Pathway 2

Technology and a human hand.

Integrate Humanity & Technology

From health-related inquiry to the social sciences and humanities, CWRU uses technology to deepen and enrich the disciplines, always keeping the human element at the center. Championing excellence in technology to improve humanity is one of CWRU’s strengths and differentiators. Building upon this will allow us to better address social problems and achieve new levels of understanding, but will also raise ethical and philosophical questions about what it means to be human today. CWRU must be at the forefront of examining how technology and people are connecting. We must do so by unleashing our campus’ creativity across all disciplines, while catapulting our research, teaching and learning in the process.

Our Goal

Goal: Define the next level of understanding and knowledge creation at the intersection of humanity and technology.

Pathway Leaders

Pathway Leaders serve two roles: they advise the provost to advance the work of the pathway, and they serve as liaisons to the university community to discuss, gather ideas, and better understand how everyone can engage with the Think Big strategic plan.

Headshot of Mark Griswold
Headshot of Maggie Popkin

Pathway Leaders for Pathway 2 are: Mark Griswold, professor of radiology, and Maggie Popkin, Robson Junior Professor and associate professor of art history.

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Objectives Desired Outcomes Measures
2-1: Research
Pursue a highly competitive portfolio in human-tech research
  • To gain international prominence as a leading university
  • To push the boundaries of knowledge at the intersection of the study of humanity and technology
  • To create a unique definition and bring together researchers from across disciplines to create new knowledge
  • To improve people’s lives and solve the most pressing issues of the 21st century through an ethical and equitable lens
  • Increase the number of faculty contributing to human-tech, as measured by an increase in number of presentations, workshops, articles and grants on human-tech topics
  • Increase the number of disciplines engaged in and represented in human-tech topics
  • Increase the amount of positive media attention on human-tech innovations at CWRU
2-2: Education
Provide opportunities and experiences for students to advance their understanding of societal implications at the intersection of humanity and technology
  • To demonstrate a deep understanding of the symbiosis between humanity and technology through student capstone projects, theses and dissertations
  • To provide all undergraduates with a firm understanding of the human-tech intersection (philosophically and practically) including the role that technology plays in an equitable and diverse society
  • Increase the number of courses, out-of-classroom experiences
  • Increase internships/job placements in human-tech areas
  • Increase dissertations in all disciplines exploring the humanity and technology interface
  • Enhance student learning about the interplay of human-tech topics with an emphasis on the ethical and equitable implications in society
2-3: Infrastructure
Create and deploy a robust and financially sustainable digital learning and research infrastructure
  • To become a model for identifying, building and deploying tools and support structures that enable new types of learning and scholarship across the physical and digital domain
  • Increase faculty use of research computing and cyber infrastructure
  • Increase the availability of digitally-enhanced courses
  • Increase faculty, staff and student satisfaction with digital research resources

Pathway 2 in Action

Ian Charnas, director of innovation and technology at think[box] holds a face shield.
CWRU teams with Nottingham Spirk, Penn State Behrend to create COVID-19 face shields
A blue image with dots forming a wave
Weatherhead’s Youngjin Yoo helps spearhead a hackathon aimed at mitigating COVID-19
Microscopic COVID-19
Engineering’s Ye and Loparo bring their COVID-19 tool to the testing stage
A person using HoloLens technology to view human bodies.
Director Mark Griswold and first-year Kevin Zhai talk about anatomy class with HoloLens