What is Global Engineering Education For? The Making of International Educators, Part I & II

What is Global Engineering Education For? The Making of International Educators, Part I & II

Gary Downey, Kacey Beddoes
ISBN: 9781608455430 | PDF ISBN: 9781608455799
Copyright © 2010 | 264 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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Global engineering offers the seductive image of engineers figuring out how to optimize work through collaboration and mobility. Its biggest challenge to engineers, however, is more fundamental and difficult: to better understand what they know and value qua engineers and why. This volume reports an experimental effort to help sixteen engineering educators produce "personal geographies" describing what led them to make risky career commitments to international and global engineering education. The contents of their diverse trajectories stand out in extending far beyond the narrower image of producing globally-competent engineers. Their personal geographies repeatedly highlight experiences of incongruence beyond home countries that provoked them to see themselves and understand their knowledge differently. The experiences were sufficiently profound to motivate them to design educational experiences that could challenge engineering students in similar ways.

For nine engineers, gaining new international knowledge challenged assumptions that engineering work and life are limited to purely technical practices, compelling explicit attention to broader value commitments. For five non-engineers and two hybrids, gaining new international knowledge fueled ambitions to help engineering students better recognize and critically examine the broader value commitments in their work.

A background chapter examines the historical emergence of international engineering education in the United States, and an epilogue explores what it might take to integrate practices of critical self-analysis more systematically in the education and training of engineers. Two appendices and two online supplements describe the unique research process that generated these personal geographies, especially the workshop at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in which authors were prohibited from participating in discussions of their manuscripts.

Table of Contents

The Border Crossers: Personal Geographies of International and Global Engineering Educators (Gary Lee Downey)
From Diplomacy and Development to Competitiveness and Globalization: Historical Perspectives on the Internationalization of Engineering Education (Brent Jesiek and Kacey Beddoes)
Crossing Borders: My Journey at WPI (Rick Vaz)
Education of Global Engineers and Global Citizens (E. Dan Hirleman)
In Search of Something More: My Path Towards International Service-Learning in Engineering Education (Margaret F. Pinnell)
International Engineering Education: The Transition from Engineering Faculty Member to True Believer (D. Joseph Mook)
Finding and Educating Self and Others Across Multiple Domains: Crossing Cultures, Disciplines, Research Modalities, and Scales (Anu Ramaswami)
If You Don't Go, You Don't Know (Linda D. Phillips)
A Lifetime of Touches of an Elusive "Virtual Elephant": Global Engineering Education (Lester A. Gerhardt)
Developing Global Awareness in a College of Engineering (Alan Parkinson)
The Right Thing to Do: Graduate Education and Research in a Global and Human Context (James R. Mihelcic)
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Gary Downey, Virginia Tech
Gary Downey is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology Studies and affiliated professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech. A mechanical engineer (B.S., Lehigh) and cultural anthropologist (Ph.D., University of Chicago), he is the author of The Machine in Me and co-editor of Cyborgs and Citadels and What Is Global Engineering Education For? He edits the Engineering Studies Series (MIT Press), Global Engineering Series (Morgan & Claypool Publishers), and Engineering Studies journal (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). He is co-founder of the International Network for Engineering Studies, as well as founder of the Engineering Cultures course. He serves as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science (2013-2015).

Kacey Beddoes, Virginia Tech
Kacey Beddoes is a Ph.D. student in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech. Her current research interests are interdisciplinary studies of gender and engineering education research and international engineering education. She serves as Managing Editor of Engineering Studies and Assistant Editor of the Global Engineering series at Morgan & Claypool.

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