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Expert gives international take on engineering ethics

March 29, 2010

KALAMAZOO--As Toyota reels from safety concerns over some of its most prominent models, a Japanese ethics expert on Monday, April 5, will visit the Western Michigan University campus to give an international take on ethics and engineering.

Jun Fudano is director of the Applied Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, where he also holds a position as professor of the history of science and technology, and science and engineering ethics. His presentation, "Engineering Ethics in Cross Cultural Perspective," is from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room D-109 of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and is free and open to the public.

Fudano also serves with UNESCO as a member of COMEST, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology. He has been instrumental in promoting engineering ethics education in Japan and taught at various universities, research institutes and companies. He is a visiting professor at the University of the Air, Japan's national broadcasting university, where he designed and developed a TV course on engineering ethics. He is also an advisory research fellow at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo.

He has been involved in planning and implementing an ethics program in the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, which is one of the largest technical societies in Japan. He also serves as member of ethics-related committees of various organizations, including the Science Council, Japan, the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, and the Japanese Society for Engineering Education. He is also a founding board member of the Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies and serves as associate editor of its journal.

His talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the Soga Japan Center and the Graduate College.

For more information, contact the Graduate College at (269) 387-8212.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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