Dear Conference Participant,
The 2013 KEEN Winter Conference will take place Jan. 3 and 4 at the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Ariz., and is guaranteed to be exciting and informative. The themes for the conference build upon the three pillars that support the KEEN mission:
1. Creating entrepreneurially minded engineers - a matter of national interest
2. Educating beyond engineering skills - the ability of higher education to foster a mindset
3. Creating opportunities to live a high-impact life - individual fulfillment through entrepreneurially minded engineering
Our speakers and presenters are nationally recognized in their ability to address these topics.
During the conference, keynote speakers Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, and Nate Ball, mechanical engineer, inventor and host of PBS Kids show Design Squad,will address the general session.
Thursday afternoon, you will get a chance to see what’s going on at other KEEN institutions through the conference poster session.
Friday afternoon, you’ll hear about the ASU Polytechnic College of Technology and Innovation and its unique engineering program within the Arizona State University system. That will be followed by an optional campus visit in the afternoon.
There will also be opportunities Friday afternoon to collaborate with other schools on existing projects and new subjects of topical grants, following the distribution of three topical RFP’s.
I hope you make it your goal to generate interest on your campus for the 2013 KEEN Winter Conference. The conference will provide new opportunities for collaboration and grants that generate tangible results toward our shared mission. It will be an exciting event. Hope to see you there.
Program Director for the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN)
The Kern Family Foundation
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Freeman Hrabowski has served as President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He also was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
He was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), which ranked UMBC the nation’s #1 “Up and Coming” university the past four years (2009-12). During this period, U.S. News also consistently ranked UMBC among the nation’s leading institutions for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” TIME magazine named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents (2009) and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2012).
He received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Leadership Hall of Fame Award, was listed among Fast Company magazine’s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation in business and technology, and received the Technology Council of Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He and UMBC were recently featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, attracting national attention for the campus’s achievements involving innovation and inclusive excellence.
Nate Ball is an inventor, entrepreneur, athlete, musician, and PBS star personality whose fascination with engineering and experimentation started early. His childhood projects included building kayaks, hovercraft, potato guns, a Tesla coil, and even burning the family kitchen in a rocket fuel experiment gone awry. Eventually his inventive spirit led him to MIT, where he earned two degrees in mechanical engineering and helped develop content for WGBH’s Emmy® and Peabody award-winning show Design Squad, which he hosted from 2007-2010. Ball returns to host the Emmy award-winning Design Squad Nation, where he will be teaming up with former Design Squad cast member Deysi Melgar to host new videos for the series’ PBS KIDS website, lead an expanding community of aspiring young engineers and appear in public events designed to get kids engaged in engineering. http://pbskids.org/designsquad/.
At 24, Ball became the youngest winner of the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The award recognized his work on a revolutionary needle-free vaccine delivery device, and lauded his co-invention of a powered rope ascender: a real-life version of Batman’s grappling setup that his lifesaving equipment company, Atlas Devices, now supplies to government and military rescue groups in the U.S. and abroad.
Nate shares his infectious enthusiasm for engineering by combining it with his interests and expertise in many pursuits - including pole vaulting, beatboxing, jazz piano, and parkour - to yield surprising, captivating, and sometimes even informative results.
Nate demonstrating his ascender invention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbXMjMhR7lU
NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists profile and video: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/secretlife/scientists/nate-ball/
Speaking about the importance of engineering at TEDx in Brooklyn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD5ImoP9eqk
Presentation at TEDMED in 2011: Nate introduces the crowd to the anatomy of beatboxing, which includes what areas of his brain are activated and an extreme close-up of his vocal chords from a laryngoscope
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Jan. 3 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.): Winter Conference Day 1
Jan. 3 (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Poster Session
Jan. 4 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Winter Conference Day 2
Jan. 5 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Post-conference SEE Workshop
Click here to download the full agenda! (Subject to change)
Call for Posters
For the first time ever, KEEN will host a poster session at the annual winter conference. The goal of a poster session is to convey information about entrepreneurially minded initiatives. This is a good opportunity for direct exchange between conference attendees and poster presenters. Presenters may also have the opportunity to present their poster at the ENT Division Poster Session during the ASEE Annual Conference. Please review the document below to see the poster session specifications and how to participate. The intention to participate must be indicated during registration, which closes on November 30, 2012.
Click here to download the KEEN Poster Session Regulations
KEEN Awards will be presented at an evening reception on Friday, Jan. 4. Award-winning institutions will be selected by Foundation staff based on specific outcomes that have benefitted the Network. Attendee guests are welcome to join the event with the purchase of a guest ticket. Please visit the Attendee Guests section for more information.
