Engineering Ethics

Book description


A response of the engineering profession to the challenges of security, poverty and underdevelopment, environmental sustainability, and native cultures is described. Ethical codes, which govern the behavior of engineers, are examined from a historical perspective linking the prevailing codes to models of the natural world. A new ethical code based on a recently introduced model of Nature as an integral community is provided and discussed. Applications of the new code are described using a case study approach. With the ethical code based on an integral community in place, new design algorithms are developed and also explored using case studies. Implications of the proposed changes in ethics and design on engineering education are considered.

Table of Contents: Preface / Acknowledgments / Introduction / Engineering Ethics / Models of the Earth / Engineering in a Morally Deep World / Engineering Design in a Morally Deep World / Implications for Engineering Education / Final Thoughts / References / Author's Biography

Table of contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    1. The Challenge of Security
    2. The Challenge of Poverty and Underdevelopment
    3. The Challenge of Environmental Sustainability
    4. The Challenge of Native Cultures
    5. Other Challenges
    6. Concluding Remarks
  4. Engineering Ethics
    1. Historical Overview
    2. Reviewing Today's Codes of Ethics
    3. Concluding Remarks
  5. Models of the Earth
    1. Earth as Great Chain of Being
    2. Earth as Mechanical Clock
    3. Earth as Living System
    4. Earth as Self-Organizing System
    5. Concluding Remarks
  6. Engineering in a Morally Deep World
    1. Borrowing from Environmental Ethics
    2. Case Study 1: Wolves in the Southwestern U.S.
    3. A New Engineering Ethic
    4. Case Study 2: A Plow for Mexican Peasant Farmers
    5. Case Study 3: A Ticket-Tearing Device for a Disabled Person
    6. Concluding Remarks
  7. Engineering Design in a Morally Deep World
    1. Overview of Traditional Engineering Design
    2. Eco-Effective Design
    3. A Design Algorithm for a Morally Deep World
    4. An Enriched Morally Deep World Design Algorithm
    5. Case Study 1: Grape Workers in Northern California
    6. Case Study 2: Transporting Tourists in Cape Churchill
    7. Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale Region in New York
    8. Germline Engineering: A Look into the Future Nexus of Engineering and Biology
    9. Concluding Remarks
  8. Implications for Engineering Education
    1. A New Paradigm for Engineering Education
      1. Living in Peace with Ourselves
      2. Living in Peace with Others
      3. Living in Peace with the Planet
    2. Accreditation Codes and Modifications
    3. Concluding Remarks
  9. Final Thoughts
  10. References (1/2)
  11. References (2/2)
  12. Author's Biography

Product information

  • Title: Engineering Ethics
  • Author(s): George D. Catalano
  • Release date: July 2014
  • Publisher(s): Morgan & Claypool Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781627055420