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Welcome to FIE 2012

**Access the FIE 2012 Proceedings

FIE 2012 General Chairs’ Message

On behalf of the three sponsoring societies and Seattle University, we are pleased to welcome you to FIE 2012.  The lifetime of FIE, 42 years and counting, has been a time of many innovations in engineering and computing education.  The Frontiers in Education Conference has become the premiere conference for presentation and discussion of excellent educational research and innovative curricula in engineering education. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the vision and strong leadership of the three sponsoring professional societies – ASEE Educational Research and Methods Division, IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Education Society. We, along with the sponsoring societies, are proud of the rich traditions of the FIE and the many engineering educators and educational researchers from around the globe who have contributed so much to our present understanding of how students learn. We are excited to bring this year’s conference to the West Coast, where it is more easily accessible to our colleagues around the Pacific Rim. The theme of this year’s conference, “Soaring to New Heights in Engineering Education” focuses on expanding the diverse community of international scholars and enriching the foundation of educational research that FIE has built over its history. It seems only fitting then that we continue this celebration of “soaring to new heights” by hosting this year’s reception at the Museum of Flight. 

 Also fitting with this year’s theme and location, we have expanded our outreach efforts to include Asia and Australia and are quite eager to learn of your educational efforts.  Welcome to all first timers at FIE, whether international or local. We hope you become ambassadors for FIE by supporting our goals of enriching engineering education and informing other colleagues of your experiences.
FIE 2012 has an exciting and innovative technical program which is made possible by the Planning Committee, a large group of dedicated professionals who volunteer their time to this cause. The program co-chairs from the sponsoring societies – Reid Bailey and Archie Holmes of ERM, Steve Frezza of the IEEE Computer Society, and Lance Perez of the IEEE Education Society – coordinate the paper review process and organize the technical sessions. The program co-chairs are joined by the International Program Chairs, Ming Zhang, Mark Lee, Edumndo Tovar Caro and Melany Ciampi and the Special Sessions Chair Kevin Gary. Ingrid Russell, as the New Faculty Fellows Chair, coordinates the new faculty fellows program, a valuable influx of new people and innovations. Robert Hofinger continues in his key role as Exhibits Chair and Ed Jones as Conference Historian. We are pleased to have had such a dedicated group of program chairs who provide countless hours to organize the technical sessions, workshops, and special sessions that make FIE the innovative and compelling conference that it is.

In addition to selecting the technical program, there is a great deal of logistics and support planning that must be accomplished to make FIE the special conference that it is. We are both fortunate and thankful for the logistics support from Kevin Curry, Assistant to the General Chairs, and the Kansas University Continuing Education staff and to Chris Dyer, Publications Chair. In addition to providing all of the logistical support that is necessary for the conference, Kevin continues to provide the continuity and institutional memory that is necessary for the planning committee to do its job. In addition, we would like to thank Jennifer Karlin and Stuart Kellogg and the FIE 2011 Planning Committee who continue to offer the support and guidance for the FIE 2012 program. Finally, we would like to thank the FIE Steering Committee for their leadership in ensuring the uniqueness that is FIE.

FIE is more than just a place to present papers. It is a place to meet and welcome new people and reconnect with old colleagues. It is a place to interact and discuss new ideas and new innovations. In short, it is a place to build not only a community of scholars but a community of friends. While you are here, we hope that you will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the many attractions that Seattle has to offer.

Our conference hotel is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, within walking distance of many fine restaurants, the Seattle Art Museum, multiple live music venues, the Seattle waterfront with its stunning views across Puget Sound, and the unique Pike Place Market.  If you are able to spend an extra day in Seattle, you can explore the natural beauty of the city and its surroundings, take a trip to Mt. Ranier National Park, or visit the Boeing factory to see the latest commercial airliners being constructed.  Seattle offers something for every taste, including all of the great coffee you can drink!

Your Co-Chairs,
Richard Leblanc and Ann Sobe



The steering committee of the FIE conference series have taken a number of steps to improve paper submission and reviewing processes, and this new web profile is a part of that process.

As in the past FIE is a world class, highly ranked, international forum for the publication of scholarly results in all areas of Engineering and Computing Education. Please see the Call For Papers (CFP) for more information on how you publish your work with us. We encourage all of you to submit proposals for  high quality research, and work in progress papers for the 2012 conference. Please see the conference timeline for more details of the submission and review process.

FIE 2012 is hosted in Seattle, and following conferences will be located in 2013 in Oklahoma City, and 2014 in Madrid, Spain. We hope that you will enjoy these venues, and have rewarding discussions with colleagues and exhibitors both in 2012 and beyond.

On behalf of the FIE Steering Committee

Arnold Pears
Steering Committee Chair

Submission Instructions


 Final Manuscript Submission: July 1, 2012

Paper Submission

View full submission details for Full Papers, Work in Progress, Panels, Special Sessions, and Pre-Conference Workshops

Submission of Final Paper

The Conference Proceedings will be included in the IEEE Interactive Electronic Library (IEL) as part of IEEE Xplore. All authors who have been accepted must register for the conference and attend the conference to present their paper. Authors who do not attend the conference to present their papers, or arrange for a co-author or knowledgeable colleague to present their paper in the absence of the primary author, will not have their paper published in the IEEE IEL and IEEE Xplore, per latest IEEE policy.

