July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
There have been numerous debates about the role of science and engineering within society. These calls for engineers to engage with the public share a common theme: to help ‘communities in need’. In order to effectively respond to communities' current and future complex challenges, engineers need social and emotional analysis skills to make strategic decisions and design with empathy. Although there are few examples in existing scholarship to build upon, this paper presents public-inspired work as an opportunity for engineering to remain socially relevant. The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of four autobiographical narratives produced by engineering graduate students discussing their journeys navigating public-inspired engineering. This paper utilizes Cruz and Kellam’s narrative analysis approach of the hero’s journey to uncover patterns across the narratives. Results highlight the inspirations, challenges and future goals of individuals engaged in public-inspired engineering. This work will provide insights for other engineering students that wish to cater their work to the public and engineering faculty looking to provide these experiences for their students.
Lightner, T., & Roy, S., & London, J. S., & Edwards, M. (2021, July), “Racing the Sun”: A Narrative Analysis of Engineering Graduate Students’ Journeys Navigating Public-Inspired Science Work Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36535
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