Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers

Project Status
In Progress
June 27, 2017
Sponsor
National Science Foundation
Final Report
Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers:
Authoring InstitutionCarl Anderson, Rapporteur; Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society; National Academy of Engineering
Publication DateJune 27, 2017
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At-a-Glance
This project convened current and emerging leaders in ethics and engineering who are working to improve the ethical development of engineering students at a workshop.
Key Contacts
  • Frazier Benya
    Program Officer, Center for Engineering Ethics and Society
    National Academy of Engineering
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    202-334-3087

This project convened current and emerging leaders in ethics and engineering who are working to improve the ethical development of engineering students at a workshop to (1) share their work, experiences, and lessons learned; (2) discuss strategies for overcoming institutional and cultural challenges; and (3) develop plans and collaborations for advancing efforts to infuse ethics into the development of engineers. Recent research on instructional and cultural challenges for infusing ethics in engineering instruction has begun to identify issues, suggest strategies, and test approaches to changing institutional culture. In addition, scholars who have worked to infuse ethics have invaluable lessons to share from their experiences.

At the workshop, practicing engineers, engineering educators, and engineering ethics scholars had both informal and guided opportunities to strategize and develop plans for incorporating ethics in engineering curricula. The information, expertise, mentoring, and facilitated discussions and collaboration at the workshop aimed to help attendees advance their work and develop effective plans for their own institutions.

Ultimately, these attendees will form the basis for a cohort of leaders and agents of change across the United States. The workshop was held on January 11-12, 2017. Video and presentations from the workshop are available on the event page. A workshop proceedings will be released by end of June 2017.