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Engineering Ethics An Industrial Perspective

ISBN-10: 012088531X
ISBN-13: 9780120885312
Edition: 2006
Authors: Gail D. Baura
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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 Codeof Ethics

Joseph Bronzino is one of the most renowned biomedical engineers in the world. He is a former president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and well-known educator. He is editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Handbook from CRC Press, and is currently editor of the Academic Press Series in Biomedical Engineering. He is the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Foreword
Preface
An Ethics Foundation
A Personal Engineering Ethics Threshold
A Real World Example
What Is Engineering Ethics?
Ethical Theories
Utilitarianism
Duty Ethics
Rights Ethics
Virtue Ethics
Engineering Ethics Codes
NSPE Code of Ethics for Engineers
IEEE Code of Ethics
Code Effectiveness
Professional Responsibility
Protection of Public Safety
Technical Competence
Timely Communication of Negative & Positive Results to Management
Ethical Dilemmas
Public Safety & Welfare
Data Integrity & Representation
Trade Secrets & Industrial Espionage
Gift Giving & Bribery
Principle of Informed Consent
Conflict of Interest
Accountability to Clients & Customers
Fair Treatment
Determining Your Personal Engineering Ethics Threshold for Action
What Is Your Personal Threshold?
References
Questions for Discussion
Options for Action When an Engineering Ethics Threshold Is Reached
Departure
Whistleblowing
The Employee Conscience
Employee Protection Legislation
Employee Protection Procedures
Employee Protection Examples
The Observer Conscience
Observer Protection Legislation
Observer Protection Procedures
Observer Protection Examples
Conclusion
References
Questions for Discussion
National Case Studies
1978: Ford Pinto Recall
The Reported Story
The Back Story
Automobile Safety
Ford Subcompact Car Project
Pinto Investigations
Pinto Lawsuits
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1981: Kansas City Hyatt Regency Skywalk Collapse
The Reported Story
The Back Story
Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel Design
Hyatt Project Hierarchy
Original Box Beam Hanger Rod Design and Modifications
Atrium Roof Collapse
Walkway Investigation
Administrative Hearing Actions
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1986: Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The Space Shuttle Design
Early Problems
Launch Delays and Subsequent Launch
Presidential Commission Investigation
Commission Recommendations
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1989: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
Oil Spill Preparedness
The Last Voyage of the Exxon Valdez
Oil Spill Cleanup
Oil Spill Investigation
Lawsuits
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1989: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Earthquake Collapse
The Reported Story
The Back Story
Transportation in the Bay Area in the 1920s
Bridge Design and Construction
Railway Retrofit
Loma Prieta Earthquake
New Bridge
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1994: Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve Defect
The Reported Story
The Back Story
Heart Valves
The Bjork-Shiley Heart Valve
Bjork-Shiley Valve Complications & Investigations
U.S. Government Intervention
Other Lawsuits
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
1999: Y2K Software Conversion
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The Millennium Bug
Special Committee on the Year 2000 Technology Problem
Interim Assessments
Day One Preparation
Y2K Aftermath
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2002: Bell Laboratories Scientific Fraud
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The History of Bell Laboratories
Nanotechnology
Jan Hendrik Schon's Bell Labs Work
Bell Labs Investigation
Aftermath
Applicable Regulations
A Scientific Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2002: Ford Explorer Rollover
The Reported Story
The Back Story
Ford Explorers and Firestone Tires
CAFE Standards and Sport Utility Vehicles
The Ford Bronco II
The Ford Explorer
Government Regulation of SUVs
Ford Explorer Lawsuits
The 2002 Ford Explorer
Applicable Regulations
Business & Professions Code
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2003: Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion
The Reported Story
The Back Story
External Tank Insulation
Early Problems
Launch Delays and Subsequent Launch
Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Investigation Board Recommendations
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2003: Guidant Ancure Endograft System
The Reported Story
The Back Story
FDA Good Manufacturing Practices
Medical Device Background
Clinical Performance After FDA Approval
Device Investigations
Settlement
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2003: Northeast Blackout
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The North American Interconnection
Grid Reliability
The Grid in Ohio
The Initiation of the Blackout
Task Force Investigation and Recommendations
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
2004: Indian Ocean Tsunami
The Reported Story
The Back Story
The Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake
The Indian Ocean Tsunami
Tsunami Aftermath
Tsunami Warning Systems
Applicable Regulations
An Engineering Perspective
References
Questions for Discussion
Individual Case Studies
Anonymous Industrial Engineering Ethics Cases
Biomedical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Geologic Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Biomedical Engineer
Computer Engineer
Electrical Engineer
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics for Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Code of Ethics
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Index
A Request from the Author
About the Author

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