Hi, I'm Dr. Megan Levis!
I'm a postdoctoral fellow with Notre Dame's Technology Ethics Center and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. I recently finished my Ph.D. in bioengineering (July 2021) here at Notre Dame. I studied the development of organs and associated chemical/mechanical signaling. I built biomicrofluidics, validated multi-scale models of morphogenesis, and poked a lot of fruit flies. While working in the lab on my Ph.D., I couldn't help but wonder how the biological tools I was developing would be used, and how that use might impact society. That led me to my postdoc in tech ethics, which involves thinking deeply about the social and philosophical dimensions of technologies.
I developed this course after my First-Year Engineering students (and lab mentees) asked repeatedly how they could engineer for the good.
Within "Technology, Self, and Society”, we will engage with ethics involving the personal and social dimensions of engineering work. In particular, we will use the lens of computational engineering as it enters biotech spaces to examine larger ethical debates. As advances in technology continue to reshape the human experience, we will use our engineering expertise to engage long-standing ethics questions and raise new ones.
I have called South Bend home for the past six years with my rescue fish named Fishawaka (yes, you read that right). If you ask me about organoids, microfluidics, or Lake Michigan, I might never stop talking. I'm excited to spend time thinking about engineering, technology, and ethics with you this semester!
Hey, I’m Nat Todaro!
I’ll be the Student Assistant for both sections of Tech, Self, and Society this semester! I'm a Senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, originally from Tullahoma, TN. I serve as the Engineering Career Counselor Assistant and as an Office of Military and Veterans Affairs Intern. My friends and I also founded the Aviation Association of Notre Dame, and I’m the Howard Hall (now off-campus) Flag Football Captain. Be sure to ask me about any or all of these clubs and resources if you’re interested!
I took Tech, Self, and Society in its inaugural semester during Spring 2022, and absolutely loved the class. The ethical dilemmas and their corresponding readings Dr. Levis has chosen to center this course around are all incredibly relevant to our world and what we may encounter as future engineers. I found that the conversations held in class were never confined to the 75 minutes scheduled for them - they seeped into many interactions during my weeks I was enrolled, and I hope they have the same effect on you.
Post-grad, I will be moving to Wentzville, MO to work as a Manufacturing Engineer for General Motors. This was hardly on the radar when I took this class, yet I find myself facing the same questions I did then. Autonomous driving and robots replacing humans are just some of the conflicts that continue to run through my head daily, which makes me all the more excited to be able to re-enter these conversations with you all. This is almost certainly unlike any engineering class you’ve taken before, and you will get out what you put in!