The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, & Values
The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, & Values “explores conceptual, ethical, and policy issues where science and technology intersect with society from different disciplinary perspectives,” to promote science that works for the greater good, according to its hallmark mission statement. Founded in 1985 by John D. “Jack” Reilly in honor of his father, the center is home to such groundbreaking programs as the History and Philosophy of Science graduate program, the Arts and Letters/Engineering Dual-Degree Program, the Science, Technology, & Values minor, and the GLOBES program, which awards certificates to outstanding graduate students whose work serves nature and society.
The Dual-Degree Program is a distinctive one that allows students to combine professional training with humanistic perspectives, broadening their education and allowing them to become more well-rounded professionals and thought-leaders who are able to consider the human impact of transformational new feats in science and technology.
The late Jack Reilly (’64), who passed away in August 2014, was an accomplished engineer and humanitarian, and a socially conscious businessman with a passion for creating a better world. A caring and modest individual, Reilly established two Endowments for Excellence in support of the center: the John J. Reilly Endowment for Excellence in the Reilly Center and the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, & Values [Endowment]. The continued success of the center honors his memory in perpetuity. He also established two other endowments in true representation of his broad range of interests: John D. Reilly Endowment for Excellence in support of the Reilly Collection of Old Master Drawings and James J. Reilly Endowment for Excellence in Engineering.