Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers

Areas of Interest:

Education, Ethics

Project Type:


Latest Update: May 18, 2016
Primary Contact: Frazier Benya

This project will convene 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 will have 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 will 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 will be held in January 2017.

Project Status
In Progress
Project Sponsor

National Science Foundation