Dallas AIChE – November 15, 2011 Meeting Announcement
DATE: Tuesday November 15th, 2011
TIME: 6:00 PM Officer / Directors’ Meeting
PLACE: Two Guys From Italy Restaurant
COST: Only the cost of your meal (typically $8-15)
RSVP by email to Jrodriguezperazz@aol.com. If by phone, please call J. R. Rodriguez at 940-725-0493.
SPEAKER: J. Ramiro Rodríguez, former Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering Ethics, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
TOPIC: Subsidiarity: Socio-Political or ethical concept? The indirect —but Moral— Responsibility of the Engineer towards the Public - 1 PDH (0.1 CEUs)
At this meeting you may also want to volunteer to offer a talk on your favorite engineering or management subject, making yourself known to your peers and seniors attending the meeting or receiving the meeting invitation. Do not miss the meeting!
What’s in it for me?
Here’s part of the answer:
• I will take moment to reflect on my role in the protection of public health, safety and welfare.
• I might discover ways in which I could be morally liable for indirect effects of my actions.
• I will acquire a better understanding of some principles of ethics.
• I might discover ways in which I can be a stronger asset to my employer or my clients.
• I should see some areas where my responsibilities as an engineer relate to those that depend upon my decisions for their welfare.
• I will have the opportunity to network with leaders in the Chemical Engineering field.
Ramiro is chemical engineer, licensed in Puerto Rico, with over forty years of experience. After retiring from private industry in 1999, he started on an interest he had always had, teaching. He was recruited by the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico as a substitute teacher in the Engineering Management Graduate Program. He went on to teach courses in Engineering Management, Human Resources Management, Solids Waste Management, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, and others. He was hired full-time on a yearly basis and named Assistant Professor in 2001.
Shortly after joining the University, the Engineering Ethics Professor left his position and Ramiro was asked to lend a hand. When looking at the course description, he discovered that the engineering ethics course being taught was mainly an analysis of the laws and regulations governing the practice of engineering, with no emphasis on the personal ethical responsibilities in engineering. Convinced that engineering ethics is only a special case of human ethics, he went on to redesign the course, including the legal responsibilities as part of the broader ethical field. He was granted a contract for a regular teaching position as Associate Professor in 2005, in the Department of Chemical Engineering, teaching also in the Department of Socio-Humanistic Studies. He taught the course on engineering ethics for over seven years, until he moved to Texas.
Ramiro has experience as a process engineer, senior engineer and department head in the petrochemical industry. In his career he rose into upper management, and retired after transferring the business to the new owners when the company he managed for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean was acquired by a third party.
He has held positions of leadership in engineering associations both locally and internationally. He presided the Puerto Rico Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Puerto Rico College of Professional Engineers (CIAPR, by its initials in Spanish), and the Pan American Union of Engineering Associations (UPADI, by its initials in Spanish). During his presidency of the CIAPR he led the development of an updated Code of Ethics for the engineers in Puerto Rico. He was also instrumental in the adoption of a Code of Ethics by UPADI, as a guide for its member organizations. He is a founding member of the AIChE section in Puerto Rico.
POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICOOLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO:
Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering Management
Masters Degree in Environmental Protection Management
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, Mayagüez CampusNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, Mayagüez Campus: Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Major in Chemical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude
CONTINUED EDUCATION courses in Management, Engineering, Advanced Finance and Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Computer Applications, Federal and Local Environmental, Transportation, and Labor Laws and Regulations, and Personal Improvement.
He currently chairs the Dallas Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Ramiro’s Contact information: