Why STEM Needs the Arts and Humanities
Education and Industry in the 21st Century
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Eric Berridge co-founded Bluewolf, an IBM Company, in December 2000 to re-define software consulting. Mr. Berridge has applied his passion for the humanities over the past 17 years to pioneer a cloud consulting practice with less than 10 percent of employees holding engineering or computer science degrees. He believes that as sophisticated technology becomes more accessible and easier to develop, arts and humanities education provides skills and habits of mind that are essential to the success of businesses everywhere. Mr. Berridge received his MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance from New York University and a BA in English from UC Berkeley.
Dr. David C. Munson Jr. became Rochester Institute of Technology’s 10th president in 2017. As RIT’s president, Dr. Munson is responsible for one of the nation’s leading creative and innovative universities that leverages the power of technology, the arts, and design for the greater good. Dr. Munson has nearly 40 years of experience in higher education, which includes serving as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2006 to 2016. Dr. Munson serves on several boards, including: The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, George Eastman Museum, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Permanent.org, Rochester Area Colleges, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Regional Health, RIT Croatia, and the Sustainable Manufacturing Innovation Alliance.
Dr. Amanda Roth is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Geneseo. Her main academic interests include moral & political philosophy, feminist philosophy, bioethics, and gender & sexuality. She regularly teaches courses on ethics, political philosophy, bioethics, introduction to women’s and gender studies, gender & sexuality, feminist theory. Much of her teaching emphasizes the need for deliberate and informed application of values and ethics in decision and policy-making in STEM fields.