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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session

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Barry Hyman University of Washington

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Barry Hyman is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He is a founding member of the ASEE Engineering and Public Policy Division and has served on various ASEE committees. He started the annual Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program in 1980, served as its Project Director until 1987 and was the WISE Faculty-Member-in-Residence in 1983. Professor Hyman received ASEE’s Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education in 1985 and in 1993 was awarded its Centennial Medallion for lasting and significant contributions to engineering education. A Life Fellow of ASME, he was granted its Ralph Coats Roe Medal in 2000 and served as ASME Vice-President for Government Relations from 1997-2000.

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We propose an approach to designing instructional modules that integrate public policy considerations into traditional engineering courses. The proposed modules begin with technical problems that are typically encountered in specific engineering courses. Hence, instructors can incorporate the modules without requiring a major change in either their teaching style or syllabus. The technical components of the modules serve as natural gateways to explore the policy context. Further, the policy context components are compartmentalized so that instructors can choose which components to utilize and how much time to devote to them. In addition, the modules contain notes that serve as a learning experience for instructors unfamiliar with the policy context and facilitate customization by instructors. A detailed description of one such module is provided in this paper as an example. Brief descriptions of several other modules are provided as well as the opportunities for the policy context of a given module to be paired with other technical problems in multiple engineering courses.

Hyman, B. (2022, August), A MODULAR APPROACH TO INCORPORATING PUBLIC POLICY INTO ENGINEERING COURSES Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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