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Salina Songha Intro to ME Carla Williams 9/12/2003 Giselle Rojas Namas Chandra Michael Jones Tom Hutton 3. 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 employees. 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 many. 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 the nation. 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.
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Regulations provide engineers, scientists, and students with resources for understanding and addressing significant problems that arise in their work, and serve those who are promoting learning and advancing the understanding of responsible research and practice in science and engineering. Historically, cases, discussions, and ethical guidelines bear on the professional responsibilities of engineers. Thus leaving the experimental feel of things, you never know until you try. The range over the engineering disciplines goes from civil to electrical to biomedical engineering. Usually, discussion cases present open-ended situations, requiring a response. Some are descriptions of completed actions and call for a judgment on an action taken.
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