Why Attend the KEEN National Conference?

Work with like-minded people

Connect with like-minded engineering faculty from across the country to learn how they are fostering the entrepreneurial mindset in their classrooms, take advantage of the opportunity to share resources, plan future collaboration, and forge lasting relationships within the network.

Leave with tools you can use

Learn from thought leaders and experts across engineering disciplines in our interactive workshops all geared toward giving you actionable tools, including faculty engagement strategies, pedagogical approaches, and extra-curricular examples you can use to serve your students.

Become part of a movement

Join other faculty in the movement that is shaping and changing engineering education. When you leave, you’ll be ready to help shape the next generation of global value creators with the mindset they need to solve the grand challenges of today and shape the world of tomorrow.


 2:00-6:00 p.m. Conference Registration

4:30-5:30 p.m. Optional Pre-conference Session: Introduction to KEEN

6:00-8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception with Heavy Hors D’oeuvres

6:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

8:00-9:30 a.m. Conference Kickoff & Keynote

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break

9:45-11:15 a.m. Workshops

11:15-11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Workshops

1:00-2:30 p.m. Lunch

2:30-4:00 p.m. Workshops

4:30-6:00 p.m. Subnet Activity

6:00-7:00 p.m. Break

7:00-9:00 p.m. Expo & Dinner Reception

6:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

8:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Session & Keynote

9:15-9:30 a.m. Break

9:30-11:00 a.m. Workshops

11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Box Lunches Provided

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Optional Post-conference Session: University Action Planning

1 Theme. 1 Movement. Engineering Unleashed.

This year’s theme is Engineering Unleashed. But what does that mean?

If you believe it is critical to equip engineers with a technical skillset and an entrepreneurial mindset – fostering curiosity, connections, and the creation of value – then you are part of Engineering Unleashed! This tagline is the rallying cry for a movement that transcends academia and industry to revolutionize engineering education for the benefit of society.

Examples of the movement in action are wide-ranging. Start-ups and Fortune 500 companies are rethinking partnerships with universities to create intrapreneurial co-ops and internships. Students are forming organizations that improve campus life for other students and solve society’s grand challenges. College boards are adopting entrepreneurially minded principles in strategic plans to shape the direction of the entire institution. You can see that there is no facet of society that the engineering unleashed movement could not impact and improve.

Because of that, we’ve made Engineering Unleashed the theme of this year’s national conference. All keynotes, workshops, and receptions will be organized to allow attendees to gain valuable insights from exemplars and leave with tools that they can immediately implement on their campuses and in their courses in order to transform engineering with the entrepreneurial mindset.

There are many reasons to attend the KEEN National Conference. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the video to hear from actual conference attendees who represent engineering institutions from across the country. They outline the personal and professional benefits that the conference has provided them.

Where is this year’s conference?

This year’s conference is taking place at the beautiful Hilton Anatole Dallas. Your conference registration includes hotel stay, meals during the conference, and attendance to nightly receptions.