Opening session of fPET-2012

By , November 2, 2012 1:22 am

fPET-2012 is underway in Beijing, China.  The opening session is just over with remarks by GUCAS VP Su, Prof Li Bocong, myself, and

Carl Mitcham.  First up is a talk entitled: Engineering and Philosophy of Engineering: A Reflection of an Engineer by Ruiyu Yin, a former government minister and currently a professor with the China Iron & Steel

Research Institute, China.

fPET-2012 call for papers extended until 25 August 2012

By , July 28, 2012 2:05 pm

The call for papers

for fPET-2012 has been extended to August 25, 2012. See for more information.

fPET-2012 call for papers extended until 31 July 2012

By , July 9, 2012 1:21 pm


call for papers for fPET-2012 has been extended one month until July 31, 2012. See for more information.

fPET-2012 Travel Support Awards

By , July 9, 2012 1:15 pm

fPET 2012 is able to offer partial travel support awards for a few persons to further encourage participation from younger scholars who may have limited means.
Qualifications: Promising scholars under 35 who have submitted an abstract to the fPET web site.
Selection and awards

will be made on the basis of the CVs of the scholars, their travel distances and costs, the quality of their abstracts, and the appropriateness of topics in relation to other submitted abstracts. (For example, if an abstract proposes to present a paper on

philosophy of engineering in Russia, and there are no other abstracts even closely related to this same topic, it would probably be rated higher than a proposed abstract on a topic also addressed by five other abstracts.)
Funds available are modest but might be used to convince home institutions to provide further support.
Applications are due by August 1 and are simple. Just send us an email to Wang Nan ( with 2-page CV attached affirming that you are under 35 and may not be able to attend fPET without some supplementary funding support. Include an estimate of your travel costs.
Decisions and announcements of awards, which will be influenced by the number of requests and expenses, will be made by August 31, 2012

fPET-2012 call for papers extended until 30 June 2012

By , June 1, 2012 7:33 pm

The call for papers for fPET-2012 has been extended one mont until June

30, 2012.  See for more information.

Philosophy and a new movement: The Big Beacon

By , May 30, 2012 10:02 am

The Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering and its successor, The Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology, were started, in part, to help bring conceptual reflection to the reform in engineering education.  Those efforts have led to the launch of a new movement for the transformation of engineering education called the Big Beacon.  This week, The Big Beacon launched its global campaign by issuing a manifesto, which is available in the reader below

or download your own copy and share it with your

friends at  Follow the movement on twitter at or

like it at Facebook at

fPET-2012 Call for Paper

By , February 4, 2012 5:57 am

2012 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology

In Cooperation with:

Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (

International Network for Engineering Studies (

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing University of Technology (

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dalian University of Technology (

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kunming University of Science and Technology (

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Southeast University (

China Society for Hydropower Engineering ( )

Call for Papers – Deadline: Thursday, 31 May 2012

Background: The Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET) is an outgrowth of the previous Workshops on Philosophy and Engineering (WPE). The inaugural fPET, fPET-2010 was an intensive day and a half meeting in May 2010 at the Colorado School of Mines. The mission of the Forum is (1) to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology by philosophers and engineers alike and (2) to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers and of engineers. fPET-2012 will be held as a three-day meeting on November 2-4, 2012 (Friday-Sunday) and hosted by the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) in Beijing.

Abstracts (500-750 words) are invited for submission in one of four tracks:

Track One: Philosophy of engineering and technology

Track Two: Engineering ethics

Track Three: Reflections of practitioners

Track Four: Engineering studies and other interdisciplinary topics on engineering

All submissions will be blind-reviewed by the program committee. Those accepted for presentation at fPET-2012 will be scheduled for 30-minute talks (inclusive of Q&A). All abstracts accepted for fPET-2012 will be published online at the Forum website and in a printed volume available at the meeting. We will seek publication of selected papers from fPET-2012 in appropriate related journals.

Instructions: Abstracts may be submitted electronically at Notification of acceptances will be sent by 1 August 2012.

Forum Co-Chairs:

Bocong Li (Graduate

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences); Byron Newberry (Baylor University)

Executive Committee

Diane Michelfelder (Macalester College);  Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines); Mike Murphy (Dublin Institute of Technology); Nan Wang (Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Steering committee:

Richard Evans (Cornell); Kenneth R. Foster (University of Pennsylvania); David E. Goldberg (ThreeJoy Associates, Inc.); Domenico Grasso (University of Vermont); Rachelle Hollander (U.S. National Academy of Engineering) ; Josephy Pitt (Virginia Tech); Ibo van de Poel (Delft University of Technology); Jon A. Schmidt (Burns & McDonnell) ;Cherrice Traver (Union College); Ruiyu Yin (Central Iron & Steel Research Institute)

Program committee:

