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MIME 221 - Notes I NTRODUCTION     - Ethics o Not clear o Highly individual o Varies widely o Internal philosophy o Few, if any, penalties - What is engineering? o Science explores what is; engineering creates what has not been o ‘engineer’ is from the Latin ‘ingeniare’: to design, to create o Engineers use the materials and forces of nature for public benefit o Engineering is a profession: searching for optimal solutions to real problems - The engineering profession o Will face various legal and social conflicts o You as an engineer will surely face complex problems and issues which could be  life or career threatening - Canadian engineering accreditation board (CEAB) o Engineering programs must demonstrate that their graduates have: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and  interpret data an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems 1
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MIME 221 - Notes o It is necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and communal context - How do you become an engineer? o Education; B.Eng… o Iron Ring Ceremony o Relevant professional experience o Examination on provincial code of ethics, practice, legal liability o Membership in OIQ, PEO… o Your neck is on the line - Introduce concepts of ethics and decision making process o Reinforce sense of value o Introduce logical and systematic approach to analyzing decision making process o Anticipate what can happen o Study case studies - Philosophy of course and ethics o There is frequently no single right or wrong answer to an ethical dilemma, but there is a personal best answer. o As a result of studying basic and applied concepts of professionalism and ethics, engineers will become more sensitive to the importance of ethical engineering practice - Case studies o The Quebec bridge disasters o The Westray Mine Disaster o The Bre-X Mining Fraud 2
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MIME 221 - Notes o The Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion o The Columbia Space Shuttle disaster o The DC-10 Passenger Aircraft disaster o Toxic Pollution: Bhopal, Sudbury o Nuclear Safety: Three Mile Island and Chernobyl o Space disasters o Silver bridge failure o Kansas city Stadium Roof failure o Exxon Valdez disaster o Hannon dam and Teton Dam disasters - Babylon’s Building Code, 1758 B.C. o Hammurabi, as king, decided that the builders of his time should also be  governed by his laws: o Officially gives responsibility to the builder if his work does not function properly  (example of a house and its roof falling and causing the death of the  householder) o Basically, an eye for an eye punishment - An Inspirational Poem:  If , by Rudyard Kipling o If you can do all this, you’re a man/perfect man - Message from the Office of the Provost:  o McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must 
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