Engineer's Workshop

Start Date
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00 am
End Date
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 3:30 pm
Event Contact Name
Laurie Laird
Event Contact Phone #
Event Contact E-mail

2021 Engineer's Continuing Education Workshop
An innovative approach to values-driven leadership, plus research updates by four ONU Professors
November 11, 2021: 6 CPDs, including 2 CPDs in Ethics

Please note: Currently the ONU COVID-19 Safety Plan requires all participants to mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. If that changes, we will comply with current protocol as of November 11


8 a.m.              Registration – McIntosh Student Center

8:30 a.m.        Giving Voice to Values – The “How” of Engineering Ethics by Dr. Mary C. Gentile, PhD, Creator/Director, Giving Voice To Values, Professor of Ethics, University of Virginia

10:20 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       Improving Cyber Security Education Through Designing Secure IoT Systems (the Internet of Things) by Dr. Saeed Al-Haj, PhD, Ohio Northern University

11:30 p.m.       Online Tools for Supporting Sustainable Building Sites by Dr. Todd France, PhD, Ohio Northern University

12:30 p.m.       Lunch

1:30 p.m.         Mechanical Engineering Solutions to Biomedical Problems by Dr. Hui Shen, PhD, Ohio Northern University

2:20 p.m.        Break

2:30 p.m.        Lessons learned from teaching ethics: What the perceptions of graduating students mean for the workforce by Dr. Josh Gargac, PhD, Ohio Northern University

3:20 p.m.        Closing Remarks, Evaluations and distribution of certificates


Date and Time:  Thursday, November 11, 2021, 8:30-3:30

Location:  McIntosh Student Center, Ohio Northern University

Cost:  $150.00 ($140.00 for ONU Alumni)

Cancellation Policy:  If you cannot attend, please notify us by November 1, 2021 for a full refund. After this date there is a $25 administration fee for cancellations. Participants may enroll substitutes any time before the course begins.

CPD Credits:  Participants earn 6.0 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

Accommodations:  Overnight lodging is available at the Inn at Ohio Northern University. For reservations call 419-772-2500.

For more information, contact: 

Lori Goldsmith, Executive Administrative Assistant, College of Engineering, 419-772-2371,
Laurie Laird, BSME ‘86, Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations, 419-772-2421,



Giving Voice To Values

The “How to” of Engineering Ethics. Dr. Mary Gentile will share a ground-breaking new approach to preparing professionals for values-driven decision making and action. Drawing on both the actual experience of practitioners as well as cutting edge research, GIVING VOICE TO VALUES (GVV) fills a long-standing and critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?”  

GVV was launched by The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management; housed at Babson College from 2009-2015; and now permanently based at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Developed by Mary Gentile, a veteran of Harvard Business School and pioneer in both ethics and diversity management curriculum, GVV has been piloted and/or shared at well over 1,300 educational and executive settings.  GVV holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future professionals to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.

Improving Cyber Security Education Through Designing Secure IoT Systems

Smart devices and the Internet became an essential part of our daily life. Although the usability of such devices makes our daily tasks more convenient, the inherited security problems need to be addressed. Therefore, cybersecurity education needs to teach students that security must be designed not attached. Dr. Saeed Al-Haj, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has compiled a set of hands-on exercises and multi-phase projects designed to utilize Raspberry Pi to implement an IoT (Internet of Things) system. When following secure design principles, the implemented system will be more secure and immune against attacks.

Online Tools for Supporting Sustainable Building Sites

This workshop will include an introduction to a variety of free online tools that can help guide decision-making for identifying beneficial (and detrimental) characteristics of specific building locations. Orientation fundamentals, rules-of-thumb, and basic strategies for promoting energy efficient buildings will also be presented. Dr. Todd France directs ONU’s Engineering Education Program and helps coordinate the first-year engineering experience at ONU. He earned his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in Architectural Engineering, where he conducted solar energy research within the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Residential Building group. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. At ONU, he teaches a course on sustainable building design.

Mechanical Engineering Solutions to Biomedical Engineering Problems  

Dr. Hui Shen is a professor of Mechanical Engineering. She has taught courses including Dynamics, Engineering Material Science, Finite Element Analysis and Biomaterials and Medical Devices. She is the advisor of the Biomedical Science and Design Team. Her research interests lie in biomechanics and biomaterials. She will share some interesting results of her research in the field of biomedical engineering.

How perceptions of graduating students affect the workplace, “Lessons learned from teaching ethics to engineers.”

The recent unscrupulous activity at high profile companies like Volkswagen and Boeing underscores the need to better prepare engineers for their professional practice. Unfortunately, covering this content through traditional lecturing and text-based reading assignments often fails to fully motivate this generation of tech-savvy students to learn to their full potential. Dr. Joshua Gargac, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will describe improvements to course design and content delivery. The purpose of this presentation is to review traditional ethics education, discuss the challenges to forming-ethically-minded engineers, and describe some methods to engage students in the content. Attendees will also be better equipped to evaluate the effectiveness of ethics training at their companies.