Frazier Benya, PhD, MA

Frazier Benya MA Student AlumniInspiration often comes in the simplest forms. FRAZIER BENYA found hers as a graduate student while taking a course on the ethics of human subject research. She followed her new found passion by enrolling in the Center’s MA program, completing her degree in 2011. Frazier’s MA thesis analyzed different institutional methodologies for considering the social implications of science, with a focus on those that integrate scientific research with ethics research in the United States and Canada. During graduate school she also worked as a research assistant to create, an online bioethics resource website which indexed multiple databases addressing current and historical bioethical issues.

Frazier also earned a PhD in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Her PhD thesis focused on the history of bioethics and scientific social responsibility during the 1960s and 1970s that led to the creation of the first federal bioethics commission in 1974.

Frazier is a Program Officer in the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) in Washington, DC. She manages the projects run by CEES including the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science website. Her work at the NAE has focused on ethics education for engineers and scientists; climate change, engineered systems, and society; energy ethics; and ethical and social issues with advancing military technologies.

"The Center’s classes gave me the knowledge and expertise in bioethics and science and technology ethics that I use regularly in my job to identify and analyze ethical issues and review ethics.”

Frazier Benya