Brock Barry (The United States Military Academy at West Point); Sarah Bell (University College London); Larry Bucciarelli (MIT); Fan Chen (Northeastern University, China); Philip Chmielewski (Loyola Marymount University); Steen Hyldgaard Christensen (Aar hus University); Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology); Gary Downey (Virginia Tech); Yong Fan (Kunming University of Science and Technology); Dennis Gedge (Consulting Engineer); Steve Goldman (Lehigh University); Joe Herkert (Arizona State University); Deborah Johnson (University of Virginia); Billy V. Koen (University of Texas at Austin); Russell Korte (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); Peter Kroes (TU Delft); Bill Lawson (Texas Tech University); Dongsong Li (Beijing University of Technology); Michael Loui (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign); Hans Poser (TU Berlin); Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano); Jon Schmidt (Burns & McDonnell); John Sullins (Sonoma State University); Herman Tavani (Rivier College); Pieter Vermass (TU Delft); Qian Wang (Dalian University of Technology); Baohua Xia (Southeast University); Jianjun Zhao (Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C)

Local Arrangement:

Xinhe Hu (Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences); Dazhou Wang (Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Abstracts (500-750 words) due Thursday, May 31, 2012

Conference Website:

Abstract Submissions:

CFP, 15 Feb 2012: Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies (EPET-2012)

By , January 29, 2012 12:33 pm

Imagining Techno-Moral Change

From Monday evening July 2 to Wednesday evening July 4 2012 the first international conference of the Centre for the Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies (EPET) will be held at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Technology is

an important driver of change in today’s world, and the desirability of such change is a matter of concern in public debate and policy making. Whereas the influence of morality on technology is well acknowledged, the influence of technology on morality is much less considered. This conference aims to investigate the phenomenon of techno-moral change from a philosophical, historical and sociological perspective. Moreover, it explores how our capacity to imagine, and relate to,

techno-moral change may be enhanced by the arts. Lastly, it will consider to what extent and how the phenomenon of techno-moral change should be taken into account in public debate on emerging technologies.

Contributions may focus on one of four themes:

  1. Conceptualizing techno-moral change
  2. Researching techno-moral change
  3. Imagining techno-moral change
  4. Governing techno-moral change

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (total word count approximately 250-500 words). Final papers (if invited after the conference) must not exceed a total word count of 3500 words and an abstract of not more than 250 words. The submissions should be made electronically, as pdf, rtf or Word format.

Paper submission:

Deadline: February 15th, 2012.

Selected papers will be brought together in an edited volume. EPET-2012 is not affiliated with fPET-2012.  For more information about EPET go to the website

fPET-2012 to be held in China, 2-4 November 2012

By , January 21, 2012 9:59 am

The 2012 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET-2012) will be held in China on

2-4 November 2012 (Friday-Sunday) in Beijing, China as hosted by the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS).  More information about the conference will be posted here at and on the fPET

conference website here.

Call for participation: 4th Annual Symposium on Engineering & Liberal Education, 3-4 June 2011, Union College

By , February 9, 2011 2:53 am

Union College will host the Fourth Annual Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education this spring to continue the discussion of the rationale for and methods of integrating engineering, technology, and the traditional liberal arts. Past symposia have focused on how engineering contributes to a liberal education, the importance of a liberal education for engineers, and exploration of the intellectual relationship between engineering and the liberal arts. The 2011 symposium Program Committee will expand the discussion to explore the impact of integration on innovation and entrepreneurship, and invites contributions and participation from all constituents to share challenges, best practices and results.

Abstract Submissions:
We invite the submission of abstracts for presentations, posters, panels, or interactive sessions addressing, in theory or practice, the mutually enriching integration of engineering and liberal arts.  We especially encourage faculty and students already engaged in collaborative cross-disciplinary activities to submit their innovative examples of curricula, courses, and extra-curricular experiences, and practitioners working on multi-disciplinary projects to submit their experiences.

Submissions consist of an abstract (250 word maximum) indicating subject matter, learning outcomes, observations of the benefits and challenges, and other aspects of integration. Administrative, faculty, student and practitioner participation is welcomed.

The submission form will be open starting on January


The deadline for submissions is February 15.  Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Symposium Program Committee, and submitters will be notified by March 15, 2011.

Integrate to Innovate Faculty Institute:
On the afternoon of Saturday, June 4, a set of workshops will be provided for faculty to learn more about how to enhance their courses and curricula by integrating engineering and the liberal arts. Information about the workshops will be available in March.

Registration for the Symposium will be open in April. There is no registration fee.

Symposium Co-chairs:
Cherrice Traver, Union College
Doug Klein, Union College

Program Committee:
Ari Epstein, MIT
Atsushi Akera, RPI
Borjana Mikec, Smith College
Cliff Brown, Union College
David Gillette, Cal

Poly San Luis Obispo
Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College
George Catalano, Binghamton University
John Krupczak, Hope College
Linda Head, Rowan University
Mark Somerville, Olin College
Mark Walker, Union College
Mike Toole, Bucknell University
Peter Robbie, Dartmouth College
Sharon Jones, Lafayette College
Stacie Raucci, Union College
Wendy Murphy, IBM

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