The Impact of Technology (ITEC) program consists of study components Engineering Ethics, Engineering for Society and Studium Generale activities. This introduces students to normative skills that help engineers, designers and researchers to make decisions concerning ethical questions. These skills are needed e.g., to understand the complex societal context of sustainable mobility and energy systems, to deal with and to identify privacy aspects of all kinds of smart systems, or to help solve controversial health and risk issues. Students acquire insights into basic ethical concepts (such as values, risks and responsibilities) and analyse the role these concepts play in the context of the development and design of technologies.

The ITEC program comprises: 

  • Engineering Ethics study component of 5 credits

  • Engineering for Society study component of 5 credits

  • At least five activities, marked with an ITEC logo, of Studium Generale of the TU/e