Wood at McMaster, Christianity & Engineering

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The Hamilton Science and Faith Forum and the CSCA are delighted to present a lecture by Dr. Philip Wood, Professor of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University.

“Faith and an Engineer”

A recent article opened with the statement: “Engineering is not a profession most people associate with religion.” Although this may be the common perception, one study showed that 46% of male, American engineers described themselves as both conservative and religious versus 22% of scientists. This talk will present one engineer’s career path and places where faith and religion have intersected with engineering. There will be a brief description of what a chemical engineer does and how it compares to the work of a chemist, for example. The origin of the Canadian engineering iron ring will also be presented. It seems that the study of engineering attracts a certain type of student and a certain way of approaching problems. A dark side of this is demonstrated in a very recent Chronicle of Higher Education article – “Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists?”  (Hint: It doesn’t! but we will discuss it.)

Phil Wood  has been a faculty member for more than 38 years
since starting as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Since arriving at McMaster in 1983 he has held several administrative positions. He was the Faculty of Engineering’s first Director of Engineering 1, Chair of Chemical Engineering, Associate Dean and Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs) & Dean of Students.  Phil’s first love is teaching. He is the winner of several teaching awards, notably the 3M Teaching Fellowship – Canada’s top teaching award for university professors. He has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed technical and education journals, is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and a registered Professional Engineer. He is a Warden of the Iron Ring for Camp 13 and a Trustee at St. Mark’s United Church in Dundas.

Please note: the 4:15 start allows for reduced campus parking rates commencing at 4.00
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