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The Challenges of Engineering Education, Engineering Practice, Code of Ethics, and Social Justice

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Technological and Engineering Literacy-Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhe) Division Technical Session 3 / Perspectives on Advances in Promoting Technological Literacy

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Rachel Shannon Iowa State University of Science and Technology

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Rachel Shannon completed her MS and BS in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Master's in Industrial Design. Her interests include diversity and inclusion in engineering, designerly ways of thinking, and engineering education. She has served as a peer mentor for freshman electrical engineering students, the ECSEL (Electrical, Computer and Software Engineers as Leaders) scholars program, and for WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering). As a Research Assistant, she is gaining valuable experience working with the School of Education at ISU, and with Iowa 4-H at ISU Extension and Outreach for STEM youth programming. Prior to her academic career, she served in the U.S. Navy.

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Mani Mina Iowa State University of Science and Technology

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Mani Mina is with the department of Industrial Design and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. He has been working on better understanding of students' learning and aspects of technological and engineering philosophy and literacy. In particular how such literacy and competency are reflected in curricular and student activities. His interests also include Design and Engineering, the human side of engineering, new ways of teaching engineering in particular Electromagnetism and other classes that are mathematically driven. His research and activities also include on avenues to connect Product Design and Engineering Education in a synergetic way.

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During the ASEE annual conference in summer 2019, the Technological and Engineering Literacy and Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhE) group voted, with the suggestion of our distinguished colleague Alan Cheville, to work on including Social Justice as one of the key focus of the group. Our division has been working on different perspectives and dimensions of that suggestion.

This paper provides observations, discussions, and perspectives on some of the challenges that are facing Engineering and Engineering Education as well as the Technological literacy program regarding the inclusion of social justice. We believe that when seeking avenues and possibilities of such inclusion,it is important to have a division wise discussion and have a deep understanding of the role and position of Social Justice in Engineering, Technological Literacy and in particular, Engineering and technological literacy Educations. As a new generation of engineers and technologist are using, creating, sharing, and expanding the dominance of various technological artifacts in our daily lives in an ever-changing, interconnected global community, it is of utmost importance for engineering educators to focus on educating the future generation with the right perspectives and understanding og of the role of social justice and the danger of ignoring it in our daily lives and our designs.

Shannon, R., & Mina, M. (2021, July), The Challenges of Engineering Education, Engineering Practice, Code of Ethics, and Social Justice Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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