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2020 Annual Conference
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Educating engineers about the social and ethical implications of energy choices, the engineering of energy systems, and the interactions between climate change and engineered systems can improve how engineers seek to solve the challenges of energy and climate change. The problems of energy development and climate change are two large-scale social problems that have numerous social implications and thus are ideal cases for teaching engineers about social implications considerations.
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 and assists with the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Research website. Her work at the NAE has focused on three areas in particular, education on climate change, engineered systems, and society; energy ethics education in science and engineering; 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. work 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. During graduate school she worked on a project to create an online bioethics resource website, EthicShare.org, which indexed resources from multiple databases.
Rachelle Hollander directs the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES). CEES manages the NAE Online Ethics Center (www.onlineethics.org). For many years Dr. Hollander directed the science and engineering ethics activities at the National Science Foundation. In 2006, Dr. Hollander received the Olmsted Award “for innovative contributions to the liberal arts within engineering education” from the American Society of Engineering Education’s Liberal Education Division. Dr. Hollander is a Fellow of the AAAS and currently a member of the Governing Board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. She has been instrumental in the development of the fields of research ethics and professional responsibility, engineering ethics, and ethics and risk management and is currently principal investigator on two NSF-funded projects.
Joseph R. Herkert, D.Sc., is Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology in the School of Letters and Sciences and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University. Herkert has been teaching engineering ethics and science, technology, and society courses for twenty five years. He is Co-Editor of The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: the Pacing Problem (Springer, 2011), Editor of Social, Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: Selected Readings (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2000) and has published numerous articles on engineering ethics and societal implications of technology in engineering, law, social science, and applied ethics journals. Current projects include ethical and legal issues related to emerging technologies, integrating micro- and macroethics in graduate science and engineering education, and societal implications of the smart grid. Herkert previously served as Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, published by the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has also served as SSIT President (1995-1996) and is currently a member of the SSIT Board of Governors. In 2007 he was the first recipient of the SSIT Distinguished Service Award. Herkert is a Senior Member of IEEE and recently completed a three-year term on the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. He is a Distinguished Life Member of the Executive Board of the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, an Associate Editor of the journal Engineering Studies, a Board Member of the Engineering Ethics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Past-Chair of the Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Division of ASEE. 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 received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate in Engineering & Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a former registered professional engineer with more than five years experience as a consultant in the electric power industry.
Deborah G. Johnson is Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics and chair of Science, Technology, and Society in the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is a philosopher specializing in practical and professional ethics. She focuses in particular on ethical and policy issues surrounding technology, and especially the ethical and policy issues surrounding computer and information technology.
Prior to joining the University of Virginia faculty, Dr. Johnson spent three years at Georgia Tech and 20 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is the author/editor of four books and over 40 published papers. Among the four books is the popular textbook Computer Ethics, which is now in its third edition and has been translated into Spanish and will soon be published in Japanese. She co-edits the journal Ethics and Information Technology, published by Kluwer, and also co-edits a book series on Women, Gender, and Technology with S. Rosser and M.F. Fox for University of Illinois Press. Active in professional organizations, Professor Johnson recently completed a term as president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology and took on the presidency of a new professional society, the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT).
Kristin Wobbe is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She has been a member of the WPI faculty and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department since 1995. She served as Head of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department from 2007-2011, and Associate Dean for the First Year from 2009-2011.
Her research originally focused on the interactions between pathogens and their host organisms, working on the strategies developed by pathogens to evade host defense mechanisms. She has also participated in research on the study of the plant-based production of artemisinin, a potent anti-malarial treatment in short supply.
She is the recipient of the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, and a founding instructor in the Great Problems Seminars program. Dr. Wobbe received her B.A. in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University. She conducted post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, and Rutgers University as the recipient of an NSF Plant Molecular Biology Fellowship.
Chad Monfreda is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO). His research investigates knowledge and decision-making in the context of emerging markets for environmental services, with a focus on the commodification of forest carbon offsets in Chiapas and California as part of the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF). He is particularly interested in deepening our understanding of market-making as a form of environmental governance through the setting of technical and environmental standards in the measurement, reporting and verification systems for REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Prior to joining CSPO, he worked in Montpellier, France on a series of worldwide consultations toward an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB). His involvement in high-level environmental negotiations continues as a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), the unique and well-respected reporting service housed at the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In 2007, Chad earned a master’s degree in environment & resources from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), where he produced a new generation of global crop maps.