Bridging Together Technical and Social Worlds

Written By Emily Liptow, CSU STEM VISTA Member 2015-17 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

12803200_10153427471656381_8061855602720549735_n.jpgI remember quite clearly a moment early in my undergraduate studies when I first became distraught at the social-technical divide that pervades our education system and society at large. I was excited to be taking one of my very first Industrial Engineering classes where we were exposed to some of the basic principles of the field. In one of the first weeks of class, our professor provided a brief history of Industrial Engineering, introducing us to Frederick Taylor who is considered the father of the field. Taylor is known for his contributions to industrial efficiency and development of time studies and Scientific Management.

Just a few weeks after learning about Taylor in my engineering class, we met again in a very different context. I was taking a class on the sociology of work and employment, and we had just begun learning about the formation of unions around the time of the industrial revolution. We learned of the abuses many workers faced as manufacturing companies focused on production, efficiency, and the bottom line. Taylor’s ideology of management largely contributed to the dehumanization of workers, reducing them to cogs within the manufacturing process. Continue reading

2014-2015 Position Openings!

From July 2014-July 2015, CSU STEM VISTA members will serve as liaisons between campus host sites and their community partners so that CSU students can participate in mentoring and academic support programs, as well as engaged learning experiences such as service learning, internships and undergraduate research. VISTAs will also support K-12 student success in STEM through departmental partnerships with local K-12 schools, after school programs, local science museums and other youth programs.CCE-16433-2014 VISTA-Flyer

CSU departments participating in the inaugural year of the CSU STEM AmeriCorps*VISTA Program are:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Center for Excellence in STEM Education+
Fresno State College of Science and Math+
Fresno State Construction Management Program
CSU East Bay Institute for STEM Education+
San José State College of Science+
CSU Monterey Bay Division of Science and Environmental Policy and Service Learning Institute
CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)+
CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science, and Technology (COAST)
Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering+
+indicates that the department will host two VISTA members

Check out the 15 available positions here: