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An Interactive Professional Ethics Case Simulation

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Interactive Approaches to Ethics

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Engineering Ethics

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Craig E. Beal Bucknell University

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Craig E. Beal earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2005 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2007 and 2011. Dr. Beal is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Bucknell University and was the Jane W. Griffith Faculty Fellow from 2012-2015.

Dr. Beal's teaching interests include system dynamics and control, mechanical design, mechatronics and robotics, and first year introductory engineering. His research is focused on the application of control systems to vehicle dynamics to improve safety, stability, and performance of vehicles on roads with uncertain friction conditions. Current research projects include identification of road surface conditions from onboard measurements and approaches to maintaining stability during sudden changes in road condition.

Dr. Beal also serves as an Associate Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) and for the American Control Conference.

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James G. Orbison Ph.D., P.E. Bucknell University

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Jim Orbison is a professor of civil & environmental engineering at Bucknell University. He has been the faculty coordinator of the introductory engineering course, ENGR 100, for the past six years, and teaches courses in engineering mechanics, and structural engineering and design. He served as dean of the college of engineering from 2000 through 2009, and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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At many universities, engineering ethics education relies on case studies to instruct students in the process of identifying ethical dilemmas, generating potential solutions and selecting the best option. This paper describes an approach to engineering ethics that takes advantage of the Internet to deploy the case study method with an interactive approach intended to increase the realism of the experience and enhance student engagement. Data are presented from voluntary student surveys completed prior to and after completion of the activity. Results suggest that the interactive approach is at least as effective as a traditional case study and provides an individualized experience, even in a large-class setting.

Beal, C. E., & Orbison, J. G. (2017, June), An Interactive Professional Ethics Case Simulation Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27575

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