Lecture 14 - Engineering ‘Disasters’… Is it fair to...

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Unformatted text preview: Engineering ‘Disasters’… Is it fair to call these video examples “engineering” disasters? Devices and Errors • the obligation to make decisions and take actions that will enhance the welfare and interests of society [8] • integration of economic, social, and environmental actions [9] • engineers impact the world through creation of devices • obligation to create devices that minimize negative impacts (e.g. health, safety, environment, etc.) Social Responsibility… Daily Devices??? Daily Devices • computer, printer, scanner • phone • pens/pencils/erasers/paper • DVD player, television • car, bicycle • plastic bags • locks, keys • public transit, roadways • bed, linen, clothing • alarm clock • lights • shower, faucets • toothbrush/toothpaste • comb/brush • appliances, pots, utensils, dishes Device Failure • devices are designed to minimize failure • operator error, deficiencies, sabotage, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGINEERIN Eng 4A03 taught by Professor Prescott during the Winter '08 term at McMaster University.

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Lecture 14 - Engineering ‘Disasters’… Is it fair to...

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