Engineering Meets Social Justice at University of San Diego Conference

How can engineering promote social justice? More than 50 leaders in the field from around the world will take part in a conference at the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering from January 25 to 27 to find answers to that question.

Conference activities include panels and workshops on how engineering can promote social justice and peace building and discussions on how to bring these topics into the engineering classroom. 
There also will be a field trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss social justice and engineering in relation to engineers “building a border wall” and a visit to the local Kumeyaay community for a discussion about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics + Art) education.
“Engineering touches the lives of everyone on a daily basis but engineers rarely consider the impacts of their work on social justice,” said USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Professor of Praxis Caroline Baillie. “The conference is an exciting opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made and how far we still need to go.” 
The conference welcomes participants from multiple backgrounds including academics, practitioners and community members as well as those from different academic disciplines because “problems don’t have disciplinary boundaries,” she said.
Participants in the 13th annual Engineering, Social Justice and Peace conference include Professor Sarah Bell of the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Department at the University College London. She launched the London “Engineering Exchange” – working with local residents on water, energy and food issues. Expert peacebuilder Jerry McCann will moderate a discussion on Engineering through a Peacebuilding Lens.
Previous ESJP conferences have been held in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Colombia and Argentina. ESJP 13 is affiliated with the Royal Society (RSA) for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.
“We are proud to host this conference that celebrates our commitment to educating Changemaking engineers who want to make a difference in society,” said Chell Roberts, Dean of the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.
Click here for a video of Professor Baillie talking about engineering and social justice. 

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.