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By Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Christelle Didier, Andrew Jamison, Martin Meganck, Carl Mitcham, Byron Newberry

This moment significant other quantity on engineering reviews considers engineering perform together with contextual analyses of engineering id, epistemologies and values. Key overlapping questions research such matters as an engineering id, engineering self-understandings enacted within the specialist international, distinct characters of engineering wisdom and the way engineering technology and engineering layout engage in practice.

Authors convey with them views from their institutional houses in Europe, North the USA, Australia\ and Asia. the quantity comprises 24 contributions through greater than 30 authors from engineering, the social sciences and the arts. extra matters the chapters scrutinize contain sought after norms of engineering, how they have interaction with the values of potency or environmental sustainability. A concluding set of articles considers the which means of context extra in general through asking if engineers create their very own contexts or are they created by way of contexts.

Taken as an entire, this number of unique scholarly paintings is exclusive in its extensive, multidisciplinary attention of the altering personality of engineering practice.

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2003). The need for public intellectuals. A space for STS. Pre-presidential address, annual meeting 2001, Cambridge MA. Science, Technology & Human Values, 28(4), 443–450. H. Christensen et al. Collins, H. (2014). Are we all scientific experts now? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Downey, G. , Lucena, J. , Moskal, B. , Jesiek, B. , Lehr, J. , & Nichols-Belo, A. (2006). The globally competent engineer: Working effectively with people who define problems differently. Journal of Engineering Education, 95(2), 1–17.

The list of dialectics discussed herein is not exhaustive, nor are they all necessarily unique to engineering. But when taken collectively, we hope these examples will shed some useful light when it comes to understanding engineering in context. 1 The Dialectics of Engineering 11 Dialectics of Identity Omnipresence Contra Invisibility I have elsewhere used the Shoemaker’s Elves fairy tale as a metaphor for engineers (Newberry 2007). Like the elves’ role in the making of the shoemaker’s shoes, engineers play an instrumental role in the design and production of nearly all the artifacts of life in a modern industrial society.

It is tempting to conclude that someone who has risen from the engineering ranks to the CEO level of a big corporation has ceased to function as an engineer and is now employed in some other capacity. We might say the CEO has become a completely separate species from a low-level engineer. But as with the chain of salamanders, it is difficult to say where along the continuum between the two one crosses the line from being an engineer to being something else. Or rather than crossing a clear line of separation, perhaps one goes from being a whole engineer to being a fractional engineer, with the fraction gradually decreasing as non-technical responsibilities accrue.

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