2011 IAJC-ASEE Overview 


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As we in higher education and industry reflect back on the first decade in this new millennium, we realize that the sharing of ideas and resources is the best way for us to create a better future for the next generation of students, faculty, and researchers. In the competitive and tight global markets of the 21st century, leading companies across industry have embarked on massive reorganizations, mergers, partnerships, and all sorts of collaborative projects with their like-minded peers and rivals in order to not only survive but grow and thrive. But, as industry changes with time, so must academia. Conversely, as academic R&D efforts provide advancements in technology, so must industry provide a quick turnaround from concept to market. However, many academic organizations, journals, and conferences have been slow to adapt and provide the necessary platforms for the dissemination of knowledge.

Beginning in 2006, the editorial board of the International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC) embarked on groundbreaking 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 publish their papers in a broad selection of journals representing interests as diverse as those of the researchers and educators in fields related to engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, mathematics, science and teaching. These efforts resulted in an innovative model of joint international conferences that includes a variety of organizations and journals.

IAJC joint and independent international conferences have been a great success with the main conferences being held in the United States and regional, simultaneous conferences in other parts of the world.  In additional to bringing people together at its conference venues, IAJC attracts myriad journals that wish to publish the best of what its attendees have to offer, thereby creating excitement in academic communities around the world. IAJC is a first-of-its-kind, pioneering organization. It is a prestigious 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 285 abstracts from more than 100 educational institutions and companies were submitted from around the world. In the multi-level review process, papers are subjected to blind reviews by three or more highly qualified reviewers. For this conference, a total of 80 papers were accepted. Most of these were presented 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 more than 100 major educational institutions and companies from the United States and many other countries.  

This conference was sponsored by the International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC), which includes 13 member journals and a number of universities and organizations. Other sponsors were the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Selected papers from this conference will be published in one of the 13 IAJC member journals. Organizing such broad conferences is a monumental task and could not be accomplished with the help and support of the conference committee, the division/session chairs and the reviewers. Thus, we offer our sincerest thanks to all for their hard work and dedication in the development of the outstanding 2011 conference program. We personally hope you will seek them out to thank them for their fine work.

As we continue to offer, and to strive to improve upon, these high-quality and unique conferences, we are seeking dedicated individuals to join us on the planning committee for the next conference—scheduled for fall, 2012. Please watch for updates on our web site (www.IAJC.org) and contact us anytime with comments, concerns or suggestions. On behalf of the 2011 IAJC-ASEE conference committee and IAJC Board of Directors, we thank you for participating in this great conference and hope you will consider submitting papers in one or more areas of engineering and related technologies for future conferences.


Philip Weinsier, IAJC Conference General Chair
Mark Rajai, IAJC President & Conference Co-Chair


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