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The Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Ethics

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26.1560.1 - 26.1560.13



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Joseph R. Herkert Arizona State University

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Joseph R. Herkert, D.Sc., is Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology (Emeritus) in the School of Letters and Sciences and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University and Visiting Scholar at the Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State Univeristy. Herkert has been teaching engineering ethics and science, technology & society courses for more than twenty-five years. He is editor of Social, Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: Selected Readings (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2000) and co-editor of The Growing Gap between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem (Springer, 2011), and has published numerous articles on engineering ethics and societal implications of technology in engineering, law, social science, and applied ethics journals. Herkert previously served as Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and an Associate Editor of Engineering Studies. He is or has been an active leader in many professional organizations including the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, and the Engineering Ethics and Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Divisions of the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2005 Herkert received the Sterling Olmsted Award, the highest honor bestowed by LEES, for “making significant contributions in the teaching and administering of liberal education in engineering education.” Herkert is a Senior Member of IEEE and served a three-year term on the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Herkert received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate in Engineering & Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Frazier Benya National Academy of Engineering

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Frazier Benya is a Program Officer in the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES). She manages the projects run by CEES including the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work at the NAE has focused on ethics education for engineers and scientists; climate change, engineered systems, and society; energy ethics; and ethical and social issues with advancing military technologies. She received her Ph.D. in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and her M.A. in Bioethics, also from the University of Minnesota, in 2011. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the history of bioethics and scientific social responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s that led to the creation of the first federal bioethics commission in 1974. Her M.A. thesis analyzed different types of institutional methodologies for considering the social implications of science with a focus on those that integrate scientific research with ethics research in the United States and Canada.

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Karin Ellison Arizona State University

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Karin Ellison's research and teaching spans the disciplines of research ethics, ethics education development, and the history of American science and technology. Working with colleagues at the National Academy of Engineering and ASU, she is leading enhancement of Life and Environmental Science ethics education materials for the Online Ethics Center as part of a National Science Foundation sponsored project to improve the site. In the School of Life Sciences, she teaches core graduate courses in Responsible Conduct of Research.

Ellison also fosters graduate education at ASU through her positions as director of the Masters in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, executive director for the Biology and Society graduate programs, and a founding member of the university's interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.

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Rachelle D. Hollander National Academy of Engineering

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Rachelle Hollander directs the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which manages the NAE Online Ethics Center (, a widely used resource for engineering and research ethics education. She is principal investigator on a current National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project. For many years Dr. Hollander directed science and engineering ethics activities at NSF where she was instrumental in the development of the fields of research ethics and professional responsibility, engineering ethics, and ethics and risk management. She has written articles on applied ethics in numerous fields, and on science policy and citizen participation. Dr. Hollander is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received the Olmsted Award “for innovative contributions to the liberal arts within engineering education” from the ASEE Liberal Education Division in 2006. She received her doctorate in philosophy in 1979 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Kelly Laas Center for the Study of Ethics, Illinois Institute of Technology


Simil L Raghavan National Academy of Engineering

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Simil Raghavan is an associate program officer with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She has worked with both the diversity and ethics programs in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in Washington, DC since 2007, where she manages both the EngineerGirl website and the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Research. In her work at the NAE she has led redesigns of both of these websites and also coordinated numerous online events including competitions and focus groups. Simil received her PhD in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 where her PhD thesis focused on neural and vocal plasticity in primates.

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The Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and ScienceEthical and social justice concerns are integral to how science and engineering get done as wellas their consequences; ignoring them can undermine research efforts and the social institutionssustaining those efforts; as well as lead to unintended and undesirable outcomes. Most scientistsand engineers need resources and support to recognize and address the ethical implications oftheir work.This paper reports on progress to date on a project to expand the National Academy ofEngineering’s Online Ethics Center (OEC) to be the go-to online source for these criticalresources and support for ethics and ethics education in science and engineering. Collaborationwith the Ethics Education Library (EEL) of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professionsat the Illinois Institute of Technology provides access to a wider array of materials than will behoused in the OEC and promotes interactions with other repositories of ethics-relatedinformation. The OEC is redesigning and augmenting its resources to highlight ethical and socialjustice and other macro-ethical considerations associated with science and engineering such aspublic engagement, sustainability, and diversity.Content Working Groups in five areas focus on identifying and developing materials, and onreaching out to and meeting the needs of their communities. The Content Working Groups are: • Engineering • Life & Environmental Sciences • Research Ethics • Computer, Mathematics, & Physical Sciences • Social, Behavioral, and Economic SciencesThis paper focuses on the work of the Engineering and Life & Environmental Science workinggroups. Since the OEC historically focused on Engineering Ethics, the task of the EngineeringEthics Working Group is primarily to review existing materials and identify gaps and areas thatneed improvement. The Life and Environmental Science Working Group, in collaboration withArizona State University, in addition to reviewing existing website materials, is developing newmaterials in these fields. The paper will also discuss opportunities for participation in the projectby ASEE members (e.g. by submitting or reviewing website materials).

Herkert, J. R., & Benya, F., & Ellison, K., & Hollander, R. D., & Laas, K., & Raghavan, S. L. (2015, June), The Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24897

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