Opening session of fPET-2012

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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 30 June 2012

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By , June 1, 2012 7:33 pm

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

30, 2012.  See http://fpet2012.gucas.ac.cn/ for more information.

Philosophy and a new movement: The Big Beacon

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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 www.bigbeacon.org.  Follow the movement on twitter at www.twitter.com/bigbeacon or

like it at Facebook at www.facebook.com/bigbeacon.

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

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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

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS
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: epet2012@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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

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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 philengtech.org and on the fPET

conference website here.

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

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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

25.

http://www.union.edu/integration/

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
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

fPET-2010: Engineering engagement by Bell, Chilvers & Cobham

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fPET-2010: ID and Bridging of Semantic Gaps by Hein

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fPET-2010: Sustaining engineering by Michelfelder and Jones

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fPET-2010: Teaching ethics to engineers by Duffour, Bell, Solberg & Haklay

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