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Identifying Core Engineering Virtues: Relating Competency and vVrtue to Professional Codes of Ethics

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Technological and Engineering Literacy-Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhe) Division Technical Session 3 / Perspectives on Advances in Promoting Technological Literacy

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Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering

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Stephen T. Frezza Gannon University Orcid 16x16

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Deacon Steve Frezza, PSEM is a professor of Software Engineering and chair of the Computer and Information Science department at Gannon University in Erie, PA. His research interests include Global Software Engineering, Affective Domain Learning, Engineering Education Research, as well as Philosophy of Engineering and Engineering Education. He is regularly involved in supporting the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as projects that serve the regional community. He is an active member and volunteer for both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He has published numerous conference papers and journal articles on innovations in Software Engineering curriculum development and Philosophy of Engineering & Computing.

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Justin Michael Greenly Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Associate Professor of Engineering, Franciscan University of Steubenville
PhD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, 2014
MS, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, 2012
BS, Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2008

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This work focuses on a single question: “Which virtues are better to emphasize in the formation of engineering and computing professionals?” This examination attempts to bridge what the profession(s) assert to be good (codes of ethics) to observable virtues/dispositions that can be connected to student formation. This paper presents an application of virtue ethics and using virtues as a means of connecting ethical considerations expected of engineering and computing professionals to competency. It lays out the case for connecting virtue to competency, presents a collection of operational definitions for various virtues and then explores a collection of engineering and computing codes of ethics as a means of identifying virtues and dispositions necessary to engineering and computing competence.

Frezza, S. T., & Greenly, J. M. (2021, July), Identifying Core Engineering Virtues: Relating Competency and vVrtue to Professional Codes of Ethics Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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