Lecture # 1.pptx - Ethics and Professionalism Lecture 1 MS 215 Engineering Ethics Lecture Outline • Ethics and Excellence in Engineering • • •

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Ethics and Professionalism Lecture # 1 MS 215 Engineering Ethics
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Lecture Outline Ethics and Excellence in Engineering Micro and Macro Issues Dimensions of Engineering Potential Moral Problems What Is Engineering Ethics? Why Study Engineering Ethics? Discussion Questions
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Introduction Engineers create products and processes to improve food production Shelter Energy Communication Transportation Health protection against natural calamities and to enhance the convenience and beauty of our everyday lives.
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Introduction Almost a century and a half ago in From the Earth to the Moon , Jules Verne imagined American space travelers being launched from Florida, circling the moon, and returning to splash down in the Pacific Ocean. In December 1968, three astronauts aboard an Apollo spacecraft did exactly that. Seven months later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took the first human steps on the moon. This extraordinary event was shared with millions of earthbound people watching the live broadcast on television.
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Introduction Engineering had transformed our sense of connection with the cosmos (universe) and even fostered (raised) dreams of routine space travel for ordinary citizens. Most technology, however, has double implications: As it creates benefits, it raises new moral challenges. Just as exploration of the moon and planets stand as engineering triumphs (victories), so the explosions of the space shuttles, Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 , were tragedies that could have been prevented had urgent warnings voiced by experienced engineers been heeded.
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Introduction We will examine these and other cases of human error, for in considering ethics and engineering alike we can learn from seeing how things go wrong. In doing so, however, we should avoid allowing technological risks to overshadow technological benefits. Ethics involves appreciating the vast positive dimensions of engineering that so deeply enrich our lives.
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Introduction To cite only a few examples, each of us benefits from the top 20 engineering achievements of the twentieth century, as identified by the National Academy of Engineering : Electrification Automobiles Airplanes water supply Distribution Electronics radio and television Agricultural Mechanization Computers Telephones air-conditioning Refrigeration Highways Spacecrafts Internet imaging technologies Medicine petrochemical technologies Laser fiber optics, nuclear technologies high-performance materials
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Introduction This chapter identifies some of the moral complexity in engineering defines engineering ethics states the goals in studying it.
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