Dr. Grady is leading the preparation for The 2nd Annual Penn State Ethics and Engineering Case Competition.

This competition is a qualifying competition for the National Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition

Sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute, this case competition gives undergraduate students the opportunity to examine real‐world issues related to engineering & business and recommend solutions that demonstrates ethical leadership. Prizes will be given to the top three teams! The top team will also win a trip to compete in the National competition at Lockheed Martin headquarters.

Important Dates
Information & practice session (optional): October 17 & 23, 6pm Hammond 219
Deadline to register: October 31st, 6pm Online
Case released: November 1st, 8am Online
Penn State Competition: November 15th, 6pm Hammond 220

Last Year

The first annual Penn State Engineering Ethics Case Competition was held Wednesday November 15th,2017. Congratulations to undergraduates Louden Buchanan (Junior, ChemE) and Steven Weber (Junior, IST) who represented Penn State in the National competition in February 2018.

The competition featured elevator pitches and oral presentations by several student teams on the topic of: engineering, ethics, and business dilemmas and potential solutions on the design and use of drones. The top team will be sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute to compete at a national engineering ethics case competition in Texas in February.

Faculty contacts: Caitlin Grady, cgrady@psu.edu and Michael Alley malley@engr.psu.edu 


Dr. Grady’s teaching interests include a variety of water resources, environmental engineering, and environmental policy courses. Her teaching pedagogy is a mix of an active learning methodology and a problem based learning style. These approaches combine student-centered instruction with real-world problems to build critical thinking skills and apply technical knowledge to transdisciplinary topics. In recent years she has taught and guest lectured in several courses including:

  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Communicating with Policymakers
  • Global Sustainable Engineering
  • Engineering Environmental Sustainability
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
  • Introduction to Sustainable Water Resources
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Fall 2017 Course Instruction

  • CE 360: Fluid Mechanics (PSU, University Park)

Spring 2018 Course Instruction