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Mycorrhiza Framework: towards an Engineering Education framework for Social and Environmental Justice

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Conference

2024 Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity (CoNECD)

Location

Arlington, Virginia

Publication Date

February 25, 2024

Start Date

February 25, 2024

End Date

February 27, 2024

Conference Session

Track 3: Technical Session 5: Mycorrhiza Framework: towards an Engineering Education framework for Social and Environmental Justice

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Diversity and CoNECD Paper Sessions

Page Count

15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--45462

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https://peer.asee.org/45462

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43

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Jorge A Cristancho Purdue Engineering Education

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Jorge A. Cristancho studied Electronic and Computer Engineering and using bioinspired methods, he received a master’s in Electronic Engineering and Computers on Control and Automation at Los Andes University. Curious about teaching, he formally started as a teaching assistant in 2011 and continued as a teacher at three different universities in Colombia. He is a second-year Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He keeps a balanced life connecting with nature, staying mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially active, constantly learning and reflecting, and challenging himself to improve. He is interested in learning/teaching collectively, engineering philosophy, and social and ecological justice. His purpose is to help people freely and fully develop in a sustainable world.

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Abstract

Nature and people require a drastic change in how we educate engineers. Social and Environmental Justice should be a fundamental pillar in engineering education. Both the complexity of our current problems and the social and environmental injustice that most people endure demand engineering to go beyond the technical problems, question the impact of our engineering solutions, and incorporate other ways of doing and being in engineering. Engaging in engineering, and engineering education without awareness of other beings and the Ecosystem, leads to immense harm, especially to underrepresented people and their ecosystems. In this article, I present my first thoughts on an engineering education framework that hopefully will guide educators and students through the relationships and interconnections between three levels: individual, people, and the Ecosystem. To illustrate these interconnections, I use the biological concept of mycorrhiza as a simile of these invisible connections. Mycorrhiza is a symbiotic association between fungi and plants that cycles nutrients to improve the whole ecosystem. The Mycorrhiza framework aims to raise awareness of the effects of engineering education and work, incorporate social and environmental justice in engineering education, and move closer to helping people freely and fully develop in a sustainable world.

Cristancho, J. A. (2024, February), Mycorrhiza Framework: towards an Engineering Education framework for Social and Environmental Justice Paper presented at 2024 Collaborative Network for Engineering & Computing Diversity (CoNECD), Arlington, Virginia. 10.18260/1-2--45462

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