CSTS Symposium

April 17, 2020

The Futures of STS in Engineering and Polytechnic Universities

What does the future of STS look like in engineering and polytechnic universities? In such STEM-focused environments, where STS scholars often operate independently and without a central STS department or program, how can STS researchers maximize their impact on the education of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as on the original research conducted by (and often financially supported by) colleagues in engineering departments? How can STS researchers become indispensable to engineering and scientific research endeavors without being perceived as simply support personnel?  Assembling convergent research teams to tackle important social and scientific challenges is an acknowledged best practice, so how should STS researchers embrace convergent research endeavors in order to add value and lead inquiries into areas of new and developing knowledge? 

This symposium is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Missouri S&T’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.  Registration is free but space is limited.


Join us for the CSTS Symposium on April 17, 2020.




Hampton Inn Rolla

2201 N. Bishop
Rolla, Missouri 65401
Reference the CSTS Symposium when reserving a room

Symposium Schedule

8-9:15 a.m.

Breakfast speaker: Dr. Amy Bix, Iowa State

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Big Ideas about the Futures of STS in engineering environments

  • Dr. Juan Lucena, Colorado School of Mines
  • Dr. Jennifer Singh, Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Amy Bix, Iowa State

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Strategies for individuals/small groups of STS researchers in engineering environments

  • Dr. Samantha Muka, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Brian Beaton, California Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr. Steven Walton, Michigan Tech

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lunch speaker: Dr. Emily York, James Madison University

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Panel 3: Strategies for communities/cohorts/centers focused on STS in engineering environments

  • Dr. Emily York, James Madison University
  • Dr. Emma Frow, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Olivia Burgess, South Dakota School of Mines

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Panel 4: Strategies for disseminating information and increasing impact in engineering environments

  • Dr. Raquel Velho, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dr. Coleen Carrigan, California Polytechnic
  • Dr. Caitlin Donahue Wylie, University of Virginia

4:-5:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.