Binghamton University hosts regional engineering conference: IBM vice president to deliver keynote address


Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will host the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) St. Lawrence Section conference on April 8 and 9. Titled “Engineering on the Edge: Engineering in the New Century,” the conference will bring together industry and academic leaders to address the recently published report: The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century.

Keynote speaker Sharon Nunes, vice president of technology for IBM’s Corporate Technology and Manufacturing Group, will open the conference at 1 p.m., Friday, April 8, in the Mandela Room of the University Union with a presentation titled “21st Century Engineering: Who’ll Be in Demand for Our On-Demand World?”

An industry panel, with representatives from BAE Systems Control Platform Solutions, Dover Technologies, IBM, GE Global Research, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration and McFarland-Johnson, will follow her address at 2:15 p.m.

The conference also includes a series of technical sessions, covering topics related to curriculum innovations, distance learning, teamwork communications and computer gaming.

In addition, the conference will pit 17 teams of engineering students from New York colleges and a high school against each other in a problem solving competition to be held on Saturday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Engineering Building. Teams will compete to solve a previously unreleased problem with existing tools and materials presented to them. Each team will be allotted a set time to identify, design and develop a competitive solution to a given challenge.  Judging and the presentation of awards will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the room 133 of the University Union. 

The St. Lawrence section of the ASEE includes 45 accredited engineering programs in New York and Canada. For more information on the conference visit

Last Updated: 9/17/13