Higher Education

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases, 5th Edition

  • Charles E. Harris, Jr. Texas A&M University
  • Michael S. Pritchard Western Michigan University
  • Michael J. Rabins Texas A and M University
  • Ray James Texas A&M
  • Elaine Englehardt Utah Valley University
  • ISBN-10: 1133934684  |  ISBN-13: 9781133934684
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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Bridging the gap between theory and practice, ENGINEERING ETHICS, Fifth Edition, helps engineering students understand the importance of their conduct as professionals and encourages them to reflect on how their actions can affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. ENGINEERING ETHICS, Fifth Edition, provides dozens of diverse engineering cases and a proven and structured method for analyzing them; practical application of the Engineering Code of Ethics; focus on critical moral reasoning as well as effective organizational communication; and in-depth treatment of issues such as sustainability, acceptable risk, whistle-blowing, and globalized standards for engineering. Additionally, a new companion website offers study questions, self-tests, and additional case studies. Available with InfoTracĀ® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • Your students are able to analyze some of the most recent events and current policies as case studies highlight the latest engineering achievements and failures.
  • Dozens of real-life cases throughout this edition and the book's companion website provide your students with abundant opportunities to apply the concepts discussed in the text.
  • The text presents a proven method for analyzing cases using ethical problem-solving techniques. Examples of cases that already have been analyzed clearly demonstrate this method.
  • Study questions accompanying the case studies help students focus on the ethical theories from the chapter as well as the practical effects of certain behaviors.
  • Engineering codes of ethics are clearly explained and applied to various cases.

Table of Contents

1. Engineering Ethics: Making the Case.
2. Responsibility in Engineering.
3. A Practical Ethics Toolkit.
4. The Social and Value Dimensions of Technology.
5. Trust and Reliability.
6. Risk and Liability in Engineering.
7. Engineers in Organizations.
8. Engineers and the Environment.
9. Engineering in the Global Context.
List of Cases.
Taxonomy of Cases.
Codes of Ethics.

What's New

  • The fifth edition features a number of new case studies on current events and recent issues in engineering.
  • Increased attention is paid to positive and aspirational engineering ethics, how engineering can promote human well-being worldwide, and what roles engineers may play in larger matters of public concern and policy.
  • This edition places greater emphasis on clear, timely, and effective communication within the engineer's organizational network and considers blind spots that limit initial perceptions of ethical problems in the workplace.
  • The authors continue to explore the most recent social implications of technological advances and the latest views on sustainability while stressing the engineer's role in sustainable development.
  • In addition to a renewed emphasis on the engineer's responsibility for identifying, managing, and mitigating risk, the text further explores what constitutes "acceptable risk" and how technological changes and an improved understanding of natural phenomena influence risk.
  • Discussion of emerging globalized standards for engineering education, licensure, and professionalism has also been updated.
  • A new Companion Website provides study questions, self-tests, and additional case studies.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charles E. Harris, Jr.

Charles E. (Ed) Harris, Jr., received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, having had an undergraduate major in biology and minor in chemistry. He is Professor of Philosophy and Sue and Harry Bovay Professor of the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering. His publications are primarily in applied ethics and engineering ethics.

Michael S. Pritchard

Michael S. Pritchard is Willard A. Brown Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University. His areas of teaching include ethics (theoretical and practical); the philosophies of David Hume, Adam Smith, and Thomas Reid; and the philosophical thinking of children. His publications are in the areas of ethical theory, practical and professional ethics, communication ethics, and philosophy for children. He is co-editor (with Elaine Englehardt) of TEACHING ETHICS, the official journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.

Michael J. Rabins

Michael J. Rabins was active in ASME and other volunteer organizations on engineering ethics issues. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and ended his teaching career at Texas A&M University. He helped establish a course in engineering ethics in 1989 that is now required of all engineering majors. Professor Rabins died in 2007.

Ray James

Ray W. James, P.E., received his Ph.D. from The University of Texas and is a Civil Engineering faculty member at Texas A&M University and Assistant Dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering. He coordinates the Engineering & Ethics course that A&M requires of all engineering majors.

Elaine Englehardt

Elaine E. Englehardt is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Utah Valley University (UVU) with her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She has taught ethics, philosophy, and communication classes at UVU for the past 35 years. As a professor of philosophy, she teaches courses such as Ethics and Values, Business Ethics, Communication Ethics, Bioethics, and Legal Ethics. She is a broadcast Philosophy Professor for Utah's channel 9 (KUED). For more than 20 years, she has written and directed seven multiyear, national grants. Four large grants are in ethics across the curriculum from the Department of Education, and three are from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of seven books.