Central to the mission of the Prometheans is the interest in pursuing the three areas of activity:
- Education. Many SHOT members find it useful to keep in touch with what is going on in the world of engineering education. Some of the issues we might address as a SIG include: What changes are being proposed in engineering education standards (for example, ABET's EC 2000 Criteria) and what do they mean for us? How have schools and/or programs negotiated these changes? How might we work together with groups whose interests intersect with ours, such as the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education? How might we make the history of technology a more integral component of engineering education? In what ways can we work to share our own craft knowledge about teaching practices?
- Research. Notwithstanding the field's interest in social construction, much recent scholarship remains focused on the nature of engineering work. Our SIG seeks to promote useful and stimulating dialogue between the engineers and the historians in our membership. At the very least, the existence of an engineering SIG gives our small number of engineer members a clear signal of the organization's interest in their voice.
- Outreach. In recent years SHOT's leading lights have wisely lamented that the audience for our work and concerns is not as large as we might like.. Improved outreach to the engineering community could bolster our visibility with a natural constituency. This working group seeks to coalesce efforts by historians of technology who were interested in reaching engineers to connect with this audience. The working group also seems to provide a welcoming entry point into SHOT for the next generation of Cyril Stanley Smiths or Walter Vincentis, practicing engineers interested in history.
- Listserv. The Listserv working group will work to ensure a reasonable flow of worthwhile material to and through the list, as established to promote our work and interaction. The Prometheans listserv is currently hosted through the University of Virginia under the auspices of its Department of Engineering and Society.
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