Academic article alert! Sustainability and broadening participation in engineering

Academic article alert! I will be giving myself a break on my weekly blog post whenever I get an academic article published. On those weeks, the blog post will be a link to the published article and my attempt at describing it for the 99.99999999% of people who could care less about the research method and just want to know what we found and what it means.

Geoff Potvin, Allison Godwin, Jennifer Cribbs, Zahra Hazari, Nicole Barclay, and I1 recently had our article, “Sustainability as a route to broadening participation in engineering,” published in the Journal of Engineering Education.

Students in Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries help people by providing clean water in Haiti, and they haven't even graduated yet.

Students in Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries help people by providing clean water in Haiti, and they haven’t even graduated yet.

What we found from our national survey is that those who perceive engineering as a way to help people are more likely to want a career in engineering. That makes sense. We also found, however, that those who want to help people don’t necessarily view engineering as a way to do so. That is a big missed opportunity for those of us who believe that the whole point of engineers is to help people. It can’t be a good thing for engineering if we aren’t attracting our share of students who want to help people.

I’ll stop there. If you want more detail2, check out the article. If you don’t have access and would like a copy of the full paper, send me a tweet or an e-mail.

  1. Yes, it really did require all 6 of us to do the research and write the article. Make whatever jokes you want, it was a lot of work for all of us. I did, however, write this blog post all by myself. []
  2. and fewer broad generalizations []

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