Join us for our panel, “A Conversation with Practicing Engineers about Cases and Challenges in Professional Responsibility”.

Co-chairs of the APPE STEM SIS Laura Grossenbacher and Jason Borenstein have been working toward a panel of local engineers to talk about ethics during the APPE Conference on the afternoon of Friday, March 2, in the last session of the day.

We solicited suggestions for panelists from several members of the STEM SIS, and we reached out to a variety of engineers who would make interesting panelists.The academics and practitioners who normally attend APPE have a genuine interest in applied ethics, and it is helpful when they can hear from engineers who have a range of experience with ethical issues during the course of their career.

Regarding the format, there will likely be four panelists; each of whom will speak for approximately 10-15 minutes and then Q&A will follow.  We have identified the panelists; they are people who represent a range of different disciplines and a variety of engineering firms, both public and private.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • Brenton L. Cox, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Engineer – Thermal Sciences Practice, Warrenville, Illinois
  • Howard Wolfman, P.E., the IEEE-SSIT Treasurer, Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Kevin Kirsch, P.E., Water Resources Engineer, Wisconsin DNR (Madison, WI)
  • Katherine Neshek, Chemical Engineering grad from UW-Madison and Food Process Engineer, Greater Chicago area.

Some broad talking points for the panelists are below; we are working with the panelists to refine the specific focus of their talk, as a way to ensure they provide us with focused and specific stories that show a range of different ethical challenges and experiences:

  1. What do you wish you had known in grad school or in your first job about ethics?  What do you think future engineers need to know about ethics to help them with professional decision-making?
  2. Describe an important mentor or an important decision in your early career that had the most impact on your understanding of the ethical responsibilities of engineers.
  3. Which resources have you found to be most useful for navigating ethical challenges (e.g., guidelines from professional organizations, mentors, or readings)?
  4. How prevalent do you feel ethical challenges are in the engineering workplace today, and how would you characterize the common ethical challenges?

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Friday, March 2nd