Opening Plenary Session – Thursday May 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Active Human Interface: Technology, Uncertainty, and Hope

Debbie Chachra (Olin College of Engineering)

Deb Chachra is a Professor of Engineering at Olin College of Engineering, where she was among the earliest faculty. Her book, How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World (supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) will be published by Riverhead in October 2023. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include critical design, equity and inclusion issues, and engineering education (for which she received an NSF CAREER grant). Prior to joining Olin, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, and she earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering at the University of Toronto.

Plenary Session – Friday May 19, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Ethical and Legal Frameworks for Automation

Iven Mareels (Institute of Innovation, Science and Sustainability, Federation University Australia)

Iven Mareels

Since Oct 2022, Iven Mareels is the Executive Dean, Institute for Innovation, Science and Sustainability, Federation University Australia. He is also a Director of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a non-executive Director of Rubicon Water.

Previously, he was a partner in IBM Consulting and Director of the Centre for Applied Research, IBM Australia (April 2021-Aug 2022); Director of IBM Research in Australia (Feb 2018- Mar 2021); Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018).

Iven received the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University  (1987), and the Master of Engineering (Electromechanical) from Gent University (1982).

He has co-authored over 500 refereed publications, including 5 monographs. He is a co-inventor of a suite of patents related to the automation of large scale, gravity fed, irrigation systems.

Iven has received a number of awards, including a 2021 IBM Research Achievement Award (bronze level); 2017, Harold Chestnut Control Engineering Textbook Prize; 2014 IEEE Control Systems Society Technology Award; 2013 Asian Control Association Wook Hyun Kwon Education Award; 2008 Clunies Ross Medal.

He was made a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, and received the Centenary Medal of Australia for contributions to engineering education and research.

He is a Fellow of The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Australia; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Federation of Automatic Control (Austria) and Engineers Australia and he is a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

Plenary Session – Saturday May 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Thinking Like an Engineer: Twenty-Five Years Later

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the publication of Michael Davis’ seminal book on engineering ethics, Thinking Like an Engineer: Studies in the Ethics of a Profession. In this session the author and three commentators will discuss the book, its impact on engineering ethics scholarship and teaching, and how well it has held up over the past quarter century.

Author: Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology)

CommentatorsDayoung Kim (Virginia Tech), Colleen Murphy, (University of Illinois), Michael Pritchard, (Western Michigan University)

Moderator: Justin Hess (Purdue University)


Michael Davis is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616, USA. Among his recent publications are “Marketing Body Parts: Morality, Law, and Public Opinion”, in Anja Matwijkiw (ed.), Special Issue “Paving the Biolaw Path in International Criminal Law”, International Criminal Law Review 17 (2017): 1102– 1115; Engineering as a Global Profession, Rowan & Littlefield: Lanham, Maryland, 2021; Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines: Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields, ed. (with Kelly Laas and Elisabeth Hildt), Springer, 2022.


Dayoung Kim is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Engineering Education (College of Engineering) at Virginia Tech. She is broadly interested in engineering practice (e.g., practices and experiences of engineers across various employment settings, including business organizations), engineering ethics (e.g., social responsibility of engineering professionals), and related policy concerns. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University (2022) and her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Yonsei University (2017) and Purdue University (2021) respectively. She was the 2022 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science, and Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute.  She is the author of two books and more than 70 peer-review journal articles, law review articles, and anthologized book chapters; and co-editor of three volumes on engineering ethics. Professor Murphy is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Science and Engineering Ethics, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Law and Philosophy, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and the Palgrave Handbooks in the Philosophy of Law Book Series.





Michael S. Pritchard is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and former Co-director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University.  BA, Alma College; PhD, University of Wisconsin.  Former director of NSF projects on engineering ethics, ethics in pre-college science teaching, and research ethics.  Former co-editor of Teaching Ethics.  Among his recent publications are: Professional Integrity (2007) (Kansas); Engineering Ethics: with C.E. Harris, Michael Rabins, Ray James, Elaine Englehardt (Cengage: 1995, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2019); Ethics Across the Curriculum, co-ed. with Elaine Englehardt (Springer: 2018); Everyday Greed: Assessment and Appraisal, with Elaine Englehardt  (Springer: 2021); Importance of Sentiment in Promoting Reasonableness in Children, (Anthem, 2022).





Justin Hess Photo

Justin L Hess is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. His vision is to inspire change in engineering culture to become more socially responsive, environmentally friendly, and inclusive, thereby providing opportunities for all current and prospective engineers to reach their maximum potential. Dr. Hess’s research focuses on empathic and ethical formation in engineering education. He received his PhD from Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering. He is the editorial board chair for the Online Ethics Center, deputy director for research for the National Institute of Engineering Ethics, and past-division chair for the ASEE Liberal Education/Engineering and Society division.