Trystan Sterling Goetze

Director of the Sue and Harry E. Bovay Program


Goetze is the Director of the Sue G. and Harry E. Bovay Program in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering, Senior Lecturer in the Ethics of Engineering, and Senior Lecturer (by courtesy) in the Sage School of Philosophy. The mission of the History and Ethics of Engineering Program is “to be a catalyst for consideration of social and ethical issues in engineering” across Cornell. Goetze teaches courses and guest sessions on the ethics of engineering, and organizes interdisciplinary events and workshops for faculty and students interested in the history, ethics, and social significance of engineering, design, and technology. Goetze’s research interests include moral responsibility, epistemic injustice, philosophy of education, and the ethics of computing and information technology, including AI ethics. Before coming to Cornell, Goetze took their Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield (2018), followed by a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University (2019–21), a stint as an Ethics and Educational Development Consultant for Ethically Aligned AI Inc. (2021), and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Embedded EthiCS at Harvard University (2021–23).


  • History and Ethics of Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Science and Technology Studies

PHIL Courses - Spring 2024