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Rock Ethics Institute, Leonhard Center discusses ethics-across-the-curriculum program at national conference

The workshop, “Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers,” was held from January 10 – 12, 2017 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Eduardo Mendieta, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Jeffrey M. Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a Rock Ethics Institute faculty fellow, and Tom Litzinger, director of the Leonhard Center and professor of mechanical engineering, shared their ongoing development of an ethics-across-the-curriculum program for the undergraduate biological engineering major at Penn State. This project also seeks to create a model for implementing ethics-related curriculum changes that can be emulated in other engineering departments.
by Rob Peeler Jan 16, 2017

Pictured: Eduardo Mendieta, Jeff Catchmark, Denver Tang, and Tom LitzingerThe National Academy of Engineering invited the Rock Ethics Institute and the Leonhard Center to the academy’s Ethics & Society workshop to discuss the teams on-going joint ethics-across-the-curriculum project.

The workshop, “Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers,” was held from January 10 – 12, 2017 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC. Eduardo Mendieta, associate director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Jeffrey M. Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering and a Rock Ethics Institute faculty fellow, Denver Tang postdoctoral fellow in the Rock Ethics Institute and the Leonhard Center, and Tom Litzinger, director of the Leonhard Center and professor of mechanical engineering, shared their ongoing development of an ethics-across-the-curriculum program for the undergraduate biological engineering major at Penn State. This project also seeks to create a model for implementing ethics-related curriculum changes that can be emulated in other engineering departments.  

The National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics & Society (CEES) organized this workshop to “convene current and emerging leaders in ethics and engineering who are working to improve the ethical development of engineering students.”

This project received funding support from the Rock Ethics Institute and the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education. This decade-long collaboration between the two organizations has helped engineering faculty integrate ethical inquiry into engineering teaching and learning. This partnership was recognized in 2016 by the National Academy of Engineering as a national Exemplar for the joint effort to create a community of ethics educators in Penn State’s College of Engineering.