Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNEWS & EVENTS

Ethics of Emerging Technologies
Nael Barakat, Ph.D. P.Eng. FASME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX. USA
Date  :  09 Jan 2018 (Tue)
Time  :  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue  :  LT-G, HKUST


Technological advancements continue to catalyze the economy while enhancing and expanding human abilities, at unprecedented rates. Meanwhile, the human and societal context of these emerging technologies have been experiencing changes as well, some of which are plausible while others are concerning. Engineers are the drivers of emerging technologies and applications of scientific discoveries. Therefore, engineering leadership is paramount to ensure that ethical and societal concerns of emerging technologies are integrated in their work.
This seminar will provide an overview of emerging technologies with focus on nanotechnology as an example, while discussing the societal impact of these emerging technologies. A summary of major issues and the scope of engineers’ role will be also discussed.

Short bio

Nael Barakat is professor and former associate dean for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, TX. USA. He is also a professionally registered engineer in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Barakat is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and currently serves as the immediate past chair of the Division of Engineering Ethics at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Barakat expertise and interest is in the areas of Mechatronics, Energy harvesting, Control, Robotics, Automation, as well as Engineering Ethics, Professionalism, Leadership, and Education. He has taught numerous courses and modules, delivered international workshops and seminars, and developed research on different engineering topics, particularly ethics, professionalism, and leadership.