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EE Program-Specific SARI Event for Spring 2016

Who: Dr. Xiaofang "Denver" Tang

When: February 11, 2016 @ 4:15 PM

Where: 160 Willard Building


Codifying Professional Ethics: The Creation of the 1974 IEEE Code of Ethics


Ethics is an essential element that helps define a profession. Many professional societies inscribe the core ethical principles that govern professional practice in a written document—a code of ethics. This talk examines the nature and significance of a code of ethics for the formation and development of professions. The talk reviews the emergence of codes of ethics in the history of medical and engineering professions. As a case study, it presents a detailed history of the creation of the IEEE Code of Ethics in 1974 and discusses its implications for understanding IEEE’s ethical commitments.

Xiaofeng “Denver” Tang is a postdoctoral scholar in engineering ethics for the Rock Ethics Institute and the Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education at Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Tang’s research focuses on pedagogical innovations that help students engage the social and ethical dimensions of engineering.