April 9, 2021
April 9, 2021
April 10, 2021
Imagine what it would be like if all engineers, or all engineering work, supported environmental protection, social justice, human rights and peace. Of course some of it does. But some of it enforces norms and inequities that work against these ideals. So how do we pivot? How do we elevate these values within engineering education and the workplace, and what are new modes of engagement, research, development and design that will help us get there? Peace engineering is a new discipline that merges engineering with social and applied sciences, and with peacebuilding for the dual purposes of integrating technical analysis and engineering into peacebuilding practice and also infusing conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding skills into engineering design and practice. It builds on a partnered approach to curriculum development, research, community engagement and design. The Peace Engineering program at Drexel prepares engineers to work as better partners in complex situations like conflict zones, fragile nations or post-disaster, and to incorporate conflict sensitivity into their work. Our goal is to prepare students both to promote diversity and incorporate traditional knowledge into existing engineering work, and also to engage in challenges and realms that may not necessarily fall within traditional engineering work. In this paper we present our approach to building engineering curricula, engaging in community-partnered research, and reframing the engineering design process. We address challenges in creating intersectionality across disciplines and present examples of our coursework, partnered research projects and engaged outreach.
Olson, M. S., & Hughes, J. (2021, April), Peace Engineering: A Partnered Approach to Engineering Education Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . https://peer.asee.org/36311
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