Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

This section houses and provides access to all the OEC materials. It is searchable by type of resource, topic, field, and author and other publication information. A search by resource, then topic or field, reduces the number of entries identified.

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    • Economic 2
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  • Collaboration 115
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    • Discrimination in the Workplace 6
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  • Expert Witness 6
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  • Human Subjects Research 123
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  • Mentors and Trainees 127
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  • Publication Ethics 120
    • Authorship 83
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 12
  • Research Misconduct 56
    • Fabrication 9
    • Falsification 8
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 11
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 142
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 31
    • Product Liability 14
    • Public Health and Safety 71
  • Whistleblowing 27
  • Workplace Ethics 120
    • Bidding Process 10
    • Bribery and Extortion 11
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    • Employer/Employee Relationships 53
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 45
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  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 5
  • Big Data 14
  • Climate Change 18
  • Cloning 3
  • Dual Use Research 11
  • Embryo Research 8
  • Energy 11
  • Geoengineering 4
  • Human Enhancement 16
  • Human Migration 4
  • Military and Defense Research 10
  • Stem Cell Research 1
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  • International Perspectives 7
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  • Research Ethics 100
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  • Serving Plaintiffs and Defendants (adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-4)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    (Conflicting Interests and Conflict of Interest) An expert in her field, an engineer is approached by lawyers for manufacturer XYZ to tesitfy on behalf of XYZ. Later, a plaintiff asks her to testify in an unrelated lawsuit against manufacturer XYZ. Does accepting the second job create a conflict of interest for her?

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • Microbiologists Respond to Bioterrorism

    Added10/02/2013

    Updated08/05/2016

    In the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a group of microbiologists worked with the FBI to identify the individual or group who mailed letters filled with anthrax to American government officials and media personalities. Others struggled with the issues of whether and how to publish research results of potential use to terrorists. A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning scientists and engineers and their involvement in or opposition to military projects.

    Author(s) Karin Ellison Karen Wellner
    Contributor(s) Karin Ellison
    Year 2013
  • The Use of Work from an Unpaid Consultation (adapted from NSPE Case No. 77-5)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade

    This case covers the pursuit of a contract and use of a study authored by a competing firm. It raises questions about the limits that are required in order to keep competition for a contract fair. This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
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