Thomas Powers

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Public Policy and Administration
Director, Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy

Resident Faculty, Delaware Biotechnology Institute

University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716


Thomas M. Powers is the founding director of the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (CSEPP) at the University of Delaware. He holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and is resident faculty of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. His research concerns ethics in science and engineering, the philosophy of technology, and environmental ethics, and his publications range from topics in artificial intelligence and robotic ethics to the ethical aspects of design. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 10 federal and state grants. Powers received a B.A. in philosophy (College of William and Mary) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (University of Texas at Austin) for a dissertation Immanuel Kant. He has been a DAAD-Fulbright dissertation-year fellow at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, and a visiting researcher at the Laboratoire d’Informatique (LIP6) at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Sorbonne Universities) in Paris, France.