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Famous Engineering Ethics Cases

BF Goodrich A7D Air Force Brakes: http://www.onlineethics.org/cms/4572.aspx

The Space Shuttle Challenger Morton Thiokol Case: http://www.engineering.com/Library/ArticlesPage/tabid/85/ArticleID/170/The-Space-Shuttle-Challenger-Disaster.aspx and http://www.cedengineering.com/upload/Ethics%20Challenger%20Disaster.pdf and http://ethics.tamu.edu/Portals/3/Case%20Studies/Shuttle.pdf.

The Ford Pinto Gas Tank: http://mecholsky.mse.ufl.edu/EMA4714/Ford_Pinto_Engineering_Disaster.ppt and http://users.wfu.edu/palmitar/Law&Valuation/Papers/1999/Leggett-pinto.html.

The Chernobyl Reactor: http://www.engineering.com/Library/ArticlesPage/tabid/85/ArticleID/71/Chernobyl.aspx and http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/readings/chernobyl.html.

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Resources in Engineering Ethics

From the National Society of Professional Engineers: http://www.nspe.org/PEmagazine/pe_1107_On_Ethics_You_Be_The_Judge.html

You be the Judge: A professional engineer’s review of a contractor’s construction work raises questions about conflict of interest.

A second case from NSPE: http://www.nspe.org/PEmagazine/pe_1007_On_Ethics_You_Be_The_Judge.html

Network Troubleshooting: Every business wants to grow and succeed, but can participation in networking and referral organizations create an ethical dilemma?

Other NSPE ethics resources: http://www.nspe.org/Ethics/EthicsResources/index.html.

The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research has an excellent site: http://www.onlineethics.org/. See, especially, the cases and scenarios here: http://www.onlineethics.org/Resources/Cases.aspx.

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