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Sometimes referred to as macro ethics, these are broad ethical and social issues in engineering and science that call for the collective social responsibility of the science and engineering professions and societal decisions about research, practice, and technology.

Ethics and Society
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  • Added02/16/2006


    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
    Authoring Institution Zachry Department of Civil Engineering-TAMU Ethics
    Year 1995
  • The Information Due to the Customer



    XYZ orders 5000 custom made parts from ABC for one of its products. When the order is originally made ABC indicates it will charge $75 per part. This cost is based in part on the cost of materials. After the agreement is completed, but before production of the part begins, ABC engineer Christine Carsten determines that a much less expensive metal alloy can be used while only slightly compromising the integrity of the part. Using the less expensive alloy would cut ABC's costs by $18 a part.

    Author(s) Michael Pritchard
    Contributor(s) Michael Pritchard
    Authoring Institution Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University
    Year 1992
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