Engineering Ethics

Please also visit the new guide for more engineering ethics resources.

Engineering Ethics Resources Engineering CasesJournals and Databases Bibliography of Books and Articles

Engineering Ethics Resources

CSEP's collection of Engineering codes of ethics

Engineering Ethics at Texas A&M University, an extremely comprehensive collection of case studies, including headlines and links to case studies

Engineering Ethics Blog, a blog written by Karl David Stephan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.. Postings on on recent issues in engineering ethics, the blogger's thoughts and opinions, as well as links to other resources.

Module Series in Applied Ethics produced by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions in under a grant from the Exxon Education Foundation, is a series of six short publications introducing readers to some of the main issues in professional ethics, including conflict of interest, whistleblowing, and technology assessment. Most modules either focus on or draw examples from the engineering profession.

National Society of Professional Engineers Ethics Resources


Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, of the National Academy of Engineering. This is a wonderful resource for case studies, articles, and online resources covering a wide variety of topics. One of the best Engineering Ethics web sites on the Internet.

Engineering Ethics Cases


Engineering Case Studies in CSEP's Ethics Education Library

ASCE's Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice-- each issue includes a case study. Full text of journal available.

Design Failure Lessons--from University of Texas at Austin. Covers four design flaw cases including the Ford Pinto Case and the Challenger space shuttle explosion. Each case includes links to a number of background articles and references.

Engineering.com Ethics Case Studies- a collection of 18 cases including a timeline of events, a detailed examination of the incident, ethical points for discussion, and a bibliography for each case.

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases-cases from the book, Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases by Charles E. Harris Jr.

Engineering Subject Centre - these cases developed by the United Kingdom Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IDEA CETL) include teaching guides and further resources to help lead class discussions.

Learning from Failure Engineering Disasters -Materials Science and Engineering at University of New York, Stonybrook. An introduction to engineering failures, also includes a link to cases written by faculty.

National Society of Professional Engineers case studies - real-life cases as reviewed by the NSPE Board of Ethical Review, 1976-2006.

Online Ethics Center Cases About Engineering Professional Practice-an extensive list of cases provided by the National Academy of Engineering .

Penn State College of Engineering ethics cases a list of cases available on the web, as well as a collection of articles on using cases to teach engineering ethics.

Teaching Engineering Ethics with Cases -essay & resources by Michael Pritchard

Texas A&M University Engineering Ethics Cases -case studies taken from a variety of sources. .

UBC Library - Examples of Engineering Failures- University of British Columbia. A collection of reports, press releases, and statements relating to famous engineering failures.

Engineering Ethics Journals held by CSEP:


Databases available through Galvin for finding ethics materials

  • Philosopher's Index
  • IEEE
  • Compendex

Bibliography by topic

Conflicts of Interest
Discusses conflicts of interest that often emerge in medicine, science, and engineering practice.

Diversity in Science and Engineering
A collection of books, reports and journals looking at diversity in the fields of science and engineering.

Engineers and Legal Issues
Including issues such as animal research subjects, bribery and extortion, acting as an expert witness, intellectual property, human subjects in research, environmental laws, product liability, public safety and standards.

Engineering and Social Justice
A collection of books, web sites and articles looking at projects, education initiatives and new directions in the engineering field focusing on social justice in developing communities.

Engineers in the Workplace
Covers engineers working in academia, corporate settings, government agencies, the military and engineers working internationally. Also includes sections on the bidding process and consulting, engineer/client relationships and whistleblowing.

Enviromental Ethics & Sustainability in Engineering
Books, articles, and web resources on sustainable development in engineering .

Mentoring
A collection of guides, case studies and journal articles discussing ethical issues in mentoring and advisor/advisee relationships.

Military Applications of Emerging Technologies
A bibliograhy covering the use of emerging technologies in military applications, including cyberwarefare, nanotechnology, robots and unmanned vehicles, and human enhancement.

Professionalism: Codes of Ethics, History and the Social Responsibility of Engineers
Covers the role of codes of ethics in engineering practice, the history of engineering, and issues of social responsibility.


