Engineering 101: Engineering Ethics Professor Danielle Swiontek Final Exam Questions Spring 2008
Two final exam times: Saturday, June 7, 12 noon 3pm, HSSB 1173 Friday, June 13, 12 noon 3 pm, HSSB 1173
You may take either exam but not both. Be sur
Jan 28, 1986 Challenger explosion
Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space
Outside temp: 36 degrees F
O-ring temp: 28 degrees F
Launch Commit Criteria: 31 to 99
Media and political pre
Summer Session B 2016
Instructor: Dr. Paul Barba
Office: HSSB 3238
Office Hours: MW 12:45-1:45, and by appointment
Location: Phelps 3519
Class Meeting: MW 2:00-4:05
The goal of t
Philosophical how might different ethical frameworks
help engineers interpret and respond to ethically
Professionalism what does it mean to work in a
profession as opposed to a job?
Technology and society how does
Mark Johnson: moral imagination
provides means for understanding
(of self, others, institutions, and
cultures), for reflective criticism and
for transformation, which together are
the basis for moral growth
Multiple perspectives especi
Michael Davis: A profession is a number of individuals in the
same occupation voluntarily organized to earn a living by openly
serving a moral ideal in a morally permissible way beyond what
law, market, morality, and public opinion wo
Sci Eng Ethics (2011) 17:571582
The Nazi Engineers: Reflections on Technological
Ethics in Hell
Received: 19 May 2010 / Accepted: 31 August 2010 / Published online: 16 September 2010
Springer Science+Business Media
C H A P T E R
T H R E E
Framing the Problem
Main Ideas in this Chapter
! To a large extent, moral disagreement occurs against the background of
widespread moral agreement.
! Disagreement about moral matters is often more a matter of disagreement
Engineers of Death
Gerald Fleming (at the time emeritis Professor of German at Surrey University)
Op-Ed New York Times, July 18, 1993
*The following is a transcript of the above editorial. The original is available only on
microfilm, and scanned copies ar
Ken Hough Engineering 101, Summer 2015
Group Project: Reporting, Presentations & Findings
For this assignment, you will several different tasks, both as a group and as individuals.
1) Assemble and Name Your Grou
Engineering 101: Engineering Ethics Summer Session A 2015
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Engineering 101: Engineering Ethics Professor Danielle Swiontek Paper Topics
Topic: Choose one of the following topics from the list below or propose your own topic (subject to my approval). If you are proposing your own topic, you will need to give
Schedule for next week
Office hours on Monday 2:30 3:30 pm
Harold Frank Hall 1111
Why are ethics important?
Keeps you out of jail Lets you sleep at night Helps you do the right thing
Final on Tuesday, March 18
4 - 7 pm Webb 1100
What are corpo
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?
In the Shadow of the Moon
Tonight (Wed., Jan. 9) 7:30 pm Campbell Hall $5 for students
Ethical rules of thumb
Don't do anything you wouldn't do with your mother standing next to you. Don't do anything that you wouldn't wa
Engineering as Social Experimentation
an experimental process
usually using humans as subjects
Engineering as Social Experimentation
Projects are carried out in partial ignorance. Final outcomes are unknown. Knowledge gain
What organizational problems contributed to shuttle accidents?
How did NASA's history affect space shuttle program?
Originally part of manned mission to Mars
Space station Space shuttle Space tug
What limited the shuttle program?
Greenpeace protested GM crops
Public protests Especially in Europe GM food Power of corporations UN Commission issued principles for assessing safety of GM food (2001)
What is a GMO?
Organism whose genome has been changed through genetic engine
How do we deal with privacy in the internet age?
How do we identify people on the internet? How do we maintain privacy of large digital databases?
Where is privacy in the Constitution?
No illegal searches and seizures
Computers in the Third World:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Basel Convention Agreement
Signed by 166 nations Reduce hazardous waste transport Improve waste handling
Prohibit export of hazardous waste to develo
China has enormous economic power
Huge economic growth 6th largest economy 3rd most active trading nation US economy still 8 times larger than China's
China's strength lies in labor
Growth due to manufacturing Skilled, educated, selfdiscipline
Why corporate scandals?
National belief in capitalism Value pursuit of personal wealth Oppose public constraints on capitalism Expect corporations to self-police
New View of Corporations in 1980s
In 1970s, US was "falling behind" foreign compet
Women have made real gains since 1970s
In 1980s, a lot of "firsts" (astronauts, Supreme Court justice, etc.) 1992 "Year of the Woman" By 1998, 60% of women in work force More women in high-paying jobs
But continuing pay inequity
Women make 75 cent
Military Industrial Complex
Eisenhower first warned in 1961 Pervasiveness and interconnections between military spending and society
US Defense Spending
$400 billion to DoD $1 trillion from 20032008/09 Reaching and surpassing Cold War levels
Disclosure: information intentionally conveyed outside channels Topic: concerns a significant moral problem Agent: employee or former employee Recipient: in position to take action
Types of Whistleblowing
Internal External Op