Science and Engineering for Social Good

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement invites you to attend our upcoming conference, Science and Engineering for Social Good. This conference will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology on February 9-11, 2018, and is presented in partnership with Georgia Tech, Stony Brook University, and The SUNY Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The content will be directed toward meeting the needs of faculty, future faculty, staff and administrators.

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Many of the pressing global issues and problems of our time, including health, energy and the environment, infrastructure, security, and economic development have significant scientific and technological dimensions. In order to meet the challenges, interdisciplinary approaches—bringing together STEM, the arts/humanities, global knowledge, and a diversity of people and ideas—must be at the core of education and work in this 21st century.  In this conference, we will explore strategies to build holistic approaches to education—for both STEM and non-STEM majors (e.g,. STEM-enhanced liberal arts).  In addition, we will explore the implications of such highly interdisciplinary and global approaches for education, and the increasingly diverse and global workforce.

Leading experts will focus on programs, strategies, and tools  for building highly interdisciplinary STEM/STEM-related programs—for majors and non-majors. Four cross-cutting approaches will be illustrated through SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) (Georgia Tech), Serve-Learn-Sustain (Georgia Tech), and LSAMP (research and practice in diversity in STEM).  Participants will examine each of these cross-cutting approaches in the context of one of the following areas: engineering and technology education, energy and the environment, and medicine and health. As an outcome for the work, each participant should draft a tentative plan as to how the knowledge gained might be used to design/redesign a course, curriculum, or special project that embodies the holistic approach to STEM education and/or the work environment. 

Confirmed conference presenters include:

  • Edward Coyle, Director of the Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Ferguson, Distinguished Service Professor, Technology and Society, and Provost’s Scholar, Stony Brook University
  • Norman Fortenberry, Executive Director, American Society for Engineering Education
  • Jennifer Hirsch, Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jinsang Lee, Leading Professor, Department of Technology and Society, and Director General, Institute of International Development and Cooperation,  SUNY Korea
  • Greg Pearson, Scholar of K-12 Engineering Education and Public Understanding of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering
  • Eliza Reilly, Executive Director, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
  • Donna Riley, Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University

Our conference participants will come from multiple STEM-related communities–nationally and globally. It will be exciting to see the great work that is focused on building strong communities to support STEM research, STEM education, and STEM project development and implementation. It will be rewarding to see how such community-building is advancing science and engineering for social good.

Additionally, the conference will include a poster session where participants can share more about related work being done at their institutions, and there will be time for 15-minute short talks about related work. These posters and talks, focused on research or program development, should be in the broad area of science and engineering for social good.  Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following: science and civic engagement, sustainable development (e.g., within developing countries, or high-needs communities in developed countries), energy and environmental systems, medicine and health, broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM (with particular attention to engineering), and building research and program communities (e.g., use of vertically integrated projects). Posters and presentations may be proposed as part of the registration process.

To attend: You can register for the conference here. The registration fee is $500 per person for faculty, $400 for students, and includes all sessions and related materials, a reception on February 9th, breakfast and lunch on February 10th, and breakfast on February 11th. The deadline to register is January 26, 2018.

The meeting will begin with an opening plenary at 4:00 PM on February 9th, and conclude with a closing session ending at 12:00 PM on February 11th.

Lodging: The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center adjacent to campus has established a special rate of $149 per night for participants in this meeting. You can book your room online here. This rate will expire on January 9, 2018.

More information: Please contact Kyle Simmons, NCSCE’s Faculty Development Events Manager at (202) 276-2343 or by email at with any questions you may have.