03_62Xf02ethicslecture

03_62Xf02ethicslecture - Ethics and Experimental Research...

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Ethics and Experimental Research Projects 16.621
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Why be concerned about ethics? Science and engineering are professions whose integrity rely on the participants behaving in ethical ways. Unethical behavior can lead to loss of life, property, or other resources. Individuals can also lose respect and their reputation. Without ethics, the profession loses the public trust, in which case it will not be valued or it will become highly regulated with much oversight. Due to past transgressions, our profession has lost considerable public trust. Oversight has increased. Current aerospace companies and agencies place considerable priority on ethics training and ethical conduct.
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Macro and Micro Ethics Macro ethics affect large segments of society, e.g. safety of an aircraft or a nuclear power plant Micro ethics affect individuals or small groups, e.g. impact on a student or employee. “Ethics and the Second Law of Thermodyamics” by Norm Augustine* is an excellent easy to read introduction to this topic. In 16.62X we are mainly concerned about micro ethics surrounding data collection and handling, and reporting of results. Remember - All of us have human weaknesses! *The Bridge, National Academy of Engineering, Fall 2002, pp 4-7
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