Abstract: Engineering the Future: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and the Liberal Arts
From the first Union College Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium in 2008, education and business leaders have come together every year to explore the intersection of engineering and the arts and sciences. While the landscape has changed over the past several years, it is safe to say that nothing can compare to the past 18 months. With 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.
In this roundtable discussion, we welcome a diverse and distinguished group of panelists representing both education and industry. Join us to hear them share their views and experiences on the importance of equity, diversity, inclusion, and the intersection of engineering and the arts and sciences. Learn more about the role each of us must take in addressing the many challenging societal issues that all of us will face in the very near future.
Jenna P. Carpenter, Ph.D., F.ASEE
Dean and Professor, School of Engineering
Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University, where she has led the development of an innovative, hands-on, project-based engineering curriculum which emphasizes a variety of professional skills and teaches concepts in context using a classlab format. Carpenter’s research focuses on innovative STEM curricula and the success of women in STEM. She has received approximately $5.5 million in federal funding and authored more than 150 publications and presentations.
Carpenter is President-Elect for the American Society for Engineering Education, (ASEE) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council. She is an ABET Program Evaluator and a Fellow of ASEE. She served for seven years as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Carpenter also chaired the Pilot Program Ad-Hoc Committee for the Gulf Scholars Program for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Carpenter is past First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America and past President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network Carpenter has received the WEPAN Founders Award, which honors a WEPAN member who has made a significant impact for the organization, as well as the WEPAN Distinguished Service Award. In 2015, Dreambox Learning named Carpenter one of ten “Women in STEM Who Rock,” the only academic among a list of CEOs, politicians and actresses. She received the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education.
Youngmoo Kim, Ph.D.
Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Youngmoo Kim is Director of the ExCITe Center, an academic institute for Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Drexel University. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues a range of transdisciplinary projects, spanning AI for music, interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and STEAM education. He has served as Resident Technologist for Opera Philadelphia, developed LiveNote with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is an advisor for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He was a member of the National Academies' committee for “Branches from the Same Tree”, which developed a widely circulated 2018 report on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education. He received Drexel University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012 and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. Youngmoo also has extensive experience as a singer, with a Masters in Vocal Performance Practice, and currently performs with The Tonics, an a cappella ensemble in Philadelphia. Most recently, he developed Virtual Chorister, a mobile app for remote music collaboration, and launched “Creating at a Distance”, a newsletter highlighting creative & collaborative work in the era of social distancing.
Design Executive, IBM Z
Shani Sandy is a Design Executive for IBM Z leading a team of design practitioners, content developers, and people leaders working at the intersection of client experience, technology, and business. Her mission includes advancing the practice and design thinking with a focus on superior experiences; and cultivating the culture within the community. Over her 20-year career, while Shani has received numerous honors and awards, her prized passion is nurturing talent and creating opportunities to diversify design. Shani holds a BA and BFA from Tufts University along with an MBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.