Engineering conference comes to Hamilton

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Engineering is one of Waikato’s most robust industries so it’s apt that the region’s two largest education providers have joined forces to host the Australasian Association for Engineering Education’s (AAEE) annual conference in December this year.

Wintec and the University of Waikato will host AAEE’s 29th annual conference from  December 9 to 12. This is the first time the conference has been held in Waikato.

Team manager for Wintec’s Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design (CEID) and AAEE executive committee member, Dr Trudy Harris is thrilled that the joint bid to host the conference in Hamilton was successful.

“It’s really exciting to bring this international conference to New Zealand and Hamilton. It is an important arena to share teaching practice and research in engineering education within Australasia. The changes we make today in our teaching will ultimately produce the engineering graduates of the future.”

The conference will be attended by around 250 engineering educators from universities, institutes of technology, Industry training organisations, industry, engineering professional bodies and secondary schools from throughout New Zealand and Australia.

The conference theme is ‘Future Engineer: Accounting for Diversity’ and the association is now welcoming conference submissions from those interested in presenting at the conference.

The closing date for abstract submissions is 5pm on Friday, May 4.

Conference presentations and workshops will focus on teaching methods, theory, philosophy and application; student, academic and industry needs; cultural perspectives; and current issues such as catering to diverse needs and preparing students for the workplace.

Wintec will begin the conference with registration and a traditional Māori welcome at its Rotokauri campus on December 9.

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