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ASEE Zone 1 Conference

Learning from the Past to Innovate the Future of Engineering & Engineering Technology Education

March 30-April 1 | University Park, PA

Hosted by The Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State, the ASEE Zone 1 Conference brings together engineering education practitioners and researchers from the Northeast, St. Lawrence, and Middle Atlantic ASEE sections to share research and practices.

The spring 2023 conference will include interactive workshops led by the Leonhard Center, presentations from colleagues working within the same geographical area, and integrated networking opportunities.  

Submit an Abstract

Abstract submission information will be available December 4.

ASEE Zone 1 conference welcomes all work related to the support of engineering students and their overall engineering education. Sharing research and practices related to engineering and engineering technology education is one of the key goals for the workshop. For more information about the paper process, check out the Paper Guidelines and click here to submit your Abstract.


Registration Type Early Bird
(March 6) 
Regular On-site
ASEE member (professional) $125 $150 $175
Non-member (professional) $175 $200 $250
ASEE member (student) $25 $25 $50
Non-member (student) $50 $50 $75
Guest (receptions and banquet) $50 $50 $60

Register via ASEE. 

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Sarah Zappe, Plenary


Dr. Sarah Zappe is an educational psychologist specializing in engineering and entrepreneurship education. She holds the position of Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State. Zappe formerly held the position as deputy editor for the Journal of Engineering Education and is past Division Chair for the Educational Research and Methods Division of ASEE. She serves on advisory boards for multiple NSF-funded projects and is on several task forces with ASEE. Her research interests include the integration of engineering and the arts, creativity, failure in student entrepreneurial teams, and faculty development. 

Cory Hixson, Lunch Keynote

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Cory Hixson earned a bachelor of science in engineering science from Penn State and a master of science in industrial and systems engineering and a doctoral degree in engineering education from Virginia Tech. He has prior experience as an audio-video engineer and K-12 educator. Hixson currently serves students as the lead faculty member for Colorado Christian University's (CCU) engineering and computer science programs. In this role, Hixson develops integrated courses and curricula merging engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities; research-based instructional strategies; and a biblical perspective to engineering education. He has successfully fostered university-industry partnerships and entrepreneurial-minded learning, which are essential to CCU's engineering and computer science programs. In addition to working with undergraduate students, Hixson is passionate about helping faculty align their personal and professional values and activities.

  • Conference Deadlines
  • Abstract Open: December 4, 2022
  • Abstract Deadline: January 23, 2023
  • Abstract Decisions: February 6, 2023
  • Draft Paper Deadline: February 24, 2023
  • Student poster abstract deadline (poster only - no paper): February 13, 2023
  • Draft Decisions: March 6, 2023
  • Revision Deadline: March 13, 2023
  • Revision Decision: March 17, 2023
  • Author/Presenter Registration Deadline: March 20, 2023
  • Final Paper Upload: April 7, 2023

  • Contact
  • Stephanie Cutler
    General Chair, 
    ASEE Zone 1 Conference
    Associate Research Professor, Penn State Leonhard Center

  • Sponsors

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  • Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities, such as the ASEE Zone 1 conference. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Stephanie Cutler at or call 814-865-6292 at least two weeks prior to the start of the conference to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.