Please carefully follow the Final Submission instructions below:

1. Prepare the final version of the manuscript using the paper templates linked below.

Paper Templates

Author Resource Guide: How to list references

REMEMBER: the final version of a full paper CANNOT EXCEED 6 PAGES and the final version of a WIP CANNOT EXCEED 2 pages. NO EXCEPTION IS ALLOWED. 

2.  Register Online!
At least one author MUST register for your paper to be included in the proceedings by August 28, 2012. Student fees do not ensure publication of a paper - no exceptions. One full registration covers only one (1) paper. If you need to register by bank transfer, please contact Kevin Curry, FIE 2012 Registration Administrator.


3. An electronic version of the final manuscript must be generated for the conference proceedings.From the final manuscript formatted as instructed above, authors must generate the electronic version in PDF format. Regardless of its initial format, the file containing the final version of the paper must be transformed in the PDF format using the IEEE PDF express web tool. PDF files generated by means of other tools are not acceptable.

To generate the IEEE Xplore compatible PDF file of your paper, follow these steps:

Create your IEEE PDF eXpress account by going to: http://www.pdf-express.org and using Conference ID: fie12x
The first time you access the system, please follow the link to New user. Please note that, in order to access the service, you need to allow the use of cookies from the PDF eXpress web site. Once you have registered as a new user:

   3.1. upload the source file (containing your paper) for conversion
   3.2. receive by e-mail the IEEE Xplore-compatible PDF of your paper. Once you’ve received your PDF file, upload it to EDAS

4. Send the electronic version of the final manuscript, complete the presenter's biography form, and submit the copyright form through EDAS by July 1, 2012.

   4.1. Once you receive your Xplore compatible PDF, log in at http://edas.info

   4.2. Upload your paper.
Click the My Papers tab. Click the upload icon (third column from the right) and a dialog box will open that will enable you to select and upload your paper via the web or via FTP.

   4.3. Submit the IEEE Copyright Transfer form

An IEEE copyright form should accompany your final submission. Your paper cannot be published as a part of the FIE Proceedings without the signed copyright form. If you have more than one paper in the conference, you must submit a form for each paper. We strongly advise you to fill out the electronic copyright form via EDAS when you submit your final paper.

Steps to follow to submit the electronic copyright form via EDAS

*If you complete the electronic copyright form via EDAS you do NOT have to send in a copy of the paper form.

  • Log onto EDAS
  • Go to My Papers
  • Click on the copyright symbol next to your paper title
  • Fill out the form and submit

Steps to follow to submit the paper copyright form

  • Download the IEEE copyright form in doc format
  • On the top of the form replace the red text "Put your paper number here" with your paper number.
  • Enter the title of your Full paper, WIP, Panel, Special Session or Workshop in the next section. Replace the red text "Use this space to cut and paste the title of your paper. " with your paper title. The best method is to just copy the title from your paper and paste it onto the copyright form.
  • Enter the list of author names for your Full paper, WIP, Panel, Special Session or Workshop in the next section. Replace the red text "Use this space to list all the authors of the paper. " with the author names. We just need the names not the universities. If you are submitting this form for a Panel, Special Session, or Workshop, enter the names of all the speakers. The best method is to just copy the names from your paper and paste it onto the copyright form.
  • Sign the form. Only one author needs to sign the form. There are three options for where to sign the form. If you are not sure where to sign the form use the first option. This will be correct for 95% of the papers.
  • Submit your signed, scanned copyright form via email to: laurenp@conferencecatalysts.com  OR
  • Submit your signed copyright form via fax to 352-872-5545.



If authors like to post their papers electronically on any web site, any ftp site, or any other electronic dissemination technique, they must include the IEEE Copyright notice on the initial screen displaying the IEEE-copyrighted material.

   4.4. Prepare the presenter's biography form.
Please declare who will be presenting the paper at the conference on EDAS. To do this, click the 'My Papers' tab, click on your paper title, and then click the Change/Add icon in the Presenter row. Indicate who will present the paper and click Choose presenter. Presenters must fill out a short bio (50 word max) on EDAS by going to the ‘My Profile’ tab and filling in the information in the ‘Brief bio’ field. Information in this form will be used by the session chairperson to introduce the presenter.


Contact the FIE 2012 Publications Administrator:
Lauren Pasquarelli
Conference Catalysts, LLC

*When you submit your final paper, please indicate whether or not you would like to be considered to become a faculty fellow:

1. Go to My Papers
2. Click on your paper title
3. Click on the Notes icon below the "paper status" row
4. Enter the text "I would like to be considered to become a faculty fellow", check the Conference chairs box and click Add paper note.