Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

This section houses and provides access to all the OEC materials. It is searchable by type of resource, topic, field, and author and other publication information. A search by resource, then topic or field, reduces the number of entries identified.

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  • Assessment Tool 8
    • qualitative 1
    • quantitative 2
  • Bibliography 55
  • Case Study / Scenario 579
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 118
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 225
    • Mini-case 37
    • Moral Exemplar 16
    • Open-ended scenario 186
    • Role Play 12
    • Technical / Numerical Case 17
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 101
    • governmental policy 1
    • honor code 1
    • International Declarations and Standards 4
    • professional code 82
  • Educational Activity Description 66
    • Course 15
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 2
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 33
    • Institution-wide Program 4
    • Multi-semester program 8
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 1
    • Workshop/Event 1
  • Essay 13
  • Event / presentation 13
  • Instructor Material 50
    • lecture plan / notes 2
    • lesson plan / guide 13
    • pedagogical notes/essays 16
    • rubric 5
    • syllabus 13
  • Multimedia 18
    • application 0
    • documentary 0
    • film 2
    • podcast 0
    • software 0
    • video clip 9
  • Online Course 0
  • Projects 9
  • Published Work / Text 115
    • blog 1
    • book 0
    • journal article 4
    • newspaper / magazine article 2
    • report 84
    • web article 3
  • Subject Aids 37
  • Topical Collection / Resource Collection 26
  • Website / organization 32
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Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 0
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 1
  • Controversies 5
    • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 0
    • Big Data 1
    • Climate Change 1
    • Cloning 0
    • Dual Use Research 0
    • Embryo Research 0
    • Energy 1
    • Geoengineering 0
    • Human Enhancement 1
    • Human Migration 0
    • Military and Defense Research 1
    • Stem Cell Research 0
  • Corruption 0
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 0
  • Emerging technologies 2
  • Environmental Justice 1
  • Governance 0
  • Human Rights 0
  • Law and Public Policy 0
  • Privacy and Surveillance 1
  • Public and Community Engagement 0
  • Public Well-being 0
  • Responsible Innovation 0
  • Risk 0
  • Security 0
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 0
    • Dual Use 0
  • Social and Political Conflict 0
  • Social Justice 0
  • Social Responsibility 2
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 0
  • Sustainability 0
    • Economic 0
    • Environmental 0
    • Social 0
    • Sustainable Development 0
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 3
  • Bias in Research 0
  • Collaboration 3
    • Interdisciplinary Research 0
    • International Collaboration 0
  • Community and Participatory Research 0
  • Confidentiality 1
  • Conflict of Interest 2
  • Data Management 1
  • Diversity 0
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 0
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 0
  • Expert Witness 0
  • Grant Management 0
  • Human Subjects Research 5
    • Informed Consent 0
    • Institutional Review Boards 0
    • Vulnerable Populations 0
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 2
    • Industrial Espionage 0
    • Trade Secrets 0
  • Mentors and Trainees 7
  • Organizational Climate 0
  • Publication Ethics 7
    • Authorship 6
    • Peer Review 2
  • Reproducibility 0
  • Research Misconduct 2
    • Fabrication 0
    • Falsification 0
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 0
    • Plagiarism 0
  • Safety 2
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 0
    • Product Liability 0
    • Public Health and Safety 0
  • Whistleblowing 1
  • Workplace Ethics 0
    • Bidding Process 0
    • Bribery and Extortion 0
    • Community Relations 0
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 0
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 0
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 0
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 0
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 0
    • Computer Sciences 0
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 0
    • Mathematics 0
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 0
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 0
    • Statistics and Probability 0
  • Engineering 3
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 1
    • Chemical Engineering 0
    • Civil Engineering 0
    • Computer Engineering 0
    • Earth Resources Engineering 0
    • Electrical Engineering 0
    • Engineering Management 0
    • Environmental Engineering 0
    • Grand Challenges for Engineering 0
    • Industrial Engineering 0
    • Material Science and Engineering 0
    • Mechanical Engineering 0
    • Nuclear Engineering 0
    • Systems Engineering 0
  • International Perspectives 0
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 4
    • Animal Science 0
    • Biochemistry 0
    • Bioinformatics 0
    • Biophysics 0
    • Biotechnology 1
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 0
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 0
    • Entomology 0
    • Environmental Health 0
    • Food Science 0
    • Forestry and Forest Science 1
    • Genetics and Genomics 1
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 0
    • Integrative Biology 0
    • Microbiology 0
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 0
    • Nutrition 0
    • Pharmacology 0
    • Physiology 0
    • Plant Sciences 0
    • Public Health 0
    • Structural Biology 0
    • Synthetic Biology 0
    • Systems Biology 0
    • Toxicology 0
  • Research Ethics 10
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 1
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 0
    • Anthropology 0
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 0
    • Economics 0
    • Geography 0
    • Information Sciences 0
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    • Political Science 0
    • Psychology 0
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 0
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 0
    • Urban Studies and Planning 0
  • Teaching Ethics in STEM 1
    • Case Study Method 1
    • Ethical Decision-Making 0
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 0
    • Evaluation and Assessment 0
    • Goals of Ethics Education 1
    • Institution-Wide Methods 0
    • Instructional Methods 1
    • Online Education 0
    • Pedagogical Materials (Approaches) 1
    • Service Learning 0
    • Using Moral Theories in Teaching 0
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  • Serving Plaintiffs and Defendants (adapted from NSPE Cases No. 98-4)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated01/20/2016

    (Conflicting Interests and Conflict of Interest) An expert in her field, an engineer is approached by lawyers for manufacturer XYZ to tesitfy on behalf of XYZ. Later, a plaintiff asks her to testify in an unrelated lawsuit against manufacturer XYZ. Does accepting the second job create a conflict of interest for her?

