Coffee and Conversation – January 23, 2018


It’s Time for a Fresh Approach: Intro to Systems Thinking and Engineering

Richard Burgess
Research Associate, Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, Texas Tech


In An Introduction to Systems Thinking, Richard Burgess applies principles of systems thinking to the problems of ethics faced by engineers. Burgess recognizes that engineers face trade-offs and decisions in their daily work that can dramatically impact the systems in which we operate. In this talk for CSCRS Coffee & Conversations, Burgess outlined the basic principles of systems thinking, the connection between ethics and systems, how professionals can apply it to our work, and how systems that we design can be Aristotelian and conducive to ‘practical wisdom.’


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