Nael Barakat (Board Member)

Nael Barakat is currently serving as a Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler.  Dr. Barakat is also an active consultant who is currently collaborating with international teams of professionals from academia and industry to build capacity and education programs in areas such as: Engineering Leadership, Engineering Ethics, Professionalism, Societal Impact of Technology, Curriculum Development, and Communication. His expertise and interest include also the areas of Mechatronics, Control, Robotics, Automation, and Nanotechnology Education.

Dr. Barakat has served in many leadership positions for professional organizations such as ASME and ASEE.  He is also a program evaluator for ABET and a consultant for engineering programs development and evaluation under other systems.

Dr. Barakat is a professionally registered engineer in Ontario, Canada, a Fulbright Specialist, and is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Dr. Barakat holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University, Ontario, and a Master Degree from Concordia University, Canada. 

Angela Bielefeldt (Board Member)

Angela Bielefeldt is a Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering. She is currently the Director of the Integrated Design Engineering Program, which houses an ABET EAC-accredited BS degree and the new Engineering Education PhD. Her research includes ethics and sustainability education in engineering, as well as the evolution of social responsibility attitudes.

Dr. Bielefeldt is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) where she has previously chaired the Community Engagement Division, Environmental Engineering Division, and Rocky Mountain Section. She has also been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. Bielefeldt is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado. She earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.

Joseph Herkert (Distinguished Life Member)

Joseph R. Herkert, D.Sc., is Associate Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society (STS) at North Carolina State University.  He worked for more than five years as a consultant in the electric power industry, during which time he became a registered Professional Engineer, and later taught engineering ethics and STS courses for more than thirty-five years.  

Herkert is editor of two books and has published in engineering, law, social science, and applied ethics journals and edited volumes.  He previously served as Editor of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and an Associate Editor of Engineering Studies.  Recent work includes ethics of autonomous vehicles, lessons learned from the Boeing 737 MAX crashes, and responsible innovation in biotechnology.

Herkert is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Life Senior Member of IEEE.

Justin Hess (Deputy Director for Research)

Dr. Justin L Hess is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Hess’s research focuses on empathic and ethical formation in engineering education.

He received his PhD from Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering. He is the editorial board chair for the Online Ethics Center, deputy director for research for the National Institute of Engineering Ethics, and past-division chair for the ASEE Liberal Education/Engineering and Society division.

Brent Jesiek (Director)

Brent K. Jesiek is a Professor in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.  He draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, historical, and other contextual variations in engineering education and practice.  He is an IEEE Senior Member, serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of International Engineering Education (JIEE), is chair of the International Network for Engineering Studies (INES), and directs the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE).

Dr. Jesiek holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech.

Deborah Johnson (Board Member)

Deborah G. Johnson is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics, Emeritus, in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program within the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering.  Over the course of her career, Johnson’s research and teaching have focused on the ethical implications of computer and information technologies, engineering ethics, STS theory, and technology policy.  Her most recent book, Engineering Ethics, Contemporary and Enduring Debates, was published by Yale University Press (2020).

Johnson’s most recent writings focus on algorithmic accountability, humanoid robots, and deepfakes.  She has received more than a dozen grants from the National Science Foundation in support of her activities, and she recently completed work on a project at the University of Bergen, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, exploring the social implications of visual surveillance technologies in the news media.

Michael Loui (Distinguished Life Member)

Now retired, Michael C. Loui held the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professorship in Engineering Education at Purdue University from 2014 to 2019.  He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He has conducted research in computational complexity theory, in professional ethics, and in engineering education.

Professor Loui is a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.  He was the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017 and the executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012.  He currently serves on Advisory Group for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000.  He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991.

Loui earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and the B.S. at Yale University in 1975.

Joe Manous (Distinguished Life Member)

Joe Manous serves as Director of the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  In this role he oversees a multi-disciplinary Field Operating Agency that supports USACE’s Civil Works (water resources) missions through water resources planning, policy and decision-support model development; hydraulic and hydrological engineering; dam and levee safety; and training and national/international interface with academia, professional societies, and non-government organizations.

Prior to becoming IWR Director, Manous served as a Water Resources Engineer and Manager for International Activities at IWR, where he specialized in the areas of water resources and environmental security issues associated with water. 

Dr Manous is a retired US Army Corps of Engineers officer and his last active-duty assignment was as Academy Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he taught courses in environmental engineering, water resources, and environmental security. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Board Certified Water Resources Engineer.

Norma Jean Mattei (Board Member)

Norma Jean Mattei, PhD, PE, is Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  She was 2017 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), chairing that organization’s Board of Direction that year. She is currently on the Executive Committee of CROSS-US, on the Board of Governors of COPRI, and locally serves on the ASCE New Orleans’ Chapter of the Structural Engineering Institute, and several non-profit organizations such as the Water Institute of the Gulf, SciHigh and GNOSTEM.

Mattei also has served in the past on several National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) committees and task forces, most recently serving as chair of the Board-level NCEES Education Committee and is an Emeritus Member of NCEES.  She was named by the Governor of Louisiana to Louisiana’s licensing board for professional engineers, LAPELS, serving as Chairman of the LAPELS Board in 2011-12.

