Welcome from the Director

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Greetings! And welcome to the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, a.k.a. "The OEC." We are glad you're here. 

The OEC is an international site in that our OEC community and visitors are from all over the world. We are hosted by the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

Here you will find a treasure trove of resources for teaching and learning about ethics in engineering and science. You will also find communities of practice organized around particular interests in ethics. OEC members are a diverse group of faculty, students, researchers, managers, and others, here learning and sharing what they know about ethics. Our institutional partners come with a variety of concerns, such as what it means to engineer ethically, and to pursue scientific research with integrity. 

If this is your first time visiting the OEC site, please do take the time to look around. There are recordings from past events, links to register for future events, a plethora of resources to search, and challenging ethical issues of our times being raised. If you are a returning or regular visitor to the OEC, welcome back!  If you are not yet a member of the OEC community, then we hope you'll consider joining the community. 


Rosalyn W. Berne, PhD, OEC Director 
Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics
Chair, Department of Engineering and Society 
University of Virginia

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About the OEC

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is maintained by University of Virginia, and directed by Rosalyn W. Berne, Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics, Department of Engineering and Society in the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

OEC Team 

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Karin Ellison 

Karin Ellison is a clinical professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU). As Co-PI of the current grant funding for the Online Ethics Center, she supports the development of webinars, forums, and other interactive components of the site and is overseeing depositing the OEC collection into the UVA digital repository, LibraOpen. At ASU, she is the director of the ethics program in the School of Life Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for Biology and Society. 




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Kelly Laas 

Kelly Laas is the librarian for the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Co-PI of the current grant funding the Online Ethics Center. In this role, she develops bibliographies, teaching materials, and other resources for the OEC and manages the Ethics Education Library, a bibliographic database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and other resources for teaching applied ethics in STEMM. As Center Librarian at Illinois Tech, she also works with faculty and instructors around the world in developing new ways to integrate ethics into their courses and runs the Ethics Codes Collection, the largest collection of ethical codes and guidelines in the world. 




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Derrick Cogburn
Program Advisor 

Derrick Cogburn is a Professor in the International Communication and International Development Programs at American University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Information Technology & Analytics in the Kogod School of Business. Additionally, he serves as the founding Executive Director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP), is Faculty Co-Director of the Internet Governance Lab (IGL), and is Director of COTELCO the Collaboration Laboratory.