September 18, 2017

CoNECD – Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity

1st Annual Conference of
Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity
April 29 – May 2, 2018
Arlington, Virginia

NAMEPA along with the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN), the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Women in Engineering Division (WIED), and the ASEE Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND) will host CoNECD: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity from April 29, 2018 to May 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.

The vision of the CoNECD (pronounced, “connected”) Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups in the engineering and computing professions. The Conference Organizing Committee believes that a transformation of our engineering workforce will not be the result of a singular focus. CoNECD will encompass the many diverse groups that comprise our engineering and computing workforce including groups based on gender (including gender identity and gender expression), race and ethnicity, disability, veterans, LGBTQ+, 1st generation and socio-economic status.


To get the member rate for CoNECD, contact us at for the promo code

Regular registration rates end April 2, 2018


If you are not an ASEE member, you will be prompted to create a log-in account. You do not need to become an ASEE member to register for the conference.

Registration details can be found HERE.

Housing details can be found HERE.

Program and Session Details can be found HERE.

Submit a Hi-5 Talk!

If you have something to share at the conference, consider submitting an application to present a Hi-5 talk!  Whether you submitted a paper and want to use it to create interest in your session, or you didn’t submit a paper but have relevant information or research to share related to diversity and inclusion in engineering, computing and/or technology, Hi-5’s are for you!

These high-energy five minute talks give you an opportunity to share your content and pose questions for the audience to consider. You have 20 or fewer slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide to tell us in a fun and engaging way the results of your research/program/initiative, etc. If you are unfamiliar with these talks, search the terms “Pecha Kucha”or “Ignite” talks to find examples.  Due to time limitations, we will only be able to select at most 10-12 submissions for final presentation at the conference.  Submit your Hi-5 proposal by March 2nd by emailing and include the following information:

1. Title of your presentation
2. Contact information for all authors and presenter (name, institution, email)
3. Brief summary which describes the content of your presentation, its potential impact, and audience takeaways
4. Abstract for conference program (300 words or less)

You may include your proposal information in the email itself or as an MS Word attachment.

Please consider the following timeline as you prepare your materials:

Hi-5 Presentation Time line
March 2        Proposal submission deadline
March 23      Notification of acceptance and recommended changes
April 2           Revised Abstract due
April 13         Final Presentation material due

CoNECD Awards

The CoNECD (Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity) Conference Planning Committee invites nominations for 2 awards that recognize individuals, groups and organizations for their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering and computer science.

These awards will be given out at the 2018 conference.

Information about both awards is given below. To nominate a program or individual, please visit  (self-nominations are permitted)

Applications are closed. 

Program of the Year Award:

This award honors the development and/or implementation of a service activity that has significantly enhanced the participation of students from diverse populations that are historically underserved in engineering and computing, while enriching the students’ learning experience in engineering and computer science.

The Program of the Year Award recipient will be chosen on the following criteria:

  • Program impact
  • Participant satisfaction
  • Evidence of using evaluation data to improve the program

Rising Star in Diversity Award:

The Rising Star in Diversity award recognizes an individual in their profession for less than 10 years who has actively worked to enhance diversity and inclusion by mentoring, supporting and/or advocating for the success of historically underserved individuals in engineering or computer science, or for climate and culture change that supports such success.

The Rising Star in Diversity Award recipient will be chosen on the following criteria:

  • Fostering community to promote networks that provide professional support for students from diverse populations that are historically underserved in engineering and computer science
  • Mentoring or leadership development
  • Recruiting, retaining, or advancing underserved individuals in engineering and/or computer science
  • Engaging in professional development opportunities focused on diversity and inclusion
  • Promoting awareness of issues affecting underserved individuals


NAMEPA Representative | CoNECD Conference Planning Committee
Dawn Hunter
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