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Xiaofeng "Denver" Tang

  • Asst Professor of Practice, Dept of Engineering Education
  • 221 Hitchcock Hall
    2070 Neil Ave
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-247-6223

About

Education

Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014

B. Eng., Automation, Tsinghua University, 2005

Honors

  • 2017 Best Paper Award. “Ethically Informed Intellectuals or Responsible Professionals? A Comparative Study of Engineering Ethics Education in China and the United States.” Engineering Ethics Division. 124th ASEE Annual Conference, June 25-28, Columbus, OH.
  • 2016 Best Paper Award. “Educating Engineering Leaders for Advanced Manufacturing: Lessons from Engineering Ethics Education in the United States.” International Symposium on Science, Technology & Education Policy, October 28-29. Hangzhou, China.
  • 2016 Contributor, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education

Research Areas

  • Engineering ethics
  • Entrepreneurial minded learning in engineering
  • Global engineering education
  • History of engineering education
  • Integrating engineering and liberal arts education

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

2018    Berdanier, C. G. P., Tang, X., and Cox, M. F. “Ethics and Sustainability in Global Contexts: Studying Engineering Student Perspectives Through Photoelicitation.” Journal of Engineering Education (in press).

2017    Tang, X., and Nieusma, D. “Contextualizing the Code: Ethical Support and Professional Interests in the Creation and Institutionalization of the 1974 IEEE Code of Ethics.” Engineering Studies, 9 (3): 166-194.

2017    Tang, X. “Educating Engineering Leaders for Advanced Manufacturing: Lessons from Engineering Ethics Education in the United States.” (in Chinese). Review on Science, Technology & Education Policy [Ke Jiao Fa Zhan Ping Lun], 5: 13-23.

2015    Tang, X. “Bridging the Two Cultures and Forging a Holistic Culture: A Response to the Liberal Studies in Engineering Workshop.” Engineering Studies, 7 (2-3): 191-192. 

2012    Nieusma, D. & Tang, X. “The Unbalanced Equation: Technical Opportunities and Social Barriers in the NAE Grand Challenges and Beyond.” International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace, 1 (2).

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

2017    Tang, X., Mendieta, E., and Litzinger, T. A. “Building a Community of Ethics Educators in Graduate Engineering Programs: Developing an Ethics Workshop Following a User-Oriented Approach.” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.

2017    Tang, X., Zhang, W., and Yang, S. “Ethically Informed Intellectuals or Responsible Professionals? A Comparative Study of Engineering Ethics Education in China and the United States.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2017    Zhang, W., Jiang, Y., and Tang, X. “University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Engineering Education: A Multi-Case Study of Entrepreneurship Education in China.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2016    Tang, X., Zhu, Q., and Pang, H. “Toward a Cross-cultural Conversation: Liberal Arts Education for Engineers in China and the U.S.” American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.

2016    Tang, X., Miller, S. C., and Litzinger, T. A. “From Nanosystems to Ethical Eco-Systems: Designing a Workshop for Graduate Researchers on Self-Powered Wearable Health Devices.” IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology.

2015    Tang, X. & Nieusma, D. “Institutionalizing Ethics: Historical Debates Surrounding IEEE’s 1974 Code of Ethics.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2015    Akera, A. & Tang, X. “Institutional Responses to the Bologna Process in Danish Engineering Education.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2014    “When Engineering Meets Self and Society: Students Reflect on the Integration of Engineering and Liberal Education.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2014    Zhang, Z. & Tang, X. “Conflict and Integration between Engineering Education and General Education in Modern China: The Case of Tsinghua University.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2012    Kabo, J., Tang, X., Nieusma, D., Currie, J., Hu, W., & Baille, C. “Visions of Social Competence: A Cross-cultural Comparison of Engineering Education Accreditation in Australia, China, Sweden, and the United States.” ASEE Annual Conference.

2011    Nieusma, D. & Tang, X. “Teaching the Unbalanced Equation: Technical Opportunities and Social Barriers in the NAE Grand Challenges and Beyond.” ASEE Annual Conference.

Book Chapters

2016    Akera, A. & Tang, X. “Understanding EU and Danish Higher Education Governance through a Comparison with US Reforms” in Søsser Brodersen & Ulrik Jørgensen eds. Engineering Professionalism: Engineering Practices in Work and Education. Sense Publishers.

2016    Akera, A. & Tang, X. “Institutional Responses to the Bologna Process in Danish Engineering Education” in Søsser Brodersen & Ulrik Jørgensen eds. Engineering Professionalism: Engineering Practices in Work and Education. Sense Publishers.

Other Publications

“The Ethics of Data Management.” Online Learning Module. http://sites.psu.edu/ethicsofdatamanagement/

“Teaching and Learning Ethical Data Management.” Workshop Presentation. Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. http://www.onlineethics.org/File.aspx?id=36435&v=13b4a93d.

“A College of One’s Own (Gender).” Blog Post. The Rock Ethics Institute Everyday Ethics. http://rockethics.psu.edu/everyday-ethics/a-college-of-one2019s-own-gender.

“STEM Education and the ‘n’ Cultures.” Blog Post. The Rock Ethics Institute Everyday Ethics. http://rockethics.psu.edu/everyday-ethics/stem-education-and-the-2018n20....

“Engineers in Novels: A Series Preview.” Blog Post. The Rock Ethics Institute Everyday Ethics. http://rockethics.psu.edu/everyday-ethics/engineers-in-novels-a-series-p....

“Engineers in Novels No. 1: The Mise-en-Scène.” Blog Post. The Rock Ethics Institute Everyday Ethics. http://rockethics.psu.edu/everyday-ethics/engineers-in-novels-no-1-the-m....

“Engineers in Novels No. 2: A Single Pebble.” Blog Post. The Rock Ethics Institute Everyday Ethics. http://rockethics.psu.edu/everyday-ethics/engineers-in-novels-no-2-a-sin....

Journal Articles

2017

  • Tang, X.; Nieusma, D., 2017, "Contextualizing the Code: Ethical Support and Professional Interests in the Creation and Institutionalization of the 1974 IEEE Code of Ethics." Engineering Studies 9, no. 3, 166-194 - 166-194.

Presentations

  • "Codifying/CoDefining Ethics: Contextualizing Professional Code of Ethics in Engineering." 2018, Presented at 27th Annual International Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics,
  • "How Could Engineering Classrooms Incubate Entrepreneurial Mindset?." 2018, Presented at Symposium on the Growth of Excellent Teachers and Innovative Teaching and Learning,
  • "Contract and Performance: The Birth of IEEE Code of Ethics and Its Implications." 2018, Presented at Frontiers of Contemporary Philosophy of Science and Technology Lecture Series,
  • "General Education Reform in Large Public Research Universities." 2018, Presented at Salon on General Education,
  • "Engineering Ethics Education in the US: History, Theories, and Educational Practices." 2018, Presented at Philosophy of Science and Technology Salon,

Papers in Proceedings

2018

  • Tang, X.; Catchmark, J.; Mendieta, E.; Litzinger, T. "Creating Faculty Buy-In for Ethics-Across-the-Curriculum: Year One of Developing an Ethics Curriculum in an Undergraduate Biological Engineering Program." in ASEE Annual Conference. (6 2018).
  • Tang, X. "From ”Empathic Design” to ”Empathic Engineering”: Toward a Genealogy of Empathy in Engineering Education." in ASEE Annual Conference. (6 2018).