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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:52987
Doc. No:TL22941
Call number:‭MR38537‬
Main Entry:James Douglas Miller
Title & Author:Humanitarian engineering: Addressing the global influence of applied technology in engineering educationJames Douglas Miller
College:Queen's University (Canada)
Date:2008
Degree:M.Sc.
student score:2008
Page No:210
Abstract:The immensity of the social and (natural) environmental impacts that technologies have in today's global context challenges the existing engineering education curricula. Observational research inspired the notion that the current engineering curricula is inadequately preparing engineers for their increasingly international roles. Observational research was conducted in Morocco, Indonesia and Sri Lanka which highlighted the potential impact of engineering in addressing issues of marginalization. Perspectives from engineering industry and academia were also studied. This research confirmed that the future landscape of engineering will require engineering education to focus more significantly on non-technical skills and on providing integrated and interdisciplinary programs with an international focus. These studies also indicated that there is a need for engineers to both consider the circumstances of low-income communities and to reexamine the philosophies and pedagogy of current engineering programs. Finally, the perspectives of students was researched through forums and courses that incorporated curricula based on social justice for marginalized communities. Five separate forums allowed engineering students at Queen's University discuss and debate the idea of curricular reform in April and May of 2006. A module and project that was based on a more holistic and socially conscious approach to engineering was incorporated into a first year engineering course at Queen's University called APSC 190: Professional Engineering Skills. Both the forum and course used observational research methods and questionnaires to determine that Queen's students were very interested a program with greater focus on social and environmental issues in a global context. Humanitarian Engineering is a proposed program for Queen's University's Faculty of Applied Science. This program intends to address the evolving expectations of engineering education in order to respond to the demands of industry, academia, students and society. Humanitarian Engineering is proposed to be a Master's program and a four-year undergraduate option that is taken collaboratively with the existing engineering disciplines, e.g. Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, etc. It will be built on the philosophies of humility, appreciation and cooperation and will best suit the needs of society if taught through the methodologies of participatory action research (PAR) and biomimicry.
Subject:Applied sciences; Civil engineering; 0543:Civil engineering
Added Entry:Queen's University (Canada)