HI-TEC 2021 SIG Meetings HI-TEC: High Impact Technology Exchange Conference
HI-TEC: Educating America's Technical Workforce
HI-TEC: Educating America's Technical Workforce


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Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings are scheduled in association with HI-TEC. Information for each SIG is listed below. Registration information may be shown for the SIG, or the SIG may be open to registration by invitation only. To have your SIG meeting listed here, contact Sheila Wilson.

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Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education
July 20, 2021
Noon–1:30 pm Central time
By Invitation Only

Renewable energy is the fastest growing energy source in the United States and worldwide.

The Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) will host a Special Interest Group to share stakeholder survey results of what energy education will look like for the next five years and solicit feedback on how those needs can be met.

If you have any questions, please contact Gabrielle Temple.

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AI and Data Ethics Special Interest Group
Hosted by National Convergence Technology Center
July 20, 2021
9:00 am–12:00 pm Central time

The National Convergence Technology Center will host a special half-day workshop entitled “Responsible AI: Challenges and Best Practices for Integrating Ethics in Your IT Program” in conjunction with the High-Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HITEC). The goal is to help attendees develop practical strategies and best practices for adding data science ethics curriculum to IT programs nationwide.

This Special Interest Group (SIG) Workshop will feature:

  • Keynote by Aaron Burciaga, Vice President, Data & Artificial Intelligence - ECS
  • Panel with industry, analysts, and academia thought leaders
  • Breakout working group discussions among attendees to explore several case studies posing real-world data and AI dilemma

For more information and to register, go here.

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Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
Friday, July 16, 2021

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work will host a virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) convening on Friday, July 16 (11 am–2 pm CDT) featuring:

  • Rationale and Resources for Implementing a Cross-disciplinary STEM Core
  • Perspectives, Priorities, and Impacts of Work of the Future on Regions and Sectors
    Featuring employers and educators from the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest
  • Industry Speaks: Work of the Future and the Versatilist Technician
  • The World Economic Forum’s Mehran Gul discusses Innovation Ecosystems

Participants will receive complimentary registrations for both the SIG and the HI-TEC Conference, but seats are limited. To apply for participation or to ask questions, contact Ann-Claire Anderson.

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Mentor-Connect Cohort 9 Summer Workshop
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
By Invitation Only

Mentor-Connect will host a Virtual 2021 Summer Workshop for Cohort 9 teams working on NSF ATE Proposals that will be submitted in October 2021. On Tuesday, July 20, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET, participants will: discuss the new NSF ATE Solicitation, pointing out impacts on 2021 proposals, work on “last stretch” proposal preparation information and guidance, and receive pointers for using the PAPPG proposal checklist. Teams and their Mentors will also have dedicated work time to continue working on grant proposals before and after this session. To receive mentoring and technical assistance to help you prepare a competitive ATE proposal for 2022 submission visit our website www.Mentor-Connect.org, or email Mentor-Connect@fdtc.edu.

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MNTeSIG Live! 2021 Virtual Conference
July 19 and 20

The Micro Nano Tech Education Special Interest Group (MNTeSIG) will be hosting the MNTeSIG Live! 2021 virtual conference on July 19 and 20. For those of you who are interested in learning more on integrating Micro Nano Tech into your two-year technician programs, visit MNTeSIG.net. We are accepting registration and presentation proposals. Feel free to contact mpleil@unm.edu at the Support Center for Microsystems Education if you have any questions.

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Working Partners Workshop Spring 2021 Grand Finale
By Invitation Only

The Working Partners Workshops provide educators with the support, tools, and skills necessary to assess their industry and employer partnership needs, and to develop and implement a partnership action plan. Workshop content is drawn from the findings of the Working Partners Research Project and the collective knowledge of the NSF ATE community. Workshop activities include presentations, exercises, and a collaborative cohort environment. This special interest group is the final session of the Spring 2021 workshop and as such is by invitation only. If you would like more information or wish to inquire about future workshops, please visit the Working Partners Project & Workshops website at workingpartnersproject.org.

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