Conference Overview

 Announcing the 14th Annual First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference

Enhancing the First Year of Engineering Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, Tennessee)
July 30th to August 1st, 2023

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FYEE is an opportunity for academic and industry representatives to discuss and share relevant topics in the first year engineering experience. Participants include college deans, department chairs, student service professionals, advisors, faculty in engineering and engineering technology, K-12 teachers, and industry leaders from throughout the country. The 14th First-Year Engineering Experience Conference will continue the dialog started at the University of Notre Dame in 2005. Visit the FYEE Conference History page for more information about the FYEE Conference over the years.


Expanding Student Success

Multifaceted Approaches for Student Success in Today’s “New Normal”

Today’s first-year engineering students persevere through a multitude of barriers in pursuit of their engineering degrees. And schools, colleges, and universities have many different supports in place, provided by faculty, staff, and students in order to help in Expanding Student Success within the first-year engineering experience. From bridge programs tackling learning loss in high school to innovative instructional modalities required by health and safety on campus, everyone has changed the ways in which students now engage on a daily basis. But rapid changes in our engineering programs, exacerbated by the pandemic, have negative side effects as well: students are struggling with work-life balance, keeping up with assignments, performing adequately on traditional assessments, and maintaining quality mental health to name a few. The FYEE 2023 Conference theme of “Expanding Student Success” brings together members of academia across all roles to identify common issues, recognize best practices, and build a collaborative community amongst institutions with the goal of supporting the success of our students, now and into the future.

Conference Structure

The goal of the First-Year Engineering Experience conference is to facilitate learning and sharing among attendees. The conference will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee on the campus of University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Conference sessions will include a variety of opportunities to share and learn. The conference schedule will consist of workshops, panel discussions, paper presentations, poster presentations, and keynote addresses. The conference officially starts Sunday evening (July 30th, 2023) with an optional reception and registration on campus. Monday (July 31st) and Tuesday (August 1st) will be two days of workshops, panels, presentations, and keynotes. Monday evening will include dinner.

Conference Chairs

  • Location Chair: Rachel Ellestad (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Program Co-Chair: Haritha Malladi (University of Delaware)
  • Program Co-Chair: Stephany Coffman-Wolph (Ohio Northern University)
  • Program Chair-Elect: Haritha Malladi (University of Delaware)
  • Publication Chair: Tracy Hammond (Texas A&M University)
  • Sponsorship Chair: Kevin Calabro (University of Maryland)
  • Treasurer: Jes Kuczenski (Santa Clara University)

FYEE Steering Committee

  • Sean Brophy (Chair) (Purdue University)
  • Lee Rynearson (Campbell University)
  • Kathryn Schulte Grahame (Northeastern University)
  • Ashwith Chilvery (Xavier University of Louisiana)
  • Scott Streiner (Rowan University)
  • Stephany Coffman-Wolph (Ohio Northern University)
  • Ashish Borgaonkar (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

FYEE Web Site Management

  • Ethan Danahy (Tufts University)

The FYEE Conference hosts for 2024 and 2025 will be:

2024 – Northeastern University, Boston, MA
2025 – University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Want to host FYEE in 2026 or 2027?

The FYEE Conference is sponsored by the First-Year Programs Division (FPD) of ASEE. It is a specialty conference intended to enable attendees to network with colleagues on matters associated with an engineering student’s first-year education experience.

We are presently recruiting hosts for the 2026 and 2027 conferences. Review the FYEE Host Proposal Guidelines and prepare a FYEE Host Proposal Form. Submit your proposal through this link.