Society on Social Implications of Technology Chapter

Welcome to the Northern Virginia/Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the IEEE Society on Social Implications on Technology (SSIT).  SSIT is concerned with how technology impacts the world, and with how the application of technology can improve the world.

The Chapter is seeking nominations for leadership positions for 2023.  Please contact Murty Polavarapu ( if you are interested.

If you have any suggestions for topics and speakers, please contact the Chapter Chair Murty Polavarapu. We also need volunteers!

See below for our October Meeting:

October 27, 2022 IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology Chapter Meeting

Topic: Sustainable Computing

When: October 27, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time

Where: Online only (Please register to receive access information)

Speaker: Dr. Udit Gupta


Contact: Murty Polavarapu

Abstract: Computing’s carbon footprint is a growing challenge as we see increased growth in computing at the edge and in the datacenter. Sustainable computing provides new research challenges that go beyond simply energy efficiency, as researchers need to account for the embodied carbon of manufacturing devices, the runtime operational emissions of these devices, and the interplay of both with renewable energy sources. This talk will highlight recent results and research challenges that we face as we seek to evolve towards carbon-optimized computing systems.

Speaker Bio: Udit Gupta is an incoming Assistant Professor at Cornell Tech starting summer 2023. Currently he is a visiting researcher at Meta AI Research. His research interests focus on enabling next-generation and responsible AI platforms by designing novel computer systems and hardware. His recent work focuses on the optimization of data center-scale deep learning-based personalized recommendation engines and enabling sustainable computing by considering the environmental impact of end-to-end hardware life cycles. Udit’s work has been evaluated at-scale in production data centers and incorporated into standardized benchmarks and infrastructure used by the research community. His research has been recognized as an IEEE MICRO Top Picks honorable mention in 2020 and received an IEEE MICRO Top Picks award in 2021, as well as nominated for best paper at PACT 2019 and DAC 2018. He is also the co-chair of the Computer Architecture Student Association.

See below for our previous Meeting:

March 30, 2022 IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology Chapter Meeting 

Topic: ‘Where did you get that made up?’ – Professions of an Engineering Ethics ‘Trail Paver’

When: March 30, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time

Where: Online only (Please register to receive access information)

Speaker: Dr. Joe Herkert, North Carolina State University


Contact: Murty Polavarapu


This talk derives from a project that collected essays on “trailblazers” in the field of engineering ethics education.  It focuses on the first 30 years of the speaker’s career (1971-2001) and how he came to be interested in, and successful at, teaching and scholarship in the field.  It concludes with recaps of his recent research on autonomous vehicles and the Boeing 737 MAX crashes.

Speaker Bio:

Joseph “Joe” Herkert, D.Sc., is Associate Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society (STS), North Carolina State University. Herkert has been teaching engineering ethics and STS courses for more than thirty-six years. He has published articles on engineering ethics and societal implications of technology in engineering, law, social science, and applied ethics books and journals and is an editor of two anthologies. Herkert has served the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) in several capacities, including society President and Editor of IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, and has been a leader in other professional organizations including the National Institute for Engineering Ethics and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an ASEE Fellow, and a Life Senior Member of IEEE. Prior to his academic career, Herkert was a consultant for more than five years in the electric power industry.

SSIT’s  activities at Society level include:

  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, an award-winning journal containing both peer-reviewed and general interest articles.
  • The International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), held annually. Support and sponsorship of additional conferences.
  • An active network of SSIT chapters spanning the globe.
  • Awarding of the periodic IEEE Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest.
  • A Guest Lecturer program on critical topics of interest.
  • Online discussion of social impacts of technology through forums, website, blogs, and social media.
  • Support for members who speak, publish and advocate on SSIT topics within the Society or as participants in other IEEE societies and professional activities.

Membership in SSIT is open to all IEEE members and student members. Affiliation with SSIT with all benefits except voting rights is available to persons who are not members of IEEE.

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