Discovering the role of engineering in the world: A new teaching experience focused on New York City and civil engineering

Ignacio Paya-Zaforteza, Catherine Eiben, Michael Littman

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Abstract

"Engineering in the modern world" is a Princeton University course taken by engineers and non-engineers. It explains how engineering has shaped culture and society and how engineering innovations have been influenced by social, scientific, political, ethical, and aesthetic requirements. Engineering is understood in a broad sense that includes structures, machines, networks and processes. The course uses several methodologies such as master lectures, seminars and labs. This paper explains a new approach followed in one of the seminar groups. A group was created that focused on the role of civil engineering in shaping New York City (NYC) and delved into the relationships between engineering, society, politics and aesthetics in selected NYC's works. The paper presents the teaching methodologies used during the seminar and discusses the success of the new approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIABSE Conference, Geneva 2015
Subtitle of host publicationStructural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges - Report
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Pages342-343
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481406
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventIABSE Conference, Geneva 2015: Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Sep 23 2015Sep 25 2015

Publication series

NameIABSE Conference, Geneva 2015: Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges - Report

Other

OtherIABSE Conference, Geneva 2015: Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period9/23/159/25/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

Keywords

  • Aesthetics
  • Engineering
  • New York City
  • Politics
  • Society

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