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Evaluating the Impact of Ethics Instruction on Student Awareness

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 3

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Engineering Management

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13

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10.18260/1-2--32760

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Sujit Subhash

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Sujit Subhash is a Ph.D. candidate in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his MS in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014 and BE in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University in 2010.

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Elizabeth A. Cudney Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. Elizabeth Cudney is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Hartford, and doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla. In 2018, Dr. Cudney received the ASQ Crosby Medal for her book on Design for Six Sigma. Dr. Cudney received the 2018 IISE Fellow Award. She also received the 2017 Yoshio Kondo Academic Research Prize from the International Academy for Quality for sustained performance in exceptional published works. In 2014, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASEM Fellow. In 2013, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASQ Fellow. In 2010, Dr. Cudney was inducted into the International Academy for Quality. She received the 2008 ASQ A.V. Feigenbaum Medal and the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award. She has published seven books and over 80 journal papers. Dr. Cudney is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She holds eight ASQ certifications, which include ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, amongst others.

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William Schonberg P.E. Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. William P. Schonberg, P.E., is Professor and Chair of the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly known as the University of Missouri-Rolla). Dr. Schonberg has 25 years teaching and research experience in the areas of shock physics, spacecraft protection, hypervelocity impact, and penetration mechanics. He received his B.S.C.E from Princeton University in 1981, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. The results of his research have been applied to a wide variety of engineering problems, including the development of orbital debris protection systems for spacecraft in low earth orbit, kinetic energy weapons, the collapse of buildings under explosive loads, insensitive munitions, and aging aircraft. Since 1986, Dr. Schonberg has published over 65 papers in refereed journals on these topics, and has presented nearly 65 papers at a broad spectrum of international scientific and professional meetings, including several invited papers. To date, Dr. Schonberg has received over 35 contract and grants from a variety of federal, state, local, and private funding agencies, including the U.S. DoT, NASA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Army Missile Command and the Engineering Foundation. In 1995 Dr. Schonberg received the AIAA’s Lawrence Sperry Award for his work on the design of spacecraft protection systems. In 1998, Dr. Schonberg was promoted to the membership rank of Associate Fellow in the AIAA and in 2000 was selected to receive the Charles Beecher Prize for one of his recent papers on orbital debris protection systems from the Aerospace Sciences Division of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in England. In 2004 and 2005, he was promoted to the member rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, respectively. In 1997, he was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Space Shuttle Micro-Meteoroid/Orbital Debris (MMOD) Risk Management, and in 2004 he served on NASA’s Independent MMOD Risk Assessment Tool Validation and Verification (V&V) Committee. In 2007, Dr. Schonberg received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. This award enabled him to spend seven months at the Fraunhofer Ernst Mach Institute in Freiburg, Germany working on advanced MMOD protection systems for satellites and developing preliminary designs for safe lunar habitats using in-situ materials for protection against meteoroid impacts. This year he served on another NASA Independent V&V Committee to review the MMOD risk assessment process for NASA’s Constellation program. At Missouri S&T, Dr. Schonberg continues to teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering.

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Amber M. Henslee Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Dr. Amber Henslee received her doctoral training at Auburn University as a Clinical Psychologist. In addition, she completed an APA-approved clinical internship at Yale University and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Henslee’s clinical specialties are within the areas of addictions and trauma. She teaches General Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Drugs & Behavior, and Undergraduate Internship. Her research interests include college student health-related behaviors, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Susan L. Murray Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Dr. Susan Murray is Professor and Chair of the Psychological Science Department and Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Murray received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. Her M.S. is also in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington. Prior to her academic position, she spent seven years working in the aerospace industry. Dr. Murray's research interest include safety, human factors, and engineering education.

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Patrick Gamez

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Abstract

Engineers must frequently make decisions during their careers without understanding or knowing the full set of consequences. These decisions can have unintended or harmful results. Therefore, it is imperative that engineers consider the ethical dimensions of their decisions while working to satisfy their employer’s interests even if these decisions conflict with their organization’s objectives or their own goals. Engineers have a responsibility to uphold a level of ethical standards that produces trust in not only their organization but also in their profession. Students entering the workforce must reflect the same level of ethical standards expected of their profession. Therefore, it is crucial to educate students on the importance of ethics and its impact on their future careers. This research examined the impact of ethics training in an upper-level engineering course consisting of 156 students. Students were presented with several scenarios that required them to make ethical judgments in the role of an engineer. A questionnaire, which evaluated the degree of ethical behavior of the students, was distributed at the start of the study. The same questionnaire was administered to the students after attending an educational session on ethics and ethical considerations in the engineering workplace. The responses were analyzed using the Chi-square test of independence and Wilcoxon signed-rank test to assess if ethics training had a significant impact on the ethical perspectives of the engineering students.

Subhash, S., & Cudney, E. A., & Schonberg, W., & Henslee, A. M., & Murray, S. L., & Gamez, P. (2019, June), Evaluating the Impact of Ethics Instruction on Student Awareness Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32760

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