2021 ATE Conference: Broadening Impact through Innovation
October 18-22, 2021

The American Association of Community Colleges, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will host the 28th National ATE Principal Investigators’ Conference as a hybrid event with both in-person and online attendance options.

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 on Monday, October 18, and be followed by an in-person event taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 20-22, 2021. 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.

AACC and NSF are following federal and Washington, D.C. guidance related to holding the in-person event, which currently allows for a full-capacity conference. We realize and respect that travel restrictions, personal preference, and other factors may apply when considering whether to attend this year’s in-person conference and as such virtual components will be available and include live streaming part of the event; select pre-recorded sessions; and “on-demand” sessions following the conference.

There will also be an expanded option for the virtual ATE Connects session. This year, AACC will be using a new virtual event platform with enhanced networking and messaging functionality, and all ATE projects and centers are required to submit materials for inclusion in the virtual ATE Connects session as part of the 2021 ATE Conference.