The Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University, founded in 2019, is an interdisciplinary center to explore the intersection between ethics and science, technology, and law from a Catholic faith-based perspective. The Center builds on Duquesne's longtime academic focus on ethics and its historic commitment to human interaction and community.
As a University-wide initiative, the Center draws on the expertise and resources of Duquesne's nine schools to conduct sponsored research and organize conferences, symposia, and other scholarly endeavors. Microcredentials, certificates, and graduate degree programs are also envisioned for future development.
The Center additionally helps Duquesne University strengthen partnerships with leading research institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University; professional organizations like the Pittsburgh Region Bioethics Partnership; other Catholic colleges and universities such as Santa Clara University and Seattle University; and scholars and communities of different faith traditions across the globe.
In line with the mission to advance ethics in science, technology, and law, the Center's initial focus is on ethics and data, digital technology, and artificial intelligence from the perspective of the Catholic teaching.
The center is named for Carl G. Grefenstette, a prominent 1950 graduate of Duquesne's business school, who spent more than 30 years with The Hillman Company before retiring as its president and chief executive officer. Grefenstette serves as vice president of the Hillman Family Foundations. He served on Duquesne's board of directors from 1979 to 1998, is a member of the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne Alumni, and received an honorary degree from the University in 1990.