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Engineering Ethics : An Industrial Perspective - Gail Baura

Engineering Ethics

An Industrial Perspective


Published: 11th April 2006
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Engineering Ethics is the application of philosophical and moral systems to the proper judgment and behavior by engineers in conducting their work, including the products and systems they design and the consulting services they provide. In light of the work environment that inspired the new Sarbanes/Oxley federal legislation on "whistle-blowing? protections, a clear understanding of Engineering Ethics is needed like never before.

Beginning with a concise overview of various approaches to engineering ethics, the real heart of the book will be some 13 detailed case studies, delving into the history behind each one, the official outcome and the "real story? behind what happened. Using a consistent format and organization for each one-giving background, historical summary, news media effects, outcome and interpretation--these case histories will be used to clearly illustrate the ethics issues at play and what should or should not have been done by the engineers, scientists and managers involved in each instance.

* Covers importance and practical benefits of systematic ethical behavior in any engineering work environment.
* Only book to explain implications of the Sarbanes/Oxley "Whistle-Blowing" federal legislation
* 13 actual case histories, plus 10 additional "anonymous" case histories-in consistent format-will clearly demonstrate the relevance of ethics in the outcomes of each one
* Offers actual investigative reports, with evidentiary material, legal proceedings, outcome and follow-up analysis
* Appendix offers copies of the National Society of Professional Engineers Code of Ethics for Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Code of Ethics


Part I An Ethics Foundation

1 A Personal Engineering Ethics Threshold
2 Options for Action When an Engineering Ethics Threshold is Reached
Part II National Case Studies
3 1978 - Ford Pinto Explosion
4 1981 - Kansas City Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse
5 1986 - Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion
6 1989 - Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
7 1989 - San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Earthquake Collapse
8 1994 - Bjork Shiley Heart Valve Defect
9 1999 - Y2K Software Conversion
10 2002 - Bell Laboratories Scientific Fraud
11 2002 - Ford Explorer Rollover
12 2003 - Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion
13 2003 - Guidant Ancure Endograft System
14 2003 - Northeast Blackout
15 2004 ??? Indian Ocean Tsunami
Part III Individual Case Studies
16 Anonymous Industrial Engineering Ethics Cases

ISBN: 9780080458021
ISBN-10: 0080458025
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th April 2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science