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fPET 2023 Call for Abstracts

Call for Papers for

fPET 2023 

2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology 

19-21 April 2023 (Wednesday to Friday) @ TUDelft, Delft, The Netherlands

with a Special Track on Changing Values, Changing Technologies


The 2023 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology (fPET 2023) will be held at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands from 19-21 April 2023 (Wednesday to Friday). The conference will bring together engineers and philosophers to address the challenges of engineering in a changing world.

fPET 2023 will provide the opportunity to meet like-minded researchers and present and discuss research on the intersection of engineering and philosophy, addressing the broad theme of technology and engineering in a changing world. You can now submit abstracts and panel proposals at www.fpet2023.org.

We invite abstracts and panel proposals on the following (broad) topics:

  • Philosophy of technology and engineering
  • Ethics, social and political philosophy, and values in technology and engineering
  • Philosophy and ethics in engineering and technology education
  • Interdisciplinary studies of technology and engineering, particularly (but not limited to) responsible innovation and value-sensitive design
  • Practitioners’ reflections on engineering and technology

We particularly invite practicing engineers and technological practitioners & researchers to submit abstracts and present reflections based on their hands-on experience in engineering or technological research.

Special track on value change
The conference will feature a special track on Changing Values, Changing Technologies (see www.valuechange.eu). This track will introduce a novel perspective on value change. We will discuss the nature of value change and illuminate the implications for the practice of, research on and teaching in engineering. For this track we invite papers that present recent research on the theme of value change and technology. If you want to submit to this special track, you can so indicate during submission.

Keynote speakers
The following keynote speakers have confirmed their presence:

  • Guru Madhavan (National Academy of Engineering, US)
  • Samantha Kleinberg (Stevens Institute of Technology, US)
  • Sarah Spiekermann (WU Vienna, Austria)

January 15, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
February 15: Decision about acceptance
March 15: Confirmation of participation for chosen presenters
April 19-21: Conference

We plan to hold the conference in Delft as an in-person event. If the situation should change due to Corona measures, we will update our plans accordingly. Currently there are no COVID-19 related restrictions for travelling to the Netherlands. The most recent information can be found here: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the netherlands-from-abroad

Submission detail
Please submit your abstract via our website: www.fpet2023.org
Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, including notes and references.
Please direct any queries related to the conference to fpet2023@valuechange.eu

We welcome submissions addressing new or underexplored topics, the reflective submissions of engineers or other technology practitioners, and submissions of an interdisciplinary nature.

Conference organizers

  • Co-Chairs: Ibo van de Poel (TUDelft) & David E. Goldberg (Illinois & ThreeJoy)
  • Program Chair: Neelke Doorn (TUDelft)
  • Local Arrangements: Lotte Asveld, Michael Klenk & Nathalie van den Heuvel (TU Delft)

Journey to the emotional floor of A Whole New Engineer

Mark Somerville and I are wrapping up production on our book A Whole New Engineer: A Surprising Emotional Journey (see more here), and I was reflecting on large writing projects such as books and how easy it is to underestimate the amount of work required and the amount of learning that goes on in writing one.  The tendency is to think, “This will be easy. I’ll just write down what I know about subject X and it will be good.”  Of course, you start the project, and find that (a) you didn’t know as much as you thought you did, and (b) you had a lot of learning and figuring out to get to the end.  Of course, some of this is the human tendency to underestimate difficulty and overestimate capacity as pointed out in The Invisible Gorilla and related research.  If we were more realistic about the scope of such projects, few would start them.

This time, however, with A Whole New Engineer, the misestimation took on an a different flavor.  Yes, I both underestimated the task complexity and learning required, but this time I also missed the deeper nature of the task.  In the past, what started as largely a textbook or monograph project turned out that way.  This time, I thought Mark and I were writing a how-to manual on engineering education reform with some personal anecdotes, but the deeper nature of the project didn’t reveal itself until we were well into the project.

And the subtitle, A Surprising Emotional Journey, starts to characterize the book we found inside of us.  As we started to tell the stories of what happened at Olin (www.olin.edu) and iFoundry (www.ifoundry.illinois.edu), we started to recognize that the usual rational code words used to describe educational reform (content, curriculum, pedagogy, learning outcomes, active learning, project-based learning, etc., etc.) were inadequate to describe the underlying experience of authentic reform.

Instead, we needed to admit that the secret sauce to both efforts was profoundly emotional in nature and that words like “trust,” “courage,” “joy,” “connection,” and “openness” (the pillars of Chapter 5) were necessary to convey and understand the experience.  And this was excruciatingly hard for a couple of engineers to grok, but once we did, we knew there was no going back.  Those distinctions sounded like were talking about the underlying essence of authentic reform in foundational terms in a way that previous descriptions lacked.

And once we reached the emotional floor of the enterprise, we recognized that many of our colleagues would have the same difficulty we originally had in accepting and understanding this emotional language, that the natural tendency would be to reject these terms as “too soft” or “insufficiently rigorous” and to retreat to easy and safe words like “content,” “pedagogy,” “X learning (where X = active, experiential, project-based, etc.).  Nevertheless, once the journey had come to this place, we knew that our job was to tell the travelogue as we had experienced it, as we had felt it.

And we hope that this is one of the lasting contributions of the book: to shift a discussion that continues to be held in largely rational terms to one that can unapologetically use the language of emotion in ways that contribute to a more effective and holistic educational system.

A Whole New Engineer: A Surprising Emotional Journey will be ready in Fall 2014.  Keep an eye on www.bigbeacon.org/book on twitter @deg511, @threejoy, and @bigbeacon, or write to me at deg@threejoy.com or deg@bigbeacon.org about hosting book-related talks, workshops, and events. 

Radio Show: Emotional Rescue of Engineering Education

I was a guest on Kate Ebner’s radio show Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life, on Monday, and my Georgetown University coaching cohort colleague Nancy Lamberton was the guest host. The topic for the show was The Emotional Rescue of Engineering Education and the show abstract is reprinted below:

Humans, with a population of 7 billion people and growing, increasingly depend on engineers for our survival and quality of life. Yet the engineering pipeline is threatened as fewer students choose the profession, in part because they must survive a math-science death march and in part because the journey is viewed as a lonely survival of the fittest. Dr. Dave Goldberg wants to change that. Drawing on a 34-year career as engineer, educator and coach, Dave seeks to rewire engineering education so that it entices young people and motivates them to become whole-brained, -bodied and -hearted engineers. This show explores the surprising path to a whole new engineer that runs through emotional variables such as trust, courage, connection and vulnerability. The result of this shift is a generation of engineers unleashed to face the biggest challenges of our times. Join guest host Nancy Lamberton on July 22 to hear the vision of one of the most cutting-edge innovators in education. 

You can listen to the program by accessing the show page and listening at the link here or on iTunes here