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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

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 for sustainability

Thursday, 20 January ’22   3pm – 5pm SEFI acknowledges the importance of bringing to the attention of engineering students themes related to sustainable development. The seminar explores innovative approaches to implementing and teaching sustainability in the engineering curriculum. Speakers:Aida…

SEFI Engineering Ethics SIG Spring School 2022

Engineering ethics education and social justice: synthesis and growth 31st March and 1st April 2022 in Leysin, Switzerland Registration details: There is no registration fee for the Spring School. Participants will pay only their accommodation costs. Registrations will open soon.  (Some sessions will also be…

SEFI@Work: Workshop: Responsible Research and Innovation in Engineering Education

17 May, 8-10am EST / 2-4pm CET Few would argue with the idea that societies need engineers to design and build technologies which help to solve societal challenges on the one hand and are inclusive, ethical, and without unexpected negative…

(Water) ethics should be like water: soft, flexible and impactful

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in the sixth century B.C. wrote: There is nothing softer and weaker than water,And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things.For this reason there is no substitute for it.All the world…

Why Engineers should care about Water Ethics

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada We live in a time of water crisis. One in ten people survive without access to safe water. One child every two minutes dies from water and sanitation-related illnesses. From floods…

Anupam Mishra, 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 The “Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity” (Mitchel, 2002) describes how Egypt…

A Water Ethics Framework for Engineers

David Groenfeldt, Director Water-Culture Institute & University of New Mexico in the US At the risk of oversimplifying the complexities of water ethics, this essay lays out an approach that engineers (and also non-engineers) can use to identify ethical dilemmas…

Water Cooperation Quotient- An Engineering Perspective

Ilmas Futehally, Executive Director Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai, India Any two countries engaged in active water cooperation do not go to war for any reason. This is the conclusion of the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) after analysing 286 shared river…

Creating space for ethical discussion in environmental engineering education

Sarah Cotterill, University College Dublin, Ireland There is no uniquely correct solution to most engineering problems, but some solutions are preferable to others. Engineering ethics can help us to recognize these. Ethics is one of the cornerstones of the engineering…

Urban water provision; Engineering considerations and Ethical [Framings]

Edmond Byrne, University College Cork, Ireland A decade ago, I published a paper on “Teaching engineering ethics with sustainability as context” (Byrne, 2012), reflecting on what Herkert (2000) had previously identified as “the traditional preoccupation of engineering ethics with specific…

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