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • Heat Transfer Problem

    Added02/16/2006

    Updated01/15/2016

    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
    Authoring Institution Zachry Department of Civil Engineering-TAMU Ethics
    Year 1995
  • Microbiologists Respond to Bioterrorism

    Added10/02/2013

    Updated08/05/2016

    In the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a group of microbiologists worked with the FBI to identify the individual or group who mailed letters filled with anthrax to American government officials and media personalities. Others struggled with the issues of whether and how to publish research results of potential use to terrorists. A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning scientists and engineers and their involvement in or opposition to military projects.

    Author(s) Karin Ellison Karen Wellner
    Contributor(s) Karin Ellison
    Year 2013
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  • Big Data Collection

    Added06/13/2017

    This collection of resources on Big Data is part of a larger collection of Life and Environmental Science ethics education resource sets on ethics of emerging biotechnologies , big data in the life sciences , human enhancement , and conservation and biodiversity . Doctoral students from ...

    Author(s) Valerie Racine
    Contributor(s) Valerie Racine Karin Ellison Joseph Herkert
    Year 2017
  • NAE Exemplars in Engineering Ethics Education

    Added08/30/2016

    Updated08/30/2016

    These 25 activities and programs were selected by an NAE committee for being exemplary in their approach to infusing ethics into the development of engineering students and were published in an NAE report, Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers: Exemplary Education Activities and ...

    Authoring Institution Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) National Academy of Engineering The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Year 2016
  • Graduate Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries- Volume 7, 2006

    Added08/15/2016

    Updated08/15/2016

    Volume 7 addresses dealing with research on groups, research with indigenous peoples, encountering criminal behavior in the course of research, invasion of privacy, use of students in research, the IRB and social science research, conflicting roles of researchers, and research on the internet.

    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Authoring Institution Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
    Year 2006
  • This is a subset of cases brought before the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Ethical Review. The NSPE BER reviews cases with the specific purpose of making an ethical judgment on the actions of (only) the engineers in the cases, based solely on the NSPE Code of Ethics.  A separate section of discussion scenarios based on each of these cases is also available.  You can find more cases from the NSPE BER on their website.
  • This collection lists individual resources about sustainability.  The CEES Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society has gathered some of these resources in projects undertaken in partnership with the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) and the University of Minnesota (UMN).  ...
  • The rapid development of potentially destructive technologies within the military presents unique ethical and societal challenges. The resources here relate to emerging military technologies identified as part of a National Academies project on the topic.
  • This is a collection of resources generated and gathered by the NSF supported Energy Ethics in Science and Engineering (EESE) Education partnership. It includes two bibliographies as well as teaching tools and general organizational information. This is a work in progress so check back often for more resources.
  • This is a collection of resources generated and gathered during the NSF Climate Change Educational Partnership (CCEP) Phase I award, It includes cases and a bibliography as well as teaching tools and general organizational information.  This is a work in progress so check back often for more resources.
  • Added08/24/2009

    Updated08/15/2016

    Nine role-play scenarios on central topics in responsible conduct of research (RCR): authorship, conflict of interest, peer review, interpersonal conflicts in mentoring, data management and whistle-blowing, professional relationships and whistle-blowing, and compliance with regulations on human participants, animal subjects, and hazardous materials. Each scenario has a professor role and a graduate student role. The instructions for the two roles provide divergent perspectives on the same problem.

    Author(s) Michael Loui C.K. Gunsalus
    Year 2009
  • Pedagogical advice, course planning resources, and research essays about ethics instruction in K-12 classrooms.
  • These resources relate to diversity issues both in the workplace and in academia. Cases and essays are included along with a section of links to professional societies for under-represented groups.
  • Cases, essays, and reference materials that address ethical issues for employees, managers, and organizations. There are also resources for considering the intersection of ethics and the law.
  • This section reflects the Online Ethics Center's long commitment to furthering knowledge and discussion of research responsibilities both individual and social. It contains cases, discussions, guidelines, and regulations bearing on (1) the responsible conduct of research (RCR), including both issues of research integrity and issues of the treatment of the research subject; and (2) researchers' social responsibility, including for the implications of their work and for engaging and communicating with the public. Research conditions described in the cases, scenarios, and dramatic readings range over a variety of disciplines, from engineering and computer science, the physical, life, and social sciences to medicine.
  • Material addressing the specific ethical issues arising from numerous emerging technologies. The section includes cases, essays, sections on specific types of new technology, and other resources.
  • An extensive section with a large number of essays and articles, as well as sets of cases, and discussions bearing on the various professional responsibilities of engineers.
  • Graduate Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries

    Added03/11/2007

    Updated08/15/2016

    An extensive set of cases on a wide variety of research and training topics written by graduate and post-doc students, all with accompanying expert commentaries. They are the result of workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education, held at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1996 to 2002.

    Author(s) Brian Schrag
    Contributor(s) Brian Schrag
    Year 1997
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