Intro to ME
Role of Ethics, law and regulations in the decision making process.
The roles of ethics, law and regulations have become more and more crucial to society as
time has progressed.
In the business world, for example, these three aspects carry such weight
that most organizations carry a set of guidelines or rules to uphold their standard of members and
In the engineering realm the decision making process has become a 1,2,3… step
process, including analysis, assumptions by physical law, sketches, and calculations, among
The timetable on world legal history dates back to 2350 BC.
Guidelines have been in
place to shield us from disaster, helping us learn from our mistakes and prevent Murphy's Law
("If anything can go wrong, it will").
Thus the decision making process has evolved with these
three issues, guide lining our judgment skills in solving real world problems.
Engineering ethics is attracting increasing interest in engineering universities throughout
An interest in professional ethics has culminated in the creation of a new course in
engineering, ethics must now expand to meet the needs of increasing numbers of students
wishing to learn more about the value implications of their actions as professional engineers. The
increasing concern for the value dimension of engineering is, at least in part, a result of the
attention that the media has given to cases such as the Challenger disaster, the Kansas City
Hyatt-Regency Hotel walkways collapse, and the Exxon oil spill. As a response to this concern, a
new discipline, engineering ethics, is emerging. This discipline will take its place alongside well-
established fields such as medical ethics, business ethics, and legal ethics.