Christians in Engineering & Technology
Newsletter
Dec 2010

This newsletter is published is a joint publication of the ASA CEST and the CES, distributed no more than once per month. You can sign up to receive an email notification when a new newsletter is available. To submit an article for the newsletter, contact the editor, Steve VanderLeest. Sometimes email filters will block mass distributions like this newsletter, so be sure you whitelist the address "ces-announce@calvin.edu" to allow the newsletter through. You can also view all the newsletters on the CES website .

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Christians in Engineering (UK)

Since 1991 a group of Christian engineers has been meeting in the United Kingdom to discuss how their faith and their profession interact. For the last decade they have also published an occasional journal on their website. Learn more on the Christians in Engineering website.


Christian Engineering Books & Articles

Our website section on Christian Engineering Books & Articles is growing thanks to submissions from some of our readers. We have new reviews on the following books:

  • Casey, S. M., Set Phasers on Stun: And other true tales of design, technology, and human error, Aegean, 1998. Reviewed by Lee Nickles.
  • Groothuis, Douglas R., The Soul in Cyberspace, Baker Book House, 1999. Reviewed by Lee Nickles.
  • Pearcey, Nancy, Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning, B&H Publishing Group, 2010. Reviewed by Joseph Calannino.
Please continue to nominate additional ideas for the list. We are also hoping to make this an annotated bibliography, so please consider providing a couple paragraphs to describe the work. The annotation should act as a brief review, noting how the work addresses the relationship between Christian faith and Engineering, explaining why it is an important contribution to the literature, identifying key themes, and placing it in the context of other publications.


New Pre-Engineering Program at Redeemer University College

Redeemer University College in Canada has recently introduced a pre-engineering program for students who are interested in pursuing studies in engineering in Canada. The program is a "1-and-3" style program whereby students begin their first-year of engineering studies at Redeemer before completing the final 3 years of their engineering studies elsewhere. Redeemer has forged articulation agreements with both the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and with the Engineering Department at Dordt College.

This option will be of particular interest to Canadian students interested in getting a first year of solid Christian academic grounding before pursuing further studies in engineering. Unlike the United States, there are no Christian engineering programs currently offered anywhere in Canada. Dr. Derek Schuurman, an engineer and an associate professor of computer science at Redeemer University College, believes there is a real need for a full 4-year Christian engineering program in Canada. However, pioneering such a program would present numerous challenges in terms of accreditation in a context where there are no existing models of a Christian liberal-arts engineering curriculum. Until then, the pre-engineering option allows Redeemer to serve Canadian students who feel a calling to the engineering profession by providing the preliminary courses necessary to enter the profession. Redeemer has developed a solid reputation for providing students with a biblical framework which will serve them well in their future studies in engineering.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.redeemer.ca/academics/departments/pre-professional/pre-engineering.aspx



Urgent need for CEEC Volunteers

The next Christian Engineering Education Conference (CEEC) is right around the corner. We desperately need volunteers to help make it a success. We need reviewers to do careful readings of submissions and help the authors improve their work, a praise & worship team to lead our Wednesday evening worship time (readers, singers, musicians), and steering committee members to help with registration, local arrangements, finances, publicity, and so forth. Please contact Steve VanderLeest if you are willing to help out.


CEEC Call for Papers - Abstracts Due Dec. 31

The Call for Papers has been issued for the 2011 Christian Engineering Education Conference (CEEC 2011). See the CEEC web site for details (abstracts due Dec. 31). We are grateful that Bill Jordan of Baylor University has stepped forward to serve as program chair for our conference. Praise God for faithful servants like Bill that volunteer their time for this important work.


ASA Theme Issue Call for Papers

Arie Leegwater, the editor of Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith (the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation), is soliciting ideas for a theme issue on responsible technology in his editorial in the December issue of the journal. You can read back-issues of the journal on the PSCF web page .

 

 

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