Joseph R. Herkert
Joseph R. Herkert
Visiting Scholar, Genetic Engineering and Society Center North Carolina State University
Joined OEC on 07/08/2009

Joseph R. Herkert, D.Sc., is a Visiting Scholar at the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, North Carolina State University. He was formerly Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology in the College of Letters and Sciences and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University (retired May 2015).

Herkert has been teaching engineering ethics and science, technology & society courses for more than twenty-five years. He is editor of Social, Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: Selected Readings (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2000) and co-editor of The Growing Gap between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight: The Pacing Problem (Springer, 2011), and has published numerous articles on engineering ethics and societal implications of technology in engineering, law, social science, and applied ethics journals. Herkert previously served as Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and an Associate Editor of Engineering Studies.

He has been a leader in many professional organizations including the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, and the Engineering Ethics and Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Divisions of the American Society for Engineering Education. In 2005 Herkert received the Sterling Olmsted Award, the highest honor bestowed by LEES, for “making significant contributions in the teaching and administering of liberal education in engineering education.” Herkert is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering Section), Senior Member of IEEE and served a three-year term on the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. Herkert received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate in Engineering & Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Selected Publications:

O'Connell, B., & Herkert, J.R. (2004). Engineering Ethics and Computer Ethics: Twins Separated at Birth? Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 8(1), 36-56.
The article discusses the important role computer ethics play in the professional practice of engineers, especially in the area of intellectual property and data management.


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