About the Online Ethics Center

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is maintained by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and is part of the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES). The CEES started in April 2007 and plans conferences and other research and educational activities under the direction of the CEES advisory group. Dr. Rachelle Hollander serves as the director of CEES, to oversee the planning and development of the center. She can be reached by email at rhollander(at)nae.edu or email us at: OnlineEthics@nae.edu

Rachelle Hollander
500 Fifth Street, NW, Keck 1011
Washington, DC 20001
tel:  202-334-3068
fax:  202-334-2290


The OEC owes its existence to the founding leadership and continuing direction of Professor Caroline Whitbeck.  She and Dr. Wm. A. Wulf, past President of the NAE, were the motivating forces for its transfer to the Academy.  Caroline Whitbeck continues to provide her direction to the center as chair of the OEC Advisory Group.

A gift from NAE member Harry E. Bovay Jr. has allowed the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to launch the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society and the Online Ethics Center.  In addition, a grant from the National Science Foundation has made it possible for us to provide new resources on the OEC specifically designed to assist individuals and institutions seeking to respond to the new America COMPETES Act requirements.  This grant also provided the resources for restructuring of the website to allow easier searches and a more user-friendly interface.

Funding for enhancements to the OEC comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0936865. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


The Online Ethics Center at the National Academy of Engineering provides readily accessible literature and information, case studies and references, and discussion groups on ethics in engineering and science.  It focuses on problems that arise in and for the work life of engineers and scientists. It serves practitioners, educators and students, and individuals interested in professional and research ethics.

The mission of the Online Ethics Center continues to be: 

  • to provide engineers and engineering students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work, and
  • to serve those who are promoting learning and advancing the understanding of responsible research and practice in engineering.

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