Visiting Assistant Professor
Department: Technology Ethics Center, Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, and The Graduate School
Research Interests: Ethical design, Responsible Innovation, ethics education, technology and human flourishing
Mark Bourgeois is a philosopher and a former engineer with a focus on the ethical and social impact of science and technology innovation, the ethical formation of scientists and engineers, and the link between these.
In the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values at Notre Dame he developed and implemented the NSF-funded Social Responsibilities of Researchers (SRR) training program for PhD students with Prof. Don Howard.
He now leads a new NSF project, Cultivating Foundations for Responsible Innovation, in partnership with the Graduate School and the IDEA Center. He also supports social responsibilities training for doctoral students in the Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) program and in the required research ethics workshop.
He co-developed and teaches the novel Technology and Innovation Ethics course, a distance-learning course for Notre Dame undergraduates interning in Silicon Valley tech firms that integrates ethical theory, technology ethics and entrepreneurship ethics. He also partners with the Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership to inform business leaders on issues related to AI ethics.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Bourgeois taught engineering design in the Segal Design Institute and design ethics in the Biomedical Engineering department, both at Northwestern University, where he also conducted engineering education research.
He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago with a dissertation on normative function in the design of organisms and artifacts. He has a Master’s in Philosophy from Miami of Ohio and a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois. Prior to his PhD, he worked as an engineer and consultant in the telecom industry on both the hardware and software sides.