Engineering Ethics. ECE 486. Engineering ethics. Engineering Ethics is the study of moral issues and decisions confronting individuals and organizations engaged in engineering .
Mike W. Martin and Roland Schinzinger, Ethics in Engineering, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1989.
Davis, M. “Teaching ethics across the engineering curriculum.” Proceedings of International Conference on Ethics in Engineering and Computer Science. Available online at: http://onlineethics.org/essays/education/davis.html.
Langdon Winner, 1990. “Engineering ethics and political imagination.”pp. 53-64 in Broad and Narrow Interpretations of Philosophy of Technology: Philosophy and Technology 7, edited by P. Durbin. Boston: Kluwer. Cited in Joseph R. Herkert, “Continuing and Emerging Issues in Engineering Ethics Education,” The Bridge, 32(3), 2002.
Some ideas for this lecture was based on the work of Dr. Jerry C. Collins
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Code of EthicsThe Fundamental Principles
Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor, and dignity of the engineering profession by:
I. using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare;
II. being honest and impartial, and serving with fidelity the public, their employers, and their clients;
III. striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and,
IV. supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.
ABET Code of Ethics of Engineers
The Fundamental Canons
1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.
2. Engineers shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.
3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.
5. Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.
6. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the profession.
7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.
The guiding principle of sustainable development is
development that meets the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs. Sustainable development recognizes the
interdependence of environmental, social and economic
systems and promotes equality and justice through
people empowerment and a sense of global citizenship.
Whilst we cannot be sure what the future may bring, a
preferable future is a more sustainable one.
Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development
From lecture by Professor Jim Jackson. Southern Cross University on Academic Misconduct.
Conflict of Interest:
Occurs whenever an engineer is in a position to make a decision
that can result in his/her personal gain.
Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest;
Competition with Former Employer
Employers Related Private Consultation After Public Employment
to the Client:
Disclosure of Design Errors
Adherence to Codes
Monitoring of Sub-Contractors
Fair Trade Practices:
Intellectual Property Rights
Criticism of Competitors Competence
Inflated Claims in Advertising
Maintaining Professional Standards
Letters of Recommendation
Signing off on Drawing
to the Profession:
Recruiting/Service the Public Institutions for the public good;
Participation in Professional Societies
The temperature at launch was 36 F. As the rocket carrying the Challenger rose from the ground, cameras showed smoke emanating through the O-rings.
Soon these turned into a flame that hit the external fuel tank and a strut holding the booster
*From NSF Engineering Ethics Case Report.
Your group should prepare a 10-min powerpoint presentation on one case that you will present to class and articulate an opinion on the proper ethical conduct of those involved.
Let me know by e-mail which case you will present by no later than Monday.