students, Yayu Peng
  • A novel Approach to Engineering Education Laboratory Experiences through the Integration of Virtual Reality and Telerobotics, Preston D Ward, Michael Hempel, Hamid Sharif
  • Discrete Convolution Visualization Utilizing a Jupyter Notebook, Edward C Greco, Zahra Zamanipour
Session 4B, HeritageM:
Chemical Engineering Education
  • Draining a Tank Through Multiple Orifices: An Improved Lab Experiment in Fluid Mechanics, Edgar Clausen, Stephen Donnelly, Savanah Godwin, Nghi Ngo, Kaleb Manley
  • The Forces of Stage Design: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Normal Force, Frictional Force, and Design Ethics for non-STEM Majors, Kristine Q Loh, Moumita Dasgupta
  • Implementing a Virtual STEM Camp for Middle- and High Schoolers in a Post-COVID Climate Leveraging Prior Experience, Oghenetega A Obewhere, Karen Acurio Cerda, Rajesh Keloth, Shudipto K Dishari
  • Adding PhD Students to the Chemical Engineering Alumni Student Mentoring Program, Edgar C Clausen, Heather Walker, William K McAllister, Michael Mourot, Robert Dean, Greg Nesmith
Session 4C, Panel, UnityM:
UNL Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction:
  • Increasing Women’s Representation in EngineeringP3
Check Session
3:40 – 5:30 p.m. Tour Option 1 UNL Engineering Research CenterT1
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tour Option 2 Nebraska State Capitol BuildingT2
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Banquet, Awards, and Entertainment

ASEE Midwest Sec. Awards (Dr. Sara Wilson, Awards Chair)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Christopher Dalton, Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma
  • Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Rohit Dua, Associate Teaching Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Banquet Entertainment: Comedy Magic ShowC
Platte RiverM

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast RegencyM
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration Regency EntranceM
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker: Shonna Dorsey Swanson AuditoriumM
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 5A, 5B, 5C & 5D

Session 5A, HeritageM:
Pilot Programs
  • Empowering Low-Income Students for Success in Computer Science and Engineering: The S-STEM Project at the University of Louisville, Wei Zhang
  • An integrated food-energy-water systems course that builds systems thinking skills among graduate students in STEM, Mirit Shamir, Matthew Sanderson, Rebecca Cors, Nathan Hendricks, Stacy Hutchinson, Prathap Parameswaran, Melanie M Derby
  • The impact of a pilot program incorporating inclusive teaching practices intervention in graduate chemical engineering education on retention efforts, Prajnaparamita Dhar, Meagan Patterson
  • Closing the Gap Between Industry Needs and Academic Training Related to Process Safety Instruction, Hunter R Flodman
Session 5B, UnityM:
Panel: UNL Student Panel:
  • The Impact of AI on Workforce readiness - Are our STEM graduates ready?P4
Session 5C, UbuntuM:
Project-Based Learning
  • (WIP) Creating Value: Building an Engineering Mindset via Integrated Projects, Adam C Lynch, Amber Williams
  • Data Acquisition Using LabVIEW and MATLAB for Mechanical Engineering Laboratories, Trevor Harris, Stephen Pierson, Hari Pandey, Han Hu
  • Enhancing Undergraduate Engineering Design Education through Mini-Prototype Projects and an Entrepreneurial Mindset, Yimesker S Yihun, Lena Lamei.
Session 5D, Swanson AuditoriumM:
Mechanical Engineering Education
  • Group-Project-Based Development of A Modular Microfluidic Platform: A Case Report on A Hands-on Microfluidics Course, Carson Emeigh, Austin Griswold, Rumayel Pallock, Jaideep Sahni, Morgan Schake, Udochukwu Anuta, Jessica Deters, Sangjin Ryu
  • In Class Boiling Demonstration to Illustrate the Transient (Time Dependent) First Law of Thermodynamics Equation, Randy D Kelley
  • Integration of Metal Additive Manufacturing Using Fused Deposition Modeling in Mechanical Engineering Education, Chinmaya Joshi, Stephen Pierson, Jackson Minnick, Corbin Russ, Han Hu
  • Coupled Field-Driven Design and Numerical Simulation for Engineering Education, Joshua Mora Sanchez, Ethan Weems, Han Hu
Check Session
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Mid-morning Break: Snacks RegencyM
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 6A, 6B & 6C

Session 6A, HeritageM:
Challenges in Engineering Education
  • What Universities Should Know About Minoritized Undergraduate Engineering Students’ Mental Health, Emily Fitzpatrick, Hannah Baldwin, Isabel Adams, Mun Yuk Chin, Jessica Deters
  • Meaning in Life Among Engineering Graduate Students in Relation to Well-being and Stress, Yaoling L Wang, Carrie Clark
  • Early Alert and Intervention System in Common First Year Courses for Engineering Students, Eric C Einspahr, Nicole Binderup
Session 6B, UnityM:
Education and Research
  • A Comparison of Coverage and Subject Areas in Compendex, Inspec, and the Web of Science Core Collection for use as an Engineering Database, Aubrey L Schultz, Jay McAllister
  • Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Engineers: A Case Study of the Engineering Statistics and Startups Course, Meghann T Pytka, Tucker Krone
  • A cross-sectional study of undergraduates’ ethical reasoning skills at a liberal arts institution, Joel R TerMaat, Kristopher Williams, Christopher D Wentworth
  • Developing and Implementing ePortfolio Coursework to Leverage Engineering Students’ Skillsets for Improved Career Development, Alyssa J Ball, Jacob Holmes, Brandon Crisel
Session 6C, UbuntuM:
Mechanical Engineering Education
  • In-Classroom Dynamics and Pacing Strategies to Improve Student Learning: Lesson Learned from a 100-Level Course, Chun-Hsing HO, Nyawa Allieu
  • Mechatronics Education: Exploring Inertial Measurement Units Through Hands-on Learning, Nafiseh Mohammadianaftah, Sara E Wilson
  • Promoting Collaboration and Team Building through "Fair Game" Problem-Based Exercise, Yimesker S Yihun, Lena Lamei
Check Session
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • Paper Awards (Dr. Rohit Dua, Program Chair)
  • Faculty Miles Award
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Midwest Section Business Meeting



Dr. Jena Asgarpoor, Midwest Section Chair

External Paper Reviewers

  • Dr. Douglas Carroll, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Daniel Moreno, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Missouri State University
  • Dr. Abdulaziz Abutunis, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Neal Lewis, Master of Engineering Management Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Laura Ford, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa

Midwest Section Awards Committee

  • Dr. Sara E Wilson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas
  • Dr. Laura Ford, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Tulsa
  • Dr. Prajna Dhar, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas

Paper Awards Committee

  • Dr. Sara E Wilson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas
  • Dr. Neal Lewis, Master of Engineering Management Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Amardeep Kaur, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Supporting Organizations

We are grateful to these organizations for their generosity and support.

  • Visit Lincoln
  • Engineering Colleges at these institutions:

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln University of Arkansas
    University of Kansas Arkansas State University
    Kansas State University University of Oklahoma
    Kansas State University - Salina Oklahoma State University
    Missouri University of Science & Technology University of Missouri – Columbia