Empowering Voices in Engineering Special Seminar - Stephen Secules

Monday, December 4, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Zupnik Lecture Hall, Room 1110, Kim Engineering Building
Elizabeth Lathrop
301 405 7801

Unknown History and Unseen Culture: Questioning What’s “Normal” Regarding Diversity in Engineering Education

Stephen Secules

College of Engineering, University of Georgia



This talk will help engineering stakeholders question the status quo regarding diversity in engineering education. First, I will provide a historical account of the demographics of engineering, which reveals how an initial professional formation as a social position for white male engineers forged long-term professional and educational exclusions and embedded certain cultural norms within the discipline. Long after overt racial and gender exclusions became illegal, these disciplinary norms have functioned to help preserve the demographics of engineering into the present day. Second, I will present research on the ways present day cultural norms in engineering education can contribute to the marginalization of students. I will facilitate an open audience discussion of culture in engineering (i.e., what is “normal”), and how each of us can begin to shift it.



Dr. Stephen Secules is an Assistant Research Scientist and instructor in the Engineering Education Transformation Institute. He received his Ph.D.in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland in 2017.  His research focuses on equity, diversity, and culture in undergraduate engineering education. He has consistently presented at professional conferences related to engineering education, education research, and anthropology of education, chairing sessions and winning best paper awards at multiple conferences. Dr. Secules has forthcoming publications in the Journal of Engineering Education related to his anthropological work on marginalization in undergraduate engineering classes. 

Empowering Voices in Engineering (EVE) is a student-led committee in the Clark School. If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please email: EVEUMD@gmail.com.


Audience: Campus  Clark School  All Students  Graduate  Undergraduate  Faculty  Staff  Post-Docs  Employers 


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