Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology emerged undefeated, beating out more than 20 other university teams to win the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. It was the first time Stevens sent a team to the competition. The group of three now advances to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
“I felt it was an extreme validation of my technical education,” said Regina Pynn, 5th year co-op student. “We had been trained in how to think and solve problems to the point that we could reason through ethical dilemmas more than people whose education focused on philosophy.”
The debate competitions require teams to address predetermined questions that present ethical dilemmas. The teams are given a dozen or more complex ethical and policy cases to study in advance of the competition, though they are not told what questions they will be asked about any case. The team was judged on its presentation of ethical solutions for topics ranging from life insurance to illegal immigration.
“It feels great that what we’ve learned at Stevens can be applied to so many life situations,” said Matthew Edwards, 5th year co-op student.
“I’m really excited to meet people from across the nation. With so many other schools competing it will be interesting to see if ethical perspectives differ from region to region,” said Nick Catania, junior.
The team will compete for the national title in Cincinnati on March 3. They square off against the winners of nine regional competitions.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.