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This panel is organized by the Prometheans SIG of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and by the International Network for Engineering Studies (INES). This panel introduces the FIE audience to our work in utilizing history, and humanistic-social perspectives more generally, to enhance engineering education. Specifically, we will use this panel to demonstrate and discuss how the history of technology can be used to help teach engineering to engineering students. Beginning with an overview by Atsushi Akera, Director of the First Year Studies Program at Rensselaer and co-editor of Using History to Teach Computer Science and Related Disciplines, the individual panelists, J. Douglass Klein (Union College), Frederik Nebeker (IEEE History Center, Rutgers), and Aristotle Tympas (University of Athens, Greece) will briefly describe the specific pedagogic techniques and strategies they use before opening up the panel to general discussion on the efficacy of these and other techniques.
Date of Conference: 22-25 Oct. 2008