Engineering Education and Accessibility Rights

We engage UConn faculty who have in-depth knowledge of human factors intrinsic to engineering projects together in collaborative research and teaching with faculty in other disciplines such as sociology, political science, and geography. Together, we create projects and products to improve livelihoods and reduce environmental impact globally. We engage companies conducting engineering operations and work with impacted communities, supporting business development and innovation worldwide. Key faculty include:

Affiliated Faculty


Shareen Hertel (Political Science and Human Rights)

Laura Mauldin (Human Development and Family Studies, and WGSS)

Sandra Sirota (Human Rights and Education)

Arash Zaghi (Civil and Environmental Engineering)


Mauldin, Laura. (2019). “Don’t look at it as a miracle cure: Contested notions of success and failure in family narratives of pediatric cochlear implantation.Social Science and Medicine.Vol 228:117-25.

Burkey, Daniel D., and Michael F. Young. (2017). Work-in-Progress: A Cards Against Humanity’-style Card Game for In-creasing Engineering Students’ Awareness of Ethical Issues in the Profession. ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.  American Society for Engineering Education.   Link.

Shareen Hertel and Allison MacKay. (2016). Engineering and Human Rights: Teaching Across the Divide,” Business and Human Rights Journal 1.

Shareen Hertel and Allison MacKay, (2016). Engineering and Human Rights: Teaching Across the Divide,” Business and Human Rights Journal 1, 1 (January 2016): 159-164.

Mauldin, Laura. (2016).Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Mauldin, Laura. (2014). Precarious plasticity: Neuropolitics, cochlear implants, and the redefinition of deafness. Science, Technology and Human Values.39(1):130-53.

Mauldin, Laura. (2012). Parents of deaf children with cochlear implants: a study of technology and community.Sociology of Health & Illness.34(5):1-15.

Mauldin, Laura. (2011). Cochlear implants & the mediated classroom-clinic: communication technologies and co-operations across multiple industries.Disability Studies Quarterly.Volume 31 (4)