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Engineering Education needs to address both current and future economic, social and environmental challenges. An understanding of ethics, ethical decision making and responsibilities becomes a necessary tool for the global engineer, which helps support his/her day-to-day activities, as well as international policy making.

Objectives

  • Establish a network of educators and practicing engineers who want to develop ethics education
  • Stimulate discussion, opinion formation and decision making about the needs and opportunities for ethics in the engineering curricula
  • Share experiences, practices, developments and teaching resources in ethics and ethical leadership education

Activities

  • Organisation of themed workshops at the SEFI Annual Conference
  • Organisation of themed workshops or seminars during the whole year
  • Joint research and publications in the field of Engineering Ethics Education
  • Reporting on congresses, conferences or different meetings that take place all over the world, related to the ethics of engineering and engineering ethics education
  • Preparation the SEFI Ethics Special Interest Group Newsletter

SEFI Ethics Editorials

Sustainability should become our new religion – Aleksandra Evtimova and Simona Eichkorn (TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands)

Advances towards Embedding Sustainable Development in Engineering Degrees, a case at the University of the Basque Country – Zaloa Aginako, Teresa Guraya (School of Engineering of Bilbao, Spain)

Students need non-technical competences and holistic learning for sustainability success – Una Beagon (TU Dublin, Ireland) and Klara Kövesi (ENSTA Bretagne, France)

Siemens Skills for Sustainability Network – How can industry play their part in developing engineering students with skills for sustainability? – Jennifer Bradford, Siemens

Sustainability as a university top priority starts with students making it their personal priority Fionn Rogan (University College Cork, Ireland)

What can mindfulness offer to engineering education for sustainable development? Ana M. Gómez Olmedo (ESIC University)

Understanding students’ engament and agentic behavior towards sustainability in a PBL environmentAida Guerra, Aalborg University, Denmark

From apathy to empathy: A journey in understating students’ engagement in issues of sustainability– Natalie Wint (Swansea University, UK)

Navigating the complex landscape of sustainable engineering design: Skills and mindsets over methods and tools– Jordan Nickel, Rob Duimering, Ada Hurst (Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)

Teachers’ pedagogical support for sustainability integration – Paula Schönach, Meeri Karvinen, Noora Jaakkola (Aalto University, Finland)

How Do You Create Passion And Potential To Contribute To A Safe And Just World? Dr Jonathan Truslove, Education Lead, Engineers Without Borders UK 

Redefining the “dominated” power position in global engineering and in globalization studies in engineering education Esther Matemba (Curtin University, Australia)

More Intercultural Ethics of TechnologyAlessio Gerola (Wageningen University, The Netherlands )

Broadening Western engineering ethics with religious and cultural values from different parts of the World – Balamuralithara Balakrishnan (Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia)

Engineering Ethics Education: An Indian PerspectiveSatya Sundar Sethy (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India)

Ethics in Engineering Education. Case study of mining in South AfricaMalebogo Ngoepe, Corrinne Shaw, Kate le Roux and Brandon Collier-Reed (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Developing students’ understanding of context through a humanities-informed engineering course Kirsten A. Davis, Siddhant S. Joshi, Lori Czerwionka, Gabriel Rios Rojas, Francisco J. Montalvo Purdue University, USA

Engineering Education and Practice: Assessing the State of the Art Rana Tallal Javed (Ibtidah Solutions and University of Oslo, Norway), Junaid Qadir (Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)

Urban water provision; Engineering considerations and Ethical [Framings,] – Edmond Byrne, University College Cork, Ireland

Rethinking Success and Failure in Community-Oriented Engineering – Ben Pauli, Kettering University, USA

TEK and the Challenge of a “Broad” Water Ethics – Ricki Levi, Jindal School of Environment and Sustainability, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India; Daniel Mishori, Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Why Engineers should care about Water EthicsIngrid Leman Stefanovic, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada

A Water Ethics Framework for Engineers – David Groenfeldt, Director Water-Culture Institute & University of New Mexico in the US

Water Cooperation Quotient- An Engineering Perspective – Ilmas Futehally, Executive Director Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai, India

