Standing on ye Shoulders of Giants: promoting a social systems engineering education using ICE President Addresses (1820 - 2014)

Mike Murray, Stuart Tennant

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Given the paucity of engineering history presently taught on civil engineering programmes, the purpose of this paper is to promote the role of historical testimonies for the delivery of an enhanced, contemporary and social systems educational experience. Drawing on the ICE presidents address (1820 – 2014) as a source of inspiration and motivation, civil engineering students (n=428) were required to select and read six inaugural addresses of former ICE presidents and use these as a catalyst for writing their own ‘ICE Presidential Address’ while keeping an eye forwards to the year 2050.The results reveal that the ICE presidential addresses help introduce undergraduates to the real and ‘human’ world of civil engineering and provides the students with a ‘social’, as opposed to a scientific, understanding of their profession. Exploring and exploiting the substantial depository of knowledge, values, wisdom and social context of ICE presidential addresses is both innovative and novel and worthy of adoption and adaptation by other academies seeking to prepare civil engineering undergraduates as global citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-266
JournalCivil Engineering and Environmental Systems
Volume33
Issue number4
Early online date20 Sep 2016
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Sep 2016

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  • History, Social Impact, Education, Holistic Engineering

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