Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Yvette E. Pearson


Past Event

Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Yvette E. Pearson

October 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Associate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment, and Strategic Initiatives George R. Brown School of Engineering | Rice University


Topic: REDEFINE Engineering Education: Toward Ubiquitous Inclusion

Engineers are charged with devising solutions to a myriad of societal challenges. These challenges are not one-size-fits-all, and neither are their optimal solutions. To best serve society, we must educate, graduate, and employ engineers from diverse backgrounds and engage them in inclusive problem solving with, not just for, the communities we serve. With examples from her research and leadership roles, Dr. Pearson will present strategies for accomplishing this rooted in her call to REDEFINE engineering education: “RE-image who we see as engineers and what we see as engineering; DE-silo education and problem solving; and FINE-tune climate and culture in academia and practice.”

Click here for the video presentation of the lecture.

Co-Moderator: Lisa M. Black, PhD

Director, Cultural Belonging and Social Ethos





Co-Moderator: Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC

Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University