Reconnecting Engineering with the Social and Political Sphere

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If technologies are going to be part of the solution to major social problems, we need engineers who are not simply “cogs in the wheel,” but rather active agents with a broad perspective. While many undergraduate engineering programs train students to narrow their vision rather than expand it, it is possible to create opportunities to reverse this trend. This chapter outlines two interventions designed to reconnect engineers with the social and political contexts they work in and which they would like to improve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering a Better Future
Subtitle of host publicationInterplay between Engineering, Social Sciences, and Innovation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783319911342
ISBN (Print)9783319911335
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Broader Social Goals
  • Decenter Technology
  • Federal Rulemaking
  • Macroethics
  • Specific Technological Artifacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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