Dr. Juan Lucena to give a seminar on March 16th open to all, followed by a workshop to actively support faculty and graduate students working on curriculum on May 18th. Mark your calendars!
Integrating Social Justice and Engineering Sciences: Transforming Engineering Education from Within.
with Dr. Juan Lucena, Colorado School of Mines
Tuesday, March 16th 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Faculty, staff and students welcome
Register here to receive the Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/UMassCOE-JuanLucenaSeminar
The Humanitarian Engineering (HE) program at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has been transforming what it means to be an engineer by integrating social justice into the engineering curriculum, including its humanities/social science courses, design projects, and, perhaps more importantly, its engineering science core. The HE program has challenged engineering faculty and students to re-think “what counts as engineering” by considering areas historically unattended by engineering (e.g., homelessness, immigrants, etc.) as worthy of engineering problem definition and solution. Dr. Lucena will share the CSM experience in rendering social justice visible throughout the engineering curriculum without compromising the ES core. He will host a workshop on May 18th to work directly with faculty seeking to implement changes in their courses.
Juan Lucena is Professor and Director of Humanitarian Engineering (HE) Undergraduate Programs at the Colorado School of Mines. Juan obtained a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech and two BS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His books include Engineering and Sustainable Community Development (with Jen Schneider and Jon Leydens, Morgan & Claypool, 2010), Engineering Education for Social Justice: Critical Explorations and Opportunities (Springer, 2013), and Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice (with Jon Leydens, IEEE-Wiley, 2017). As an engineering student, he learned the strengths and limitations of engineering assumptions and methods for engaging communities, particularly those historically neglected by engineering. He has dedicated his career to educate and study engineers to view engineering education and practice as sites for important societal change that can be studied and transformed for the wellbeing of communities, social justice, and sustainability. The main driver for his teaching and research is to challenge students to ask, what is engineering for?