SEAS 001 Homework 1

SEAS 001 Homework 1 - Jeffrey Birenbaum SEAS 001 HW 1 Case...

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Jeffrey Birenbaum SEAS 001 – HW 1 Case Studies in Engineering Ethics 9/5/10 1) In the Ford Motor situation, I would be forced to completely redesign the portions of the gas tank that could potentially lead to this danger for the customers. No matter the cost, the issue would have to be solved because the product must be safe to sell that no one is in danger when operating the vehicle. If there were a several-week delay between the reporting of the issue and anything being done, as the engineer who reported the problem, I would not allow for any more gas tanks to be completed until the flaw in the design was fixed and the president had given the ok for the flaw to be worked on. My ethical responsibility to the customers as an engineer would be to keep them out of harm, so that would require the all of this to happen. It would be appropriate to voice my concern about the gas tank to multiple people higher in the company and to make sure that my concerns were acknowledged and acted on. If nothing were done after my concerns were voiced, I would likely quit my job and voice the nature of the problem to the public. If something I have worked on has the possibility of ending someone’s life, the public would have to know straight from me that the problem was identified but not solved
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SEAS 1001 taught by Professor Sharohkahmadi during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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SEAS 001 Homework 1 - Jeffrey Birenbaum SEAS 001 HW 1 Case...

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