The Futures of STS in Engineering and Polytechnic Universities

April 17, 2020, Rolla, MO, USA

The Center for STS at Missouri S&T is hosting a symposium to address the futures of STS in engineering and polytechnic universities. We will ask, and we hope to answer questions such as: What does the future of STS look like in engineering and polytechnic universities? In such STEM-focused environments, where STS scholars often operate independently and without a central STS department or program, how can STS researchers maximize their impact on the education of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as on the original research conducted by (and often financially supported by) colleagues in engineering departments? How can STS researchers become indispensable to engineering and scientific research endeavors without being perceived as simply support personnel? Assembling convergent research teams to tackle important social and scientific challenges is an acknowledged best practice, so how should STS researchers embrace convergent research endeavors in order to add value and lead inquiries into areas of new and developing knowledge?

We have invited a number of experts to talk about these issues in 4 different panels. Please join us in Rolla, Missouri. This symposium is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Missouri S&T’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Registration is free but space is limited.

If you cannot come, we will be live tweeting and streaming the panels, so please check our website for more of that information.

Posted: January 13, 2020