ATE Events — April 2018


(3 days)

Embassy Suites by Hilton1000 Woodward Pl NEAlbuquerqueNM87102US

Join us April 2018 in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico! Your registration fee will include a reception, meal, break refreshments, entertainment, vendors, and a full day and a half of workshops.

NMACTE will be hosting a FABULOUS Region IV Conference with the continued goal of providing professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators, both secondary and post-secondary!

(2 days)

Worthington Event Center & Comfort Suites Hotel1447 Prairie DriveWorthingtonMN56187

The Worthington Regional Bio Conference (WRBC) is an annual gathering of industry professionals, research scientists, and business leaders. This conference is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s health and bio-businesses sectors and provide networking opportunities. Throughout its short history, the conference has featured industry leaders such as Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Doug Berven, VP Corporate Affairs POET, and many others. From the start, the Worthington Regional Bio Science Conference set out to create a meeting place where the scientific, business, and entrepreneurial communities can come together for few days, talk shop, plant seeds, and build enduring relationships.

This annual event has been very successful in highlighting the deep roots of bio-science as it relates to farming and animal health. What evolves out of one area of bio-tech often times has implications in other areas of importance to overall quality of life. Worthington’s bio-science based businesses have a story to tell, and are actively seeking partners for parts of the story that are yet to be told.

This series of two free workshops were created to provide post-secondary faculty and administrators with resources (labs, presentations, etc.) and guidance to effectively teach undergraduate nanotechnology courses. The workshops will also cover the strategies for conducting the NPDP-provided labs, as well as, equipment needs, costs and sustaining costs. The various modes in which institutions may choose to present this material and their labs will be examined varying from complete in-house to web-augmented joint offerings.

These workshops do not need to be taken in sequence, but both are required for participants to be eligible to attend one of four NPDP sites for a hands-on workshop.

The Nano Curriculum Materials I workshop will focus on: materials, safety and equipment overview; bottom-up manufacturing and bio-nanotechnology; and deposition. The workshop will be held on four consecutive Friday sessions beginning on April 6, 2018 (April 6, 13, 20, and 27) from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the workshop website ( Applications are due March 23, 2018 and can be found at

The Nano Curriculum Materials II workshop will focus on: etching; patterning and lithography; and nanocharacterization. The workshop will be held on four consecutive Friday sessions beginning on May 11, 2018 (May 11, 18, 25, and June 1) from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit the workshop website ( Applications are due April 27, 2018 and can be found at

This season, the ATE Central Webinar Series on Sustainability focuses on topics useful to Centers and Projects at all stages of growth. It is never too soon to be thinking about life “post-grant” – as a way to plan for eventual independence or as a way to prepare for a time when grants may not be forthcoming. This series addresses three critical angles – first, a basic “health check” to see how your project or center is faring today; second, strategies for moving forward, with a refreshed set of goals and priorities; and finally, taking to heart the need to plan for changes concerning the most valuable asset any project has: its people. This series is funded by the National Science Foundation’s ATE Central project and produced in collaboration with Nancy Maron of BlueSky to BluePrint, a consulting firm focusing on business strategy for leaders of innovative initiatives in the academic and cultural sectors.

Rachael Bower, ATE Central
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint

This session takes on a thorny problem: your grant is coming to an end, but the work needs to continue. What aspects of your work need to be supported going forward? Which might you decide are complete and need no further work? In this session, we will introduce an evaluative tool for prioritizing the strands of work and activity that your project or center has developed over time and determining what each will require to have the greatest impact. Topics will include prioritizing, preservation versus growth strategies, and budgeting for the post-grant phase.

Special Guest: Ann Beheler, National Convergence Technology Center


Lansing Community College309 N Washington SquareLansingMI48933

Similar in format to the Southeastern Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (SEMATA) conference, this free conference offers technical training sessions, a trade show, raffles, and live demos.  This event provides NATEF training hours, and includes a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. 