Bibliography of books & articles:

(Note: entries marked with an asterisk contain case studies)

*Armstrong, James, Ross Dixon and Simon Robinson. . The Decision Makers: ethics for engineers. London : Thomas Telford, 1999. CSEP.TA157.A76x1999

*Baura, Gail D. Engineering Ethics: An Industrial Perspective. San Fransisco: Academic Press, 2006. CSEP.TA157.B3442006

Beder, Sharon. The New Engineer: management and professional responsibility in a changing world. South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia, 1998. CSEP.TA170.B431998

Davis, Michael (ed) Engineering Ethics. Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2005. CSEP.TA157.E61252005

Davis, Michael, "Questions for STS from Engineering Ethics", talk given at the Society for the Social Study of Science, Charlottesville, VA, October 22, 1995.

Davis, Michael, "Reflections on the History of Engineering in the United States: A Preface to Engineering Ethics", paper given at GTE Lecture at the Center for Academic Ethics & College of Engineering at Wayne State University, November 19, 1992.

Davis, Michael. "Thinking Like an Engineer: The place of a code of ethics in the practice of a professions." Princeton University Press, 1991.

Davis, Michael. Thinking Like an Engineer: studies in the ethics of a profession. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.D321998

Davis, Michael, "What Engineering Societies Can Do About Ethics," paper presented at the Chicago Area Combined Section Meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. on September 27, 1988.

Fleddermann, Charles Byrns. Engineering Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 1999. CSEP.TA157.F55x1999

*Gorman, Michael E., Matthew M. Mehalik, and Patricia H. Werhane. Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2000. CSEP.TA157.G71172000

Gun. Alastair S., and P. Aarne Vesilind. Hold Paramount: the engineer's responsibility to society. Pacific Grove, CA: Thompson-Brooks/Cole, 2003. CSEP.TA157.G872003

* Harris, Charles E. Michael S. Pritchard, and Michael J. Rabins. Engineering Ethics: concepts and cases. 4th ed. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, 2009. CSEP.TA157.H3572009

Herkert, Joseph R. (ed.) Social Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: selected readings. New York : IEEE Press, 2000. CSEP.TA157.S6282000

Humphreys, Kenneth King. What Every Engineer Should Know About Ethics. New York, Marcel Dekker, 1999. CSEP.TA157.H7841999

Johnson, Deborah. Ethical Issues in Engineering. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice Hall, 1991. CSEP.TA157.E831991

McCuen, Richard H. Essays on Applied Ethics in Professional Practice. Reston, VA : Foundations for Professional Practice, 1999. CSEP.TA157.M33x1999

Mitcham, Carl, and R. Shannon Duval. Engineering Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2000. CSEP.TA157.M542000

Sankar, Chetan S., and P.K. Raju. Crist Power Plant Case Study: planning for a maintenance outage. Anderson, S.C. : Taveneer Pub. Co. 2000. CSEP.TJ400.S36x2000

*Schinzinger, Roland and Mike W. Martin. Introduction to Engineering Ethics. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000. CSEP.TA157.S3822000

Spier, Raymond. Ethics, Tools and the Engineer. Boca Raton FL : CRC Press, 2001. CSEP.BJ59.S672001

Smith, Jimmy H. and Patricia M. Harper. ed. Engineering Ethics: concepts, viewpoints, cases and codes. Lubbock, TX : National Institute for Engineering Ethics : Texas Tech University, College of Engineering, Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, 2004. CSEP.TA157.E54x2004

*Vesilind, P. Aarne and Alastair S. Gun. Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.V421998

Wilcox, John R. and Louis Theodore. Engineering and Environmental Ethics: a case study approach. New York: Wiley, 1998. CSEP.TD153.E541998

Whitbeck, Caroline. Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research. New York: Cambridge Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.W471998

National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE) and the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, at Texas Tech University have put together two major bibliographies:

Last modified February 22, 2012.

Please also visit the new guide for more engineering ethics resources.

