2011 Symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education

Hosted By Union College, June 3-4, 2011

(click on presentation or poster title to view abstract and slides;

click here to download the 2011 Proceedings)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

7:00 pm Registration and Informal Reception

Everest Lounge


Friday, June 3, 2011

7:30 am Registration and Breakfast

Hale House

8:30 Welcome
Stephen C. Ainlay, President, Union College

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8:45 Keynote Address: Building Watson: An Overview of DeepQA for the Jeopardy! Challenge

Dr. David Ferrucci, IBM Fellow, IBM Watson Research Center                         click to view slides

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9:45 Keynote Discussion and Questions

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10:45  Break

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11:00 Presentations: Integration, Innovation, and Leadership
          Moderator: Lilian Wu, IBM

Creative Innovation: Tautology or Opportunity?
Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College

How Can I Know What to Innovate until I Know How I have Learned?  Integrating Learning and Innovating Processes in Situated Learning Environments
Peter Bacevice, DEGW North America

Understanding Engineering Systems Futures: Using Scenario Analysis and Planning to Develop Engineering Systems Leadership
Darryl Farber, Pennsylvania State University     

Analysis of Engineering Capstone Design Student Reflective Memos: What Students Say and What They Don't Say
Mark Steiner, Cheng Hsu, Rich Alben, Lester Gerhardt, Junichi Kanai, RPI


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12:00 Discussion of Presentations

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12:30 Lunch

Hale House

1:30 Integration in Action: Views from the Outside (Industry and Government panel)
          Moderator: Stacie Raucci, Union College

Sarah Bittleman is Senior Advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
Steve MacMinn is Chief Technology Officer, GlobalSpec
Karen St.Germain works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Space and Intelligence Office

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2:30 Panel Discussion: Integrative Programs
          Moderator: Mike Toole, Bucknell 

Bachelor of Arts in Engineering - A Proposal
Louis Bucciarelli, MIT  

Flying in the Face of Adversity: The Struggle to Commingle Liberal Arts with Engineering at a Public Polytechnic
Lizabeth Schlemer, David Gillette, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Integrating Multiple Perspectives in Engineering Education
Sharad Malik, H. Vincent Poor, Princeton University

Rensselaer's Programs in Design and Innovation: Curricular and Pedagogical Dimensions of E&LE Integration
Dean Nieusma, RPI  

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3:10 Discussion

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3:30 Poster Session
          Introductions: Doug Klein, Union College

Computer-assisted Language Learning and Computer-assisted Text Exploration Today
Harry Diakoff, The Alpheios Project, Ltd.

E 4 E: Engineering for Educators  
Dan Dimitriu, Jerry O’Connor, San Antonio College

Measuring Student Learning Gains in Engineering and Humanities Integration  
Tim Foutz, Kerri Patrick Singer, Maria Navarro, Sid Thompson, The University of Georgia

Employing Second Life Modeling to Explore Life After Death  
Ashraf Ghaly, Union College

Going Boldly – Creating the New Engineering Education
Peter Golding, Juliette Caire, Blanca Carrasco, Eric A. Freudenthal, Gilberto Moreno Jr., Richard F O’Brien, Ricardo L. Pineda, Michael T. Pitcher, Stella A. Quinones, Joseph P. Ramos, Richard T. Schoephoerster & Elsa Q. Villa, University of Texas, El Paso

A Case for Integration: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill  
Andrew Guswa, Elisabeth Armstrong, Michael Barresi, Ann Leone, Catherine McCune, Donna Riley, Susan Sayre, Elizabeth Spelman, Smith College

Teaching With GarageBand
Linda Head, Philip Mease, Thomas Traub, Rowan University

Integrating Legal Education into the Engineering Curriculum
Martin High, Oklahoma State University

A Writing Intensive Cornerstone Course for STEM Students
Clif Kussmaul, Jane Flood, Muhlenberg College

Collaborative Work between Music and Electrical Engineering at Union College
Dianne McMullen, Helen Hanson, Palma Catravas, Union College

Literature and Science: Designing Courses to Appeal to Science and Engineering Majors
Anastasia Pease, Union College

"Smarter Planet" (IBM) Sophomore Research Seminars at Union College
Mark Walker, Union College

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4:30 Interactive Sessions: Practicing Integration (parallel sessions; choose one)  

Toward Routine, Low-Cost Intrinsic Motivation Course Conversion
David E. Goldberg, Geoffrey Herman, Jonathan D. Stolk, & Mark Somerville, Olin-Illinois Partnership

Critical Thinking for Early Engineering Students: From Project Reports to Reflections to Journaling
Karen High, Rebecca Damron, Oklahoma State University

Can Students Be Taught To Be Creative?
Joseph Tranquillo, Bucknell University


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6:00  Reception

Everest Lounge

6:45  Dinner

Hale House


Saturday, June 4, 2011

8:00 am Breakfast

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8:30 Panel Discussion: Oh! The Humanity
          Moderator: Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College

Bridging the Gap Between Engineers and Society: Learning to Listen
Yanna Lambrinidou, Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech

What Does It Mean to Be Human?
George Catalano, State University of New York at Binghamton 

Tools to Craft Ethical Behavior
Martin High, Scott Gelfand, Steve Harrist, Oklahoma State University

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9:00 Discussion

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9:15 Panel Discussion: Integrated Courses
          Moderator: Atsushi Akera, RPI

A First-year Learning Community that Integrates Science, Engineering and the Traditional Liberal Arts
Ari Epstein, Samuel Bowring, Charles Harvey, MIT

