Thank you for a great conference!

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About the forum

The Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET) is a biennial meeting for philosophers, engineers and other researchers and practitioners related to both fields. The mission of fPET is

  • to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology and
  • to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers and of engineers.

The fPET meetings continue the tradition of the Workshops on Philosophy and Engineer (WPE) at TU Delft in 2007 and at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London in 2008. Previous fPET meetings have been held at Colorado School of Mines in 2010, at the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in 2012 and at Virginia Tech in 2014.

Various volumes of the Springer series Philosophy of Engineering and Technology are a direct outcome of previous fPET meetings.

fPET 2016 was hosted by Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in cooperation between the Chair of Information Systems, Innovation and Value Creation and the Institute of Philosophy.

Conference Chair

  • Albrecht Fritzsche, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg

Program Co-Chairs

  • Sabine Ammon, TU Darmstadt/ TU Berlin
  • Gabriele Gramelsberger, MECS Leuphana University Luneburg
  • Andreas Kaminski, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart
  • Sabine Thürmel, Technische Universität München

Steering Committee

  • Richard Evans (Cornell University)
  • Kenneth R. Foster (University of Pennsylvania)
  • David E. Goldberg (ThreeJoy Associates, Inc.)
  • Domenico Grasso (University of Delaware)
  • Rachelle Hollander (U.S. National Academy of Engineering)
  • Diane Michelfelder (Macalester College)
  • Carl Mitcham (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Byron Newberry (Baylor University)
  • Joe Pitt (Virginia Tech)
  • Ibo van de Poel (TU Delft)
  • Jon A. Schmidt (Burns & McDonnell)
  • Cherrice Traver (Union College)

Program committee

  • Stephen Armstrong (University of Toronto)
  • Sarah Bell (University College, London)
  • Larry Bucciarelli (MIT)
  • Philip Chmielewski (Loyola Marymount University)
  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen (Aalborg University)
  • Michael Davis (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Christelle Didier (Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille 3)
  • Neelke Doorn(TU Delft)
  • Darryl Farber (Penn State University)
  • Steve Goldman (Lehigh University)
  • Armin Grunwald (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Joe Herkert (Arizona State University)
  • Deborah Johnson (University of Virginia)
  • Peter Kroes (TU Delft)
  • William Lawson (Texas Tech University)
  • Michael Loui (Purdue University)
  • Thomas Luft (Association of German Engineers)
  • Natasha McCarthy (University College London)
  • Martin Meganck (KU Leuven)
  • Alfred Nordmann (TU Darmstadt)
  • Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano)
  • John Sullins (Sonoma State University)
  • Pieter Vermaas (TU Delft)
  • WANG Nan (University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • WANG Qian (Dalian University of Technology)
  • ZHU Qin (Purdue University)


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