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Engineering Ethics

I am passionate about the social role of engineers in our society.  Since the Fall 2015 term, I have been teaching EAS 203: Engineering Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Course Description: In this course, students will study the social, political, environmental and economic context of engineering practice. Students will develop an analytical toolkit to identify and address ethical challenges and opportunities in the engineering profession, including studies of risk and safety, professional responsibility, and global perspectives. The course will begin with a foundation in the history of engineering practice and major Western ethical and philosophical theories. Students will then apply this material to both historical case studies, such as Bhopal, the NASA Shuttle Program, and Three Mile Island, as well as contemporary issues in big data, artificial intelligence, and diversity within the profession. Students will consider how engineers, as well as governments, the media, and other stakeholders, address such issues.

Teaching Experience

University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science

• Lecturer, Engineering Ethics, EAS 203, Fall 2015 – Present

• Instructor, Bioengineering Senior Thesis, BE 497-498, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

• Teaching Assistant, Engineering Ethics, EAS 203, Matthew Hersch, Spring 2015

• Guest Speaker on “Recognizing and Managing Bias in Scientific Research,” Bioengineering Senior Design, BE 496, Susan Margulies and Michael Rizk, Spring 2017 and Spring 2018

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science Department

• Co-Advisor, Science, Technology & Society Independent Study, Spring 2016

• Instructor, Technology and Society, STSC 003, Summer 2014

• Instructor, Emergence of Modern Science, STSC 001, Summer 2013 and Summer 2015

• Teaching Assistant, Health and Societies: Global Perspectives, HSOC 010, David Barnes, Spring 2011

• Teaching Assistant, The Information Age, STSC 160, Nathan Ensmenger, Fall 2009

• Guest Speaker on “Space & Place in Cold War Science,” Cold War Technology and Knowledge, Graduate Research Seminar, HSS 661, M. Susan Lindee, Fall 2013

• Guest Speaker on “The Associated Press as an Information Technology,” The Information Age, STSC 160, Nathan Ensmenger, Fall 2009