The “Ethical and Responsible Research Program (ER2) at the US National Science Foundation” session took place during IEEE ETHICS 2021 on 30 October 2021. It was moderated by Wenda Bauchspies, NSF Program Director for Ethical and Responsible Research, with an Introduction presented by Katherine Duncan, President IEEE-USA.
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The session has five presentations. The first presentation is an overview of NSF’s Program on Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2). The second focuses on the NSF-funded Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science.
The final three presentations are by from Principal Investigators who received funding from the ER2 program. The project by Centeno and Reeves seeks to create a novel pedagogical approach that merges engineering ethics training in an academic setting with engineering internships in an industry setting to: 1) promote the development of strong ethical sensitivity and reasoning skills within students (i.e. ethical competence), and 2) promote the establishment of ethical competence as a core competence associated with the engineer identity. The fourth presentation by Jesiek, Claussen and Zoltowski will give an overview of a longitudinal study investigating how engineering professionals’ views of ethics and social responsibility evolve over time, from when they first begin their engineering studies to when they graduate and enter the workforce. The project by Qin and Scott approaches social responsibility from a global and (cross-)cultural perspective by examining how national cultures and educational experiences affect the ways in which engineering students from three countries (the United States, Netherlands, and China) make sense of their social responsibilities and develop their professional ethical identities.
Introduction: Katherine Duncan, President IEEE-USA
Moderator: Wenda Bauchspies, NSF Program Director for Ethical and Responsible Research
Wenda Bauchspies, NSF Program Director for Ethical and Responsible Research, “The Ethics and Responsible Research Program at NSF: Future Directions”
Julie Simpson, University of New Hampshire, “OEC’s Community of Practice for Scholars, Educators and Administrators Fostering Research Integrity”
Grisselle Centeno, Florida Polytechnic University and Kingsley A. Reeves, Jr., University of South Florida, “Collaborative Research: Enhancing Internships with Professional Ethics Training: Cultivating an Ethical Engineer Identity”
Brent Jesiek, Purdue University, Stephanie Claussen, San Francisco State University, and Carla Zoltowski, Purdue University, “Collaborative Research: Early Career Engineers’ Views of Ethics and Social Responsibility: Trends, Influences, and Contexts”
Qin Zhu, Colorado School of Mines and Scott Streiner, University of Pittsburgh, “Collaborative Research: Responsible Engineering across Cultures: Investigating the Effects of Culture and Education on Ethical Reasoning and Dispositions of Engineering Students“