4th Annual Symposium on
Engineering & Liberal Education
June 3-4, 2011 Union College, Schenectady, NY
Thank you to all participants for making the Symposium a success.
To view the 2011 Proceedings and for links to all presentations, click on the 2011 Schedule link.
Web site for the 5th Annual Symposium is: http://ele.union.edu
Please plan to join us.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow and leader of the Semantic Analysis and Integration Department at IBM’s T.J. Watson’s Research Center. Dr. Ferrucci is perhaps best known for heading the team of researchers that developed “Watson,” the natural language processor recently featured on the quiz show “Jeopardy,” where it claimed victory over its human competitors.
“The opportunity to pursue an exploratory project that took an area of science that I was most interested in, and to bring together a team of world class people, and push the limits – it doesn't get any better than that.”
Union College will host the fourth annual Symposium on Engineering & Liberal Education this spring to continue the discussion of the rationale for and methods of integrating engineering, technology, and the traditional liberal arts. Past symposia have focused on how engineering contributes to a liberal education, the importance of a liberal education for engineers, and exploration of the intellectual relationship between engineering and the liberal arts. The 2011 symposium Program Committee will expand the discussion to explore the impact of integration on innovation and entrepreneurship, and invites contributions and participation from all constituents to share challenges, best practices and results.
The Symposium will include a "Integrate to Innovate" Faculty Institute on the afternoon of Saturday, June 4. The Institute will consist of a set of workshops for faculty to learn more about how to enhance their courses and curricula by integrating engineering and the liberal arts.
2011 Symposium co-chairs:
2011 Program Committee
- Ari Epstein, MIT
- Atsushi Akera, RPI
- Borjana Mikic, Smith College
- Cliff Brown, Union College
- David Gillette, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College
- George Catalano, Binghamton University
- John Krupczak, Hope College
- Linda Head, Rowan University
- Mark Somerville, Olin College
- Mark Walker, Union College
- Mike Toole, Bucknell University
- Peter Robbie, Dartmouth College
- Sharon Jones, Lafayette College
- Stacie Raucci, Union College
- Wendy Murphy, IBM