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lec01 - education • Professional societies • Results in...

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1 Why ethics in engineering? What is the first principle? • The study of the ethical aspects of the actions and decisions of engineers • Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public. What are engineers’ social responsibilities? • What are social, political, economic, environmental impacts? • Improve or exacerbate known problems? • How to handle trade offs in design process? What are the attributes of a profession? • Sophisticated skills, judgment, discretion • Extensive formal
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Unformatted text preview: education • Professional societies • Results in significant public good 2 A brief history of engineering ethics • In late 1800s, professionalization began • During WWI, developed codes of ethics • In 1930s, state licensing laws passed-- “industry exemption” • In 1950s, Cold War elevated engineering Public faith in engineering begins to change In 1970s, growing concern over harmful effects of science and technology • DC-10 crashes • Ford Pinto • Three Mile Island • BART...
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