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This workshop is designed to help engineering and other faculty, who are new to teaching ethics, to use the National Academy of Engineering's OEC (Online Ethics Center) as a tool and resource for incorporating ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) into their courses. The OEC is the primary go-to online source for critical resources and support for ethics and ethics education in science and engineering. The recent OEC redesign has augmented its resources so that ethical and societal considerations associated with science and engineering can be incorporated into the work of practicing engineers and scientists; to inform faculty teaching and course development; and be used broadly by undergraduate and graduate students.
As science and engineering practices become more multidisciplinary, global, and complex, considerations of responsible courses of action must be informed by questions both ethical ("Should this be done?" "Who should determine whether this should be done?"), and practical ("Can this be done?"). The 2018-19 ABET student outcomes criteria require that students have (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability concerns; (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. Engineering faculty need resources and support to address these criteria; to recognize the ethical implications of their work; and to help their students to understand and reflect on the ethical challenges of engineering practice.
As a teaching tool, the OEC content offers faculty a way to provide their students with a working understanding of engineering ethics and the responsible conduct of research, thereby cultivating greater integrity and responsibility among future engineers. Participants in this workshop will leave with knowledge of how to use the OEC to find content for bringing ethics and RCR into their courses. Workshop participants will be encouraged to provide feedback on how the OEC might further support their instructional needs.
Rosalyn W. Berne, PhD serves as the National Academy of Engineering’s Director for the Center of Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES). As CEES’ Director she currently working on various projects with concern for ethics, such as ‘Ethics and Marine Plastic Pollution Reduction’; ‘Ethics and the Engineering Grand Challenges’; ‘Social Responsibility of Engineers;’ and ‘Responsible Conduct of Research.’ She also oversees the CEES Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science. As Associate Professor of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, R. Berne teaches undergraduate courses in Social and Ethical Implications of The Engineering Grand Challenges, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies, and graduate seminar in The Responsible Conduct of Research. As a scholar she explores the intersecting realms of emerging technologies, science, fiction and myth, and the links between the human and non-human worlds. Her academic research and writing consider ethics in emerging technologies, and ethics instruction in engineering education, with two academic books, numerous conference papers and journal articles, and a science fiction novel published under her name. She has also published award-winning books in the body-mind-spirit genre.
Kelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her eleven years at the Center, she has supervised a number of projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Ethics Codes Collection. She is currently collaborating with the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society in developing bibliographies and other materials for the Online Ethics Center, as well as developing the Ethics Education Library, an online database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and best practices of how to integrate ethics into existing technical courses and workshops. Along with coordinating the Center's funded projects, Ms. Laas also collaborates with Illinois Tech faculty in engineering, science, the social sciences and business schools to help integrate ethics into existing courses. She received her MLS in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association.
Dr. Michael Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously professor of electrical and computer engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. Professor Loui was associate dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000 and directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation in 1990–1991. He is currently on the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research and was editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017. He is a Carnegie Scholar, IEEE fellow, and ASEE fellow. He earned his BS in mathematics and computer science at Yale, and his MS in electrical engineering and PhD in computer science at MIT.