Posted on May 28, 2010

Leaders from nearly two dozen top schools will share different models for integrating engineering, technology and the traditional liberal arts at an annual symposium June 4 and 5.

Students in a particle mechanics class taught by Jennifer Currey, assistant professor of bioengineering.

Among the participants: University of Georgia, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Lafayette and the U.S. Military Academy.

Speakers include Richard K. Miller, president of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (“From the Ground Up: Rethinking Engineering Education For the 21st Century”); Thanassis Rikakis, professor and director of the School of Arts Media and Engineering, Arizona State University (“Meta-structures for a Contemporary Liberal Education”); and T. Michael Toole, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Bucknell University (“Engineering Integrated Education: Oh The Places We Can Go!”)

There will also be panels featuring current students and alumni.

Most sessions will be held in the Nott Memorial and the F.W. Olin Center.

This marks the third year the College has hosted a conference on engineering and the liberal arts, which has attracted national attention, including a feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 1845, Union became the first liberal arts college to offer engineering in response to the needs of a nation characterized by rapid industrial and urban growth.

The symposium is funded in part by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information, including a schedule of events, click here.