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Work in Progress: Organizational Culture and Engineers’ Moral Values Across Industry Sectors: Study Overview

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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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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Industrial, Professional, and Practical Contexts of Engineering Ethics

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Engineering Ethics

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Dayoung Kim Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dayoung Kim is a Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her current research interest centers on engineering ethics and social responsibility, and she is specifically interested in cultural influences on engineers’ moral formation. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea) in 2017 and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University (West Lafayette, USA) in 2021.

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Brent K. Jesiek Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Brent K. Jesiek is an Associate Professor in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He also leads the Global Engineering Education Collaboratory (GEEC) research group, and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award to study boundary-spanning roles and competencies among early career engineers. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech. Dr. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, and historical variations in engineering education and practice.

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Michael C. Loui University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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Now retired, Michael C. Loui held the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education at Purdue University from 2014 to 2019. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has conducted research in computational complexity theory, in professional ethics, and in engineering education. He is a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. Professor Loui was the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017 and the executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and the B.S. at Yale University in 1975.

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Chuck Huff

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Current engineering ethics pedagogies are limited because they primarily focus on teaching reasoning skills. To promote the professional development of engineers beyond ethical reasoning, engineering educators need fundamental knowledge about engineers’ moral formation. To investigate engineers’ moral formation, the first author has begun a dissertation project that has three parts. The first part is a mixed-methods study of the influence of organizational culture on the moral formation of practicing engineers. The second part is a similar mixed-methods study of engineering students. The third part is an educational intervention whose content will be informed by the results of the first two parts. This work-in-progress paper describes the dissertation project, with specific details about the quantitative phase of the first mixed-methods study.

Kim, D., & Jesiek, B. K., & Loui, M. C., & Huff, C. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Organizational Culture and Engineers’ Moral Values Across Industry Sectors: Study Overview Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38187

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