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Kelly Laas

CSEP Librarian

IIT Tower, 14th Floor, Lewis College of Human Science Suite, Room 14C9-1, 10 W. 35th Street Chicago, IL 60616


Masters in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)

BA English, Wellesley College (2004)


Kelly Laas is the Librarian/Information Researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During her eleven years at CSEP, she has supervised a number of projects relating to the development of online ethics resources and collections, including the management of CSEP’s large Ethics Codes Collection. She  is currently collaborating with the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering, Ethics and Society in developing bibliographies and other materials for the Online Ethics Center, as well as developing the Ethics Education Library, an online database of articles, syllabi, ethics case studies, and best practices of how to integrate ethics into existing technical courses and workshops. Along with coordinating the Center's funded projects, Ms. Laas also collaborates with Illinois Tech faculty in engineering, science, the social sciences and business schools to help integrate ethics into existing courses. Laas is currently the Upper Midwest Regional representative for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, and has helped organize the Chicago High School Regional Ethics Bowl for the past two years.  She received her MLS in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the College and Research Libraries division of the American Library Association. 

Current Projects

A Bottom-Up Approach to Building a Culture of Responsible Research and Practice in STEM

Becoming the Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science

Ethics Code Collection Redesign

Recent Publications

Davis, Michael, Elisabeth Hildt and Kelly Laas. (2016). Twenty-five Years of Ethics Across the Curriculum: An Assessment. Teaching Ethics. (online first) doi: 10.5840/tej201633028

Davis, Michael and Kelly Laas. (2014) “"Broader Impacts" or "Responsible Research and Innovation"? A Comparison of Two Criteria for Funding Research in Science and Engineering.” Science and Engineering Ethics. 20(4): 963-983. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-013-9480-1

Brey, Eric, David Gatchell, Kelly Laas and Vivian Weil. AC2011-2272: A Student-Centered Course for Integration of Ethics into a Biomedical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates. Presentation at the American Society for Engineering Education, 2011.

Laas, Kelly. “Taking a Proactive Approach Towards Responsibility: Indications of NanoEthics and Policy Making Around the World” Annales d’Economie et Statistique. (Submitted, under review)

Laas, Kelly and Vivian Weil. “NanoEthicsBank” in Guston, David H. (ed) Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2011. Pp. 482.