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Engineering Ethics Centers & Programs
Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science
Maintained by the National Academy of Engineering, this is the premier web resource for case studies, readings, and education modules on many aspects of engineering research and practice.
National Society of Professional Engineers - Engineering Ethics
This resource developed by the NSPE includes the organization's professional code of ethics, case summaries brought before the Ethical Review Board, and links to other ethics-related resources developed by NSPE.
National Institute of Engineering Ethics
The website of the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism and the National Institute for Engineering Ethics. Includes a very nice collection of case studies.
This web site includes case studies, articles, books, tutorials and other materials looking at the ethics of engineering.
Anthologies and Introductory Books on Engineering Ethics
Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases by
This is an extremely good text for beginning readings and cases. Includes a large number of case studies and sections on engineers in organizations, environmental ethics, international issues, risk and liability in engineering, and wider social issues connected with engineering.
Introduction to Engineering Ethics by
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.S3822000
Introductory text including a handful of case studies, an introduction to moral reasoning and ethical theories, and short sections on environmental ethics, weapons development, workplace responsibilities and rights, and global issues.
Ethical Issues in Engineering by
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.E831991
This anthology includes a number of readings divided in sections such as the"engineer's responsibility to society" and "obligations of loyalty to employer." Each section is accompanied by a number of related case studies.
Thinking Like an Engineer by
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.D321998
This book asks two main questions. What is engineering? and, What ethical principles should guide engineers? The books examines the profession of engineering, the role a code of ethics plays in the profession, professional autonomy, and ways to approach an ethical issue. Davis also examines the Challenger space shuttle disaster, and the dual roles engineers often hold in an organization.
Hold Paramount: the engineer's responsibility to society by
Call Number: CSEP.TA157.G872003
Written in the form of a novel, this book examines a different area of engineering ethics in each chapter, and includes side boxes that discuss the issues encountered by characters in more detail.
Engineering and Environmental Ethics: A case study approach by
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.
Social, Ethical, and Policy Implications of Engineering by
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.
Journals Focusing on Engineering Ethics
Published by the National Academy of Engineering, this journal often features articles dealing with the responsible practice of engineering and current case studies, such issues raised by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Print edition available at CSEP Library.
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IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Published by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, this magazine examines the impact of technology on society, the impact of society on the engineering profession, and responsibilities of engineers to the profession and the public.
Science and Engineering Ethics
This journal features articles looking at ethical issues of direct concern to scientists and engineers. Includes issues involved in professional practice, education, and research. Print edition available at CSEP Library.
Other Online Resources
Module Series in Applied Ethics
This series of booklets introduces readers to some of the main issues in professional ethics, including conflict of interest, whistleblowing, issues of loyalty to employers and clients, and technology assessment. Booklets focus on engineering.
Engineering Ethics Blog
A blog about current issues in the field of engineering, by Karl Stephan, a practicing engineer who also teaching as the University of Texas, San Marcos.
Engineering Ethics Bibliographies
A collection of bibliographies developed by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the professions dealing with sustainability, social justice and engineering, legal issues, and professionalism.
An incredible collection of resources on ethics in science and engineering. Includes thousands of case studies, articles and other materials on issues such as professionalism, public safety, whistleblowing, etc.
A collection of materials on whistlebllowing in engineering from EthicsCORE.
The following is a list of all electronic resources that are relevant to engineering ethics.
For a list of all databases for all subjects, click here.
Citations from all areas of philosophy, including engineering ethics. Extremely helpful for articles focusing on the moral aspects of engineering practice.
Academic Search Premier
An extremely good database for finding articles dealing with engineering ethics as written by engineers as well as philosophers.
Search for ethics-related articles and conference papers in the areas of electrical engineering and computer science.
Internships in engineering that give students the opportunity to see the social impact of engineering practice.
Washingtion Internships for Student Engineers
Sponsored in part by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, this program allows engineering students entering their final year of undergraduate studies are selected to conduct research on a public policy issue for 10 weeks during the summer in Washington, D.C.