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Bill Schonberg

Technical Literacy

We are all members of a global society, and because of technology, the lives of everyone on this planet are highly interconnected. More so than ever before, Nations must work together to solve global problems as they arise - we need to work across borders, across oceans, and across cultures! Because technology is everywhere and a part of everything we do, it shapes how our society evolves, and where it will evolve to. And so, to be a contributing member of society, everyone needs to be technically literate at least at some level. This includes our policy makers and leaders so that they can make good decisions about engineering and technology issues that affect everyone's lives. How do we do this? How do we instill technical literacy into the general population? Furthermore, how do we reach out to and attract groups of students that are currently under-represented in technology and engineering programs? The presentation will cover a few practical approaches through which this can be accomplished. Some of the ideas to be discussed are quite innovative, especially considering how most engineering and technology educational programs are currently taught at the college level. I believe that the audience members will be inspired to act on the ideas presented, wherever they live, thereby helping to further the ideal of technological engagement of all members of society, at all levels.


About Bill Schonberg

Dr. William P. Schonberg is a Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Schonberg is a registered professional engineer in the States of Missouri and Alabama, and has over 25 years teaching and research experience. He received his BSCE from Princeton University in 1981, and his MS and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. A significant part of Dr. Schonberg's research is dedicated to improving the safety of spacecraft and of personnel involved in space flight and space operations. As an academic leader, Dr. Schonberg has been department chair at two different universities and served one year as Interim Dean. In 2007 Dr. Schonberg was honored to receive the Manuel T. Pacheco Award from the University President's Academic Leadership Institute (PALI) in recognition of his outstanding leadership accomplishments. In 2014 he was a Visiting Professor at the University College of the Cayman Islands where he taught Engineering Law and Ethics as part of that university's new engineering program. Dr. Schonberg is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2015 he was presented with a Distinguished Scientist award by the Hypervelocity Impact Society in recognition of his many scholarly accomplishments as well as his dedication to the Society, its programs, and its student members.



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