Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Added05/03/2010

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    Benjamin Linder posthumously received an Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest (now deemed the Carl Barus Award) given by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology in 1988. This account of his story is excerpted from the book Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer, by Stephen Unger.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
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    Updated08/12/2010

    David Monts received the IEEE Carl Barus award in 2003 for his determination to expose public safety risks within the Physical Plant Services Department of the University of Louisiana. As an "at-will" employee he lost his job for speaking up about shortcuts and improper management.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
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    Demetrios L. Basdekas received an Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest (now deemed the Carl Barus Award) given by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology in 1991. This account of his story is excerpted from the book Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer, by Stephen Unger.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added06/06/2006

    Updated08/29/2016

    Fred Cuny was a disaster relief specialist who used his training in engineering to do humanitarian work. He worked in countries such as Biafra, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, and Bosnia. In March 1995, he disappeared in Chechnya and was never found. The story of his work is told in 8 sections and includes supplementary materials and pictures.
    Year 2006
  • Added07/05/2006

    Updated11/25/2009

    This page presents the case of whistleblower Inez Austin as an example of someone who, even in the face of overwhelming adversity, followed her ethical convictions and refused to sanction a procedure she believed to be unsafe. The information in this page is drawn from extensive personal communications with Inez Austin.
    Year 2005
  • Added06/09/2010

    Updated02/05/2016

    This Virginia Tech professor fought against bureaucracy to bring public attention to elevated lead levels in Washinton D.C.'s water supply.

    Year 2004
  • Added04/29/2010

    Updated05/04/2010

    Max Blankenzee, Robert Bruder, and Holger Hjortsvang jointly received the first Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest (now deemed the Carl Barus Award) given by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology in 1978. This account of their story is excerpted from the book Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer, by Stephen Unger.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added07/06/2006

    Updated06/06/2011

    During the seventeen years she worked in the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Rachel Carson learned about the problems of pesticides. Undaunted by the chemical companies' hostility and by the public's high enthusiasm for pesticides, she wrote a book called Silent Spring, which caused a major shift in public consciousness about the environment. Told in 7 sections and includes supplementary materials and pictures.
    Year 2006
  • Added05/04/2010

    Updated08/10/2010

    Rebecca Leaf received the Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest "in recognition of her work, under particularly dangerous conditions, in directing a project to make electricity available to people in a remote rural area of Nicaragua, and to educate local people in the rudiments of technology."

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added05/03/2010

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    Rick Parks received an Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest (now deemed the Carl Barus Award) given by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology in 1986. This account of his story is excerpted from the book Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer, by Stephen Unger.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added05/19/2006

    Updated08/29/2016

    Roger Boisjoly discusses in seven sections his attempts to avert the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Boisjoly has spent his entire career making well-informed decisions based on his understanding of and belief in a professional engineer's rights and responsibilities. For his honesty and integrity leading up to and directly following the shuttle disaster, he was awarded the Prize for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Includes a Quicktime Movie of the disaster and other supporting materials.
    Year 1987
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    Salvador Castro received the Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest in 2001 In recognition of "his commitment to the public safety, in reporting a dangerous product design to the Food and Drug Administration at the cost of his job."

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added05/03/2010

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    Virginia Edgerton received the second Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest (now deemed the Carl Barus Award) given by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology in 1979. This account of her story is excerpted from the book Controlling Technology: Ethics and the Responsible Engineer, by Stephen Unger.

    Contributor(s) Stephen H. Unger
  • Added06/23/2006

    Updated02/11/2014

    William LeMessurier served as design and construction consultant on the innovative Citicorp headquarters tower, which was completed in 1977 in New York. The next year, after a college student studying the tower design had called him to point out a possible deficiency, LeMessurier discovered that the building was indeed structurally deficient. LeMessurier faced a complex and difficult problem of professional responsibility in which he had to alert a broad group of people to the structural deficiency and enlist their cooperation in repairing the deficiency before a hurricane brought the building down.
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