Learning and Teaching Ethics in Engineering
Since fall 2014, the Rock Ethics Institute and the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education have been working together to launch a new series of initiatives in engineering ethics education, including surveying engineering program coordinators and faculty to understand needs for ethics education at both undergraduate and graduate levels, organizing an ethics workshop for Penn State graduate students who participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), and submitting a grant proposal to the NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM program.
From 2002 to 2010, the Rock Ethics Institute partnered with the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education to offer eight “Learning and Teaching Ethics in Engineering” workshops. These workshops provided engineering faculty with intensive training in basic concepts of ethics and strategies for developing curricular materials in order to integrate ethical issues into engineering courses. Such course development enabled engineering students to use better moral reasoning skills and provided them with a basis for identifying and responding to ethical issues in their professional lives. Workshop participants included engineering faculty members from nine different departments: Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.