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The ASME Decision Point Dialogues


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

The ASME Decision Point Dialogues

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Join us for a live taping of the inaugural ASME Decision Point Dialogues series where we will grapple with what it would mean—and what it would take—for engineers to be true global problem solvers.

In the first program of our series, moderator Robert Jackson, Associate Professor and and Co-Director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, will lead a discussion tracing the journeys of aspiring engineers and identifying the issues they face along the way. Together, we’ll explore the impact of standardized testing on STEM K-12 education; what remains essential in the traditional engineering curriculum and where it may evolve; how makers and engineers from developed and emerging economies can expand each other’s capacities; and whether efforts to grow the STEM graduate pool are matched with increased career opportunities upon graduation.

In this Socratic dialogue*, we'll explore the following mock scenario:
In the United States, middle school student Bella attends a Maker Faire and decides to join the robotics team. In Zambia, young Kamillo examines his village’s broken water pump and wonders how it can be repaired. Both young people have started on a path that could lead them to confront some of the largest challenges on the planet: How will each be prepared and empowered to be true problem solvers?

Panelists include:


Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders-USA

Richard Benson, Virginia Tech Dean of Engineering

Liza Billings, Engineering Student and Consultant at Grant Engineering

Daniel Ignacio Garcia, Founder of Emergent Engineers

Marc Goldsmith, ASME President

Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology

Florence Hudson, IBM Corporate Strategy Executive

Emeka Okafor, Maker Faire Africa Curator

Javaris Powell, Teacher, Administrator and Robotics Coach at the Friendship Public Charter School

Andrew W. Reynolds, Senior Advisor at the Office of Space and Advanced Technologies

Joseph Sussman, Managing Director for Accreditation and Chief Information Officer at ABET

Jessica Townsend, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Programs at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering


*The Socratic Dialogue format was developed and refined by legendary journalist, Fred W. Friendly, first under the auspices of the Ford Foundation and then as a program of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Using a hypothetical case history and a skilled moderator, the format compels panelists to decide how to act in complicated situations where the “right” choices are not clear. As panelists wrestle with the hypothetical, a tense and spontaneous drama is created that illuminates complex questions in stimulating and entertaining ways. The Socratic Dialogue format has proven uniquely effective in exploring knotty ethical, legal and public policy issues and in creating the basis for panelists to “talk to each other, rather than shout past each other.” Fred Friendly died on March 3, 1998, but the Fred Friendly Seminars, and now its successor, Dialogue Media Group, continue to carry on his work.

**Doors will open at 4:15PM and will close promptly at 4:50PM for the live taping**

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The SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 158 countries. Thirty-thousand of these members are students.

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