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Strategies For Industry And University Cooperation In Engineering Ethics Education

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Ethical Roles: Admins, Government, Industry

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10.1144.1 - 10.1144.8

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Lawrence Hole

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Day Radebaugh

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Kurt Soschinske

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Strategies for Industry and University Cooperation in Engineering Ethics Education

Lawrence D. Hole, P.E., Fellow ASME, Fellow NSPE

Mechanical Systems Engineer The Boeing Company Wichita, Kansas 67210 USA

Day W. Radebaugh, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas 67260 USA

Kurt A. Soschinske, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas 67260 USA


The practice of engineering, in the context of the current society, is an extremely complex enterprise. This paper argues that a framework for ethical decision-making must consider corporate, social and global goals, as well as the objectives of the individual engineer. The ethical education of the engineer must be through collaboration among academic institutions, business interests, and professional engineering organizations. This paper recommends adoption of a single thread of ethics education, beginning early in life and continuing throughout the academic training and subsequent professional career of the engineer. Examples of current and proposed collaboration are given to illustrate the concept of single thread of ethics education.

I. Introduction

Engineering ethics education: the need for a broader and more inclusive perspective

The practice of engineering, like many other professional occupations, has become an increasingly complex and conflicted vocation. Decision-making complexities arise from both technical and non-technical considerations. As in any other undertaking, engineering projects are subject to the universal constraints of scope, budget and deadline. In addition, quality and safety must be considered to be paramount objectives. As any engineer can testify, these

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Hole, L., & Radebaugh, D., & Soschinske, K. (2005, June), Strategies For Industry And University Cooperation In Engineering Ethics Education Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.

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