To RSVP contact Allyne Quatrine at 248-816-5199.

The 2018 program theme calls us to confront the struggles for public education, considering the times in which we are living, the historical arcs that shape our present(s), and the roles we can play in the fight for justice. Public education has the potential to be a central pillar of democracy and to foster civil deliberation. It is essential to democratic government, which both depends on and makes possible respect for diversity, justice, and human dignity. It has a crucial role to play in our divided world, bringing communities together to build an inclusive formation of “we the people.”

Although public education’s possibilities inspire us, they are elusive. As researchers and practitioners, we have a special responsibility to make possible what often seems impossible about the dreams for public education. We must build knowledge to support the quest for equitable educational opportunity. We must (re)imagine and contribute to developing what public education can and must be for today’s children, their families, and communities, and for the billions who will be inheritors of this earth. Ours is a theme of criticism and debate, but also of celebration and hope, and above all, of understanding and action.

Disciplined and diverse scholarship is crucial for this agenda. We must generate and learn from a wide range of research, including empirical, philosophical, critical, and historical analyses. We must include a broad variety of voices, evidence, sources, and perspectives to inform our deliberations. And we must apply these diverse methods, methodologies, and epistemologies to a host of pressing questions: What is and should be the relationship between “publicness,” educational opportunity, place, and democracy? What and who constitutes the public, and how does that vary in education systems around the globe and diverse epistemologies within those systems? For whom, when, where, how, and why has public education been established? When and for whom has it succeeded, failed, or been reinvented? What explains the recurrent quest for common ground, from the inception of common schools in the 19th century to desegregation in the mid-20th century, to the Common Core in the 21st? And why has resistance to this quest been necessary in some cases and oppressive in others?

Introspection is also essential in the development of knowledge and evidence about public education; we must ask questions also about how education research can recognize the perspectives and knowledge of historically marginalized peoples. We must ask how we can advance the tools and methods of our fields to create new forms of rigor and discipline, new kinds of tools and evidence, and thus, ultimately new knowledge. We must learn from scholars who examine the histories of the struggles for and over public education from diverse standpoints. What have scholars learned from their own first-person experiences? How are the voices and efforts of those in communities and schools connected to the generation of knowledge? These questions invite us to hear wrenching truths, critical perspectives, and dissent. They also invite us to learn from triumphs and possibilities and to see and realize the seemingly impossible.

Our Annual Meeting will take place in New York City, a fitting site for our focus on public education. New York represents the composite nature of our society, with its histories of struggle to form a union of diverse peoples. Before Dutch, British, and French settlers arrived and appropriated it, Mannahatta was (as it continues to be) Lenni Lenape land. It is the gateway through which immigrants from many lands have entered the United States, some displaced and fleeing hatred and persecution, some seeking opportunity. In the 20th century, New York was a destination for the migration of Black people from the South and the landing for thousands from Latin America. It was home to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement. At City College of New York, open access higher education first thrived in the mid-19th century. Comprising islands, waterways, and estuaries, New York is one of the frontlines for the impacts of climate change and people’s fights against environmental racism. New York represents hope in new possibilities and renewals, as well as loss—of culture, land, nation, and names. New York is at once connection and separation, crowdedness and isolation, gentrification and neighborhoods, poverty and wealth. It is beautiful patchworks of culture and language, of experimentation and activism.

Struggles for public education are embedded in stories from around the globe. Respecting the particularities of cultures, times, and places, how can we learn sensitively from one another’s contemporary experiences and histories? How can we contribute to building the necessary wisdom, commitment, and capacity for meeting the challenges of public education? At the 2018 Annual Meeting, we will come together to share insights and analyses of efforts past and present, which make the impossibility of public education possible. We ask of the AERA community to hope radically, imagine creatively, and act inspirationally to build knowledge and take enlightened next steps for public education.

(4 days)

Hilton Crystal City2399 Jefferson Davis HwyArlingtonVA22202

The National Summit for Educational Equity brings together leaders in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success.