Engineering Ethics Resources Engineering CasesJournals and Databases Bibliography of Books and Articles

Engineering Ethics Resources

CSEP's collection of Engineering codes of ethics

Engineering Ethics at Texas A&M University, an extremely comprehensive collection of case studies, including headlines and links to case studies

Engineering Ethics Blog, a blog written by Karl David Stephan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.. Postings on on recent issues in engineering ethics, the blogger's thoughts and opinions, as well as links to other resources.

Module Series in Applied Ethics produced by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions in under a grant from the Exxon Education Foundation, is a series of six short publications introducing readers to some of the main issues in professional ethics, including conflict of interest, whistleblowing, and technology assessment. Most modules either focus on or draw examples from the engineering profession.

National Society of Professional Engineers Ethics Resources


Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science, of the National Academy of Engineering. This is a wonderful resource for case studies, articles, and online resources covering a wide variety of topics. One of the best Engineering Ethics web sites on the Internet.

Engineering Ethics Cases


Engineering Case Studies in CSEP's Ethics Education Library

ASCE's Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice-- each issue includes a case study. Full text of journal available.

Design Failure Lessons--from University of Texas at Austin. Covers four design flaw cases including the Ford Pinto Case and the Challenger space shuttle explosion. Each case includes links to a number of background articles and references.

Engineering.com Ethics Case Studies- a collection of 18 cases including a timeline of events, a detailed examination of the incident, ethical points for discussion, and a bibliography for each case.

Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases-cases from the book, Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases by Charles E. Harris Jr.

Engineering Subject Centre - these cases developed by the United Kingdom Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IDEA CETL) include teaching guides and further resources to help lead class discussions.

Learning from Failure Engineering Disasters -Materials Science and Engineering at University of New York, Stonybrook. An introduction to engineering failures, also includes a link to cases written by faculty.

National Society of Professional Engineers case studies - real-life cases as reviewed by the NSPE Board of Ethical Review, 1976-2006.

Online Ethics Center Cases About Engineering Professional Practice-an extensive list of cases provided by the National Academy of Engineering .

Penn State College of Engineering ethics cases a list of cases available on the web, as well as a collection of articles on using cases to teach engineering ethics.

Teaching Engineering Ethics with Cases -essay & resources by Michael Pritchard

Texas A&M University Engineering Ethics Cases -case studies taken from a variety of sources. .

UBC Library - Examples of Engineering Failures- University of British Columbia. A collection of reports, press releases, and statements relating to famous engineering failures.

Engineering Ethics Journals held by CSEP:


Databases available through Galvin for finding ethics materials

  • Philosopher's Index
  • IEEE
  • Compendex

Bibliography by topic

Conflicts of Interest
Discusses conflicts of interest that often emerge in medicine, science, and engineering practice.

Diversity in Science and Engineering
A collection of books, reports and journals looking at diversity in the fields of science and engineering.

Engineers and Legal Issues
Including issues such as animal research subjects, bribery and extortion, acting as an expert witness, intellectual property, human subjects in research, environmental laws, product liability, public safety and standards.

Engineering and Social Justice
A collection of books, web sites and articles looking at projects, education initiatives and new directions in the engineering field focusing on social justice in developing communities.

Engineers in the Workplace
Covers engineers working in academia, corporate settings, government agencies, the military and engineers working internationally. Also includes sections on the bidding process and consulting, engineer/client relationships and whistleblowing.

Enviromental Ethics & Sustainability in Engineering
Books, articles, and web resources on sustainable development in engineering .

Mentoring
A collection of guides, case studies and journal articles discussing ethical issues in mentoring and advisor/advisee relationships.

Military Applications of Emerging Technologies
A bibliograhy covering the use of emerging technologies in military applications, including cyberwarefare, nanotechnology, robots and unmanned vehicles, and human enhancement.

Professionalism: Codes of Ethics, History and the Social Responsibility of Engineers
Covers the role of codes of ethics in engineering practice, the history of engineering, and issues of social responsibility.


