Running a Virtual Conference

February 16th, 2021

7:00 pm-8:00 pm EST 

Aaron Pepin, Bree Carlson, Josue Martinez, Nicole Trenchard, Kerry Muenchow

(NERC 2021 Planners)



Scheduled a week and half after the conference, find out what went into planning the 2021 Northeast Regional Conference, as the planners discuss the successes and failures of the highly anticipated conference. You'll be able to ask the planners any questions about the virtual planning process, what skills might be necessary, and what can be done to get take your conference to the next level.

You can join the session by clicking the Zoom link below on February 16th at 7:00pm EST:


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Do you miss engaging with your fellow EWBers on a personal level? You'll find using Gather.Town, an online platform that "gamifies" online engagement, the perfect way to connect with other EWBers in the comfort of your own home! Create your 8-bit avatar and explore the "campus space" we've custom built for this event. As you move closer to another EWBer, your cameras will turn on, and you'll be able to engage in group conversations, just like an in-person conference.



Are you tired of turning on your camera during Zooms calls? Well then feel free to join one of our "Walk and Talk" sessions, where our panel of presenters will have unstructured, yet engaging conversations as they participate in everyday activities. You can join this block and leave it on the background as you continue with your day. Think of it like a podcast, but without any of those pesky ads.



Simply looking for technical expertise and experience, without much fuss? Then this is the block for you. Through a series of webinars and workshops, learn about various EWB topics from some of the most dedicated members across the country. From hands-on workshops to breakout sessions, get the classic conference content that you can take back to your chapters and share with your members. Come think with us!

Don't know which presentation style to pick?

No worries! Fill out this quick personality test that will help guide you in the right direction! ​Once you check out the schedule , feel free to mix-and-match specific topics and presentation styles to your convenience!

Presentation styles



With the three main tracks, the combinations of participation are endless! Start with some structured sessions, listen in on a Casual Conversation over lunch and jump into our strictly social events to reconnect with peers, you get to drive your day! (The conference schedule is subject to change by the day of the conference, so make sure to check again on February 6th!)

Click on the session title to see to the session abstract!





Gather Town and Games!

Live Streaming Conversations!



Structured Sessions

Webinars, Workshops, more!



4:45 PM - 5:30 PM EST

What the Heck is CECorps

Natalie Celmo, Ellie Carley


Strategic Visioning for Chapters and Project Teams

Tom Rebbecchi

(Hartford Pros, BOD)

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Bob Ross Art Class

Cassie Gonzales and Michael Rosen

Morocco: We Have a Problem

Theo Usher, Lolo Dederer, Sanjana Subramanian, Lucas Chapman (Columbia University)

How to Think About Your Job Search

Mike Reiter

(Pratt & Whitney)

Panel: Volunteer to Staff Position

Natalie Celmo, Scott Gregory, McKenna Roberts, Ellie Carley


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Remote Implementation Q&A

Scott Gregory, Melissa Montgomery, Eric Lundborg


Board of Directors Panel Discussion

Jackie O'Brien, Frank Preli, Nicole Trenchard, Tom Rebbecchi

Learning from the Social Sciences to Improve Engineering Design and Performance

Jessica Mingee

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Ends at 1:45pm

Engineering WASH

in Healthcare Facilities
Claire Wang (Desert Research Institute), Waleska Crowe (EWB-USA Guatemala)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: From Theory to Practice
(EWB-USA), (Pratt & Whitney)

Contextual Engineering Story Time: Why We Need a New Approach to EWB Engineering Design

Dr. Ann Witmer

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mentor)

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EST

Practice Your EWB Spanish

Josue Martinez

(New York Professionals)

Project Lead Transition

Alice Wu, Colin Bane, Jack Hanley, Sophia Jones

(Project Lead Forum)

People We've Met Along the

Dave Sacco
(Yale Mentor)

Designing Bridges in the
Third World from the First

Brian Brenner
(Tufts Mentor/Tighe & Bond)

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST

Cooking and Fundraising in a Pandemic

Billy Fontana, Michelle DePinho, Cristina Cignoli

(New York Professionals)

Beyond Your Bachelors

Aaron Pepin, Kevin Vu, Stephanie Sontgerath

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST

Unveiling EWB-USA's New 5 Year Strategic Plan
Tom Rebbecchi
(Hartford Professionals, BOD)

Let’s Talk About Resumes
Mike Reiter

(Pratt & Whitney)

Using Drones as an EWB Tool Michael Luciano (Drexel)

Tim Gale (EWB Raytheon Technologies)

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM EST

Connecticut River Room

Hudson River Room

The Art of Communication Before and During COVID-19 

Miguel Gomez, Elina Vipul, Erin Wengerter, Tejaswini Sudhakar

(City College of New York)

People-Centered Projects: Why PMEL is More Than Data
Makenzie White, Alexandria Sedar, Mallory Hudson, Karen Brzostowski (PMEL SCC)

February 16th,  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Running a Virtual Conference

Aaron Pepin, Bree Carlson, Josue Martinez, Nicole Trenchard, Kerry Muenchow
(NERC 2021 Planners)


Want to present? Have any questions? Reach out to our team:

Aaron Pepin


Josue Martinez