I was invited to talk about my research on ethics in engineering education at the 2019 summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Provo. Utah on July 23rd. Here’s my abstract:
What Young and Aspiring Engineers Should Know About Structural Violence
1:30PM - 2:00PM
Engineers are responsible for building some of the most consequential pieces of our technological world. Much like lawyers are essential to the writing and passage of law and policy, engineers are inextricably linked to how things get built and who benefits from their existence. However, unlike lawyers (or doctors, or teachers), and with the exception of structural failure, engineers are rarely asked to consider the ethical consequences of their work. If issues like climate change or the carceral state are to be truly dealt with, engineers will have to do better than off-loading the moral dimensions of their work to the people who hired them. Engineers, instead, must be taught how to think through and integrate structural violence theory into safety pedagogy. In other words, ideals such as reparations and dignity must be just as important as tensile strength or maximum load capacity.