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Incident At Morales: An Engineering Ethics Story

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Engineering Ethics Paper Session

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9.714.1 - 9.714.6



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Jimmy Smith

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Steven Nichols

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Incident at Morales An Engineering Ethics Story

Jimmy H. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., Steven P. Nichols, Ph.D., J.D., P.E. Texas Tech University / University of Texas at Austin


Incident at Morales, an Engineering Ethics Story was developed and produced during 2002 - 2003 by the National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE), Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism at Texas Tech University under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF SES-0138309) and major contributions from engineering societies, companies, universities, and individual donors.

Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated Great Projects Film Company in New York City, Incident at Morales is a 36-minute dramatic case study cast in an international setting which emphasizes the ethical responsibilities of engineers and the resulting benefit to the public.


Incident at Morales is the result of efforts of an 8-member team, serving as executive producers, plus several assistants and advisors, and a producer and writer. The executive producers consisted of engineers, engineering faculty, philosophy faculty, and practicing professionals from industry.

Executive Producers 1. Jimmy H. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASEE, Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, Project Director 2. Steven P. Nichols, Ph.D. J.D., P.E., M.ASEE, Mechanical Engineering & Assoc. VP/Research, University of Texas at Austin 3. Michael C. Loui, Ph.D., M.ASEE, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4. Vivian Weil, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology 5. Philip E. Ulmer, P.E., Consulting Safety Professional, Eagle River, Alaska 6. Fredrick Suppe, Ph.D., Philosophy, Texas Tech University 7. Carl M. Skooglund, Retired Vice President & Ethics Director, Texas Instruments 8. E. Walter LeFevre, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., M.ASEE, Past President, NSPE, Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas

Special Assistants and Technical Advisors 1. Dave Dorchester, P.E., Immediate Past President, NIEE, Lead Role in Development of

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Smith, J., & Nichols, S. (2004, June), Incident At Morales: An Engineering Ethics Story Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14076

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