The Summit brings together the researchers and practitioners in educational equity to share best practices and build a learning community of professionals. The conference offers workshops and sessions that engage participants in learning about new research, tools, and strategies for improving policies and practices to close achievement, participation, and interest gaps. Explore the agenda here. In addition, annual awards are presented at the luncheon on Tuesday.

Learn proven secrets and strategies for recruiting and retaining more female students and underserved populations in STEM and CTE, from 15 of the country’s leading education experts and practitioners. This online event on broadening participation in STEM and CTE, from the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS), is free thanks to support from the National Science Foundation.

Event Dates: April 17-19 & April 24-26, 2018

Join Pilot Systems at Automation Alley for a Tech Takeover presentation focused on ensuring the promised functionality of autonomous systems through optimized validation and verification methods and tools.

This event is intended for Tier 1 automotive suppliers and OEMs developing complex systems for critical automotive applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles.

Get real world examples while learning methodologies, work flow process and test strategies in order to more efficiently and effectively verify and validate functionality for software-intensive applications.

One-page evaluation reports are a great way to provide a snapshot of a project’s activities and impact to stakeholders such as advisory groups, college administrators, and NSF program officers. Summarizing key evaluation facts in a format that is easily and quickly digestible engages the busy reader and can make your project stand out.

Although traditional, long-form evaluation reports are still an excellent way to distribute evaluation results, one-page reports increase the engagement, understanding, and use of evaluation for both the current grant and leveraging findings with potential follow-up grants.

In this webinar, we will provide you with the tools and resources you need to create effective one-page reports and share some examples that have worked well in our practice.

dSPACE invites you to learn about the latest advances in autonomous system development, modeling and simulation for autonomous vehicle software testing and validation and verification of autonomous systems at our 1-day Tech Day event.


Due to the latest NSF ATE Solicitation released in 2017, this webinar will act as an addendum and focus on specifics that have changed on this topic. A live Q&A will occur the last 30 to 45 minutes of the webinar.

We highly encourage that you watch the original webinar recording prior to attending this one. The original webinar was held on April 20, 2017 which covered the following information.

Best practices for finalizing and refining your proposal to get it ready for submission. This session will provide specific examples of common mistakes and pitfalls and ways to avoid them. A proposal checklist will be highlighted by several experienced Principal Investigators.

Macomb Community College, John Lewis Student Community Center, Building K, Room 30114500 E. 12 Mile RoadWarrenMI48088

The conference will explore how automakers are looking at the future of mobility and testing vehicles for an endless array of possible driving scenarios, and how technical training will need to adapt and change.

The event will also include a segment on some of the many STEM Activities offered in southeast Michigan.

It is targeted towards automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators.

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction. The theme of CHI 2018 will be engage. Our focus will be to engage with people, to engage with technology, to engage with newcomers, to engage with world-class research, to engage with your community of designers, researchers, and practitioners… to engage with CHI!

Learn how you can become a cyber leader who attracts and engages an eager, committed team. Expand your network, shorten the ideation to implementation cycle, and create value-add and sustainable partnerships based on relationships. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Discover the correlation between a relationship driven leader and high-performance results
  • Increase your authenticity and productive energy in interactions
  • Build and retain trust to improve productivity, morale, loyalty, and retention
  • Nurture your network and increase your influence
  • Connect in conversation and deal with difficult situations

(4 days)

Hilton Anatole2201 North Stemmons FreewayDallasTX75207

The AACC annual meeting is among the largest and most dynamic gatherings of educational leaders, attracting over 2,000 community college presidents and senior administrators, as well as international educators, representatives of business/industry and federal agencies.

The premier event for community college leaders, AACC’s Annual Convention offers unprecedented professional development as well as the opportunity to network, share, and learn from professionals in the fields of education, business and industry, and the government sector. AACC is offering a new, curated exhibit hall experience for 2018 focused on promoting heavy engagement between exhibitors and attendees.