Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

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The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a technological research university, with worldrenowned programs in engineering, architecture, the sciences, humanities, psychology, business, law, and design. Founded in 1940 and tracing its roots to the 1890s, IIT brings a focused, interdisciplinary approach to education. It is also known for its engagement and community focus, as the recent strategic consultation “Many Voices, One Vision” reflected the university’s absolute commitment to engaging and listening to the ideas and concerns of the entire community.
The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) was established in 1976 to promote research and teaching on practical moral problems in the professions.

The first interdisciplinary Center for ethics to focus on the professions, CSEP continues to be one of the nation’s leading institutes for practical and professional ethics. The primary question members of the Center are involved in answering is: “What is a scientist’s or an engineer’s responsibility to society?” The Center’s activities are overseen by a Board with significant industry representation, including high‐ranking staff from Boeing, Fox Entertainment, as well as several energy and IT companies.


MDavis-IITProf. Michael Davis is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and Professor of Philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616. Among his publications are: Thinking Like an Engineer (Oxford, 1998); Ethics and the University (Routledge, 1999); Conflict of Interest in the Professions (Oxford, 2001); Profession, Code, and Ethics (Ashgate, 2002); Actual Social Contract and Political Obligation (Mellen, 2002); Engineering Ethics (Ashgate, 2005); Code Writing: How Software Engineering Became a Profession (Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, 2009); and Ethics and the Legal Profession, 2nd (Prometheus, 2009). Since 1990, he has received four grants from the National Science Foundation to help integrate ethics into technical courses.


Kelly-Laas-IITKelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her seven years at the Center, she has supervised a number of projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Online Codes of Ethics collection and the development of the NanoEthicsBank, a web‐based bibliographic database of materials on the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. She also has collaborated with the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society in developing bibliographies and other materials for the Online Ethics Center, as well as developing the Ethics Education Library, an online database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and best practices of how to integrate ethics into existing technical courses and workshops. Ms. Laas received her MLS in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, and is vice chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association.