Venues To Introduce And Teach Impact Of Engineering In History, Society, And Human Development

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Huser, Kelli
Kelly, Thomas
Ballou, Seth
Crispin, Joseph
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American Society for Engineering Education
Mina, Mani
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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This paper provides a possible approach to introduce and teach impact of engineering to nonengineering students with a focus on the technology and engineering aspects. One effective way to enhance technological literacy is to offer classes that will introduce, explain, discuss, and enhance students’ knowledge about engineering and the impact of engineering on the society. There are many effective classes that are offered in history and philosophy schools such as history of science, history of technology and related areas. However, this paper focuses on the impact from the technologist perspective. The paper introduces the general premise for such a class and provides different models to review the impacts from historical and technological developments. For instance one could focus on water, construction and road development, medicine, weapons, tool making, and other venues of introducing the subject. The paper introduces effective approaches to offer the class and reviews the impacts of engineering and technological developments through focusing on one of the topics. In order to help future developers, this paper defines the topic and discusses how focusing on each topic enables the class to show the impacts throughout the human developments and eras.
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: Huser, K., & Kelly, T., & Mina, M., & Ballou, S., & Crispin, J. (2010, June), "Venues To Introduce And Teach Impact Of Engineering In History, Society, And Human Development." Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16341. Copyright 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Posted with permission.