2008 IAJC-IJME Overview 

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As we in higher education and industry are facing the end of first decade in the new millennium, we must come together to share ideas and resources so we can plan and create a better future for the next generation of students, faculty, and researchers. In the competitive and tight global markets of 21st century, the leading companies in various industries have embarked on massive reorganizations, mergers, partnerships, and all sort of collaborative projects with their like-minded peers—including their rivals—in order to mainly survive and ultimately grow

As industry is changing with time, so must academia. However, academic organizations, journals, and conferences have been very slow to make changes. Beginning in 2004, the editorial board of International Journal of Modern Engineering (IJME) embarked on groundbreakings and unprecedented efforts to establish strategic partnerships with other major rival journals and organizations to share resources and offer authors a unique opportunity to come to one conference and the publish their papers in several diverse journals. These efforts resulted in an innovative joint international conference including a number of organizations and journals in 2006.

The 2006 IJME-Intertech International conference was a great success. It brought several journals/conferences together in a joint venue for the publication of scholarly work in engineering and technology education, creating excitement in academic communities around the world. This provided the motivation to found a new organization called “International Association of Journals and Conferences” (IAJC).

IAJC is a first-of-its-kind, pioneering organization. It is a prestigious and an exclusive global multilayered umbrella consortium of academic journals, conferences, organizations, and individuals committed to advancing excellence in all aspects of technology-related education.

Conference Statistics: A total of 487 abstracts from over more than 150 educational institutions and companies were submitted from around the world. After a multi-level review process—-papers were subjected to blind reviews by  three or more highly qualified reviewers—-a total of 143 papers were accepted and are published in the conference proceedings.  This reflects an acceptance rate of less than 30%, which is one of the lowest acceptance rates of any international conference. Authors included presidents, deans, chairs, faculty, industry experts, and students representing over more than 100 major educational institutions and companies from the United States and 15 other countries

This conference had three divisions: Engineering (ENG), Engineering Technology (ENT), and Industrial Technology (IT). Selected papers from this conference will be considered for publication in one of the growing list of (10 or more) IAJC member journals.

Organizing a major conference was a monumental task.  I want to thank the conference committee and all division/session chairs and reviewers for their hard work in developing an exciting program.  I personally hope you will seek them out to thank them for their fine work.

It is my sincere hope to continue offering this type of high-quality and unique conferences in the future. We are seeking dedicated individuals to join us on the planning committee for the next conference.  Please look for our advertisement at  IAJC web site: http://www.IAJC.org.

The 2008 IAJC-IJME International Conference is being held at Music City Sheraton Hotel in Nashville, TN, USA, November 17-19, 2008. On behalf of The 2008 IAJC-IJME conference Committee and IAJC board of directors, we thank you for participating in this great conference and hope you will consider submitting papers in all areas of engineering and related technology for future conferences.


Mark Rajai
IAJC President & 2008 Conference General Chair

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