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Professor Warns Social Justice Warriors are Ruining the Study of Engineering

Professor Warns Social Justice Warriors are Ruining the Study of Engineering

“They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering”

Social justice warriors are always looking to expand their worldview into new areas. Academia has been fertile ground for this crowd.

Campus Reform reports:

‘Social justice warriors’ are ruining engineering, prof warns

Engineering education has been infiltrated by a “phalanx of social justice warriors” who are steadily corrupting the field, according to a Michigan State University professor.

“They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as ‘diversity’ and ‘different perspectives’ and ‘racial gaps’ and ‘unfairness’ and ‘unequal outcomes’ make up the daily vocabulary,” asserts Mechanical Engineering professor Indrek Wichman in an essay published Wednesday by the James G. Martin Center.

“Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and ‘microaggressions’ in the profession,” Wichman adds.

Citing the Purdue University School of Education Engineering as a case study, Wichman claims that “engineering education” schools increasingly focus on concepts that are incompatible with the actual discipline, such as “empowering” students and “reimagining” engineering as a more “socially connected” field of study.

“For the record, engineers ‘empower’ themselves and, most important, other people, by inventing things,” he points out. “Those things are our agents of change.”

Wichman goes on to highlight the “ambitious agenda” of Dr. Donna Riley, the recently appointed dean of Purdue’s engineering school, as an example of the extent of social justice “infiltration” at the school.


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I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later. Thermodynamics was one of the culling courses in my mechanical engineering education. One can only imagine what intersectional thermo might entail.

Thermo was a required culling course for all engineering majors. But don’t tell the SJWs that entropy is racist because it might unfairly target minority communities. (, Def. 4)

“According to her faculty page, Riley aims to “revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destination” by incorporating “concerns related to…social responsibility,” focusing on “de-centering Western civilization,” and “uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups.””

How did this imbecile get to be a dean? That’s where the real problem lies. The gatekeepers have already sold out. Bad engineering will surely follow.

The term “Culling Course” resonates with me, Calculus III or Differential Equations usually did the work. Actually Calc I or Chem I got rid of the folks who had no talent.

One wonders: would a President Hillary Clinton have demanded Title IX proportionality quotas for engineering and the ‘hard’ sciences?

And if she (and her Dept. of Ed.) had done so, does anyone think the schools (over the objections of dept. heads, if necessary) would have complied?

I am sure that Purdue alumni are embarrassed that the Purdue graduates who were the first and most recent humans on the moon were both White Males. What an outrage. Think how much better off the world would be if it had been women and minorities to take those steps.
I wonder if Amelia Earhart would be proud?