Chairman’s Message-2014

Elya B. Joffe, P.E., INCE

Dear Colleagues,

With the evolution of science, technology and engineering, ethical problems often arise. Ethics and ethical conduct have become a critical issue in the 21st Century.

Scientists, technologists and engineers of all ages, students as well as senior professionals, encounter ethical challenges in their professional and personal lives. Often, an answer to such challenges arises from brainstorming sessions and intense discussions. Are ethics and morals the same? Are ethics and laws consistent? Could professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct of another discipline? Should ethics be sacrificed for global “competitiveness”?

Furthermore, ethical conduct has global and cultural perspectives. Could unethical conduct in one culture be acceptable in another? What is the difference between ethics and codes of conduct? Are there principles that could be considered as valid through all cultures? Could we claim that the fundamental bases of ethics are independent of our origins?
With all these questions (and many others) in mind, we are delighted to announce that the first IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, Technology (IEEE Ethics 2014)

The IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members.

The Symposium will offer a rich scientific program of highest quality with invited speakers from all over the world and intends to bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss questions and concerns related to ethics in science, technology, and engineering. Issues will be explored both from a scientific point of view and from a social or individual aspect, including global, multicultural perspectives. The Symposium will enable participants to debate and reflect on issues facing scientists and engineers, and to address the importance of ethics in a diverse scientific and professional global community. Scientists, engineers and other professionals who have relevant experience to be shared are encouraged to participate in the Symposium which will provide a platform for exchange of views in three different formats: formal presentations, panel discussions, and small group discussions.
Workshops, tutorials, “Birds-of-a-Feather” provokquium panels and special invited sessions will be organized on stimulating topics. The Symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition.

The Theme of the Symposium is: “Ethics AND…”

Ethics isn’t practiced in a vacuum. At this symposium, we want to put ethics into different perspectives, put ethics to work in different contexts, and look at ethics from different vantage points. To that end, each of our tracks is labeled ‘Ethics and… X.’ We hope that you will find several of these X’s particularly interesting.

For your relaxation and enjoyment, lunch is included in your registration fees, and social events accompanying the Symposium will also give you “get together” opportunities with your old colleagues and friends as well as get acquainted with new ones.

The success of the Symposium relies on the dedication and efforts of numerous people. From the Steering Committee which started working on the preparations more than two years ago, to the Technical Program Committee and Editorial Board members who assisted in many ways to make this Symposium become a reality. To all I would like to express our special thanks and appreciation.

We are also most grateful to the handful of patrons and supporting organizations, who provided support to the Symposium in monetary terms and other means, in spite of the current uncertain economic climate.

Join us in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL, where you can combine “business with pleasure,” share your insight, ask questions and learn from the experts/innovators at the IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium.

Elya B. Joffe, P.E., iNCE

General Chairman
IEEE Ethics’2014 Symposium