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The 2014 Zone 1 Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education was the result of a collaborative effort and could not have been possible without the support and input of many individuals and organizations.

Sincere thanks to the University of Bridgeport which has hosted the conference and made its resources available to the participants on the main campus, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We are also grateful to the administrative and faculty members at the University of Bridgeport for their dedication, hard work and enthusiasm.

 Special thanks to the conference leadership team: Organization Chair, Dr. Navarun Gupta, Program Technical Committee Chair, Dr. Elif Kongar, Exhibits Committee Chair, Dr. Neal Lewis, Panels Committee Chair, Dr. Prabir Patra, Speakers Committee Chair, Dr. Miad Faezipour, Sponsorship Committee Chair, Dr. Jani Macari Pallis, Student Paper Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Hassan Bajwa, Student Papers Technical Committee Chair, Dr. Xingguo Xiong, Student Posters Technical Committee Chair, Dr. Joyce Hu, Teacher Award Committee Chair, Dr. Jeremy Li, Tutorials Committee Chair, Dr. Linfeng Zhang, Web/Publicity Committee Chair, Dr. Khaled Elleithy, and Workshops Committee Chair, Dr. Buket Barkana; in addition to all their committees' members.

We would like to acknowledge the IEEE Xplore Digital Library for publishing the professional papers, and thank their team, Ms. Theodora Saunders and Dr. Khaled Elleithy for their great contribution to the publication process. We would also like to thank the ASEE and its Zone 1 members and leadership for their valuable contributions.

We are thankful to Decisyon, Inc., e-Richards Consulting, Sacred Heart University John F. Welch College of Business, Xerox Foundation, the ASEE, and the University of Bridgeport, School of Engineering, for sponsoring various thematic professional paper awards.

We would like to express our gratitude to our conference sponsors: Fuelcell Energy, IEEE (technical co-sponsor), Maplesoft, People’s United Bank and donors: Pointwise Inc., Cislunar Aerospace, Tournament One Corp., Standard Oil, CT Space Grant Consortium, US Didactic, ASEE Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Sections.

Our special thanks to Mr. Can Ozan Gulcihan, the conference support manager,  for his extraordinary work and exemplary dedication to the well-being of the conference and its participants, Constance E. Vickers for creating the conference report, which is included in this DVD, Mr. Larry Orman and Mr. Takafumi Kojima for producing the conference publications, Mr. Kazuhiro Shoji and Mr. Hesham Alsahafi for photographing the conference, Dr. Yasin Ozcelik for the utilization of the Acamedics conference management system, Ms. Toni Doubleday for her work in conference organization, Gina Kearney and Concept 5 for their web design and marketing endeavors, Ms. Kazuha Canak for her work on the conference program typesetting, Mr. Omar Abuzaghleh for arranging the audio-visual, compute and print needs for the conference; Denise Bundy, Sodexo, and Catering by Christine for taking care of the conference logistical requirements and the University of Bridgeport Engineering student volunteers for all their hard work before and during the conference.

This list is far from being exhaustive and falls short in acknowledging all the individuals and organizations who have offered their kind assistance to us during the conference, leaving several contributors unlisted. Therefore, we would like to thank everyone who made this gathering a special event.


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Tarek M. Sobh, Ph.D., P.E.
ASEE 2014 Zone 1 Conference General Chair
Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the School of Engineering
Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Bridgeport

Fellow, African Academy of Sciences
Member, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Email:  sobh@bridgeport.edu
Phone:  +1 (203) 576-4116
Fax:  +1 (203) 576-4766
Skype:  tarek.m.sobh
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