ASEE 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition – the weekend

The annual American Society of Engineering Educator’s (ASEE) conference was held this week in beautiful Vancouver.  The event started out with the K-12 Saturday Workshop, sponsored by Dassault Systemes.  It amazes me how many teachers take the time on a Saturday to attend a workshop on incorporating sustainability engineering into their classroom projects.

The presentation I gave on sustainability – you can download.

Download ASEE K12 2011 STEM with SolidWorks Sustainability Planchard 2

I also got a chance to announce that we now have over 25,000 Certified SolidWorks Associates CSWA!  After working with educators from around the world, the CSWA certification proves fundamentals of engineering graphics competencies to employers so students can get the best jobs.  Educators can find out more information about the CSWA program and how to apply to become a CSWA Provider at


On Sunday, I got to do one of those things in life I have always wanted to do and that was to fly in a sea plane.  My husband and I had a great young pilot, Ariel.  Ariel was terrific as she manipulated through the water and the mountains.  The sea plane was a DeHavilland – build in the 1960’s.  Simple, but well designed.  I continued to be fascinated by this engineered craft.  Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard