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!