Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice, ND TEC
Department: Technology Ethics Center
Research Interests: Ethical design, responsible innovation, ethics education, virtue ethics, ethics in design
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.
He has held a number of related roles at Notre Dame since 2014. In the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values he developed and implemented the NSF-funded Social Responsibilities of Researchers (SRR) training program for PhD students with Prof. Don Howard. In the Graduate School, he supported training for doctoral students in the Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) program as well as the required research ethics workshop. In the Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership he helped to inform business leaders on issues related to technology ethics.
He co-developed and teaches the Technology and Innovation Ethics course for ND-California’s Silicon Valley Semester. This novel Philosophy course integrates philosophical ethics, technology ethics, business ethics, and more and features a unifying narrative driven by original multimedia content. He also teaches other technology ethics courses for the Philosophy department, such as Philosophy of Technology, Robot Ethics, and the Ethics of Emerging Weapons Technology.
He also leads a new NSF-funded project, the Responsible Innovation Fellowship, in partnership with the IDEA Center. This program is intended to foster crucial interdisciplinary training and dialog on technology ethics issues at the graduate level. It is also designed to simultaneously test the principles of Responsible Innovation (RI) in a real-world context and to explore the meaningful adoption of RI in academic tech-transfer.
Mark is also a member of the ND-IBM Technology Ethics Lab, where he works to translate technology ethics curricula for industry practitioners and policy-makers.
Before coming to Notre Dame, he taught engineering design and design ethics in the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, where he also conducted engineering education research.
He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, 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.