Engineering & Liberal Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar
Hal Fried, Union College

Enhancing Student Engagement and Professional Identification and Development through Entrepreneurial Simulation as Applied to a First Year IT & Web Science Course
Atsushi Akera, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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9:45 Discussion

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10:00 Break

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10:15 Panel Discussion: Technological Literacy
          Moderator: John Krupczak, Hope College

Overview of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Dan Dimitriu, Jerry O’Connor, San Antonio College

Engineering Minors as a Means of Integrating Engineering and Liberal Arts
John Krupczak, Hope College, Mani Mina, Iowa State U., Robert Gustafson, Ohio State U., James Young, Rice 

Engineering as a Second Language
Jenn Rossmann, Kristen Sanford Bernhardt, and Josh Smith, Lafayette College

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10:45 Discussion

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11:00 Panel Discussion: History and Engineering
          Moderator: Ari Epstein, MIT

History and Engineering
Wade Robison, Rochester Institute of Technology 

History and Engineering Combined to Learn About Water-Powered Gristmills
David Del Testa, Thomas Rich, Bucknell University

Engineering in Ancient Rome
Stacie Raucci, Tom Jewell, Union College

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11:30 Discussion

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11:45 Wrap-up Discussion                     click for wrap-up summary

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12:30 Lunch

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1:30-5:00  i2i Faculty Institute (Parallel Workshops, choose one)

Fostering Integration: Faculty Learning Communities

Workshop Coordinators from Smith College:
Andrew Guswa, Associate Professor, Engineering; Director, Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability
Elisabeth Armstrong, Associate Professor, Study of Women and Gender
Ann Leone, Professor, French and Landscape Studies
Susan Sayre, Assistant Professor, Economics

Complex societal challenges cannot be addressed nor even understood through the lens of a single discipline. Rather, innovative thinking and solutions require the integration of knowledge from multiple fields. How can faculty help foster a culture of integrative thinking? This interactive workshop will engage participants from a range of disciplines in exploring how to build such a culture with an eye to increasing capacity for innovation. The workshop will begin with results from a Faculty Learning Community piloted at Smith College in 2011-2012 and includes examples of how the Deepwater Horizon crisis has been incorporated in courses from comparative literature, engineering, economics, and the study of women and gender. All participants will then engage in an interactive session on other contemporaneous cases, identifying and articulating questions and ideas relevant to courses they teach. In this way, participants will gain insight to epistemologies and modes of inquiry from other disciplines. This will be followed by development of ideas for class exercises, assignments, and interactions based on generative and integrative thinking. The workshop will conclude with a meta-analysis of the structure and implementation of the Faculty Learning Community offered at Smith this past year and the associated advantages, disadvantages, and observations.    

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The Intellectual and Practical Challenges of Integrated Teaching

David Goldberg, ThreeJoy Associates, Inc.
Doug Klein, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, Union College
Cherrice Traver, Dean of Engineering, Union College

This workshop examines the challenges of working with faculty from other disciplines and of initiating and implementing interdisciplinary courses, programs, and events. Many of these challenges revolve around perceptions and language that are so engrained in our existence that we fail to recognize the role they play in our interactions. Workshop participants will participate in exercises that reveal these subtle barriers and provide intellectual frameworks and practical techniques that enable new perspectives and possibilities. The workshop starts with an interactive group exercise with a scenario that exposes tensions and communication breakdowns. This is followed by an exploration of the philosophy of speech acts and the connections to the scenario. The session will conclude with a third interactive exercise that emphasizes deep listening and asking powerful questions.

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Reaching Across the Disciplines: Facing the Ethical Issues of a Technologically Complex World

George Catalano, Binghamton University We shall explore, in a highly interactive and experiential format, ethical dilemmas that often confront us in our ever more complex world as a mechanism whereby the liberal arts can be integrated into our classrooms. Using a course module approach, participants will first encounter existing case studies such as the tragedy of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Ideas presented in my new book, Tragedy in the Gulf: A Call for a New Engineering Ethic, will serve as a springboard for this workshop.  Disciplines from both within engineering as well as the liberal arts offer perspectives that will be included in our exploration of this accident. Subsequently participants shall develop the framework for integrating a similar case into courses they will teach in the near future. Participants will leave the workshop with an identified course, a milestone schedule of required developments, a specific issue and an assessment strategy each will integrate into their respective course.

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Pedagogies for Bridging the Engineering and Humanities Disciplines

Tim Foutz, University of Georgia
Maria Navarro, University of Georgia

This workshop will present results from a 3-year project to help engineering faculty bridge the gap between the humanities and engineering. It will include

  • guidelines for developing course materials that help students connect the humanities with engineering and
  • exercises for developing example material that will assist engineering faculty wishing to follow these guidelines.

Project Background:A learning module entitled, The Water Module, was created to provide an instructional method of integrating the humanities into engineering courses. An Interdisciplinary Consultant Team was established to determine what skills students needed in order to make this integration. This Team established five guiding principles of essential skills, and the Water Module was created as a way to incorporate these principles into an engineering course. This module was implemented into a freshman engineering course. Interviews were used to gather students’ reactions to this module and to evaluate the module’s success in teaching students this integration. A control group was used to compare other instructional methods against the module. The results indicate that the treatment group had a clearer understanding of how the humanities are imbedded in engineering practice. Our workshop will present this learning module for integrating the humanities into engineering coursework.

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss the knowledge base that faculty from humanities and social science indicate is needed to be able to work in the “soft science” issues related to engineering activities
  • To examine this technique for infusing humanities and social science topics into engineering course material
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