IACEE Pulse, January 2022

IACEE Pulse: A Newsfeed for Members, January 2022



The IACEE World Conference invites abstracts and papers to be presented at the 2022 World Conference. Relevant submissions are welcome from educators, researchers, scholars, and representatives from industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Authors are encouraged to submit work that could be useful to the broader continuing engineering education faculty and practitioners, including strategies for implementation.

The deadline for abstract submissions is January 31, 2022. As this is a hybrid conference, you can present either in person or virtually. If you would like to submit an abstract, please review the details on session tracks and format descriptions on the conference website.

The conference theme, Global Imperatives for Continuing Engineering Education, is woven into three conference tracks:

Track 1: The imperative for Sustainability in Continuing Engineering Education
Includes topics related to developments and advancements related to continuing engineering education and sustainability.
Track 2: The imperative for Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Continuing Engineering Education
Includes research, ideas, and innovations related to developing capable, innovative, and sustainably minded technical leaders.
Track 3: The imperative for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Social Justice in Continuing Engineering Education
Includes creating a sustainable engineering ecosystem that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – ultimately leading to increased career retention, satisfaction, and societal good.

The nomination process for the 2022 IACEE Awards is open until 22 February 2022. This year, the Glen L. Martin Award for Corporate Leadership in Continuing Engineering Education will be the one award given. Information about this award, including eligibility requirements and nomination submission forms, is available on the IACEE website. Please consider nominating an organization for this award.
Nominations are collected and handled confidentially by the awards committee, and the award recipient will be selected by the IACEE Council. The award will be presented at the June 2022 World Conference in Buffalo, New York. If you have any questions, please contact Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa

Dr. Patricia Caratozzolo, Track Chair and Associate Member of the Institute for the Future of Education, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Recent research in the area of Education 4.0 (Fourth Industrial Revolution) shows the persistence of a gender gap in engineering careers due to several factors, such as the traditional role of women in society and the lack of female role models and mentors in these fields. This has been one of the main concerns expressed in the UN Declaration for Sustainable Development, which specifically mentions, in objective 4.3, the need to guarantee equitable access for women and men to education and jobs.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highlights in its 2021 report that the gender gap is different depending on the field of study: in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics parity has been reached of genre; while, for engineering and information and communication technologies (ICT), this gap persists and deepens even if aspects such as the lack of inclusion of minority groups are also considered. For this reason, the IACEE has emphasized the importance of addressing, in the field of Continuing Education in Engineering (CEE), not only the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), but also those of Social Justice, with the explicit objective of contributing to the elimination of stereotypes, implementing policies to reduce the hiring and salary gap; and strengthen conditions for women and minorities, with a view to the 2030 workforce landscape.

The IACEE has organized the next World Conference with a special track designed to be a space for discussion and debate on the best strategies to address the gender gap, the practices of creating inclusive and supportive environments, and the most appropriate approaches to design and implement processes of attraction, access and retention in CEE.

Track 3: The imperative for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) & Social Justice and Continuing Engineering Education (CCE)
This track is focused on creating a sustainable engineering ecosystem that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive – ultimately leading to increased career retention, satisfaction, and societal good. Topics of interest include:It is my hope that conference attendees can find in this space the ideal forum to share their opinions and reflections on DEI and Social Justice issues: ideas about the factors and obstacles that women face throughout their careers in engineering; frameworks that identifies performance and engagement as observable inequalities to explain gender gaps; challenges that women face in predominantly masculine environments, such as gendered organizational culture and stereotypes; the identification of systemic obstacles for recruitment, retention and promotion, which impact on the underrepresentation of women in the areas of CEE; and, the strategies that academic institutions can implement in their orientation and retention process to avoid the desertion of women.

Patricia Caratozzolo holds her Ph.D. from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Since 2005 she has been a member of the faculty of Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, where she is Assistant Professor of Power Energy Systems. She leads projects in the area of Educational Innovation, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Flexibility and development of Soft Skills in Engineering. Dr. Caratozzolo is Senior Member of IEEE, Full Member of the OWSD, and Vice President of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE). She is also Associate Member of the SOI-STEM Research Group at the Institute for the Future of Education of the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.



In the months leading up to the 2022 World Conference, IACEE is hosting a series of complimentary webinars aligned to the main themes of the conference.

Last month, Anita Chawla, MBA and Dr. Quentin McAndrew presented an engaging webinar on business model considerations for continuing education programs. If you were unable to join at the time of the webinar, or if you wish to go back and reference something you learned, we hope you'll take advantage of the available recording. 
9 Dec 2021, Webinar 1: Business Model Evaluation for Continuing Education Programs

Stay tuned for details about the next webinar in this series of Pre-Conference Webinars.


IACEE gratefully acknowledges the sponsors whose support helps make this year's world conference possible. Their belief in lifelong learning and engineering education allows both industry and universities to continue to flourish in their pursuit of excellence.

Interested in sponsoring IACEE's 18th World Conference? Visit our webpage to learn more about available sponsorship opportunities. 


Newsfeed contact: Camille Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA