Essays & Articles

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  • Collaborative Practices for Contextualizing the Engineering Laboratory

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    This is an excerpt (Chapter 20) from the book Engineering in Context edited by Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Bernard Delahousse, and Martin Meganck. This section, authored by Erik Fisher and Clark Miller, explores the embedding of participant-observers from the humanities and social scientists within engineering laboratories in order to help engineers become more aware of the broader context of their work.

  • Ethical Aspects of Bribing People in Other Countries

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    This links to a full-text version of an article published in Science and Engineering Ethics, 1998. Author Stephen Unger discusses the advantages of behaving ethically in situations where ethical behavior is not expected.

  • Optimization, Option Disclosure, and Problem Redefinition: Derivative Moral Obligations of Engineers and the Case of the Composite-Material Bicycle

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    This article describes the moral obligation of engineers and how it is related to design, manufacturing and responsible conduct of research; specifically composite material used in bicycle frame design.

  • The Structural Engineer's Standard of Care

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    This paper briefly describes cases of engineering failure with which the author has become familiar in his practice as a consultant and expert in construction defects lawsuits, and other engineering failures in the published record, in order to expose students to the concept of the engineer's standard of care.

  • Towards a Theory of Moral Change

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    This set of pages comprises a sample lecture that might be given to an audience of engineering students on the topic of the importance of ethical behavior in the engineering profession. Text for slides, an annotated bibliography and several examples of engineering ethicspledges and oaths are also included. The talk was prepared by the authors for the Ethics Committee of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Washington, DC.

  • Ethical Decisions - Morton Thiokol and the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster - Index

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    This essay provides a summary of important events leading to the Challenger disaster. Plus, a detailed account will show why the off-line telecon caucus by Morton Thiokol Management constituted the unethical decision-making forum which ultimately produced the management decision to launch Challenger without any restrictions.

  • Engineering Ethics in a Corporate Setting

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    Essays and cases on engineering in a corporate setting including Texas Instruments (TI) and Lockheed Martin.

  • A Design Engineer's View of Liability in Engineering Practice: Negligence and Other Potential Liabilities

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    This paper examines several types of professional liability with regard to engineering activities and products and its relation to the concepts of professional negligence and product liability as defined in law, particularly in the United States. Elements of tort liability discussed in this paper reflect societal expectations for engineering practice and engineering products. The paper first examines the basis for legal liability for general tortious conduct and then specifically examines the concepts of professional 'malpractice' (professional negligence) and strict liability for products in the United States.

  • Essays on International Engineering Ethics

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    Essays on Engineering Ethics education and experience in Portugal, France, and with respect to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • Ethics and Reverse Engineering

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    This student project uses interviews with Texas Instruments employees to explore the ramifications of reverse engineering.

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Cite this page: "Essays & Articles" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 7/28/2009 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Sunday, March 01, 2015 <>