Mattei received her BSCE in 1982 from Tulane University and practiced as a consulting engineer in the New Orleans area for a decade before returning to Tulane (PhD, 1994).  Her research areas of interest include engineering ethics, public policy and leadership, equity and diversity in engineering and engineering education, management of large watersheds, mitigation of repetitively flooded structures with emphasis on nature-based solutions and security/resiliency/sustainability of critical infrastructure.


Colleen Murphy (Board Member)

Colleen Murphy is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy and of Political Science, and Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program in the Illinois Global Institute.  She is the author of two books and more than 70 peer-review journal articles, law review articles, and anthologized book chapters; and co-editor of three volumes on engineering ethics and the ethics of risk.

Professor Murphy is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ethics and Social PhilosophyJournal of Moral Philosophy, and Science and Engineering Ethics, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Law and PhilosophySustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, and the Palgrave Handbooks in the Philosophy of Law Book Series.

Murphy holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.


Byron Newberry (Board Member)

Byron Newberry is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Baylor University.  His teaching areas include Engineering Ethics, Sustainable Engineering, Engineering Design, and Aircraft Structural Analysis.  His research areas include: Engineering Ethics, Philosophy of Engineering and Technology, and Engineering Education.

Professor Newberry holds a PhD in Engineering Mechanics and an MS in Aerospace Engineering, both from Iowa State University, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.


Monte Phillips (Board Member)

Monte Phillips, PhD., PE is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of North Dakota. During his academic tenure, he served as an engineering consultant focusing on his geotechnical and structural specialty areas. He also taught at the University of Illinois and Ohio Northern University.

Phillips has served as National President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), and ABET. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, a Fellow of NSPE, a Fellow of NAFE, and served 25 years on the National Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer including two years as Chair. He also served a five-year term on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences and a five-year term on the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

He served a five-year term, including chair on the North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and has served on numerous National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) committees and task forces. He is an Emeritus Member of NCEES.

Phillips has served on numerous committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) including the Committee on Licensure and Ethics, BOK3 Task Committee, Task Committee on the Code of Ethics, and is currently on the Committee on Anticorruption and Ethical Practice.

Phillips holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, and is a licensed professional engineer in North Dakota.


Mario Ricozzi (Board Member)

Mario Ricozzi, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, is the Manager of Design for the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority in Connecticut. He oversees the capital program for the regional wastewater utility. He has 40 years of experience managing infrastructure in both the private and public sector. He is a member of the Board of the South-Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority which provides drinking water to the Region. As a past Board Member of ASCE, he has been active in ASCE’s strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and governance since the 1990s.


Larry Smith (Professional Society Representative, NCEES)

Robert “Larry” Smith is a 1966 graduate of CCNY where he earned a B.Eng (Civil) degree with honors.  He received a ScM in Engineering from Brown University in 1968 and entered the work force as a consultant.  He was president of Waterman Engineering Company, the oldest Civil Engineering and the oldest Surveying firms in Rhode Island.  He sold the company after twenty five years and has been practicing as a forensic engineer on a part time basis since that time.

Smith has served as President of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers (RISPE), the Rhode Island Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Providence Engineering Society (PES).  He also served as the NCEES Northeast Zone Vice President and as National Treasurer. 

Smith serves on the North Providence Building Board of Review which he has chaired for thirty years.  He is on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for Civil Engineering at URI and chaired that group for an extended period of time.  He serves on the Engineering Professional Advisory Board at Roger Williams University and served as that group’s vice-chair.


Greg Soules (Board Member)

G. (Greg) Soules, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., P.Eng. is a Senior Principal Structural Engineer and the Technical Authority for Seismic and Wind Engineering for CB&I, a division of McDermott International, in Houston, Texas. Responsibilities include the supervision of design engineers, management of engineering for large projects worldwide, and development of CB&I Engineering Standards on aboveground storage tanks and on the application of wind loads, seismic loads, and building codes to tank and vessel designs.

Greg currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Board at the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, the Chair of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Codes and Standards Activity Division Executive Committee, the Chair of the SEI National Technical Program Committee, a member of the SEI Board of Governors, and a member of the ASCE 7-28 Main Committee.  He also served as the Chair of the ASCE Energy Division Executive Committee (2012 – 2018) and as the Vice Chair of the ASCE 7 Main Committee (2016 and 2022 cycles).

Dr. Soules earned B.S. (1979), M.S. (2009), and Ph.D. (2020) degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and an MBA (1991) from the University of Houston.  He is a Fellow of ASCE, a Fellow of SEI, a Licensed Professional Engineer in 23 jurisdictions and a Licensed Structural Engineer in 10 jurisdictions. 


Sara Wilson (Professional Society Representative, ASME)

Dr. Sara Wilson is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas (KU).  After 2 years in Orthopedics at the University of Virginia Medical Center as a researcher, she started in the faculty at KU in 2001.  From 2010 to 2018, she served as the director of the Bioengineering Graduate Program at KU.  Dr. Wilson teaches courses in responsible conduct of research in engineering and has been active in developing materials for teaching responsible conduct of research.  Her research is focused on biomechanics and the development of medical devices. 

Dr. Wilson received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992.  She received an MS in Mechanical Engineering (1994) and PhD in Medical Engineering/ Medical Physics (1999) from MIT.  She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.