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“Where do we go from here?” A Discussion Regarding Technological Literacy / Philosophy of Engineering

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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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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Carl O. Hilgarth Shawnee State University

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Carl O. Hilgarth, M.S., is current division chair of the ASEE Technological and Engineering Literacy / Philosophy of Engineering Division of ASEE. He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of engineering technologies at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Mr. Hilgarth has a 29-year career in academia instructing courses in industrial management, financial management, computer technology, and environmental technology, as well as leading seminars in the university's general education program. Prior to academia, Mr. Hilgarth was employed as as engineer in the aerospace industry in laboratory and flight test development, facilities management, and as a manager in quality assurance. He has contributed papers on management, ground-test laboratory and flight test facilities, and ethics to several technical and professional organizations. In education, he has served as a consultant and curriculum developer to the Ohio Board of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education. He holds an M.S. in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a B.S. from the City College of New York.

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The origin of this paper is “Finding the Sweet Spot between Engineering Faculty’s Willingness to Teach and Non-majors’ Willingness to Learn” (ASEE 2017 Session M349) panel discussion. The discussion focused on the challenge of increasing the understanding of engineering and technology among the majority of undergraduates who are not STEM majors. It included contributions from engineering faculty who successfully established general education courses on engineering topics for non-engineering students at their respective institutions with a focus of the development of strategies to create a broader national / international movement to promoting engineering for all students.

So, what should we do; why should what we do be taken seriously; how can a uniform technological literacy / philosophy of engineering message be broadcast; how can we identify our real audience and influence policy; how does this lead to a larger message; how can we educate the public to ask the right questions… the people we need to reach, the people outside academia, speak a different language.

What should our next action(s) be regarding technological literacy / philosophy of engineering? We have a pedagogy, we have history and definitions, we have theory / studies / data… is the missing piece the “Why?”

Hilgarth, C. O. (2019, June), “Where do we go from here?” A Discussion Regarding Technological Literacy / Philosophy of Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--31927

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