skip to main content

2015 STS Making and Doing Program

Meeting Home | Making & Doing Main | Making and Doing 2015 | Category: Pedagogy

STS Design Program

Nieusma, Dean, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


James W. Malazita, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Michael Lachney, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
David A. Banks, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer’s STS Department has pioneered the integration of STS and design thinking, with over 20 years of research and educational programming. A major achievement within this larger set of activities is our acclaimed interdisciplinary Programs in Design and Innovation (PDI), a set of undergraduate dual-major programs combining a range of “technical” majors with an STS-styled design major called Design, Innovation, and Society. PDI brings STS to the worlds of engineering, computer science, business management, and communications—all via design. Rather than merely augmenting these programs with STS, PDI strives to frame our students’ entire educational experience—that is, to provide the curricular, conceptual, and pedagogical frameworks that situate students’ other coursework as well as their identities within a more expansive vision of technology-in-society. This presentation details PDI’s curricular structure, its innovative pedagogies, the range of design focal areas covered, sample student work, and some modes of integration with instructors’research.

Link to project:

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention