Value-based Engineering


People who embrace Value-based Engineering and who have strongly contributed to the IEEE 7000TM efforts over years.

Lee Barford

served as a member of the P7000 Working Group and its Comments Resolution Group. He is a technical Fellow at a Silicon Valley company and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Ali Hessami
Ali Hessami

was chair of the IEEE 7000TM standard, He is a graduate of Electronics Engineering and Physics, a systems safety and security design engineer and a student of Eastern Mysticism of Rumi & Attar canons, passionately believing in moving the emphasis from Shareholder Value towards Social Value.

Ruth Lewis

is Principal Consultant of Technology Foresight, a futurist, engineer and strategic business consultant. She is the Chair of IEEE Society for Societal Implications of Technology, Standards Committee which is developing many ethical IT standards, and is an actively contributing member to IEEE 7000-2021 Approved Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design, including the Process Subgroup and Comment Resolution Groups. Ruth’s consulting practice provides responsible, ethical and sustainable IT consulting services, and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jacob Metcalf

Jacob Metcalf, PhD,

is the Director of the 'AI on the Gound Initiative' at the Data & Society Research Institute and also the founder of the consulting firm Ethical Resolve. He is a technology ethics researcher and consultant studying governance practices and policies of AI/ML systems. 

Rob Schaaf
Rob Schaaf

has a life time in software and systems engineering, half of it in various technical and management positions with IBM and ITT on both sides of the Atlantic. He is an occasional university lecturer and a contributor to international standards in his field.  He holds an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology.  His technical specialties are in the field of emergent properties of complex systems, safety and general quality requiring a multidisciplinary approach to engineering. 

Sarah Spiekermann
Sarah Spiekermann

is the initiator and thought-leader of Value-based Engineering. She developed the ethical system design approach first in her textbook on ‘Ethical IT Innovation’ and later as vice-chair of the IEEE 7000 standard. Sarah is a chaired professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Prior to her academic career she worked for the consultancy company A.T.Kearney and two Silicon Valley firms.

Sarah can be contacted for top-executive & media briefings on Value-based Engineering and IEEE 7000.

Gisele Waters
Gisele Waters, Ph.D.

designs health service lines for seniors using AI led diagnostics aimed at prevention and wellness. She is a contributing member to many IEEE ethics standards including 7000, P7004, P7008, P2418.6, ECPAIS certification, and P2089. For the IEEE 7000-2021 Approved Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design, she led two Comment Resolution Groups. Gisele also teaches Methods of Inquiry and Chairs the research of doctoral candidates as Adjunct Faculty at Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Gisele is also Chair of the forthcoming IEEE AI Procurement standard, P3119. 

Till Winkler

is a PhD student at the Institute for Information Systems and Society. His research focuses on the evaluation and improvement of value-oriented methodologies and their integration into requirements engineering practices. Till has been involved in the IEEE P7000 standardization process from the beginning. Prior to his research at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, he worked in an engineering office where he researched the usability and psychological effects of daylighting systems.