Bernhardt L. Trout, PhD

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Raymond F. Baddour, ScD, (1949) Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Originator and Course Leader: Ethics for Engineers

Bernhardt Trout received his SB and SM degrees from MIT and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he performed post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute. He is a member of the Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) Advisory Board, in MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing.

Professor Trout’s passion is to educate engineering students more deeply and broadly, particularly in the ethical foundation and implications of science and technology. In addition to having founded and taught Ethics for Engineers since 2009, he has taught numerous seminars, including “Aristotle and Descartes on Biology and Cosmology,” “Unconventional Ambition: Xenophon, Bacon and Lincoln,” “The Science and Politics of Liberty,” “Newton vs. Goethe on Colors and Virtual Reality,” and “The Tempest.” He is co-editor of Mastery of Nature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) in which he wrote the chapter on quantum mechanics.

His scientific research focuses on the application of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics to pharmaceutical manufacturing and development together with experiment and equipment development. In 2011 with a team from MIT and Novartis, he developed the first end-to-end continuous pharmaceutical process. He works with the FDA and other regulatory bodies, in addition to many pharmaceutical companies, in research or consulting. He has published over 200 scientific papers and currently has 20 patents issued or pending.