At first glance, Engineering and Philosophy seem to be on opposite sides of a spectrum of scholarship: Engineering as a discipline concerned with making decisions, solving problems, and designing. Philosophy as a discipline concerns with studying the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. So what can philosophy bring to research and practice in engineering education? This webinar will provide an overview of different sub-disciplines of philosophy and show examples about their respective value and relevance in the deeper pursuit of engineering education research and the practice of educating engineers. 


Prof. Dr. Johannes Strobel is a Full Professor at the University of Missouri where he leads a maker initiative and conducts research in engineering and STEM education. His research focuses on engineering and STEM learning through hands-on activities; defiance, empathy, care, and worldviews in engineering. Dr. Strobel has been PI, Co-PI, and key personnel of grants totaling $36,000,000 in the USA and Canada. He co-authored 160 papers and co-edited five books. Dr. Strobel is the lead designer of Hands-on Standards STEM in Action™️—a set of STEM learning modules for PreK-5th grades – in use in 35 countries and selected as a finalist for two international awards. Dr. Strobel received the 2018 Science Educator of the Year Award from the Academy of Science – St. Louis and the 2018 STEM Excellence Award from theInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Dr. Strobel founded the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER).