Defining and justifying the validity of our assumptions is a cornerstone of engineering problem solving. While much of our education focuses on technical assumptions (does this gas behave ideally?), our society is shaped by social, historical, political, and behavioral assumptions. Using the ongoing COVID pandemic as a case study, this talk will assess the complexity of modern problem solving, the limitations of technology when not assessed in societal context, and the framework I use to engage students in diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives.
Dr. Elif Miskioǧlu is a chemical engineering educator and engineering education scholar passionate about developing a stronger engineering workforce to contend with increasingly complex societal challenges. A faculty member at Bucknell University, her work focuses on the development of engineering expertise, with emphasis on problem-solving approaches and support structures for underrepresented populations in STEM.