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4rdAnnual Symposium on Engineering & Liberal Education and

Integrate to Innovate Faculty Institute

June 3-4th, 2011

Union College, Schenectady, NY

Union College will host the fourth annual symposium on Engineering and Liberal Education this spring to continue the discussion of the rationale for and methods of integrating engineering, technology, and the traditional liberal arts. Past symposia have focused on how engineering contributes to a liberal education, the importance of a liberal education for engineers, and exploration of the intellectual relationship between engineering and the liberal arts. The 2011 symposium Program Committee will expand the discussion to explore the impact of integration on innovation and entrepreneurship, and invites contributions and participation from all constituents to share challenges, best practices and results.

Abstract Submissions:

We invite the submission of abstracts for presentations, posters, panels, or interactive sessions addressing, in theory or practice, the mutually enriching integration of engineering and liberal arts.  We especially encourage faculty and students already engaged in collaborative cross-disciplinary activities to submit their innovative examples of curricula, courses, and extra-curricular experiences, and practitioners working on multi-disciplinary projects to submit their experiences.

Submissions consist of an abstract (250 word maximum) indicating subject matter, learning outcomes, observations of the benefits and challenges, and other aspects of integration. Administrative, faculty, student and practitioner participation is welcomed.

The submission form will be open starting on January 25.

The deadline for submissions is February 15.  Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Symposium Program Committee, and submitters will be notified by March 15, 2011.

Integrate to Innovate Faculty Institute:

On the afternoon of Saturday, June 4, a set of workshops will be provided for faculty to learn more about how to enhance their courses and curricula by integrating engineering and the liberal arts. Information about the workshops will be available in March.


Registration for the Symposium will be open in April. There is no registration fee.

Sponsored  by:

Symposium Co-chairs:

Cherrice Traver, Union College

Doug Klein, Union College

Program Committee:

Ari Epstein, MIT

Atsushi Akera, RPI

Borjana Mikic, Smith College

Cliff Brown, Union College

David Gillette, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College

George Catalano, Binghamton University

John Krupczak, Hope College

Linda Head, Rowan University

Mark Somerville, Olin College

Mark Walker, Union College

Mike Toole, Bucknell University

Peter Robbie, Dartmouth College

Sharon Jones, Lafayette College

Stacie Raucci, Union College

Wendy Murphy, IBM

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