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Qin Zhu

Affiliate Researcher Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


  • Ph.D., Engineering Education, Social Policy (Graduate Certificate), Purdue University, 2017.
  • Ph.D. (with honors), Philosophy of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, 2011.
  • Visiting Graduate Student, Ethics of Technology and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2008-2009.
  • B.S., Materials Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 2005.

Research Areas

  • The Cultural Foundations of Engineering Ethics
  • Global, Comparative, and International Engineering Education
  • Ethics and Policy of Emerging Technologies


  • Zhu, Q., Williams, T., Jackson, B., & Wen, R. (2020). Blame-laden moral rebukes and the morally competent robot: A Confucian ethical perspective. Science and Engineering Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11948-020-00246-w
  • Snieder, R., & Zhu, Q. (2020). Connecting to the Heart: Teaching value-based professional ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11948-020-00216-2
  • Zhu, Q. (2020). Confucian moral imagination and ethics education in engineering. Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 15(1), 36-52.
  • Zhu, Q., & Jesiek, B. (2019). Practicing engineering ethics in global context: A comparative study of expert and novice approaches to cross-cultural ethical situations. Science and Engineering Ethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11948-019-00154-8
  • Zhu, Q. (2018). Confucian ethics, ethical leadership, and engineering ethics education. International Journal of Ethics Education, 3(2), 169-179.
  • Zhu, Q., & Jesiek, B. (2017). A Pragmatic approach to ethical decision-making in engineering practice: Characteristics, evaluation criteria, and implications for instruction and assessment. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(3), 663-679.
  • ​Michelfelder, D., Newberry, B., & Zhu, Q. (Eds.). (2017). Philosophy and engineering: Exploring boundaries, expanding connections. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
  • Wang, Q., & Zhu, Q. (2015). Gongcheng lunli de shijian youxiaoxing yanjiu [On the practical effectiveness in engineering ethics]. Beijing, China: Science Press.
  • Wang, Q., Zhang, W., & Zhu, Q. (2015). Directing engineering ethics training toward practical effectiveness. Technology in Society, 43, 65-68.
  • Zhu, Q., Jesiek, B., & Gong, Y. (2015). Past/forward policymaking: Transforming Chinese engineering education since the Reform and Opening-up. History of Education, 44(5), 553-574.
  • Zhu, Q., & Jesiek, B. (2014). In pursuit of the Dao in policymaking: Toward a cultural approach to understanding engineering education policy in China. Technology in Society, 38, 169-176.
  • Jesiek, B., Zhu, Q., Woo, S., Thompson, J., & Mazzurco, A. (2014). Global engineering competency in context: Situations and behaviors. Online Journal for Global Engineering Education, 8(1). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/ojgee/vol8/iss1/1/
  • Mitcham, C., Heller, L., Wang, N., Zhu, Q., Packard, C., Holles, C., Hudson, D., & Rolston, J. (2013). Nanotechnology ethics and policy education: Learning and sharing across boundaries. Journal of Nano Education, 5(2), 180-187.
  • Zhu, Q. (2010). Engineering ethics studies in China: Dialogue between traditionalism and modernism. Engineering Studies, 2(2), 85-107.