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An Integrated Social Justice Engineering Curriculum at Loyola University Chicago

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division Technical Session 5

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Gail Baura Loyola University Chicago

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Dr. Gail Baura is a Professor and Director of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. While creating the curriculum for this new program, she embedded multi-semester projects to increase student engagement and performance. Previously, she was a Professor of Medical Devices at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, which is one of the Claremont Colleges. She received her BS Electrical Engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University, her MS Electrical Engineering and MS Biomedical Engineering degrees from Drexel University, and her PhD Bioengineering degree from the University of Washington. Between her graduate degrees, she worked as a loop transmission systems engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She then spent 13 years in the medical device industry conducting medical device research and managing research and product development at several companies. In her last industry position, Dr. Baura was Vice President, Research and Chief Scientist at CardioDynamics. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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Leanne Kallemeyn Loyola University Chicago

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Leanne Kallemeyn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Research Methodologies at Loyola University Chicago. She teaches graduate-level courses in program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and mixed methods. She has been the PI on seven major evaluation projects that ranged from one to five years in length. Her scholarship focuses on practitioners’ data use and evaluation capacity building within non-profits through coaching. She received a Bachelors in Psychology from Calvin College, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Loyola University Chicago’s Engineering Science program began in August, 2015, organized according to several social justice initiatives for students and faculty. Our biomedical, computer, and environmental engineering specializations emphasize high quality medical device software for all patients, programmable systems for the smart grid, and water/wastewater treatment, respectively. All engineering courses are taught using a mandatory minimal lecture style, as active learning retains female students, students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students. We have embedded four social justice case study projects in the curriculum, for students to analyze the impacts of various technologies on society and consider how their future work will affect others. Faculty hiring practices have led to a diverse faculty, in terms of gender, ethnicity, and industry experience.

Baura, G., & Kallemeyn, L. (2019, June), An Integrated Social Justice Engineering Curriculum at Loyola University Chicago Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32070

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