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Aarne Vesilind, R.L. Rooke Professor of Engineering at Bucknell University, will give a lecture titled “There is No Such Thing as Environmental Ethics” 7 p.m. today in Oechsle Hall.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is a component of Engineering Professionalism and Ethics, a VaST (Values and Science/Technology) course designed to introduce students to an engineer’s role in society.

“Aarne is a terrific speaker and the topic of environmental ethics is very pertinent to this course,” says Mary Roth, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Vesilind earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and went on to attain a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina in 1968. He joined the faculty at Duke University in 1970 and served as chair of civil and environmental engineering for seven years. After retiring in 2000, he was appointed R.L. Rooke Chair of Engineering in the Societal and Historical Context at Bucknell.

A former Fulbright and National Science Foundation Fellow, Vesilind serves on many technical and professional editorial boards and has penned nine books on environmental engineering, solid waste management, education, and environmental ethics. His most recent books include Sludge Into Biosolids and Solid Waste Engineering.

This semester, VaST courses will bring two more speakers to campus to address engineering codes of ethics and safety in the workplace.

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