2022 ATE Principal Investigators’ Conference
Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce

The virtual platform for the 2022 ATE Conference is now open!
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In-Person Event
October 26-28, 2022
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C. 

** COVID PROTOCOLS – UPDATED –  As of 10/21/22 and after a review of latest statistics provided by DC Health, AACC has decided to make the following adjustments to the vaccination and testing requirements for in-person attendees.

  • Attendees will need to present proof of having received either a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Jansen vaccine or two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The full course of the vaccine must have been completed no later than October 10, 2022.
  • While AACC strongly encourages that all in-person attendees receive at least one booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, attendees will no longer be required to present proof of having received a booster dose.
  • Individuals that have not received a full course of any of the COVID-19 vaccines may partake in one of two testing options:
    • Present a negative test result from a PCR Test taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival.


    • Individuals may, at their own expense, submit negative test results from a supervised antigen test taken on the day that you retrieve your conference credentials at the Omni Shoreham. 

§       These test kits can be purchased from pharmacies or an online source. The supervised antigen test kits require the individual to be monitored via a web portal while taking the test. Once the test results are finalized, the testing company will provide documentation that may be uploaded into the 42Chat tool.

If an individual is unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result—or they are unable to procure their own monitored self-test—a very limited number of monitored self-tests will be made available at the Health & Wellness Desk at the Omni Shoreham. Individuals will need to indicate in advance that they are unable to secure their own tests by emailing ATEWellness@aacc.nche.edu.

All attendees are strongly encouraged to submit their COVID-19 documentation through the 42Chat tool prior to their arrival in Washington, D.C.

Waiting to submit your documents will result in delays in retrieving your conference credentials as ALL ATTENDEES must present either proof of vaccination or a negative test result prior to collecting these materials.

Attendees that either do not submit this documentation or do not have it available when they arrive at the Registration Desk will not be allowed entry to the conference.

For information on how to submit your documentation, please see the updated Know Before You Go document, available here.

For any questions related to COVID protocols, please email ATEwellness@aacc.nche.edu.**

ATE Conference Virtual Component
ATE Connects Virtual Kick-Off – October 20 & 21, 2022, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Post-Conference Virtual Track – November 4, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

The 2022 ATE Conference: Reconnecting & Advancing the Skilled Technical Workforce will be held as an in-person event with a virtual track participation option. ATE grantees may elect to fulfill their NSF grant requirement through participation in the in-person event and/or the virtual components of this conference.

The conference will bring together more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country will participate in the hybrid event. Conference participants represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas, such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

The conference will kick-off virtually with ATE Connects on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2022.  A post-conference virtual track featuring a few key sessions will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT.

As we are still coming out of the pandemic, AACC realizes and respects that travel restrictions, personal preference, and other factors may apply when considering whether to attend this year’s in-person conference, and as such a limited virtual component will be available. The conference’s virtual component will include access to ATE Connects, recorded plenary sessions from the in-person event, and a few key sessions to occur live as part of a virtual track following the conference on November 4.

Please see below for important event deadlines: