DEFINING ENGINEERING - FROM CHICAGO TO SHANTOU
Presented by Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus Illinois Tech


When: December 9th, 2020 7:00 PM

Description

The nouns “engineer” and “engineering” differ in at least one important way from most nouns, such as “dog” or “barking.” One can define “dog” or “barking” without upsetting any barking dog. Definitions of “engineer” or “engineering” will upset some engineers (or would-be engineers) if too narrow and upset both engineers and certain non-engineers (for example, synthetic chemists) if too broad. Indeed, the definition may upset some of these people even if accurate. The nouns “engineer” and “engineering” are not mere descriptors but “honorifics” conferring a desirable membership. They are “party terms” like “Christian,” “democracy,” and “profession. To offer a definition is to join a controversy about more than words. The speaker will join this controversy by defining “engineers” by a certain curriculum and by describing his own empirical research in China suggesting that Chinese engineers accept this way of thinking about engineering much as American engineers do. He will illustrate the value of his approach by using it to resolve an ethics problem arising from the "clash of cultures” when an American engineer has to work in China.

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DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS:
5 PM on Monday December 7, 2020. Limited to 1st 100 participants

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS: (At home on your PC and/or smart phone)
Following registration and prior to the meeting you will receive handouts, phone numbers, a link and meeting ID to access the Zoom webinar.

SCHEDULE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:50 PM online access opens
7:00pm Presentation begins by Professor Davis

MEETING COST: Free BUT PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
 



 


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