Creating space for ethical discussion in environmental engineering education – Sarah Cotterill, University College Dublin, Ireland

Engineering Ethics in Romania: an anemia diagnosisMircea Toboșaru, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Department of Teacher Education and Social Sciences Engineering Ethics in Romania

Engineering ethics education: insights from Spain and PortugalLuis Adriano Oliveira, Ester Gimenez Carbó and Alfredo Soeiro

Ethics for Comprehensive Engineers: A Retrospective and Prospective Sketch of TU Delft’s Engineering Ethics EducationNeelke Doorn, Lavinia Marin, Sabine Roeser, Taylor Stone, Janna van Grunsven

The place of ethics in the French engineering school accreditationYann Serreau, Campus d’enseignement supérieur et de formation professionnelle, CESI, France
Check Your Tech: A European Perspective on the Teaching of Ethics to Computer Science StudentsDympna O’Sullivan, Damian Gordon, Ioannis Stavrakakis (TU Dublin)

SEFI Ethics Newsletters

 CO-CHAIRS

Roland Tormey

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPLF
Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Manfred Hampe

Technische Universitat Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany

Latest news

SEFI@Work: Engineering Education Leaders’ Vision on the Role and Prospects of Ethics

Wednesday 22 June, 9-11 am EST/ 3-5pm CET How can ethics be integrated in a meaningful and systematic manner in the engineering curriculum? Can ethics be part of the identity of an engineering institution, and if yes, how? What form…

The sustainability transition enforces a transition of engineering education for students, teachers, universities and their eco-systems

Sustainability is a very, very fundamental value in our current society. For us, therefore it is no wonder that students themselves plea that we “must work together and be united by a great cause. This cause is sustainability. Sustainability should become…

How Do You Create Passion And Potential To Contribute To A Safe And Just World?

Dr Jonathan Truslove, Education Lead, Engineers Without Borders UKWebsite: https://www.ewb-uk.org/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-truslove/ At Engineers Without Borders UK, we believe that with a different approach, the engineering community has the power to rapidly transform our world for the better. By bringing together thousands of…

Teachers’ pedagogical support for sustainability integration

Paula Schönach, Meeri Karvinen, Noora Jaakkola – Aalto University, Finland Sustainability is a hot topic on universities’ agendas. This manifests in the emergence of institution-wide sustainability actions reaching from increasing sustainability awareness to research agendas, campus operations, outreach activities and…

Navigating the complex landscape of sustainable engineering design: Skills and mindsets over methods and tools

Jordan Nickel, Rob Duimering, Ada Hurst – Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Sustainability and sustainable design have been a part of design discourse for over three decades, yet many engineering designs today remain unsustainable. Sustainability concepts…

From apathy to empathy: A journey in understating students’ engagement in issues of sustainability

Natalie Wint, Swansea University, The UK For the last two years I have been teaching a module which involves sustainable, human centered design work. The reaction of students to the course has been variable but is generally consistent with the…

Understanding students’ engament and agentic behavior towards sustainability in a PBL environment.

Aida Guerra, Aalborg University, Denmark My research interest in Education for Sustainable Development and Problem Based Learning (PBL) started in my master degree and “got rooted” during my PhD studies on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development and PBL. It is…

What can mindfulness offer to engineering education for sustainable development?

Ana M. Gómez Olmedo, ESIC University The education for sustainable development demands a rapid shift in the engineering education curriculum so that students are better equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to address sustainability challenges. However, engineering education for…

Sustainability as a university top priority starts with students making it their personal priority

Fionn Rogan, University College Cork, Ireland How does a university make sustainability a top priority? In the case of University College Cork (UCC) it started with students making it their personal priority and it grew from there. According to the…

Sustainability as the new religion

Aleksandra Evtimova, Simona Eichkorn, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands Marlieke Blankendaal, Simona Eichkorn, Aleksandra Evtimova, Colette Keurentjes, Ida Kuresevic, Kathinka Umbach are students in the Decision-Under-Risk-and-Uncertainty (DURU) course. They write about their experience in this course.  Sustainability has been a hot…

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