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EMERGE Annual Meeting

May 15-17, 2024 in Indianapolis, IN

The EMERGE two-day Annual Meeting is intended for universities and colleges that are creating or are in the process of growing a new engineering program and are interested in networking with other faculty and administrators, developing expertise in culture building, faculty development, and collaboration, and building entrepreneurial-minded learning into the curriculum. In 2024, EMERGE Annual Meeting moves to the campus of Marian University and the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering.

Returning and new attendees are welcome to attend this unique workshop experience, which includes ample time for networking and learning together with colleagues. This year’s program is focused on Engaging and Developing Partnerships with Industry to support opportunities for new programs, supporting faculty development, and increasing industry-academic partnerships. Please check back in April for a full agenda.. Please note that universities/colleges do not have to be part of the KEEN network to participate. If you are interested in joining the KEEN network, please email


The 2024 annual meeting is hosted by Marian University and facilitated by faculty from Olin College of Engineering and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with support from the Kern Family FoundationThis year’s registration fee, including hotel and meals, is waived for those who register by March 31st. In addition, a limited number of travel reimbursement awards (up to $1000) are available through Marian University and EMERGE.

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Travel and Hotel

Air travel: Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The airport is 15 miles from Marian University and 12 miles from the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel.

Local transportation: Transportation options between Marian University and Indianapolis include a personal rental car, taxis, and ride share such as Uber and Lyft. A shuttle will take you to/from the hotel each day to Marian University where meeting activities will be held. Dinners will be in downtown Indianapolis and near the hotel.

Hotel: Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. The hotel, located in downtown Indianapolis, is 12 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport and 5 miles from Marian University. A shuttle will take guests to and from campus each day of the meeting.

Workshop location: Most activities will take place on campus at Marian University in the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering. Dinners will take place in downtown Indianapolis within a short distance of the hotel.

2024 Agenda

Optional: Eli Lilly industry tour

Shuttle available from hotel

Welcome social event and dinner

Workshop: Unleashing Your Entrepreneurial Mindset: Challenging Systemic Barriers to Innovation in the Design of New Engineering Programs

Facilitators: Rob Martello, Olin College of Engineering, and Jessica Townsend, Olin College of Engineering

Networking lunch

Workshop: Communicating About Change: Transformative Stories for Stakeholders

Facilitator: Julia Williams, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Conversation: Engaging Industry & Advisory Boards in Strategic Planning Processes

Panelists: Binh Tran, Marian University, and members of the Marian University Board of Visitors

Networking dinner

Workshop: Cohort Conversations: Focused Discussions to Foster Collaboration and Best Practices

Facilitator: Jessica Townsend

Boxed-lunch and good-byes

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