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Introducing Engineering Technology Students to Ethical Engineering Decision Processes

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ET Pedagogy II

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Engineering Technology

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Carmen Cioc University of Toledo

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Dr. Carmen Cioc is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Toledo. She teaches courses in mechanical design and thermal fluids, including statics and strengths of materials, mechanical design, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Her research interests are in engineering education, applied thermal sciences, and tribology. Dr. Cioc earned her first master’s degree (1992) in Aerospace Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, her second Master of Science (2012) in Physics - Professional in Photovoltaics at the University of Toledo, and her Doctor of Philosophy (2004) in Engineering at the University of Toledo.

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Sorin Cioc University of Toledo

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Dr. Sorin Cioc is a clinical associate professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME).

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Richard Arthur Springman University of Toledo

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This paper describes the authors’ efforts to introduce ethics in various Engineering Technology courses, from the freshman-level Orientation course to the senior-level Design Capstone course. Students at all levels are introduced to the code of ethics for engineers and to the nine steps of the ethical engineering decision. Three main teaching methods are used: case studies such as those presented by NSPE, invited external speakers, and peer review in engineering. Debate groups are used to discuss each of the case studies, while student peer review is used in multiple courses. A particular attention is given to students’ responsibilities and cheating in classrooms. The former ABET criterion 3, student outcomes (i) “an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity” as well as the new 2019-2020 ABET criterion 5, curriculum, discipline specific content (E) “Include topics related to professional responsibilities, ethical responsibilities, respect for diversity, and quality and continuous improvement” is addressed in these educational experiences(1).

Cioc, C., & Cioc, S., & Springman, R. A. (2020, June), Introducing Engineering Technology Students to Ethical Engineering Decision Processes Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34873

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