Engineering

Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium

The first Engineering and Liberal Education (ELE) Symposium was held at Union College in 2008 and was made possible by a Presidential Discretionary Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Over the years, this symposium initiated a conversation on the role of engineering at a liberal arts college and liberal arts in an engineering education.

Call for Abstracts & 2021 E&LE Symposium Information

After a year's hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce the Union College 2021 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education (E&LE) and invite you to join us for this year's symposium. We are planning an on-campus event in Schenectady, New York on October 1 and October 2, 2021.

After almost 18 months of disruptions and changes to our personal, work, and societal relationships, now, more than ever, it's important to explore the role of liberal arts and engineering education in our society, both local and global. This year’s symposium theme is:

Creating a Culture of Collaboration: Preparing the Next Generation of E&LE Scholars and Practitioners.

Please note the following important symposium dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2021
  • Symposium registration deadline: 30 August 2021
  • Symposium lodging rate/reservation deadline: 30 August 2021

Please see details on abstract submission, registration, lodging, and health & safety information below. We thank you for your interest in this year's symposium and look forward to seeing you this fall.

  • Abstract Submission

    Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2021

    Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2021

    After almost 18 months of disruptions and changes to our personal, work, and societal relationships, now, more than ever, it's important to explore the role of liberal arts and engineering education in our society, both local and global. While we will accept general abstracts on the subjects of engineering and liberal education integration, we ask that you consider the following theme for our 2021 symposium as you prepare your submission:

    Creating a Culture of Collaboration: Preparing the Next Generation of E&LE Scholars and Practitioners.

    How do we broaden our conversations across disciplinary boundaries to prepare our students for the critical needs of our ever-changing world? We are interested in topics such as:

    • Developing a deeper understanding of sustainability
    • Contemplating a posthuman future
    • Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to artistic and creative expression
    • Reflecting on the ethical considerations of designing and implementing change
    • Addressing truth and the implications of social media
    • Achieving racial, economic, ethnic, and cultural access, inclusion, equity, and justice.

    We welcome your ideas and proposals for organizing sessions or workshops for this year’s symposium.

    Please submit your abstracts here.

  • Registration

    Symposium registration deadline: 30 August 2021

    The symposium registration form will be available soon. Please check back later.

  • Lodging

    Symposium lodging rate/reservation deadline: 30 August 2021

    Union College is located in the city of Schenectady in New York’s Capital District 25 minutes west of Albany. It is 10 miles and 20 minutes from the Albany Airport and is easily accessible from the Amtrak train station in Schenectady. If you are driving, click here to view maps and directions.

    We have a block of hotels set aside at the Hampton Inn, 450 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Please call 518-377-4500 to make a reservation and be sure to mention the Union College ELE Symposium or use the group code ELE (group rate is valid through August 30, 2021). There are many other lodging options in the Capital District within a 30-minute drive of Union College’s campus.

  • Safety & Health

    Union College will follow all New York State and CDC guidelines related to measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of our community, including guests on our campus, is our top priority. All attendees should plan to show they are fully vaccinated or present an FDA or DOH authorized PCR negative test result within 72 hours of the first day of the event. Additional details and information related to the required health and safety protocols will be provided closer to the event. (Statement current as of June 2021)