BCoE hosts successful conference, earns multiple honors

April 12, 2012

Starkville, Miss.— The Bagley College of Engineering (BCoE) recently hosted more than 170 engineering educators from across the Southeastern United States.

Representing more than 40 institutions of higher learning, they gathered on Mississippi State’s campus for the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Southeastern Section. The three-day event focused on the “global reach of engineering” and included research center tours, as well as workshops, technical sessions and poster presentations.

John Brocato, coordinator of the BCoE’s technical communication program, led the organizing committee.

“We are proud to say that we had more participants than these conferences have averaged in the past decade. It was an astonishing turnout, especially considering that the bulk of our participants were from outside Mississippi,” Brocato said. “It’s truly not an exaggeration to say that MSU, the BCoE and our team of organizers could not have done any better in putting on a first-rate conference and showing our institution in the best light imaginable.”

In addition to hosting the event, Mississippi State also made a strong showing during the event’s award presentations, elections and competitions including the election of Priscilla Hill, an associate professor in chemical engineering, as president-elect of the section.

Others receiving recognition include:

David Bassi, a senior in civil engineering, who earned the Outstanding Poster Presentation Award and took first place in the undergraduate research award.

Senior aerospace engineering major Bradley Davis earned second place in the undergraduate research award presentation.

Paromita Mitra, a junior in aerospace engineering, and Manish Borse, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, placed third in the junior/senior division team design competition.

The Southeastern Section of ASEE was formed in 1934 and includes approximately 1,500 members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

ASEE is a non-profit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. For more information, visit www.asee.org.