Workshop – Teaching and AI

Adopting Emerging Technologies when Teaching Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility – AI as an example

Nael Barakat 

University of Texas at Tyler (UT-Tyler), TX. USA

This workshop aims at providing engineering educators with a review of fundamentals and techniques to teach engineering ethics and social responsibility as well as the social impact of engineering.  In addition to being required by accreditation and the challenges associated with adding these topics to the engineering curriculum, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) present a new level of challenge that adds to educators’ continued search for practical methods to bring this knowledge and awareness to the engineering classroom. Therefore, this interactive workshop will utilize AI as an example of emerging technology to be included in teaching engineering ethics while covering related issues, potential ethical pitfalls, and the ongoing efforts to guide the work in AI.


Nael Barakat is currently serving as professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Tyler (UT-Tyler), TX. USA. He is a registered professionally engineer and a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Barakat has served in many professional roles such as: chair of the Division of Engineering Ethics at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and  Chair of Technology and Society Division at ASME. His expertise and interest are in the areas of Mechatronics, Control, Robotics, and energy harvesting, as well as Engineering Ethics, Professionalism, Leadership, and Education.

He has taught and delivered numerous courses, seminars, and workshops, internationally, and has developed research on different professional and educational engineering topics, including: ethics, professionalism, and leadership