A Shaping Entrepreneurial Engineers (SEE) workshop will take place following the KEEN Winter Conference in Tempe, AZ on January 5, 2013. This workshop will help faculty incorporate the entrepreneurial mindset in the engineering classroom. For more information about the SEE workshop, please visit the Faculty Workshop page.
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Attendees and Expenses
The Kern Family Foundation will sponsor this event for up to five participants from each KEEN-funded institution. Sponsorship includes airfare, lodging for three nights, ground transportation, provided meals, and program materials. For a list of KEEN-funded institutions, please click here. Please discuss your intent to attend with your institution’s PI before scheduling air travel and registering.
Individuals may attend for a flat rate of $1,450. This rate includes airfare, lodging for three nights, ground transportation, provided meals, and program materials. Following the conference, KEEN-funded institutions with more than five attendees will be invoiced for the appropriate number of additional registrants. Payment will be due to the Foundation within 30 days of invoice receipt. Attendees from non KEEN-funded institutions will be directed to pay upon submitting the registration form.
Guests are welcome to attend the Friday evening reception for a fee of $75, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Guest tickets may be purchased during registration. Upon submitting the registration form, you will be transferred to PayPal for a secure transaction.
In order to steward the Kern Family Foundation resources wisely, the Foundation will no longer pay for expenses incurred by those who register, but do not actually attend the event. Thus, registrants must alert Sarah Hanna by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 72 hours prior to the official start of the conference in order to avoid being charged*. The conference starts at 8 a.m. MST on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. If a cancellation is not communicated 72 hours prior to this time, the attendee's institution will be charged for costs incurred. Charges will be based on cancellation penalties from hotel, ground transportation, etc. Unfortunately, cancellations have cost the Foundation thousands of dollars in the past. Your cooperation will help make the case for hosting future conferences.
*All airline cancellations will result in the attendee's institution being billed for cancellation fees. Tickets are non-transferable.
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Hotel and Travel
Tempe Mission Palms
60 East Fifth St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Lodging for three nights is included in the attendee flat rate and for KEEN-sponsored attendees on the dates of Jan. 2, 3, and 4. Additional nights will be at the attendee’s expense unless arrangements have been made with Foundation staff.
Foundation staff will submit all reservations to the hotel. Attendees should indicate lodging intentions on the registration form. Registrants will receive a hotel confirmation number two weeks prior to the event. Other lodging arrangements will not be reimbursed or funded.
Extra Room Nights
Room nights outside of those accommodated by the Kern Family Foundation are at the attendee's expense. Attendees are offered a discounted room only rate of $129.00 three days prior and and three days after the conference dates (Jan. 2-6), based upon availability. The current Hotel's tax rate is 15.27% and the Hospitality Fee is $14.95 per room, per night. Attendees staying extra nights will be charged upon check-out.
Please contact Sarah Hanna at 262-968-6838 ext. 12 if you plan to stay extra nights in order that availability may be checked.
Air travel is included in the attendee flat rate and for KEEN-sponsored attendees. All arrangements must be made through Mary Malsch at First Choice Travel and Cruise (262-542-5955). Other arrangements will not be reimbursed or funded. Air travel should be scheduled before registration.
Ground Transportation - Terminal to Tempe Mission Palms
Once you have arrived in PHX, please follow the directions below to obtain a complimentary shuttle to the hotel. Shuttle service is available between 5:30am and 10:30pm.
1) Call the Tempe Mission Palms at (480) 894-1400.
2) Tell the operator what terminal you are located in.
3) Follow the directions from the operator.
4) Tempe Mission Palms vans are white and have the hotel logo on them.
5) Shuttle should arrive within 20 minutes. Time to hotel is about 10 minutes.
6) Shuttle should arrive within a few minutes. Time to hotel is about ten minutes.
Other ground transportation arrangements will not be reimbursed or funded.
Air Travel Changes
If flight or shuttle changes are needed, please contact Mary Malsch at First Choice Travel and Cruise (262-542-5955). Changes are at the participant’s expense. Credit card information must be provided when making changes.
If attendees opt to rent a vehicle at their own expense, hotel parking is complimentary. Click here get directions to the hotel.
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Have you spoken with your PI?
Have you made flight arrangements with Mary Malsch (262-542-5955)?
Have you considered attending the SEE faculty workshop on Jan. 5?
Registration is closed as of Nov. 30, 2012.
Registration Changes and Questions
Please contact Sarah Hanna at email@example.com or 262.968.6838 ext. 12
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