An article titled "What Do We Mean When We Write About Ethics, Equity, And Justice In Engineering Design?", co-authored by MIT Mechanical Engineering PhD student Madhurima Das, MIT Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student Gillian Roeder, MIT Media Lab postdoctoral associate Anastasia K. Ostrowski, MIT alum Aditi Verma, and MIT Mechanical Engineering professor Maria C. Yang, has been featured by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Mechanical Design.
The article abstract reads, in part: "Engineering design often requires engaging with users, clients, and stakeholders of products and systems. It is therefore important for designers to reflect on the societal and environmental implications of their design work so that they can design equitably, ethically, and justly. We conduct a review of three leading scholarly engineering design publications to investigate how, when, and why these terms—'ethics,' 'equity,' and 'justice,' and variations—appear in the engineering design literature and what scholars mean when they use them...we propose an expanded design justice framework that is specific to engineering design. We encourage designers in our field to adopt this framework to assist them in thinking through how their engineering design work can be used to advance justice."