This article, by CSEP Senior Fellow Michael Davis, is an extremely good description of the role ethics plays in engineering practice.
Key Texts in Engineering Ethics
Engineering and Environmental Ethics: A Case Study Approach by John R. Wilcox and Louis Theodore
Call Number: CSEP.TD153.E541998
This book is a collection of around 100 case studies and commentaries on on environmental ethical issues that frequently arise in engineering practice.
Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases by Charles E. Harris, Michael S. Pritchard, and Michael J. Rabins
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.H372008
Introduction to Engineering Ethics by Roland Schinzinger and Mike W. Martin
Call Number: CSEP TA157.S382 2000
Social, Ethical, and Policy Implications of Engineering by Joseph R. Herkert
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.S6282000
This anthology includes a number of seminal readings and case studies about a wide variety of issues in engineering, including conflict of interest, risk and product liability, engineering in a global context, and ethics and technology.
The Decision Makers: Ethics for Engineers by James Armstrong, Ross Dixon, and Simon Robinson
Call Number: CSEP TA157.A76x 1999
Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment by P. Aarne Vesilind and Alastair S. Gunn
Publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers, this journal includes a wide variety of articles on engineering ethics education and discussions of newly submitted case studies. Fully available online.
This is one of the premier journals of engineering ethics. Includes articles relevant to professional practice, teaching ethics, and descriptions of class and institution-wide ethics education programs.
Developed by the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Leeds University in the United Kingdom, these excellent cases are accompanied by a detailed teacher's guide and suggestions for leading discussions.
Developed through a project at the Center for the Study of Ethics at IIT, this web site includes a series of technical problems developed by engineering faculty and graduate students that include an ethics component.
Case studies developed by the Science, Technology and Society Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Includes cases for classroom and online use, as well as information for instructors on how to effectively use cases in university courses.
Developed through a project funded by the National Science Foundation, these case studies have been successfully used in undergraduate and graduate engineering classrooms for a number of years.
Engineering Ethics Films
Incident at Morales
Call Number: DVD.CSEP.TA157.I53x2003
Incident at Morales involves a variety of ethical issues faced by a company that wants to quickly build a plant in order to develop a new chemical product to gain a competitive edge over the competition
Gilbane Gold by National Institute for Engineering Ethics
Available at the CSEP Library, this video is the fictional story of a chemical company The city of Gilbane has implemented a plan where the sewage of the city is processed and sold as fertilizer to local farmers, a product locally known as Gilbane Gold. The fertilizer project creates a sizable revenue for the city, who has also sought to make itself attractive to business through numerous tax incentives. Not long ago, the city has put in place stringent regulations on the amount of heavy metals manufacturing plants located in Gilbane discharge into the city's sewage. Z Corp, a company in Gilbane, has been releasing a higher level of heavy metals into the city's sewage than allowed. As a new employee, should the engineer David Jackson tell the city about this fact? Below URL is a link to a summary of the film, and discussion questions.