Juan C. Lucena

Professor, Engineering, Design, & Society
Co-Director, Humanitarian Engineering

Juan LucenaJuan obtained a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech and a MS in STS and two BS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from RPI. His books represent an intellectual trajectory of a fundamental research question: how have politics and culture shaped the answers to the question ‘what is engineering for?’ In the 1990s, he researched how globalization influenced engineering under a NSF CAREER Award titled An Ethnography of Globalization and Engineers in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. He has also been PI in projects such as Building the Global Engineer; Enhancing Engineering Education through Humanitarian Ethics; and Engineering and Social Justice. Juan has served as member of key advising groups such as NSF/Sigma Xi Committee on Globally Engaged S&E Workforce, NAE’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society and the IEEE Global Humanitarian Award. He has directed the Science, Technology, and Globalization Program at Embry-Riddle and the McBride Honors Program at CSM. He has been Boeing Senior Fellow in Engineering Education at the NAE and co-editor of the journal Engineering Studies.


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Courses Taught

  • LAIS 375 Engineering Cultures
  • Engineering Cultures in the Developing World
  • Humanitarian Engineering
  • Technology and Socio-Economic Change
  • Evolution of Scientific Thought


Juan has been Principal Investigator in a number of NSF-funded research and curriculum development projects, including Global Engineers: Ethnography of Globalization in Engineering Education, Hiring, Practices, and Designs, aimed at researching the impact of globalization on engineering in three continents, and Enhancing Engineering Education through Humanitarian Ethics, focused on researching and developing curricula at the intersection between ‘humanitarianism’ and ‘engineering ethics. He has been co-PI in a number of research projects aimed at researching and developing the cultural and humanitarian dimensions of engineering education and practice, including Engineers and the Metrics of Progress, a comparative ethnographic and historical research and analysis that explores relationships between engineers and national identity. He is author of Defending the Nation: U.S. Policymaking in Science and Engineering Education from Sputnik to the War against Terrorism (University Press of America 2005) and co-developer of Engineering Cultures® multimedia courseware (with Gary Downey, Virginia Tech).