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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