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Numerical & Design Problems With Ethical Content

Added02/27/2006

Contributor(s) Charles E. Harris, Jr
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Year 1995
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Publisher National Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Publisher provided Keywords ENGINEERING Instructional Methods
Language English
  • Added08/23/2006

    As an engineer for an energy consulting company, you determine which materials should be used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of buildings. Ethical issues arise when the contractor's designs fail to meet California Energy Standards.

    Author(s) Wayne Helmer Robert C. Walker
    Year 1995
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    A software engineer, working for a multinational corporation, creates some software that provides security for email documents. The engineer realizes that there is a federal law prohibiting the distribution of security algorithms and information outside the United States. Ethical issues arise when the engineer's boss does not share this concern about the distribution of the software, and offers Greg a stay at a resort.

    Author(s) Jeremy Hanzlik
    Year 1995
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    An engineer, you work for a consulting firm responsible for the renovation of old office buildings for a military base. A new regulation concerning wall materials goes into effect next year. The wall you are working on will not meet the new regulations. Conflict arises when there are differing opinions regarding which regulations to follow.

    Author(s) Wayne Helmer Robert C. Walker
    Year 1995
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    An abandoned wood-treating facility must undergo a Superfund cleanup. The case history and other data are presented in order to provide insight into numerical and ethical problems in this situation.

    Author(s) Edmund Tsang John C. Reis
    Year 1995
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    This case provides an analysis of the O-ring data from the Challenger Disaster and argues for a launch scrub. Suitable for courses in applied statistics, material, and general engineering levels 1-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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    A company underestimates the costs for detail design of a city's water supply system. Later, errors are discovered in the initial costs submitted to the city. Ethical issues arise due to this mistake and are complicated by the various circumstances discussed in the study. Suitable for courses in construction, project management, engineering economics, and general introductory, levels 1-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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    An oil refining company considers building a refinery on a flood plain. Periodic huge floods raise issues regarding whether worker housing should be built there and, if so, what types of housing would be most appropriate, according to numerical calculations of the frequency of severe flooding and of damages. Suitable for courses in construction, project management, engineering economics, and general engineering introductory, levels 1-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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    A medical instrumentation company develops a patient-monitoring device. Calculations of its failure rate in different increments of time are made. Results indicate whether the product should be used, and consider the effects if it is or is not used.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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    A project team is developing new software for airplane altitude controls combined with navigation. How is the software to be tested? How are the results to be interpreted, and what are the expectations and goals for the quality of the software? Suitable for courses in statistics, software engineering, reliability engineering, levels 3-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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    A software product is being tested using a probabilistic approach. The test, WHIZ, is developed for this job. Calculations are made of the software and of the costs of such a test. Interpretation of results raises some problems. Suitable for courses in statistics, software engineering, reliability engineering, levels 3-4.

    Author(s) Joseph H. Wujek
    Year 1995
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