Dr. Caroline Whitbeck, an expert in science and engineering ethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has been named the third Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Missouri-Rolla. She will join the UMR faculty for the spring 2003 semester
Whitlock will present an interactive session — "Rolla Racing: Making Individual and Group Decisions in the Engineering Work Place" — from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Carver-Turner Room of the University Center-East on campus.
Whitbeck, the Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, is also the director of the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of philosophy and mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
Whitbeck is the author of Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research, published in 1998 by Cambridge University Press, as well as numerous journal articles and other publications. Her fields of expertise include professional ethics in engineering, science, health care and education; bioethics, including ethical issues in genetics; philosophy of science, engineering and other scientific professions; practical ethics and feminist philosophy.
While at UMR, Whitbeck will teach Philosophy 25: Ethics of Engineering Practice, in addition to meeting with students and faculty on ethical issues relating to the practice of engineering.
Whitbeck earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1970.
UMR’s Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Professorship in Humanities, established by an estate gift to the university in 1999, is to be rotated annually or biennially among academic departments in the UMR College of Arts and Sciences. Whitbeck will be working and teaching as a member of the philosophy department at UMR.