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Catalysts and Eureka Moments: Origins and Functions of Engineering Justice
April 17 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Jon A. Leydens and Juan C. Lucena Present: Catalysts and Eureka Moments: Origins and Functions of Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice
On the surface, engineering and social justice may seem like odd bedfellows. Engineering professionals and educators recognize the social relevance of engineering, including its capacity to positive shape society and communities. Yet many stop short of engaging social justice. Unlike the medical and legal professions, which have had longer histories with social justice praxis, social justice in engineering is a relatively new explicit connection. This talk charts a brief chronology of our interactions with engineering-for-social-justice scholars and scholarship, beginning with a 2008 National Academy of Engineering workshop to the present publication of our book Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2018). In addition to a brief overview of the book, which showcases examples of innovative social justice instruction across multi-institutional engineering education contexts, we focus on the ways in which scholars and Mines students and faculty have shaped social and political functions of our book, including via questions and eureka moments.
Jon A. Leydens is Associate Professor of Engineering Education Research in the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Leydens’ research and teaching interests are in engineering education, communication, and social justice, as he investigates a life-long fascination with multiple dimensions of an overarching question: How do people learn to communicate effectively to move from “outsider” to “insider” in various contexts? He is author or co-author of 40 peer-reviewed papers, co-author of Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (Morgan and Claypool, 2010), and editor of Sociotechnical Communication in Engineering (Routledge, 2014). His most recent book, co-authored with Juan Lucena, is Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2018).
Juan C. Lucena is Professor and Director of Humanitarian Engineering in the Division of Engineering, Design, and Society at Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Lucena’s research has focused on the cultural and political dimensions engineering education and practice. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, he is author of Defending the Nation: U.S. Policymaking in Science and Engineering Education from Sputnik to the War against Terrorism (University Press of America 2005), Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (Morgan and Claypool, 2010), and editor of Engineering Education for Social Justice: Critical Explorations and Opportunities (Springer, 2013).