FPD Notes for May 2018

“Your Connection with the First-Year Programs Division of ASEE”


  1. 2018 ASEE Service project opportunity, Sat. June 23rd, 12-4pm
  2. 2018 Global EPICS Symposium and Workshop
  3. Freuler Named Fellow of ASEE
  4. FPD Social at ASEE 2018 Reminder
  5. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

  1. 2018 ASEE Service project opportunity, Sat. June 23rd, 12-4pm


In partnership with Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah, The Community Engagement Division (CED) is once again organizing a day of service on the Saturday before the ASEE Annual Conference for participants to actively learn about community engagement, give back to our host city, and have some fun with colleagues from around the country. In the past three years, we have helped construct a community garden in Seattle, build a playground in Baton Rouge, and adapted toys for differently abled children in Columbus.

This year, we are partnering with the Bennion Community Service Center to engage with the Salt Lake community on two projects, one indoors and one outdoors, you can choose which fits you best. Stay tuned for the exact details from our partners, which will be updated on the ASEE conference website as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us the Saturday before the conference, June 23rd from 12-4pm. The cost is only $24 with transportation and snacks included, and you can sign up through the ASEE conference website (link to service project registration) along with your general registration.

Thank you for considering adding this experience and stepping up to serve through what is sure to be a rewarding afternoon. Please invite your colleagues to join you and add this event to their ASEE calendars.

For more information and questions about the service project, contact Greg Rulifson (grulifson@mines.edu). For more information about the Community Engagement division, contact James Huff (2018 Program Chair) or Megan Kenny-Feister (2019 Program Chair).

Dr. Malini Natarajarathinam |  DSA Faculty Fellow & Associate Professor
Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution | Texas A&M University
3367 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-3367

979.845.6766  |  malini@tamu.edu | https://tamu-cs.webex.com/meet/malini

Be Fearless | Serve and Soar

  1. 2018 Global EPICS Symposium and Workshop

Sponsored by the EPICS Program and EPICS in IEEE

When:  June 11-15, 2018

Where:  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA


Deadline is May 25, 2018

EPICS is an engineering-based, service-learning approach to multi-disciplinary design where student teams address needs within their local and global communities. Founded at Purdue University, EPICS has been integrated into the curricula at 42 universities and colleges. EPICS in IEEE, a signature program of IEEE, empowers students to work with local service organizations by applying technical knowledge to implement solutions for a community’s unique challenges.

This year’s gathering will bring together three groups for a synergistic set of workshops, panel discussions and roundtables. These three groups are:

  1. New Faculty, instructors; staff professionals; IEEE volunteers and members; industry partners and others interested in learning about the EPICS model for Engineering/Computing-based Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  2. Experienced EPICS leaders, faculty, instructors, administrators, students and partners from the member institutions of the EPICS Consortium
  3. International EPICS leaders, faculty, instructors, administrators, students and partners especially from India including our IUCEE-EPICS institutions

The symposium and workshop have special slots for each group (Monday for those new to EPICS, Thursday and Friday will focus on India). Tuesday and Wednesday will be a mix of interactions between groups with opportunities for discussions around common interests.

How You Benefit

  • Gain a better understanding of engineering-based community engagement
  • See examples of ways EPICS can be integrated into course curriculum and capstone projects
  • Develop the skills to gain institutional support, acquire community and industry sponsors, establish funding models and build a sustainable program
  • Gain insights from experienced leaders on how to engage students; identify, create and sustain projects; and conduct student assessments
  • Network with established EPICS colleagues as well other interested facility members, industry and community leaders
  • Learn how to make connections globally across programs
  • Leave the workshop prepared to put what you learned into practice in order to grow, institutionalize or establish an EPICS program at your institution

Questions can be forwarded to

Eric VandeVoorde at +1-765-494-3750 or evandevo@purdue.edu or

Dr. William Oakes at oakes@purdue.edu


Workshop Details

Date: June 11-15, 2018

        June 11 – for those new to EPICS (all participants invited to the welcome reception on the evening of the 11th )

        June 12-13 – for all participants, sessions led by EPICS faculty from multiple institutions

        June 14-15 – focus integrating EPICS into the Indian engineering curriculum and similar models

 Where: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

 Registration Fees:

$200 June 11-13 (includes Tuesday and Wednesday meals and Monday welcome reception)

$400 Full week (June 11-15 and includes Tuesday – Friday meals and Monday welcome reception)

Participants are expected to cover their lodging costs and travel to the workshop. A room block is available on Purdue’s Campus at the Purdue Union Club Hotel from June 11-15.

  1. Freuler Named Fellow of ASEE

Rick Freuler, Clinical Faculty in the Department of Engineering Education and the Director of the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors program at The Ohio State University, was made a Fellow Member of the American Society for Engineering Education on March 26, 2018. Rick has served the First-Year Program Division for many years, including being the FPD Program Chair for the 2011 Annual Conference and Division Chair in 2011-2012.

The Grade of Fellow in the ASEE is an unusual professional distinction awarded for ASEE members with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education, in addition to ASEE contributions. To gain this distinction Dr. Freuler was nominated by his fellow members and evaluated by the ASEE Fellow Member Committee. Dr. Freuler will be honored in the upcoming 2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. The presentation of the ASEE national awards will occur at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 27th in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Please join the First-Year Programs Division in congratulating Rick on his achievement.

  1. FPD Social at ASEE 2018 Reminder

 What:  First-Year Programs Division Dinner & Social

Where:  Warnock Engineering Building – Atrium, The University of Utah (bus transportation provided to / from the conference center)

When:  Tuesday, June 26th 6:30 pm

Cost:  $30 in advance / $40 on site

  1. Instructions for Submitting Announcements for FPD Notes

Submissions for the next issue of FPD Notes can be sent to the FPD newsletter editor, Rich Whalen, at: R.Whalen@northeastern.edu – please use the subject line “FPD Notes Submission”. FPD notes are published at the end of each month.