Bibliography of books & articles:

(Note: entries marked with an asterisk contain case studies)

*Armstrong, James, Ross Dixon and Simon Robinson. . The Decision Makers: ethics for engineers. London : Thomas Telford, 1999. CSEP.TA157.A76x1999

*Baura, Gail D. Engineering Ethics: An Industrial Perspective. San Fransisco: Academic Press, 2006. CSEP.TA157.B3442006

Beder, Sharon. The New Engineer: management and professional responsibility in a changing world. South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia, 1998. CSEP.TA170.B431998

Davis, Michael (ed) Engineering Ethics. Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2005. CSEP.TA157.E61252005

Davis, Michael, "Questions for STS from Engineering Ethics", talk given at the Society for the Social Study of Science, Charlottesville, VA, October 22, 1995.

Davis, Michael, "Reflections on the History of Engineering in the United States: A Preface to Engineering Ethics", paper given at GTE Lecture at the Center for Academic Ethics & College of Engineering at Wayne State University, November 19, 1992.

Davis, Michael. "Thinking Like an Engineer: The place of a code of ethics in the practice of a professions." Princeton University Press, 1991.

Davis, Michael. Thinking Like an Engineer: studies in the ethics of a profession. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.D321998

Davis, Michael, "What Engineering Societies Can Do About Ethics," paper presented at the Chicago Area Combined Section Meeting of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. on September 27, 1988.

Fleddermann, Charles Byrns. Engineering Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 1999. CSEP.TA157.F55x1999

*Gorman, Michael E., Matthew M. Mehalik, and Patricia H. Werhane. Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2000. CSEP.TA157.G71172000

Gun. Alastair S., and P. Aarne Vesilind. Hold Paramount: the engineer's responsibility to society. Pacific Grove, CA: Thompson-Brooks/Cole, 2003. CSEP.TA157.G872003

* Harris, Charles E. Michael S. Pritchard, and Michael J. Rabins. Engineering Ethics: concepts and cases. 4th ed. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, 2009. CSEP.TA157.H3572009

Herkert, Joseph R. (ed.) Social Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: selected readings. New York : IEEE Press, 2000. CSEP.TA157.S6282000

Humphreys, Kenneth King. What Every Engineer Should Know About Ethics. New York, Marcel Dekker, 1999. CSEP.TA157.H7841999

Johnson, Deborah. Ethical Issues in Engineering. Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice Hall, 1991. CSEP.TA157.E831991

McCuen, Richard H. Essays on Applied Ethics in Professional Practice. Reston, VA : Foundations for Professional Practice, 1999. CSEP.TA157.M33x1999

Mitcham, Carl, and R. Shannon Duval. Engineering Ethics. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2000. CSEP.TA157.M542000

Sankar, Chetan S., and P.K. Raju. Crist Power Plant Case Study: planning for a maintenance outage. Anderson, S.C. : Taveneer Pub. Co. 2000. CSEP.TJ400.S36x2000

*Schinzinger, Roland and Mike W. Martin. Introduction to Engineering Ethics. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000. CSEP.TA157.S3822000

Spier, Raymond. Ethics, Tools and the Engineer. Boca Raton FL : CRC Press, 2001. CSEP.BJ59.S672001

Smith, Jimmy H. and Patricia M. Harper. ed. Engineering Ethics: concepts, viewpoints, cases and codes. Lubbock, TX : National Institute for Engineering Ethics : Texas Tech University, College of Engineering, Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, 2004. CSEP.TA157.E54x2004

*Vesilind, P. Aarne and Alastair S. Gun. Engineering, Ethics, and the Environment. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.V421998

Wilcox, John R. and Louis Theodore. Engineering and Environmental Ethics: a case study approach. New York: Wiley, 1998. CSEP.TD153.E541998

Whitbeck, Caroline. Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research. New York: Cambridge Press, 1998. CSEP.TA157.W471998

National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE) and the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism, at Texas Tech University have put together two major bibliographies:

Last modified February 22, 2012.

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