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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Take Concerns to Supervisor

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Question:

The bench tests showed that temperature can adversely affect the resiliency, and therefore the effectiveness, of the O-rings, yet management at Thiokol and NASA shows no interest in planning a design change. What general courses of action are reasonable for an engineer in this sort of situation?

Answer: Take concerns to supervisor.

Yes, if your supervisor's intervention is needed to start work on fixing the erosion problem. Depending on the company's normal procedures, it may be enough to notify your supervisor of what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Cite this page: "Take Concerns to Supervisor" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 5/21/2006 OEC Accessed: Sunday, September 24, 2017 <www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/BehavingWell/RB-intro/Early/Supervisor2.aspx>