Chapter 11
2002: Ford Explorer Rollover
The Reported Story 133
The Back Story 133
Ford Explorers and Firestone Tires 133
CAFE Standards and Sport Utility Vehicles 134
The Ford Bronco II 135
The Ford Explorer 135
Government Regulation of SUVs 137
Ford Explorer Lawsuits 138
The 2002 Ford Explorer 139
Applicable Regulations 139
Business & Professions Code 140
An Engineering Perspective 140
References 142
Questions for Discussion 143
Chapter 12
2003: Columbia Space Shuttle Explosion
The Reported Story 145
The Back Story 145
External Tank Insulation 146
Early Problems 147
Launch Delays and Subsequent Launch 148
Columbia Accident Investigation Board 148
Investigation Board Recommendations 149
Applicable Regulations 150
An Engineering Perspective 151
References 151
Questions for Discussion 152
Chapter 13
2003: Guidant Ancure Endograft System
The Reported Story 153
The Back Story 154
FDA Good Manufacturing Practices 154
Medical Device Background 154
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Clinical Performance After FDA
Approval 156
Device Investigations 157
Settlement 158
Applicable Regulations 158
An Engineering Perspective 160
References 160
Questions for Discussion 161
Chapter 14
2003: Northeast Blackout
The Reported Story 163
The Back Story 163
The North American Interconnection 163
Grid Reliability 165
The Grid in Ohio 166
The Initiation of the Blackout 167
Task Force Investigation and
Recommendations 168
Applicable Regulations 171
An Engineering Perspective 173
References 173
Questions for Discussion 174
Chapter 15
2004: Indian Ocean Tsunami
The Reported Story 177
The Back Story 177
The Sumatra-Andaman
Earthquake 177
The Indian Ocean Tsunami 179
Tsunami Aftermath 180
Tsunami Warning Systems 181
Applicable Regulations 182
An Engineering Perspective 182
References 183
Questions for Discussion 184
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Part III
Individual Case Studies
Chapter 16
Anonymous Industrial Engineering Ethics Cases
Case 1: Biomedical Engineer 187
Case 2: Mechanical Engineer 189
Case 3: Electrical Engineer 191
Case 4: Geologic Engineer 192
Case 5: Biomedical Engineer 194
Case 6: Electrical Engineer 196
Case 7: Mechanical Engineer 197
Case 8: Biomedical Engineer 198
Case 9: Computer Engineer 200
Case 10: Electrical Engineer 201
Appendix
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Code of Ethics
for Engineers 203
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Code of Ethics 210
SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002 211
Index 215
A Request from the Author 219
About the Author 220
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