Roundtables

A roundtable is a form of academic discussion where participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. The intent of a roundtable is to grant all attendees an equal right to contribute. Traditionally, roundtables are hosted by a moderator who orchestrates the discussion, sets the tone of the conversation, and encourages attendees to participate by sharing personal insights.

2022 Conference Roundtables

A list of roundtable topics can be found in the table below. The roundtables are held concurrently on Monday, March 14th from 11:20 AM – 12:10 PM.

Roundtable TopicModerator(s)
Student Prep for FE Exam and Professional LicensureSimon Ghanat and Kevin Skenese
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Engineering Ed.Cecelia Wigal
Laboratory Development: Courses and FacilitiesHarry Powell and Sally Pardue
Engineering Ethics: From Education to PracticeJohn Peeples
Faculty Contributions to Licensure ExaminationsTimothy Rickborn and Robert Rabb

Participation in roundtables serves as an opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours.

Round Table Descriptions

Student Prep for FE Exam and Professional Licensure

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally the first step in the process of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). It is designed for recent graduates and students close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program. Preparing engineering students for this exam is an important part of undergraduate engineering education. This roundtable will focus on questions such as:

  • What does the FE exam measure?
  • Should an engineering program require all students to take a one-credit Fundamentals of Engineering exam review class?
  • How to develop and teach a FE review course?
  • How to prepare for the FE Exam?
  • Can FE results be used as a curriculum evaluation tool?

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Engineering Ed.

Some believe that engineering technologies and systems, though they have transformed society in many ways, are “baked-in” biases and result in inequalities.  Thus, a few initiatives across the country to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education into curriculum and training.  These initiatives aim to help students and faculty recognize the inadvertent role technologies have played in physically injuring minorities and increasing the gap between those who have and those who have not.  One such initiative can be found at: https://www.engin.umich.edu/2021/08/dei-education-for-all-at-michigan-engineering/.  Attendees participating in this Roundtable will debate if such initiatives are necessary and what they may look like.

Laboratory Development: Courses and Facilities

What are the most pressing challenges you deal with as a laboratory instructor or manager? What do students struggle to master in lab-based learning? What have we observed and learned while dealing with COVID restrictions; will you be keeping some of your COVID adjustments to lab instructional practice going forward, and why? Please join us to discuss these topics and learn from one another as we share our failures and successes.

Engineering Ethics: From Education to Practice

The study of engineering ethics is fundamental to all engineering education programs.  Not only is ethics a central component of two of the seven ABET student outcomes, but there are too many historical engineering failures that can be attributed to poor ethical decisions.  This roundtable intends to socialize best practices of Engineering Ethics Education.  Participants should come prepared to share their program’s approach, including courseware, case studies, and ethics competitions.  There is much to share and much to learn.

Faculty Contributions to Licensure Examinations

FE/PE Licensure is an important step for engineers, but how do we know if our academic programs prepare engineering students for success on the FE, and eventually, the PE exams? This roundtable will provide participants with an overview of FE/PE trends in the industry and a closer look at how we can use FE exam results to improve engineering programs. Sample data and a case study for discussion will be provided to facilitate discussion topics. This roundtable will benefit those interested in summative assessment and trends in the engineering profession.

If you have any questions about roundtables, please contact Monika Bubacz.